Return of the Condor Heroes (The Complete Volume) 12 DVD/2 Boxsets
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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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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.
The shaw brothers told this story years before in a film called "Little dragon girl".It is a much abridged version of this story and is a great appetizer for this series. It is unmatched in visuals and storytelling. It is the epitome of "Epic". MUST SEE.