The Eagle Shooting Heroes
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(Sep 29, 2009)
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Excellent acting by ALL actors.....few English sub mistakes but still the series deserve a 5 stars....Published 13 days ago by IRENA
Lots of very good actors can been seen in this series. Beside them, this series offers a great deal of breathtaking action going on. Read morePublished on April 28, 2014 by Alexander Baumhauer
I Love this series. Great casts and story line. This series is also the best by far in my opinion.Published on July 29, 2013 by Indra Hutamadi
different versions always have slight changes. still good all in all. liked the story of what legends were made of.Published on November 28, 2012 by Oh Ih
i really enjoyed the process in which the main characters learned more kung fu to add to there arsenal. Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by Jerold Smith