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The Eagle Shooting Heroes

4.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

The latest adaptation of the classic Jin Yong wuxia (martial arts) novel, "Condor Heroes" is the definitive one. The production features a stellar cast with talents from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, taking on the colorful characters in a new light. With e

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Product Details

  • Actors: Hu Ge, Ariel Lin, Justin Hong, Cecilia Liu
  • Directors: Li Kwok Lap
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Tai Seng
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 2000 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002PHVH62
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,342 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By E. Kim on July 31, 2009
Format: DVD
Those unfamiliar with the now classic Wuxia story of the "Hawk Shooting Heroes," should understand that this is part of a trilogy by the renowned Wuxia author Louis Cha, known better by the pen name Jin Yong. This series is the first part of the trilogy and is a prequel to the second part "Return of the Condor Heroes," with the third installment, "Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber," being more independent from the first two parts. Because of the popularity of this story, it has been made many times in both film and television, this being the most recent adaptation of the novel. But as with most translations into the screen, there will almost always be changes in story, in both additions and cuts from the original plot.

For those new to Wuxia should understand that it is usually a well balanced mix of several genres; fantasy, romance, comedy, action and drama, all packaged together with a strong martial arts base, supporting into the story. "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" being the most widely known example of Wuxia to western audiences. The stories usually carry many plotlines and characters connected through this world. Due to the scale of development in the characters, my opinion is that you cannot fully grasp the stories in a film due to time restraints. In effect, television is by far the best visual media to capture the essence of these stories and the television shows produced are more faithful to the original storylines of the books, as this version does as well.

While I feel that "The Legend of the Condor Heroes" is somewhat the epitome of Wuxia, having many well developed characters and storylines, within those many, I think the very heart of this series is the focused relationship between the characters Guo Jing and Huang Rong.
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This movie's first 2 dvds (14 episodes) goes a little bit off tangent from its original, I might say it is quiet boring because they are trying to picture the relationship between Yang Kang with his father. However, starting episode 15 up to 50, this version is THE BEST OF THE BEST!!! The way they depict every character is very very superb although they can throw away some of the 'drama' scenes (I think there are too many unnecessary drama scenes). Nonetheless, this version is excellent and I would recommend to every Condor Hero's fans to watch it.
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I love watching this series from beginning to end. Very nice series and love the combination of both the leading actor and actress. Thumbs up.
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I watched this series on Youtube with fan english-subbed and that was by far the superior and more accurate translation than on the DVD version. It's overly simplified and do justice to the amazing actors and story :'(
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This is one of the first series I watched on the net. It's well cast and well acted. It has flaws in the makeup department that can be distracting for those who dwell on those things. In addition, the subs have a few spelling and grammar errors. That being said, I really enjoyed this. I decided to buy it so I could watch it whenever I want. It made me laugh and it made me cry so I gave it a 5.
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Celebrated performers Hu Ge, Ariel Lin, Cecilia Liu, and Justin Yuan are the best assembled cast members to date of playing Guo Jing, Huang Rong, Mu Nianci, and Yang Kang. Especially Liu, who gave a dazzling performance as a strong-willed Mu Nianci, which eventually earns her another role to play her character's descendant, the beautiful Yellow Dressed Maiden on Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre - 2010 Tai Seng Chinese Drama w/ English Subtitles (2010), and made her the rising star she is today in China.

Hu Ge and Ariel Lin are the best on-screen couple since their last collaboration on "The Little Fairy," and glad that the production allows them to reunite for this series as they've had great chemistry on the previously.
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There have been a few TV and movie adaptations of this Luis Cha Jin Yong classic set in the Song Dynasty, a turbulent period dat sees the further decline of China, and the rise of Genghis Khan.

My favorite Tv adaptation is by Shaw Bro TV Station TVB in the mid 1980s which I feel sticks closer to the classic novel series.

China Television did a pretty good adaptation in early 2000 but this joint China Taiwan production does rather well and tries to flesh out the characters more of the major protagonists namely, Guo Jin, Huang Rong and Yang Kang , the heroes and villain of this Jing Yong historical fiction masterpiece.

Also the choice of actors was great and the cast gave it their best. It was wonderful to see my favorite old skool kungfu action star Beardy Leung Kar Yen (the bridgadier) as the Beggar Clan chief Hung Chi Gung, who imparts his special kungfu - 18 Dragon Palm to our young hero Guo Jin played by China Tv star Hu Ge.

Ariel Lin was born to play the part of the heroine Huang Rong and I enjoyed the action choreography even though I would have preferred it if the director had toned down on the CGI effects which was pretty poor, at best, for such a glitzy production.

I thought the drama scenes were mostly great but not at the expense of what I felt were important parts of the classic story dat was glossed over or heavily summarised dat may make the background story regarding our hero and villain's parents alittle confusing (or not as interesting) at the beginning for a viewer who has never read or watched previous adaptations of this classic.

Also, I didn't quite like the way some of the major events were altered especially towards the end dat would put this adaptation out of sinc with existing TV adapations of the sequel.
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