April 7, 2017 – Hong Kong wuxia novelist Huang Yi has died at age of 65 after suffering a stroke on Wednesday. Huang, whose real name was Wong Cho-Keung, died in a public hospital with loved ones by his side.
Several of his martial arts works were turned into popular television series, such as “A Step into the Past,” adopted from his novel Xun Qin Ji. It was broadcast on TVB Jade in 2001 and featured Louis Koo Tin-lok and Raymond Lam Fung.
He graduated from the Department of Fine Arts of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1977 and once worked as the assistant curator of the Hong Kong Museum of Art.
In the late 80s, Huang, as a lover of Chinese art, history and the Chinese classic I Ching, started to explore a new career as a writer, and picked the Chinese character Yi, or I, as his pen name.
In the 1990s, after the golden age of wuxia literature, the general public became increasingly skeptical about wuxia literature and it lost much of its previous aura. However, the emergence of Huang Yi infused new life into the wuxia genre.
From Lethal Weapons of Love and Passion to A Step Into The Past and to the now popular Da Tang Shuang Long Zhuan (Twins of Brothers), Huang Yi has combined science fiction with traditional Chinese culture including metaphysics and philosophy to create a new style of work. Currently, his popularity has resulted in some people describing this phenomenon as a flurry of Huang sweeping through China.
Upon conclusion of his longest novel, Da Tang Shuang Long Zhuan, Huang Yi has commented that he would like to follow in the footstep of Jin Yong (Louis Cha) and to revise and improve his released novels.