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Posted by Joel Martinsen on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 12:45 PM
Today's papers announce the news that Liang Yusheng (梁羽生), an acclaimed martial arts novelist, passed away in Sydney on January 22. He was 85.
Liang got started writing martial arts, or wuxia 武侠, fiction in the 1950s, and continued writing until the mid-80s. In 1984 he moved to Australia and largely vanished from the public eye, unlike his contemporary Louis Cha (aka Jin Yong), who regularly appears in the media to this day.
Liang's most famous works are Romance of the White-Haired Maiden (白发魔女传, loosely adapted by Ronny Yu into the 1993 film The Bride With the White Hair) and Seven Swordsmen of Mount Heaven (七劍下天山, most recently adapted by Tsui Hark into the 2005 film Seven Swords).
The Beijing News gives the following brief summary of his life:
In an interview with Lo Fu published a few years ago in Southern Metropolis Daily, journalist Li Huaiyu provides some details about newspaper politics at the time Liang started writing:
Incidentally, a film of the 1954 martial arts face-off is available on Youtube (beware the cheesy sound effects).
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