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TVB made a series of costume dramas in the 80s based on famous swordplay novels by Jin Yong. His Legend of the Condor Heroes, considered a seminal work of martial arts fiction, has been adapted numerous times to TV dramas and film, but none has attained as much as popularity as the one made by TVB in 1983. The innocent swordsman played by Felix Wong and the witty heroine played by the late Barbara Yung have remained one of the best onscreen couples in Hong Kong's TV history. The cast also features Michael Miu, Sharon Yang, Patrick Tse Yin and Louise Lee.

The Guo and the Yang clans face brutal slaughter during the Southern Song era and all survivors scatter into different directions afterwards. Guo Jing (Felix Wong), the successor of the Guo clan, is full of sincerity and perseverance. What's more, ever since his early childhood, he has been trained in top-secret martial arts. The young Guo accidentally runs into the lively and charming Huang Rong (Barbara Yung), and thus begins their risky life-or-death romance and adventures through the martial world!

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Product Title: Legend Of The Condor Heroes II (VCD) (End) (TVB Drama) 射鵰英雄傳之東邪西毒 (VCD) (完) (TVB劇集) 射雕英雄传之东邪西毒 (VCD) (完) (TVB剧集) 射[周鳥]英雄傳:東邪西毒 (Vol.1-11)(全劇完篇) Legend Of The Condor Heroes II (VCD) (End) (TVB Drama)
Artist Name(s): Lau Daan (Actor) | Kenneth Tsang (Actor) | Michael Miu | Yeung Chak Lam | Felix Wong | Sharon Yang | Barbara Yung | Shek Kin (Actor) 劉丹 (Actor) | 曾 江 (Actor) | 苗 僑偉 | 楊澤霖 | 黃日華 | 楊盼盼 | 翁美玲 | 石堅 (Actor) 刘丹 (Actor) | 曾 江 (Actor) | 苗 侨伟 | 杨泽霖 | 黄日华 | 杨盼盼 | 翁美玲 | 石坚 (Actor) 劉丹(ラウ・ダーン) (Actor) | 曾江(ケネス・ツァン) (Actor) | 苗僑偉(ミウ・キウワイ) | 楊澤霖(ヨン・チャクラム) | 黄日華(フェリックス・ウォン) | 楊盼盼 (シャロン・ヨン) | 翁美玲 (ヨン・メイリン) | 石堅(シー・キエン) (Actor) Lau Daan (Actor) | Kenneth Tsang (Actor) | Michael Miu | Yeung Chak Lam | Felix Wong | Sharon Yang | Barbara Yung | Shek Kin (Actor)
Release Date: 2001-01-20
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Disc Format(s): VCD
Publisher: TVBI (HK)
Other Information: 11VCDs
Package Weight: 493 (g)
Shipment Unit: 3 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1001805046

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演員:黃日華╱翁美玲╱苗僑偉╱楊盼盼╱曾江╱楊澤霖╱劉丹
製作:電視廣播(國際)有限公司
  東邪西毒各大高手互顯神通!
  郭靖黃蓉共患難情深義更深!
  金庸經典巨著;揭開大漠激鬥連場!!

  郭靖(黃日華)及黃蓉(翁美玲)結伴同遊江南,途遇北丐洪 七公(劉丹),蓉以佳餚換得七公授靖降龍十八掌。華箏(黃造時 )及拖雷兄妹於中原重遇靖。箏向靖重提親事,靖不欲背信於箏, 卻又與蓉情投意合,靖舉棋不定,蓉怒返桃花島,靖始發覺自己深 愛蓉,遂趕至桃花島,卻遭蓉父東邪黃藥師(曾江)阻撓。後與被 困島上的老頑童周伯通(秦煌)結為兄弟,更得其親授左右相擊術 及九陰真經。

  靖與蓉冰釋前嫌,七公代靖向黃藥師提親,時西毒歐陽峰(楊 澤霖)偕姪到來提親,雙方遂起衝突。黃藥師決以比武定奪,靖險 勝,但卻因周伯通胡言亂語,引起黃藥師誤會,靖即被逐離桃花島 。期後,一雙愛侶幾經波折始能重聚,再度共闖江湖。

  楊康與完顏烈密謀進侵大宋,此事為靖、蓉所悉,靖為保江山 而被西毒打至重傷。後得黃蓉相助,逃至密室以真經療傷,武功反 而大進。期間,兩人屢遇強敵皆能捨身相救,感情更見牢固。黃藥 師對靖亦有所改觀,並允許他與蓉的親事。另一方面,眾人為除禍 根歐陽峰,遂向他定下戰約…… 11VCDs(全劇完篇) 國粵語對白╱中文字幕 Mandarin & Cantonese/Chinese Subtitles
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September 21, 2007

This professional review refers to Legend Of the Condor Heroes (1983) (DVD) (End) (Uncut Edition) (English Subtitled) (TVB Drama)
One cannot underestimate the influence of the TVB adaptations of martial arts novelist Louis Cha (a.k.a. Jin Yong), one of the most popular Chinese authors. His most famous book, Legend of the Condor Heroes, was first published as a newspaper serial, concluding in 1959. It has been adapted for television five times, with the latest being a Mainland Chinese series produced in 2006, turned into comics and movies including Ashes of Time, the parody Eagle Shooting Heroes and the Shaw Brothers Brave Archer series.

Due to a complex plot and numerous characters, Cha's work are best suited for television serial adaptation and the most beloved version is the 1983 TVB series starring Felix Wong (who co-starred with Jackie Chan in Drunken Master 2) and the late Barbara Yung. For years, martial arts fans not versed in Chinese have been unable to access these shows due to the lack of English subtitles, a situation now beginning to change.

In my early days of getting into Hong Kong cinema, I was amazed at the stacks of VHS tapes of these series that Chinese families would rent at my local Chinatown video store. However, due to my lack of Chinese language skills, I was relegated to the cinema shelves, where I had the guidance of grammatically dubious English subs.

This is a dilemma that TVB has finally sought to rectify with their recent box set DVD releases of Legend of the Condor Heroes and The Return of the Condor Heroes. This high-flying serial serves as the Rosetta Stone to decipher the fun and energetic, but ultimately convoluted Hong Kong martial arts films like the Swordsman trilogy or the art house treatment of the martial world, Ashes of Time.

A quick history of TVB is in order to shed some light on these releases. Of course, Sir Run Run Shaw, along with his brother Runme Shaw, is known for founding the South Seas Film studio in 1930, which later became Shaw Brothers Studios, famous for producing a staggering amount of films and launching the kung fu craze outside of Hong Kong. In the 1980s, with an eye to the future, Sir Run Run started to invest in Hong Kong's Television Broadcasts Limited, known as TVB, the first over-the-air commercial television station in Hong Kong, and soon became the chairman of the board of the multi-billion dollar TV empire. Currently, TVB is the largest commercial Chinese program producer in the world, reaching out to the overseas Chinese communities.

Over its history, TVB has been responsible for many trend-setting series and thanks to their prestigious TVB Actors Training School, created in 1971 amid a shortage for TV talent when the medium was still developing in Hong Kong, they launched the careers of a wide variety of movie actors, including Ekin Cheng, Maggie Cheung, Chow Yun Fat, Stephen Chow, Louis Koo, Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Ray Lui, Anthony Wong, Francis Ng, and Eric Tsang. Many directors, writers and action directors also cut their teeth in the TVB trenches including Ringo Lam, Johnnie To, Ann Hui, Patrick Tam, Yim Ho, Kirk Wong, Alex Cheung, Allen Fong, Shu Kei, Eddie Fong, Ching Siu Tung, and Wai Ka Fai. One of the early hits of TVB was The Bund, a gangland soap opera set in pre-war Shanghai starring Ray Lui and Chow Yun-Fat, who had answered a newspaper ad for the TVB Actors Training School in 1973.

TVB serials from the eighties are typically filled with soap opera melodramatics, over-the-top heroics, rickety sets and backdrops and repetitive stock music cues, but that is essential to the charm of these old TV shows. Working in the confines of television technology of the time, they rise above the technical limitations with multilayered plots and colourful characters.

At long last, my first foray into TVB martial arts series was the previous 2006 DVD boxset release of Return of the Condor Heroes (featuring a young Andy Lau in the lead of Yeung Gor), and working in reverse, by watching Legend of the Condor Heroes, I am finally understanding the generation that spawned the conflicts in ROCH. It's kind of like watching Dallas from the episode where J.R. gets shot, then waiting for the series to start into syndicated reruns. I could have referenced Lost or Sopranos, but for sake of argument, let me keep this comparison in the realm of Condors' American boob tube contemporaries.

Now understandably, a plot summary of a fifteen DVD set with fifty-nine episode series of 40 minutes each, would be near impossible, so I will be giving a brief overview of the setup of the series with some highlights. The story spans years and has a cast of multiple characters that weave in and out of the epic storyline. Now I take a deep breath and try to do the plot justice…

Legend of the Condor Heroes is set in the late Sung Dynasty (12th century), when the failing Sung government is slowly falling prey to the northern tribes.

Following the slaughter of the two heroes Yang Tiexin (played by Patrick Tse, big screen heartthrob from the fifties and sixties and father of Nicholas Tse) and Gou Xiaotian at the hands of Jin soldiers, their pregnant wives, Bao Xiruo and Li Ping, become separated in the chaos. Rescued by Genghis Khan (Paul Chun from Full Throttle and The Heroic Trio, and brother of Shaw Brothers star David Chiang and director Derek Yee), Li Ping raises her son, Guo Jing (Felix Wong), on the plains of Mongolia. Meanwhile, Bao Xi Ruo (Yang's wife) is saved by Wanyan Honglie, the Sixth Jin Prince. Unaware he is the one who orchestrated the killing, she marries him and her son, Yang Kang, is raised as the Prince's son in his palace.

The focus of the series is on young Guo Jing, who although clumsy, is filled with heroic rigor. Learning and excelling at archery from his Mongol teachers, he becomes the student of a motley group of martial arts heroes, the Seven Freaks of Jianghan, who must teach him their skills in order to win a peculiar duel. When a conflict ends in a draw due to equal power of martial skills, Reverend Qiu Chuji of the Quanzhen Taoist Sect, challenges the Seven Freaks to a duel in eighteen years time where the combatants will be Guo Jing and Yang Kang, each schooled in their respective martial talents.

The only problem is that Guo Jing is not the sharpest student and teaching him becomes such a chore, the Seven Freaks almost give up several times, for fear that he will not match the talents of Yang Kang, secretly being schooled by Chuji in the Quanzhen sword. At one point even his own mother asks, "How are you to avenge your father if you are so stupid?"

When he becomes a young man, Guo Jing leaves the Mongolian plains and ventures out into the world to meet for the date of the duel, only to encounter the various characters who inhabit the martial world, including the mischievous and charming Huang Rong (Barbara Yung), triggering a romance that finds them in many perilous adventures.

That barebones synopsis of the first few episodes sets the stage for an epic tale with a large cast of charismatic and outrageous characters becoming part of Guo Jing's life, usually in the form of a wild martial arts showdown. LOCH bursts out of the gates at a brisk trot and never looks back, as fourteen years pass in three episodes. In the first fifteen minutes of episode one, we are treated to three fight sequences including an Ice Capades-style fight on a frozen lake with Eddy Ko (from Miracle Fighters; also seen as the Chinese refugee patriarch in Lethal Weapon 4). With this level of pacing, the series has great promise.

Watching these old TVB serials reminds me of one of the things that first enamored me to Hong Kong fantasy and martial arts cinema. Even if the strings and wires were visible, it didn't matter, as the actions of the puppeteer (director/writer) were so imaginative, technical flaws were easily overlooked.

Let me backtrack and explain something - The Seven Freaks? Yup, you read right: F-R-E-A-K-S. This is where Condor Heroes hits the first note of its bizarre chorus. Reminding me a little of the Marvel Comic's superhero group The Defenders, The Seven Freaks of Jiangnan (a.k.a. the Seven Grotesques of Jiangnan) are a group of fighters lead by an ill-tempered blind master known as The Flying Bat, who is highly skilled in projectile weapons, has an acute sense of hearing, and wields an iron staff as his weapon of choice. The other freaks include: Magic Hands Scholar Zhu Cong (played by Johnnie To regular, Hui Siu-Hung, from Running Out of Time, Exiled, Expect The Unexpected), an educated pickpocket and trickster who uses a fan as an extension of his arm to hit vital points; Han Baoju, a master horseman; South Mountain Woodchopper Nan Xiren; Smiling Buddha Zhang Ahsheng who relies on his size and brute strength to overcome his opponents; Hidden Hero of the Busy City Quan Jinfa who uses a peculiar iron scale as a weapon; and Yue Sword Maiden Han Xiaoying, the sole female member. As nutty as this grouping of heroes are, sadly their appearance is not so freakish, with the exception of the blind man putty make-up on Flying Bat.

The second high note in this opera of mayhem is reached in episode two with the revelation that Flying Bat was blinded by the nefarious fighting couple, Chen Xuanfeng the Bronze Corpse and Mei Chaofeng the Iron Corpse who practice the perverse dark art of the Jiuyin Baigu Claw or Nine Yin White Bone Claw. This technique allows the user's fingertips to pierce through the top of their victim's skull, resulting in a deadly bowling ball that is hurled through the air.

Also known as the Twin Ghosts (or The Two Ghosts in Black Wind), their appearance shreds any strand of reality left with the crude but effective camera trickery of skin being ripped off their victims' bodies leaving their skeletons flopping around in shock. Granted, this effect is done with the charm of a public school Halloween pageant from the 1960s, but the result is still shocking.

From there things get wilder with the introduction of characters like East Heretic a.k.a. Medicine Master; West Poison, North Beggar a.k.a. The Nine-Fingered Beggar Master, and South Emperor, who practice skills and weapons like snake poison, the Iron Palm, the Hedge Hog protection vest, Toad Stance, Yi Yang Finger, a jade flute which when imbued with internal energy can drive a person to madness, the 18 Dragon Subduing Palms, and last but not least, the 36 dog-beating stick technique of the Beggar Sect.

Now for all you tough guys out there, be prepared for in-between the many action sequences choreographed by wire master Ching Siu Tung (Duel to the Death, Chinese Ghost Story, Swordsman 2, Heroic Trio, Hero, etc.) and heaps of soap opera romance. Yes, LOCH is a soap opera for martial arts fans just as Dark Shadows serves the same purpose for monster fans.

Felix Wong's portrayal of the innocent swordsman Guo Jing made him a heartthrob over night. Shy and clumsy, he seems to fumble his way into the heart of every girl that he meets, but the love of his life is the witty rascal, Huang Rong, played by Barbara Yung. Together, they have remained one of the most beloved on-screen martial arts couple in Hong Kong TV history, but there was a tragic end to this affair. On May 14, 1985, Barbara Yung was found unconscious due to gas inhalation in her apartment and pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Many rumors circulated regarding the cause of her death ranging from accident, suicide or perhaps even foul play. Yung's funeral was a big event, attended by throngs of fans and many prominent Hong Kong celebrities. Friends and co-stars in her TV dramas such as Felix Wong, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Andy Lau were pallbearers for her casket. Ironically, before the role of Huang Rong was cast, the director predicted whoever would take the role would rocket to stardom. Ultimately and sadly, the prediction came true. Such an early end to a promising career cemented the status of the LOCH series in pop culture history.

Fans of Hong Kong cinema will have a treat spotting and following veteran actors like Paul Chun, Patrick Tse, and Eddy Ko or glimpsing Stephen Chow in his first television appearance as one of the ruthless Jin soldiers. Yes, Chow in his early years, was miscast as a thuggish heavy. Apparently, even Francis Ng pops up somewhere in the series.

The only extra included on the release is a forty-minute behind-the-scenes special that, while filled with lots of visual information, is lacking English subtitles. Subs would certainly help out in the extensive interview with the series' director Wong Tim Lam (recently seen as an actor in Johnnie To's Election 1 & 2 and also the father of director Wong Jing). There are also glimpses of the action team setting up fight shoots, shooting the Mongolian scenes on Lantau Island, Hong Kong, and even a young Johnnie To directing episodes. One half of the forty-minute running time consists of recaps of scenes that could spoil some of the story, so beware, as the special is the first episode of disc one.

Previously released on VCD in three separate volumes with truncated episodes and no subtitles, this box set consists of three volumes of five discs each. While the price tag is a tad expensive, it is easily worth it when you compare the amount of content that you get compared to a season of Sopranos or Deadwood. The big improvement over the release of the ROCH, which might be minor is some folk's opinion, is that TVB added western numerals on the DVDs. When traveling, I got my ROCH DVDs mixed up and had to number them with a wax crayon so I wouldn't have to play through several discs to figure out what episode I was at.

You'll want to listen to the Cantonese audio track (Audio Track 1) as that is the original language the series was recorded in and sometimes the music is different on the dubbed Mandarin track (Audio Track 2). That said, there does seem to be some fluctuation on the Cantonese audio, which seems slightly muffled, going from loud and soft throughout each episode, but for a non-Cantonese speaker simply following the subtitles, this is easily overlooked.

The subtitles translation is adequate and HK cinema veterans will settle into their rhythm. The biggest complaint people seem to have is that they flash too quickly on the screen, something that you get soon used to, but I was reminded of their speed when I watched an episode with a novice to the TVB experience.

Honestly, with memories of the lousy VHS dubs rented to me from Chinatown video shops in the early 90s with faded subtitles, the clean presentation of this series for the first time prevents me from being nit-picky. Plus the Toronto winter is almost upon me and I have nothing else better to do than experience and better understand the martial arts world.

by Colin Geddes - Twitchfilm.net

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.6 out of 10 (8)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.2 out of 10 (83)

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When do you have more of this product Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is best made film in 40 years. I have this product myself, but thinking of buy one as gift to friends, hope you have more in the future.
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Terrific music Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is a high quality show with a terrific price. However, what I enjoyed the most was the music.
Jenny Tseng has a terrific voice. Roman Tam was very good. Then there is the music and lyrics that are
so good. I really enjoyed it.
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January 19, 2008

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Legend Of The Condor Heroes Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Legend Of The Condor Heroes & Return Of The Condor Heroes both are the best TVB serial ever.I watched both serial since I am little girl maybe about 25 years ago.I got all the VHS,VCD & the DVD that the best collection I ever had.My father had the book collection about the Jin Hong author.I am still watching it until now,never get bored.The actors are really good acting,the martial art work really wonderful.LOCH been re-film with different actress & actors but they can't beat the original LOCH'83 they are the best one.No one can't beat Yung Mei Ling as Wong Yung or Miu Kiu Wai as Yeung Hong.My mum had LOCH'05 & I try to watch it through but I can only finish the 5 VCD because for me LOCH'83 still in my mind,never replaced.Yung Mei Ling,Wong Yat Wah & Miu Kiu Wai even Yang Pan Pan they work really well together.They the best TVB serial ever,I been hoping TVB can do another serial as good as LOCH'83.The LOCH'83 with the English subtitled is really good,eventhough the subtitled appear slightly quick but being married with the British man & living in NZ it's help my husband alot at least I don't have to translated to him & he can understand why his wife very addicted to Chinesse serial.Two thumbs up for all the actors also for Yesasia making me shopping the Chinesse movie more easier now.This serial is the best ever TVB made it.
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December 12, 2007

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Legend Of the Condor Heroes Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
Can anybody out there advice whether this DVD version of (Uncut Edition) is really uncut?

I do not wish to be dissapointed again after watching the so called 'UNCUT' version of "Return of the Condor Heroes".
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July 7, 2007

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Best TV-series of all time Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
LOCH83 is the best TVB-series. Great actors with outstanding performances´. The themesongs are great. Barbara Yung and Felix Wong were great together, they had great chemistry. Some complained about the sound on the DVD. As I remember, the sound has always been like that. Sometimes high and sometimes low. They recorded it in the early 80´s, what do you expect? All old series sounds like that. Buy this product, it´s worth it.
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