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Return of the Condor Heroes (The Complete Volume) 12 DVD/2 Boxsets (1983)

Andy Lau , Idy Chan  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Andy Lau, Idy Chan, Leung Ka Yan
  • Format: DVD Region, Box set, Full Screen, Subtitled, Miniseries
  • Subtitles: English, Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Tai Seng Video
  • Run Time: 1613 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QF4JE2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,036 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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One of Hong Kong's most beloved TV series (and the most requested title by fans) is now finally available on DVD for the first time, with remastered picture and all new English subtitles! Based on the classic martial arts novel by Louis Cha, "The Return of the Condor Heroes" stars Andy Lau as the orphaned Yang Gor, who is taken to Chuen Jun Clan to learn kung fu. 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 KAR YAN) and WONG YUNG (AU YEUNG PUI SHAN) lead a tranquil and peaceful life on Peach Blossom Island. Fate has led CHING to meet YEUNG GOR (ANDY LAU TAK 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I seen part 2 first, then i saw part 1 July 23, 2010
Haven't no bias ( not seeing the first one) part 2 was magnificent. Then I took a look at part one, i really wanted to see what it was like and the bias that came is the main character is different, but there are some same characters. Giving it some more thought watching it i felt great compassion for the first film as well. IT was indeed classic. So I have to say i love part 1 as much as i love part 2.
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I suppose it is hard to write my opinion on this series, as I am already biased by watching the first part "Legend of the Condor Heroes". The first series you are introduced to the characters, and after multiple episodes, they seem like old friends; in the second series, the story continues, but many of the actors have changed, especially in the main roles, and you keep comparing them to the first series. Also, the people used to to dub the Cantonese into Mandarin are different, so even their voices are unfamiliar. The biggest disappointment was the replacing of the woman playing Rong (Yung Mei Ling), but unfortunately she died shortly after the first series ended she "made" the first series). The good news is that there are several other actors that remained in the series, and give it enough familiarity to connect the two parts together.

The story is fairly well written (but remember, this is a 1980's TV "soap-opera", so don't expect the quality of a major film in acting and special effects), with a balanced amount of drama, comedy, and of course- a lot of gung-fu! The story is very slow going in the beginning, and not until the fourth or fifth disc does the story finally start to get interesting. One other thing about this series (and I don't know whether I find it funny or annoying) is that a lot of the background music in the series is the ACTUAL soundtracks to Indiana Jones and Star Wars! No, not something that sounds like it, but the actual soundtrack!

My feeling is, if you watched the first part, you have to see how the story comes out in the end over several generations of characters.

So, good, but not as good as the first, but I have to remember that there is a third part coming, so we will see. I will say though, the ending was very good (in this, it was better than the first). The story came together, and gave you that warm feeling of satisfaction in the end.
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