The Legend of the Condor Heroes

The Legend of the Condor Heroes (2017)

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The story is set in the Song dynasty and at the beginning of the Jurchen-ruled Jin dynasty's invasion of northern China. The first part revolves around the friendship of two men, Yang Tiexin and Guo Xiaotian, who became heroes in their own right as they fought the Jin invaders. The bond between the duo is so strong that they pledge to each other that their unborn children will become either be sworn read moresiblings (if both are of the same sex) or a married couple (if they are of opposite sexes).
The story focuses on the trials and tribulations of their sons after Guo Xiaotian's death and Yang Tiexin's disappearance.

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Apr 6, 2017
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 7.5
  • Music 4.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Legend of the Condor Heroes is a personal favourite of mine out of all the Jin Yong wuxia books. The best thing about this particular adaptation is total loyalty towards the books [1]. This alone puts it miles ahead of the 2008 Hu Ge version, which imo was one of the worst I've watched.

Casting. LoCH 2017 used mostly rookies for its leading cast. Yang Xu Wen is probably the best-looking Guo read more Jing I've ever seen. I also think Li Yi Tong looks very much the part of Huang Rong. She also gives off a Zhou Xun feel (both of them suit this role well). The dubbing did wonders for this pair though, because if I had to listen to their original voices instead my ears will bleed. However, I think Mu Nian Ci was horribly miscast. This is my first time seeing such a... Mu Nian Ci. She doesn't have the right disposition at all.

Acting. Pretty decent acting all around, especially the veteran actors. There must also be something magical with the role of Ouyang Ke, because somehow all the actors who play the character do really really really well with it.

Production. The production team claimed that the use of rookie actors means that they are able to set aside more money for the more important things. Well, I think that's reasonable. At least there wasn't an overwhelming use of green screens *cough, cough G&I*. My problem is with the colours. Despite everything, the colours are still very "idol-ish wuxia" [2]. I much prefer the Zhang Ji Zhong adaptations where the colours were duller, more movie-like and looks like a proper drama as opposed to "idol dramas".

In all, I think the drama stands out from most of the 2017 productions. It also has an edge because of the fact that it's a recent adaptation, and after watching Yu Zheng's dramas, it's like a breath of fresh air. The drama also has a 8.0 rating on Douban, above the 2003 and 2008 versions. Not exactly deserved, but as I say, it has the advantage of being the diamond in the dirt.

-- Footnotes --

[1] I think it's based on the more recent editions of the book, which is a pity since I think in general the changes were for the worse.

[2] As years go on, Chinese period dramas are getting brighter and brighter in colours, which imo is a bad thing. It just looks... cheap.
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SKMF
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Mar 9, 2017
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.5
I have watched up to episode 30 and love this drama thus far as the story line is extremely close to the adaptation made with Felix Wong and Barbara Yung in the 80s.

The actors have also put up good performance but at the moment Barbara's Huang Rong still the best imo.

Michael Miu's Huang Yao Shi and William's Guo Jing are both very watchable.

Overall, great drama. Must watch. Entertaining. Nothing read more over the top. Perfect pace.
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Both have the same author and are similiar in style. The production quality in 'The Legend of the Condor Heroes 2017' is way better than this drama's.
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I absolutely loved this one. Starring amazing actors, this will get you on your heels.
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    Soju Jun 13, 2017 - edited

    I need to understand why they keep remaking this drama ~ is it THAT good? Like what's up!?

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      CheriLynzzz Jun 15, 2017

      The trilogy is a classic. There's a lot of martial arts references in different movies/novels that refer to the martial arts written in these three stories.

      It is definitely a good drama to watch... probably a must-watch if you're into wuxia. Just don't really know if it's so good that it warrants so many versions to be made.

      Though I do have to say, each version has it's own style, so some people may find that they like one version and not another. So maybe it's a good thing that they have so many versions? The new remakes just end up on my to-watch list and I eventually watch them when I run out of good costume dramas to watch...

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    RejaulHoque Jun 1, 2017 - edited

    Even with all the crappy subtitles it was still very interesting to watch really sad this drama isnt getting subbed. You know its good when you get interested even in the story of the old guys plus it has very good martial arts. Hope it gets fully subbed very soon.

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    RhopalocerA May 21, 2017

    Really want to watch this one but couldn't find it subbed T.T

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    DonD May 21, 2017

    Sad, almost six months in and still no subs yet.

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    Nikideema Apr 28, 2017 - edited

    I think this is the 3rd time I've watched a remake of this story? 5th? 10th? 100th?! I don't even know anymore...

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      CheriLynzzz Jun 20, 2017

      How was this version though?

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      Nikideema Jun 20, 2017

      I have it on hold and only watch a few eps when I have absolutely nothing else to watch. I don't know whether it's because it fails to keep my interest or it's because I've already been down this road before, but it's good enough that I don't write the series off altogether.

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      CheriLynzzz Jun 20, 2017

      Thanks!

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    justadramawatcher Apr 6, 2017

    This drama is my childhood. I read the novel and memorize the plot since I was 10. This version is the most satisfying. I totally love every single moment and I've watch 3 times in a row.

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    okaberintaro001 Mar 8, 2017

    Where can i watch this?

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    titi owo Feb 25, 2017 - edited

    watching romance of the condor heroes made me hate huang rong and her stupid daughter.

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      Naddy Feb 26, 2017

      LOL! That's true! That's true!
      However I don't hate Huang Rong in ROCH when imagining it was a young ariel lin, athena chu, and barbara yung. But Li yi tong I cannot help, so much of a... playful character. She's going to do a big smile thinking that tricking Gu Guo to go away is so fun, too much unseriousness of a person.

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    Marina Feb 11, 2017 - edited

    There are soo many versions of the story. i want to watch only one but ofc the best one. idk.. someone halp!

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      Enajyzal Feb 12, 2017

      This one is my favorite version so far.

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      kourosh Feb 18, 2017 - edited

      legend of the condor heroes 2008 with Hu Ge the Actor of "Nirvana in fire" is the best version

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      Marina Feb 18, 2017

      ty!

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    SusiW Jan 25, 2017 - edited

    I would sub this in English but it's copyright so I can't sub it. I wonder why some dramas are copyright and some aren't.

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      Xiaoshu Jan 26, 2017

      I couldn't even find its official channel on youtube. Maybe it didn't have one? But I can tell a lot of non-Chinese fans watched this drama without understanding the language. It's so sad that both Viki and Dramafever haven't licensed this drama. This version is so far pretty good.

      I'm glad that you want to sub it. I think you just upload the srt file somewhere, so non-Chinese fan can fully enjoy this drama. Thank!

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    Xiaoshu Jan 22, 2017

    Up to ep 8 and I loved this version so far. The martial art is awesome.

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    Ebuc Jan 21, 2017

    Omg..Li Yi Tong's Huang Rong is so cute

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    Tram Dickerson El Jan 17, 2017

    now the english waiting game... anglice lingua queaso!!

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    moonlightmys2 Jan 16, 2017

    where can i see this with english subs?

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    yls Jan 13, 2017

    Definitely a really good adaptation from what I've seen so far! Hopefully this keeps up!

Details

  • Country:

    China
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    52
  • Aired:

    Jan 9, 2017 to Apr 11, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    Dragon TV
  • Duration:

    45 min.

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  • Score:

    8.8 (scored by 81 users)
  • Ranked:

    #15835
  • Popularity:

    #515

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