The Analysis of Wei Xiaobao’s Image in the TV Series The Deer and the Cauldron of Zhang Weijian Version


  • Wang Hongren Kasetsart University
  • Kanokporn Numtong


Wei Xiaobao, Martial Arts Novels, The Deer and the Cauldron, Jin Yong, Zhang Weijian, Image


The Deer and the Cauldron is Jin Yong’s final work of his martial arts novels. Many critics also regard it as Jin Yong’s best novel. From 1977 to 2020, the story has been remade in nine TV series and five movies. The purpose of this research paper is to analyze the image of Wei Xiaobao in Zhang Weijian versions of TV series and to seek social explanations for the change of Wei Xiaobao’s image. The study concludes that characteristics of Wei Xiaobao portrayed in TV series divided into three parts. Appearance characteristics is around twenty years old, long braids, dressed in Qing Dynasty official uniform, clean and tidy, talk and walk very quickly and usually use of modern languages. Positive image features is smart, brave, be loyal to friends, loving his wife, is good at martial arts, humorous, good at using tricks to make enemies kill each other, filial piety to mother, keeping promises, etc. Negative image is bragging, lying, pervert, greed for money, hit the enemy disgracefully, can't deal with conflicts between wives, etc. The reasons for the changes in Wei Xiaobao’s image are related to the film and television policy modifications, developed shooting technologies, change with the times and changes in the audience’s aesthetic perception.


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Author Biography

Kanokporn Numtong

Associate Professor of Department of Eastern Language, Faculty of Humanities, Kasetsart University.


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Hongren, W., & Numtong, K. . . (2022). The Analysis of Wei Xiaobao’s Image in the TV Series The Deer and the Cauldron of Zhang Weijian Version. LAWARATH SOCIAL E – JOURNAL, 4(2), 199–224. Retrieved from