April 28 -- Chinese martial arts TV drama director, Zhang Jizhong says he
believes the good quality of his martial arts drama works have accounted for
their popularity and reputation in Japan.
Two lead roles in Zhang Jizhong's remake
of TV drama "The Return of the Condor Heroes". (File Photo)
Zhang Jizhong made the remarks when responding to
questions raised Friday by the Shanghai-based xmnext.com about how his martial
arts TV dramas become hot in Japan.
The director says another reason that his dramas
could succeed in Japan was that his works promote a universal ethics and spirit.
He points out it was Chinese people's diligence and bravery which so touched the
According to Zhang Jizhong, several martial arts TV
dramas including his remakes of "Legend of Condor Heroes" and "The Battle
Wizard" had been broadcasted at Japanese TV stations since 2005.
The director's latest TV drama "Royal Tramp" has also
recently finished shooting, and is set to be bought by the Japanese TV station.
Reports said Zhang's remake of "The Return of the Condor Heroes" received record
high ratings when it was first broadcast on the Japanese NECO TV station.
The station even planned to rebroadcast the drama in
May. Director Zhang Jizhong also revealed to xmnext.com his willingness to shoot
TV dramas to satisfy the Japanese market. He said he has begun to negotiate with
Japanese production companies about cooperation in TV dramas in future.