Dulu Wang (1909–1977) was a famous Chinese Chivalry (Martial Art) novelist in the nineteen thirties and forties who wrote many novels including Crane-Iron Pentalogy which was adapted into a film under the title “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” by Ang Lee and his colleagues in 2000. Its spectacular action, rhapsodic landscapes and tragic romance have touched audiences in Asia, North America and around the world and won over 40 awards and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won Best Foreign Language Film, Best Art Direction, Best Original Score and Best Cinematography. In 2019, the film was ranked the 51st in 100 best films of the 21st century list by Guardian.
Dulu Wang is considered one of the five greatest wuxia (which literally means “martial hero”) fiction writers of the Northern School in the Republican. He was less interested in writing about ruthless killings; instead he focused on his characters' development, their emotions, friendship, and passions. Wang had great sympathy for women who suffered cruel oppression by the society and its feudal system, and his novels featured many strong female characters, warriors, and heroines. Most of his stories featured tragic endings. His perfect combination of chivalry, romance and tragedy in his novels have thrilled many critics and readers and this style have influenced many authors.
During 1925–1949 Wang published more than 90 novels and thousands of articles and poems.
“Embroidered Belt, Silver Dart” was published in 1947 and edited and modified by Hong Wang in 2021. The story occurred in the late Qing Dynasty. The young Liu Defei had outstanding martial arts skills. He once rescued a concubine Xiaofang who was abused in a wealthy family. After that, the two fell in love. The heroine Lu Bao'e, who was good at darts, also fell in love with Liu Defei. She accidentally killed Xiaofang with a dart. Lu Bao'e was remorseful and hanged herself. Liu Defei, then became mentally disordered.
More Wang's books will be in the Collected Works of Dulu Wang series.
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