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Martial arts novelist Jin Yong dies at 94 (update)

2018/10/30 22:44:22

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Hong Kong, Oct. 30 (CNA) Renowned Chinese martial arts novelist Louis Cha (查良鏞), better known by his pen name Jin Yong (金庸), died Tuesday at a hospital in Hong Kong at the age of 94, according to the website of Hong Kong daily Ming Pao, which Cha founded in 1959.

Cha was born on March 10, 1924 in Haining, Zhejiang Province and moved to Hong Kong in 1948.

The wuxia (martial arts) novels he wrote, including "The Legend of the Condor Heroes," made Jin Yong a household name in Chinese communities around the world.

From 1955-1972, Cha wrote 15 novels under the pseudonym Jin Yong that earned him a reputation as one of the greatest and most popular wuxia writers ever. At the time of his death he was the best-selling living Chinese author, with more than 100 million copies of his works sold worldwide.

His novels have been translated into multiple languages including English, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay and Indonesian. Cha also has many fans outside the Chinese-speaking world, as a result of his works being adapted into numerous films, television series, comic books and video games.

Between 1970 and 1980, Cha revised several of his works, launching a series of second editions from 1999 until 2006.

His books were initially banned in Taiwan during the Martial Law era and it was not until 1979 that Cha's complete works were published by Taiwan's Vista Publishing.

(By Stanley Cheung, Evelyn Kao and Ko Lin)