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Chinese literary giant Louis Cha dies, aged 94


Invaluable legacy: The excerpts of TV series from the novels of Cha (inset) being displayed in the Jin Yong Gallery at Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Hong Kong.— AP

Invaluable legacy: The excerpts of TV series from the novels of Cha (inset) being displayed in the Jin Yong Gallery at Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Hong Kong.— AP

HONG KONG: Renowned Hong Kong author Louis Cha, whose epic martial arts thrillers inspired numerous films and sold some 300 million copies worldwide, has died aged 94.

Known by his pen name Jin Yong, Cha is a household name across the Chinese-speaking world – while overseas his novels have drawn parallels to the Lord of the Rings series.

Packed with hard-hitting kung fu masters and intricate plotlines, his books bring to life the different dynasties of ancient China.

They have given rise to TV dramas and video games as well as dozens of movies. Among his most famous works are The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils. Cha died in Hong Kong on Tuesday after a long illness.

He also founded Chinese-language newspaper Ming Pao in 1959, now a leading publication in Hong Kong. — AFP

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