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Product Details

  • Actors: Li Yapeng, Xu Qing, Zhang Jizhong, Huang Jianzhong
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Facets
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AYEL9W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,223 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Laughing in the Wind/Xiao Ao Jiang Hu 2001" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Color Collectible Photo Insert
  • Featurette about WuXia genre

Editorial Reviews

More magical than House of Flying Daggers or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; LAUGHING IN THE WIND is an epic tale featuring breathtaking landscapes and costumes, fight choreography set in a martial arts wonderland of warriors and lovers. LAUGHING IN THE WIND is among the most popular programs to ever appear on Chinese television. The first set of 40 episodes to be released in four 2-disc Collectors’ Editions, this DVD introduces the viewer to the treacherous world of martial arts where Ling experiences danger, lies and betrayal and gains many allies. After a series of conspiracies, struggles and adventures, he finally finds Ying, the rebellious daughter of the head of the Secret Party. Together they walk away from the whirlwind of fame and power to leave the world of human folly behind them

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kang-Min Chang on March 2, 2006
Format: DVD
First of all, this is a TV series that was made in mainland China in 2001 (or 2000). It has 40 episodes. Each DVD release here only contains 5 episodes. So, we have a few releases to go to see all 40 of them.

The main spoken language is Mandarine, not Cantonese, since it wasn't made in Hong Kong. When I watched it on the TV channel, it has Chinese subtitles, but this version only contains English. It goes so fast that I don't know how non-Chinese viewers are going to read it.

The movies "Swordsman" and "Swordsman 2" were adapted from the same source material, but strayed from the book plot quite a bit (I guess for movie adaptation purpose). But this TV series follows the book quite closely. At least I am very happy with it.

The plot from the book is extremely convoluted and complex. If Chinese culture is foreign to you, grab a Chinese friend with you while watching this. He/she can help explain things better. The first 10 episodes are laying foundations for the great story to come. So, be patient and you will be greatly rewarded. There are a few good fights coming after episode 10 that are totally jaw-dropping. Hope they will release them soon.

The production value is quite high, with stunning cinematography. Acting is pretty quite good, at least compared to the older versions I have seen. If you have read the book, you will be happy about this adaptation.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 17, 2006
Format: DVD
My rating is completely arbitrary and included only so I can post this remark, for reasons explained below: in short, that this page is hopelessly combining two different works.

Okay, there was a 1990 Hong Kong movie with the title "Xiao ao jiang hu"; the English title was Swordsman; it was based on a Louis Cha novel; it spawned two sequels. There appears to have been a 2000 TV series also called "Xiao ao jiang hu," based on the same novel. If the IMDB is to be trusted, the English title (in Singapore, at least) is "The Legendary Swordsman." Okay: Two different adaptations of the same book.

The cover picture, price, and date in the title suggest that this is the TV series; but the list of directors and stars suggests that this is the 1990 film. The various comments and reviews are mostly about the 1990 film. Something has gone terribly wrong here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Kibby on February 27, 2009
Format: DVD
I agree with the guy who says the people here are confused. THIS IS NOT A MOVIE! THIS IS A 40 EPISODE SHOW! And each episode is like, 30 minutes long...so you have QUITE a while to watch this. I took most of my summer popping this in and watching it, and let me just say that I was really losing my patience with the series in the beginning. It was bugging me so much: the subtitles would go kinda fast on some random parts, and there was stuff going on that I had no idea about, because I have never read the novel that this is supposedly based on...but I hung out through it...and paid as much close attention as I possibly could. Why? THE VISUALS ARE ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! I don't know where in the heck in china they filmed this movie in, but the locations are gloriously beautiful (pretty much, I can say with confidence, to rival Lord of the Ring's New Zealand). Plus the acting is fantastic, the fight scenes were just incredibly done for such a show (there is a part where the main character has to fight these villians in the rain which is now one of my favorite fight scenes in all the martial art movies I have seen...they show it in the opening, so at the begginning of each episode, you know that there is some good stuff ahead). But for the story, I didn't realize that it was such an ENORMOUS epic. I mean, not until I got to episode 20 or 25 was I used to the characters already, AND I was beginning to understand that there are like, 3 clans or something, who is in what clan, and what was going on. All of the characters have their own stories, and it flows smoothly together right at the end...which...the ending, I must say, was just plain awesome.

This is now one of my most favorite chinese shows, and now at this moment has me looking for more.
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