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  • Katamari_Naneke
    started a topic Wuxia recommendations

    Wuxia recommendations

    I was in the mood to watch some wuxia leading up to a new game I'm hoping to start soon. I was obliged to admit to myself that I don't actually know that many good wuxia movies. Does anyone have any recommendations? I remember Jen having some exciting-looking movie posters in that delightful romance thread. But surely Jen isn't alone in that, not on the Exalted forums.

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was the first I ever saw in the genre. I also loved Hero and House of Flying Daggers. And I'm leaving at least one that I've seen unnamed in order to create the illusion that I've seen more than I actually have.

  • Aquillion
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    Haha, I was considering whether to mention xianxia, but I can see people already did, so I might as well bring some up.

    The webnovel I Shall Seal The Heavens is a good example in terms of an overpowered protagonist who is constantly on the run because he's a threat to the ruling families and established powers. (This is a pretty common setup in xianxia, which is one of the things that makes the genre a good reference for Exalted in many ways.)

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  • SamuraiMujuru
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    Originally posted by RosePlancton View Post
    I'd recommend the anime or the novel over the comics, the pace being far more slower in the comics. ><

    EDIT: Feng Shen Ji, I just remembered ! D:
    I read lots of, I stopped because of college exams and not finding what was my last page anymore a few months later I never finished it. :'(
    Now I want to start this manhua again. X)
    But first, Kill Six Billions Demons.

    EDIT: Okay, KSBD makes me want to draw again X)
    It's really cool. X)
    Glad you're enjoying KSBD!

    Feng Shen Ji goes absolutely balls to the wall in its final arcs, so I definitely recommend picking it back up.

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  • NullApostle
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    I'm sad to report that Jin Yong, aka Louis Cha, has died on Tuesday, October 30. He was 94. A huge loss to all who love great martial arts stories.

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  • Braininthejar
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    It may sound silly, but have you considered Kung Fu Panda?
    It's got old masters, ancient prisons, priceless relics and roof-hopping combat action
    The last installment even has a villain from the spirit realm, duel-wielding jade cleavers

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  • RosePlancton
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    I'd recommend the anime or the novel over the comics, the pace being far more slower in the comics. ><

    EDIT: Feng Shen Ji, I just remembered ! D:
    I read lots of, I stopped because of college exams and not finding what was my last page anymore a few months later I never finished it. :'(
    Now I want to start this manhua again. X)
    But first, Kill Six Billions Demons.

    EDIT: Okay, KSBD makes me want to draw again X)
    It's really cool. X)
    Last edited by RosePlancton; 10-26-2018, 11:54 AM.

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  • SamuraiMujuru
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    Originally posted by RosePlancton View Post
    I'm still exploring the xianxia genre but I found that lots of xianxia stories and authors had more problems with their heroes always being too competent for the struggles/conflicts they were involved in. I personally had more problems with that than with their characters being absurdly powerful. But I chose Mo Dao Zu Shi because I really think it's an excellent xianxia anime. ^^

    Thanks a lot SamuraiMujuru ^^
    And yeah, I really think that xianxia settings is a good inspiration when I'm working on my exalted campaign, for example when I'm helping my players with our first age incarnations stories or when I'm working on the sidereal mood in my stories. X)
    I'm doing my best to only create &quot;original&quot; and &quot;authentic&quot; things for my settings, but having some sidereals with flying swords is too cool. XD
    Xianxia does run into similar problems as shonen battle anime on that protagonist competence issue, though I personally give it a bit of a pass since it's usually the character actively working on improving rather than them being the destined chosen one or what have you.

    I tracked down the comics for Mo Dao Zu Shi, so I'm looking forward to reading it. I think a friend has been posting about in on Facebook, much to my surprise. I mentioned it a couple posts back, but if you haven't already, check out Feng Shen Ji. Also there's a webcomic called Kill Six Billion Demons that scratches a very similar itch

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  • RosePlancton
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    I'm still exploring the xianxia genre but I found that lots of xianxia stories and authors had more problems with their heroes always being too competent for the struggles/conflicts they were involved in. I personally had more problems with that than with their characters being absurdly powerful. But I chose Mo Dao Zu Shi because I really think it's an excellent xianxia anime. ^^

    Thanks a lot SamuraiMujuru ^^
    And yeah, I really think that xianxia settings is a good inspiration when I'm working on my exalted campaign, for example when I'm helping my players with our first age incarnations stories or when I'm working on the sidereal mood in my stories. X)
    I'm doing my best to only create "original" and "authentic" things for my settings, but having some sidereals with flying swords is too cool. XD

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  • Synapse
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    I've seen some that pretty much went tengen toppa gurren lagann wild. Fun stuff, but it's important to keep perspective hahahahaha

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  • SamuraiMujuru
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    Originally posted by Synapse View Post
    Xianxia tends to get into some silly scales, but you get used to it.
    Those silly scales can be excellent late game Exalted inspiration, though. Feng Shen Ji is one I read in particular that's ripe for the picking.

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  • Synapse
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    Xianxia tends to get into some silly scales, but you get used to it.

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  • SamuraiMujuru
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    Originally posted by RosePlancton View Post


    In fact, gods, immortals/wizards and demons are not a necessary part of wuxia. Lots of wuxia novels, comics and movies don't count on fantasy settings (if we except things like the use of qing gong and other absurdly powerful kung fus of course which are part of what permit the legendary type of storytelling in this genre).
    Wuxia is a genre where most of the stakes are about the cultures of and the interactions between Jianghu (the outcasts), Wulin (the martial artists) and a cruel Chinese environment (an ancient or medieval China most of the time). Lots of Wuxia have more fantasy elements than those implied by the use of martial arts in this type of settings, but there is a sub-genre of wuxia (which exceeds it) named Xianxia where the story is specifically about gods, demons, mythological beasts and where the protagonist being one of the few but not rare immortals/wizards/demigods in his world makes most of the plot and the settings.

    I'm sorry for my bad english. ^^

    And the last Xianxia series I loved was the anime "Mo Dao Zu Shi". ^^
    I don't know if some one talked about it before. ^^

    And Hi, it's my first time writing something in the forum. ^^)/
    And an awesome first post it is! Welcome to the party :-D

    I'm not personally familiar with that one but I'm always up for checking things out.

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  • RosePlancton
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    Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
    Straight martial arts tend to be more modern, and lack the gods, demons and Taoist wizards of Wuxia.

    Essentially, Wuxia is a fantasy genre and Kung Fu is an action genre.

    In fact, gods, immortals/wizards and demons are not a necessary part of wuxia. Lots of wuxia novels, comics and movies don't count on fantasy settings (if we except things like the use of qing gong and other absurdly powerful kung fus of course which are part of what permit the legendary type of storytelling in this genre).
    Wuxia is a genre where most of the stakes are about the cultures of and the interactions between Jianghu (the outcasts), Wulin (the martial artists) and a cruel Chinese environment (an ancient or medieval China most of the time). Lots of Wuxia have more fantasy elements than those implied by the use of martial arts in this type of settings, but there is a sub-genre of wuxia (which exceeds it) named Xianxia where the story is specifically about gods, demons, mythological beasts and where the protagonist being one of the few but not rare immortals/wizards/demigods in his world makes most of the plot and the settings.

    I'm sorry for my bad english. ^^

    And the last Xianxia series I loved was the anime "Mo Dao Zu Shi". ^^
    I don't know if some one talked about it before. ^^

    And Hi, it's my first time writing something in the forum. ^^)/
    Last edited by RosePlancton; 10-25-2018, 07:52 AM.

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  • Wise Old Guru
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    It's a bit less wuxia and a bit more historical political drama...but I have been watching the Queen Seondok show and it's some really solid Exalted inspiration. Also, the actress who plays the main villain can say things that might take a lesser actor a short monologue with a mere quirk of an eyebrow, it's amazing.

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  • SamuraiMujuru
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    Originally posted by Katamari_Naneke View Post
    I haven't seen anything like that detailed in Exalted source material, but I feel like it makes a lot of room for it, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it become explicit in future supplements.
    The closest I've seen in official publication to that good old land of rivers and lakes is in the Southern portion of Scroll of Heroes. It talks about there being martial arts tea houses along the land trade routes where warriors go to test their metal and meet other practitioners. Beyond that, the seedy part of Wujian kinda scratches that same itch, but I've mostly just made it from whole cloth for my games.

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