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Of all of Jin Yong's intricate series, The Duke of Mount Deer is perhaps the most lively and vivid. It's also one of his most popular, having been made into countless films and TV series. While each of these renditions has its own character and charm, this version of The Duke of Mount Deer is the truest to Jin Yong's original. Filmed during the 1980s, it features internationally acclaimed actor Tony Leung as Wei Xiao Bao and heart-throb Andy Lau as Emperor Kang Xi. We're sure you'll agree it's classic 20th Century TV at its best!
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Product Title: The Duke Of Mount Deer (End) 鹿鼎記 (完) 鹿鼎记 (完) 鹿鼎記 (完) The Duke Of Mount Deer (End)
Artist Name(s): Andy Lau | Tony Leung Chiu Wai | Carina Lau | Teresa Mo | Sandra Ng | Kiki Sheung 劉 德華 | 梁 朝偉 | 劉嘉玲 | 毛舜筠 | 吳君如 | 商天娥 刘 德华 | 梁 朝伟 | 刘嘉玲 | 毛舜筠 | 吴君如 | 商天娥 劉徳華 (アンディ・ラウ) | 梁朝偉 (トニー・レオン) | 劉嘉玲 (カリーナ・ラウ)  | 毛舜筠 (テレサ・モウ) | 呉君如 (サンドラ・ン) | 商天娥(ション・ティンオー) 유덕화 | 양조위 | Carina Lau | Teresa Mo | Sandra Ng | Kiki Sheung
Release Date: 2005-03-07
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Disc Format(s): VCD
Publisher: TVBI (HK)
Other Information: 24VCDs
Package Weight: 920 (g)
Shipment Unit: 5 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003972944

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March 19, 2007

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Back in the late eighties and early nineties, I was watching as much HK cinema as I could, putting together the puzzle pieces of a cinema that had little English coverage at the time. It was an exciting, undiscovered territory and I watched everything I could get my hands on. I'd rent a video based on who was on the cover (Chow Yun Fat, Lam Ching Ying, Sammo Hung), and that served as a jumping point into the works of other directors, writers, choreographers, actors, etc.

The big piece missing from the puzzle was the Hong Kong TV dramas, since many of these HK film folk started out in the serials made by TVB and others. Andy Lau and Chow Yun Fat were discovered in TVB acting classes. Johnnie To and Tsui Hark first started with TVB martial arts serials. Even art house heavyweights like Ann Hui (Song of the Exile), Yim Ho (Red Dust) and Patrick Tam (Final Victory, After This Our Exile) got their start here.

Feature films were easy to access due to the English subtitles on the VHS tapes I'd rent in Toronto's Chinatown, but the dramas were another beast altogether. Where to start? Years later, I inadvertently found that the path to TV was via literature and the works of Louis Cha (a.k.a. Jin Yong), when I borrowed a copy of the three-part novel The Deer and The Cauldron from the public library.

Louis Cha is widely regarded as the finest Chinese wuxia ("martial arts and chivalry") writer, a reputation based on fifteen novels and short stories he wrote between 1955 and 1972. With a following in all Chinese-speaking areas of the world, his books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide (over 1 billion if one includes bootleg copies), making him by far the best-selling living Chinese author.

Published by Oxford Press, The Deer and The Cauldron is one of the few translations of the many pulp works by authors like Louis Cha, Gu Long (whose books Shaw Brothers director Chor Yuen would adapt into films like The Magic Blade and The Sentimental Swordsman), and Ni Kuang (Chang Cheh's scriptwriter with credits including Five Venoms) that had been turned into movies, comics and TV serials. Described by Newsweek as "martial arts meets Monty Python," this epic tale of martial arts intrigue, helped fill in gaps in my understanding of the martial arts film genre, explaining the structure, plotting, flamboyant heroes and villains, elements often lost in convoluted and clumsy cinematic adaptations.

The influence and popularity of this book is easily demonstrated by the number of adaptations and spin-offs. Including the series being discussed here, it has been adapted for television six different times in Hong Kong (1970, 1984, 1998, 2000), Taiwan (1984) and Mainland China (2007). Big screen versions include: the Shaw Brothers' A Tale of a Eunuch starring Wong Yu and Gordon Liu Chia-Hui in 1983; Wong Jing's two-part satire starring Stephen Chow, Royal Tramp 1 & 2 (1992); Tony Leung's return to the role in the 1993 comedy Hero - Beyond the Boundary of Time; Category 3 sex romp Wai's Romance in 1994. It has also been turned into role-playing games, a cell phone game, and even a book series examining the office politic skills displayed by the characters and their modern day application!

Time to put down the book and turn on the television for the most beloved adaptation, the 1984 series by TVB, which, eighteen years before being cast together in Infernal Affairs, paired Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Andy Lau as the leads in Duke of Mount Deer.

Unsure how a fifty episode series aired originally on television, I asked a friend in Hong Kong who explained that TVB dramas were broadcast Monday to Friday, one episode a night, five episodes a week and running one hour with commercials, around forty to forty-five minutes without commercials.

My friend further explained that a typical series structure was broken down into a "season" of twenty episodes and that the twenty-episode structure was further divided into four "rounds" of five episodes each. One director and one scriptwriter will be in charge of each "round" (i.e. one week of airing). The first round and last round were usually allocated to the top directors (such as Wong Tin-Lam, director turned actor in Johnnie To's Election 1 & 2 and father of Wong Jing) and scriptwriters, while the second unit directors (like the young Johnnie To) would fill in the middle rounds. For dramas with over forty episodes, the twenty-episode structure simply repeats. This four round structure of writing - exposition, development, turn, closure - is evident in the works of Wong Jing, who got his start there and was further influenced by his father.

The story of Duke of Mount Deer plays out in China during the 17th century, at the start of the Qing dynasty (which succeeded the Ming when the Manchus conquered China), in the middle of unrest between the Han Chinese and the ruling Manchus. Tony Leung Chiu-wai plays Wai Siu Bo (called "Trinket" in the translation of the book), the son of a brothel prostitute, a real rascal constantly getting into trouble and drawn to gambling or any form of betting. Hoping to learn some kung fu, he follows Brother Mau (Chung Wong, a TVB regular), an outlaw swordsman, to the capital and inadvertently finds himself in the Forbidden Palace.

In order to avoid a nasty death, he overpowers a eunuch and impersonates him, serving Hai, an old, blind eunuch (Lau Siu-Ming, who was recently seen playing the old man in the Pang Brothers' Re-Cycle), who is a sly martial arts master loyal to the previous emperor. Following the mysterious death of the Royal Concubine Tung Han, the Emperor left the throne to secretly become a monk, leaving the crown to his young prince, Kangxi (Andy Lau).

Old Eunuch Hai is investigating a plot that involves the prince's mom, the Empress Dowager, who was possibly involved in the death of the Royal Concubine who has links to the evil Mystic Dragon Sect from Snake Island. How else would she know the powerful "Bone Crushing Palm"? At the root of this conspiracy are a series of mantras (books) hiding pieces of a map to a buried treasure that supports Manchu rule. To keep Wai under his control, Hai laces his soup with a powerful and deadly drug and dispatches him to learn secrets from the other eunuchs while gambling.

One day Wai unwittingly befriends a young man who is practicing kung fu by himself and agrees to be his sparring partner. The man turns out to be Kangxi (Lau), who is delighted to find someone who doesn't hold back on punches when practicing.

They develop an unlikely friendship, and a strong bond between the two is formed when they defeat Ngo Bye (Kwan Hoi-San who played the old gang boss Mr. Hoi in Hard-Boiled), an arrogant and ruthless Imperial Guard (with insanely wild eye brows, a regular make-up device used to portray treachery in TVB series) who has eyes on the throne. This act finds Wai promoted through the ranks of eunuchs to officer of the Imperial Court. With his new title, he is brought into the corrupt world of the officials and is invited by fellow officers (including Hui Siu-Hung, who was one of the Seven Freaks in The Return of the Condor Heroes and is a Johnnie To regular, playing the Lau Ching-wan's superior in Running Out of Time) to help himself to items seized from Ngo Bye's estate including a vest impervious to blades and a dagger that cuts through anything.

On an excursion outside the Palace, Wai finds himself in an awkward situation (one of countless many in this series, I am pleased to report), but is recognized by Brother Mau, a member of the patriotic Heaven and Earth Society, which would later transform into one of the early triad factions, but at the time was one of the anti-Qing underground resistance organizations. Wai meets Chen Jinnan (Kenneth Tsang, Danny Lee's partner in The Killer) the leader of the Society, and through his charm and quick thinking, he becomes a Lodge Master, serving as the society's "mole" inside the palace.

That is the basis of this plot that jumps in leaps and bounds, but in between all of it are the seeds of sub-plots that will yield a bountiful harvest of convolution in later episodes involving prostitutes, gamblers, beggars, Shaolin monks, Taoists, Cossacks, Jesuits, herbalists, dissident authors, corrupt magistrates, Manchu princes, Ming loyalists, and a one-armed Princess turned nun with the deadly "flicking" style of kung fu.

The big shocker of Duke of Mount Deer is the performance of Tony Leung Chiu-wai. Most are familiar with his serious dramatic work, most recently with Wong Kar Wai for In The Mood For Love and in Andrew Lau's Infernal Affairs, but it is with this series that he got his start, finding his way into the hearts of Hong Kong audiences in a broad and crude slapstick role. His performance is based on the rapid fire delivery of profanities, bawdy humour, and lots of mugging for the camera. I have been trying to find a comparison in Western cinema, but the closest I could come up with would be if you saw Bill Murray in Broken Flowers and thought he was a talented dramatist, unaware of his history with Saturday Night Live. Maybe another example would be Bruce Willis' start in the television series Moonlighting.

An example of the typical "high brow humour" found here is when Wai Siu Bo tricks a number of Shaolin monks into following him through a series of martial arts moves that he has mastered called, "The Scabby Dog Style," including the techniques, "yellow dog pees" and "hungry dog eats shit", where the monks crawl and grovel on floor.

Our anti-hero Wai Siu Bo is a greedy, lazy, foul-mouthed, womanizing, and opportunistic juvenile delinquent, unlike any of Louis Cha's previous protagonists, who would laugh at death and fight for what they believe to be a noble cause. Wai Siu Bo's cause is his own advancement done in the interest of his survival, but his greed is always overpowered by his genuine loyalty and generosity towards his friends. And keep him away from the ladies, as his eye wanders and towards the end of the series, much humour is derived from the seven wives he has acquired over the course of the story.

Another factor that goes against the pattern of Cha's work is that the protagonist has very poor kung fu. Wai Siu Bo learns his martial arts skills over the course of the series and usually by accident. The humour and interplay between the characters in their places in society dominate the story, rather than the regular bouts of martial arts action that is found in other Louis Cha adaptations like The Legend of the Condor Heroes and The Return of the Condor. If you are looking for the same kind of wacky fighting sequences, Duke might make you restless, especially considering the amount of strife and characters covered in the first few episodes can be confusing. Sticking through it all does pay off, but has a rocky start.

The fact that TVB series are usually ignored in discussion of Hong Kong cinema would explain dismissals of Tony Leung's performance in online reviews of the movie Hero - Beyond the Boundary of Time, complaining that he was "miscast", or that the film "would have been twice as good if Tony Leung Chiu-wai had NOT played such an arrogant prick." Not a valid criticism when he is simply sliding into the role that made him famous.

The pairing of Tony Leung and Andy Lau was the first of many that would develop later onscreen, eighteen years before Infernal Affairs. Fans of TVB series praise the chemistry between the two, matching it with the duo of Felix Wong and Barbara Yung in The Legend of the Condor Heroes. For contrast, check out the performances of Wong Yu and Gordon Liu Chia-Hui in the Shaw Brothers adaptation from 1983, A Tale of a Eunuch, and also for the super condensed story line.

One of the other joys of watching TVB series from this period are the appearances by extras and secondary actors who would later develop into stars in later years. Francis Ng and Lau Ching Wan pop up in the series in a variety of roles ranging from Imperial guards to battling lamas. The chemistry that these actors have in the Johnnie To films stems from the friendships that were made while making these series. In the roles of Wai Siu Bo's wives are Carina Lau (Days of Being Wild), Sandra Ng (Golden Chicken), and Teresa Mo (Hard-Boiled), all of whom were destined for big screen fame. And the theme song? Done by the heavenly king of Canto-pop, Leslie Cheung!

This box set consists of two volumes of six DVDs each. The price tag is worth the investment considering the amount of content that you get compared to an average season of Sopranos or Deadwood and the fact that it is finally available with English subtitles. 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). As per usual, the subtitles translation is adequate and those used to the speed and common grammatical errors in HK subtitles, will settle into their rhythm.

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May 20, 2009

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It's a must watch Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This series is based on the most popular of Jin Yong's novels, so comparatively, many adaptations have been created. This is definitely the best one I have seen yet. Both Andy and Tony's performance was superb. Personally, I don't really like the character of Wai siu bo, but I admire his loyalty and I think that is partially why he is able to impress his many wifes into staying. Also, this series follows very closely to the novel so I would definitely reccomend it.
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March 29, 2009

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BEST OF THE BEST Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
out of different years of the duke of mount deer......tony leung's version is the best.....would recommend to everyone who enjoyed to watch jin yong
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August 14, 2007

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Cup of tea Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
I enjoyed this series tremendously when it first came out but subsequent viewing... a year ago....mmmmm....I wondered what I saw back then...the last viewing found Tony Leung's performance aggravating...perhaps I'm getting a bit old for this style of acting. Not my cup of tea anymore.
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May 4, 2007

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Womanizer Customer Review Rated Bad 3 - 3 out of 10
I had a hard time finishing this series. I appreciated his loyaties, however it was diminished by his womanizing. What makes it even more unbeleivable was that these women actually stayed. What's up with that? Was he the original Moran's Faith man?
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March 6, 2007

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One of my all-time favorite Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
The Duke of Mount Deer was one of best TVB productions. I first saw this when I was a little kid and have seen this series over and over.

The story is about a small-town guy (Tony Leung) who is quite despicable and selfish but his luck carries him through various adventures. He ends up in the palace and eventually became the King's (Andy Lau) best friend. It's a wonderful drama and comedy with an outstanding all-star cast.

To answer the ignorant comment posted by pagan... this TV series is nearly 20 years old! Andy Lau was a nobody back then and this was his first TV series where he got his big break.
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