ATV swordplay drama Reincarnated
is one of the studio's great classics from the RTV years. Aired in 1979, the 60-episode series garnered unprecedented ratings, sealing Norman Tsui Siu Keung's heroic swordsman image into television memory. While most swordplay dramas are adapted from novels (typically Jin Yong and Gu Long), Reincarnated
is Hong Kong's first original television period drama, and the story was actually later adapted into a novel. The drama's phenomenal action scenes were choreographed by none other than Ching Siu Tung (A Chinese Ghost Story
). The production team also includes names like screenwriter Huang Ying, David Lai, Tsui Siu Ming, and Taylor Wong, all of whom would later help form the backbone of Hong Kong cinema. In addition to Norman Tsui, Reincarnated
features many of RTV's biggest stars of the time like Ng Wai Kwok, Candice Yu, Miu Ho Sau, Ma Man Yee, and Cheung Ying.
Despite growing up at the great Wudang sect, Wan Fei Yeung (Norman Tsui) never got the chance to advance his martial arts as he is just a laborer. His mundane life turns extraordinary when he meets a mysterious swordsman who secretly teaches him martial arts. Armed with his newly acquired skills, Wan leaves Wudang in search of adventure, encountering friends and foe alike on the road. When the martial arts world is shaken by a series of bloody mutinies and conspiracies, the young, anonymous Wan becomes the unlikely leading force against the rise of an evil sect and its powerhungry master.