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The production team of this drama was also the most formidable one that could be gathered in Hong Kong at the time. The director was Wong Tim Lam, a famous filmmaker since the 1950s and recently he got nominated for the Best Supporting Actor in the Golden Horse Awards 2005 for Election. The now renowned producer Wai Ka Fai served as the scriptwriter, and Ching Siu Tung, action director for popular movies such as House of Flying Daggers, was responsible for the action choreography in The Return of the Condor Heroes. The combined efforts of the outstanding production team and the irreplaceable cast made this version the best-received one among all the TV adaptations of The Return of the Condor Heroes.
|Product Title:||The Return Of The Condor Heroes (End) (Uncut Edition) (English Subtitled) (TVB Drama) 神鵰俠侶 (完) (足本特別版) (中英文字幕) (TVB劇集) 神雕侠侣 (完) (足本特别版) (中英文字幕) (TVB剧集) 神[周鳥]侠侶 （英語字幕付き）（香港版） The Return Of The Condor Heroes (End) (Uncut Edition) (English Subtitled) (TVB Drama)|
|Artist Name(s):||Andy Lau (Actor) | Idy Chan (Actor) | Alex Man | Leung Ka Yan | Shek Kin (Actor) 劉 德華 (Actor) | 陳玉蓮 (Actor) | 萬梓良 | 梁家仁 | 石堅 (Actor) 刘 德华 (Actor) | 陈玉莲 (Actor) | 万梓良 | 梁家仁 | 石坚 (Actor) 劉徳華 （アンディ・ラウ） (Actor) | 陳玉蓮（チャン・ヨクリン） (Actor) | 萬梓良（アレックス・マン） | 梁家仁（レオン・カーヤン） | 石堅（シー・キエン） (Actor) 유덕화 (Actor) | Idy Chan (Actor) | Alex Man | Leung Ka Yan | Shek Kin (Actor)|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD-9, DVD|
|Region Code:||All Region What is it?|
|Package Weight:||850 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||5 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1004094598|
With Making Of in Disc 1
In the Southern Song Dynasty, there is turmoil both externally in the country while infighting and killing among various sects are common in the martial art world. The family of KOWK CHING (LEUNG KA YAN) and WONG YUNG (AU YEUNG PUI SAN) lead a tranquil and peaceful life on Peach Blossom Island. Fate has led CHING to meet YEUNG GOR (ANDY LAU KAK WAH), son of his old friend YEUNG HONG, when he returns to the mainland to look for YUNG's father WONG YEUK SHI. CHING sympathizes with GOR since he is an orphan, and brings him back to the Island.
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It should be noted before getting into the main body of this that this review will not be going into the plotline of The Return of the Condor Heroes with any significant depth. With fifty episodes at roughly forty-two minutes per episode spread over a dozen DVDs, a plotline spanning years and an enormous cast of characters, there is simply too much to go into at depth. If you are looking for that sort of information, a quick web search should turn up episode guides for this classic work.
From time to time, a television series represents such a significant collision of talents that it becomes legendary, serving as a launching pad for a host of successful careers. In Canada, people point to SCTV as one such show, launching the international careers of John Candy, Martin Short and Rick Moranis, while making Canadian comedy icons of Joe Flaherty, Andrea Martin, Dave Thomas and Eugene Levy. Those early Saturday Night Live casts are another example. 1983 martial arts television series The Return of the Condor Heroes is clearly another such example. The show, which during its original 1983 broadcasting boasted a staggering 90% audience share, is widely considered one of the finest martial arts series ever made. It featured a youthful Andy Lau in the lead role in front of the camera and a behind-the-scenes crew that included Wong Tim Lam, a well-respected director since the 1950s who recently appeared in front of the camera in Johnny To's Election. Action choreography was provided by House Of Flying Daggers choreographer Ching Siu Tung and the series was written by Wai Ka Fai, now one of the most powerful producers in Hong Kong film.
The massive, sprawling work, based on a swordplay novel by Jin Yong, takes numerous detours into a range of subplots and side feuds, but at its heart it is the story of Yeung Gor, an orphan boy discovered living in a cave by renowned martial artist Kwok Ching. Kwok recognizes Yeung as the son of a dead comrade - a death he considers himself partially responsible for - and takes the boy in, determined to raise him as a virtuous man. But Yeung is a headstrong, stubborn boy who doesn't take direction well, a problem made worse when he is bullied by Kwok's jealous daughter and shuffled to the side by Kwok's wife. It isn't long before fights are breaking out and Yeung is shipped off to study martial arts at the famous Chung Yeung Monastery. But things don't go much better there. Yeung's sifu at the monastery intentionally humiliates him and Yeung strikes back with kung fu learned covertly from a famous - and amnesiac - villain. He takes shelter in a neighboring tomb that is home to Dragon Girl, a famous martial artist and the sole remaining member of the Ancient Tomb sect. Yeung is taken in by Dragon Girl and spends his adolescence training under her tutelage.
Now, here's why I say there is simply too much to synopsize. The paragraph above? That's just the basic setup for the show, and it takes four full episodes to get that far. Before even meeting Yeung, we have met feuding clans of martial artists, jilted lovers, and an insane grave robber and already witnessed martial arts battles numbering comfortably into the double digits. We've got battles with swords, battles with needles, battles with trees and good old hand to hand combat. Slow moving this is not. The show is loaded with plot and characters and it flies along at a rapid pace.
So, if that's the setup, then what's the body? If there was ever any doubt where The Return of the Condor Heroes was going, it disappears immediately once Andy Lau turns up as the grown-up version of Yeung. The clan warfare, the competing schools of martial arts, the meandering subplots - they're all just window dressing to spruce up what is, at it's core, a love story between Yeung and Dragon Girl. Dragon Girl was raised in a martial arts sect that demands a complete lack of emotion and disdains all men. Yeung, for his part, has been repeatedly abandoned and abused by the adults in his life, leaving him both desperate for approval and deeply distrustful. And yet, nevertheless, the duo inevitably fall in love, only to be tragically separated and have to fight their way back together.
The Return of the Condor Heroes, then, is essentially a soap opera, albeit a soap opera in which the principal characters are continually squaring off to spar. The plotlines are labyrinthine with constant quirks and subplots. The main story moves forward only incrementally episode by episode and characters are continually thrown into extreme emotional distress. The script is written purely to entertain with its constant twisting, constant traumas, and regular shocking reveals, and entertain it does.
On a technical level, The Return of the Condor Heroes is very much a product of its time. The video elements are remarkably well preserved but this is a film shot on video more than twenty years ago and the video stock and lighting has that distinct childhood made-for-TV soap look to it. It does, however, boast some impressively large scale standing sets, strong design work, and plentiful fight choreography sure to please old-school kung fu fans. Seriously, you can expect a martial arts sequence roughly every ten minutes. Not surprisingly, the weak link on the technical end are the special effects which, to put it kindly, are crude.
On a story and performance level, The Return of the Condor Heroes is remarkably strong. The entire cast is solid, particularly once the young 'uns have time to grow up, and the characters are defined strongly enough that it is surprisingly easy to follow the links and relationships between them. In the first couple of episodes, it is very clear that this is a sequel production - the Condor Heroes are returning, after all - with characters making regular reference to past events. While knowledge of those earlier events may very well broaden the emotional impact of what's going on, it is in no way necessary to understand and appreciate the story being told here.
This DVD release is the first time The Return of the Condor Heroes has ever been available with English subtitles and the translation, though not without grammatical quirks, is generally very clear and easy to follow. While the TV episodes are all fully translated, the bonus features are not. The question many Chinese-speaking fans had was whether this edition would be more complete than the earlier, Chinese only, VCD edition which was cropped significantly from the broadcast version. The answer to that is yes. It is far more complete than the VCD issue, but it does fall short from being fully restored. The release notes say that the vast majority of previously cut footage has been restored, but there are still some alterations from the broadcast version thanks to damage suffered by the original broadcast elements. So, while not 100% complete, this is the most complete edition that will ever exist.
For western viewers unfamiliar with old-school martial arts epics, The Return of the Condor Heroes may come as a bit of a surprise. The old novels these types of shows were sourced from were essentially pulp serials, published incrementally to wildly enthusiastic readerships. They were essentially the equivalent of comic books to many Chinese, an episodic fantasy escape, written not for depth but for entertainment value. Go in expecting serious art-house drama and it will not meet that expectation. But for pulp entertainment, author Jin Yong was considered one of the best, and this is considered one of his finest works. This particular version is universally hailed as the best Jin Yong adaptation put on film. The set may be a bit on the pricey side, but considering the total running time of over two thousand minutes and the overall quality of the production, it is very hard to suggest it doesn't give value for the dollar. Rightly hailed as a classic, The Return of the Condor Heroes deserves a spot right next to the Shaw Brothers collection on any martial arts fan's shelf.
By Todd Brown - Twitchfilm.net
Customer Review of "The Return Of The Condor Heroes (End) (Uncut Edition) (English Subtitled) (TVB Drama)"
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: (103)
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October 17, 2010
This customer review refers to The Return Of The Condor Heroes (DVD) (End) (Uncut Edition) (English Subtitled) (Reissue) (TVB Drama) (US Version)
This is a massive production . I think the price for this set is very good and I recommend it. . I
have had this series for a few years and finally decided to watch it this month because I wanted
to know the story. It took me 8 days to finally finished watching it. I especially like the music, not just
the theme songs but the backroudn music all around, especially the surpise song near the end of this series.
As story goes, I like "The New Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre "better. I know everyone is crazy about
the little dragon girl but I like Zhao Mun (Kitty Lai) in "The Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre" way better. She
is fun, and smart. Looked ashtonishly beautiful when she dressed as a man and so very brave to go after the
man she wanted. For me, the little dragon girl is a little dull compared to Zhao Mun. I also like Zhou Xin in" the Legend of the Arching hero. " Ienjoyed that show a lot too. May be more than I enjoy this Condo Hero show
She is way lively and smart than the Wong Yung in this story. Anyway, I am actually more curious to
see if I can find the books to see what the real story is actually like.
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January 28, 2009
The end all be all definition of masterpiece wuxia
|Old fashion by modern standards, this is the version of ROCH that all future versions are compared to. Story telling, real martial arts and talented acting had to make up for the lack of action and special effects back in the early 80s. I would give this story 11 out of 10 stars if I could. The story is a masterpiece greater than Shakespeare literature, and is part of a trilogy that is to Asians, as Star Wars is to Western culture. This DVD set has perfect english subtitles, and completely tells the story of all the secondary characters far better than the modern releases. This is also as close to uncut as possible as previous VCD releases of this series cut scenes. This was the breakout series that started Andy Lau in his career and he is the heart and soul of this production. A love story that shows that it is easy to die for the one you love, but it's even harder to live for the one you love. Every fan of good wuxia should own this!|
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February 7, 2008
Yang Guo the Hero
Condor Heroes is a Sequel to The Eagle Shooting Heroes, it's one of the best Wuxia novels of JinYong that I've watched. Yang Guo and Xiao Long Nv depicts an eternal love for each other, regardless of Yang Guo's disability and Xiao Long Nu's impurity which is apparently a very important issue during those times. A wonderful story of love, honor and loyalty. Yang Guo's character is always misunderstood by everybody, regardless of that, he can risk his life just to protect the good.
P.S. My question is if this version has cut the AFTER WEDDING SCENE of Yang Guo and Xiao Long Nu, the one when XLN changed to a Wedding Gown inside the TOmb of the Living Dead and Yang Guo helped her comb her hair. Touching scene... Actually, I'm looking for a version which didn't cut this scene.
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December 11, 2007
This customer review refers to The Return Of The Condor Heroes (Vol.2 of 2) (Ep.25-50) (Special Completed Edition) (English Subtitled) (TVB Series) (US Ve...
Untrue about Uncut Ver of DVD
I have recently purchased the DVD version and realized that it is not the 'uncut' version as they have claimed. In episode 45, when Yang Guo and Guo Xiang visited Old Imp to persuaded him to meet up with Eng Gu, the figihting scene was practically cut off! It is irratating because that is the most exciting part of the episode and it really leave people wondering how in the world did Yang persuaded Old Imp!!
Does TVB have any qualms when editing the show which does not seems to link the story??
It is really dissapointing that the DVD was claimed to be 'Uncut' but in actual fact was also another cut version..
Does anybody knows is there really a totally 'UNCUT' version available? I am having my doubts to purchased "The Condor Heroes" already.
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September 15, 2007
This customer review refers to The Return Of The Condor Heroes (Golden Edition) (End)
|I have read some of the review knowing that there still some scene are being cut on DVD. Do anyone know where to get the totally uncut version?|