The Legend of the Condor Heroes (2008 TV series)

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The Legend of the Condor Heroes
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Official poster
Also known as The Eagle Shooting Heroes
Genre Wuxia
Written by Louis Cha (original story)
Directed by Lee Kwok-lap
Starring Hu Ge
Ariel Lin
Justin Yuan
Cecilia Liu
Opening theme Yingxiong Mo (英雄莫) performed by Ronald Cheng
Ending theme Wuyun Ran (乌云然) performed by Hu Ge
Country of origin China
Original language(s) Mandarin
No. of episodes 50
Production
Producer(s) Karen Tsoi
Location(s) China
Running time 45 minutes per episode
Production company(s) Chinese Entertainment Shanghai Limited
Broadcast
Original channel KMTV-1
First shown in 18 July 2008
External links
Website
The Legend of the Condor Heroes
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The Legend of the Condor Heroes intertitle
Traditional Chinese 射鵰英雄傳
Simplified Chinese 射雕英雄传

The Legend of the Condor Heroes is a Chinese television series adapted from Louis Cha's novel of the same title. The series was produced by Chinese Entertainment Shanghai, the same company that produced Chinese Paladin (2005), The Little Fairy (2005) and The Young Warriors (2006). Many cast members from those projects collaborated again in this series, such as Hu Ge, Ariel Lin, Justin Yuan and Cecilia Liu. The series was first broadcast on KMTV-1 in China in July 2008.

Cast[edit]

List of featured songs[edit]

  • Yingxiong Mo (英雄寞; Dural Sinus of Heroes) performed by Ronald Cheng
  • Wuyun Ran (乌云然; Dark Clouds) performed by Hu Ge
  • Yingxiong Dao (英雄道; Path of a Hero) performed by William So
  • Wo Zhineng Aini (我只能爱你; I Can Only Love You) performed by Peng Qing

Production[edit]

Hu Ge was involved in a car accident on 29 August 2006 while travelling from Hengdian to Shanghai on the highway, resulting in the shooting of the series being delayed due to recovery from his injuries.

Sun Xing and Bryan Leung as Hong Qigong respectively in the series. Screen captures of the original shot and reshot.

During the shooting delay due to Hu Ge's recovery from the accident, the filmmakers started a new project The Fairies of Liaozhai (2007) to keep the crew members occupied while waiting to resume work on The Legend of the Condor Heroes.[1]

Sun Xing was originally cast as Hong Qigong but was later replaced by Bryan Leung due to the delay resulting from Hu Ge's recovery, which made Sun decide to move on, causing legal conflict. Sun filmed some scenes prior to his replacement, and those scenes were reshot again later with Leung taking over Sun's role.[2][3] [4]

Segments from The Young Warriors (2006) were reused for the flashback scene depicting Yang Zaixing's death.

The Song military costumes were originally made for The Young Warriors (2006). The Mongol military costumes were later reused in A Weaver on the Horizon (2010).

Reception[edit]

The series was generally well received in China, despite courting some controversy by changing certain portions of the novel for aesthetic purposes to reach modern audiences.[5]

Some antagonists, such as Yang Kang and Wanyan Honglie, also deviate from their counterparts in the novel, to the point that they are portrayed in a more positive light. Other significant deviations from the original story include: greater drama in the rivalry between Guo Jing and Yang Kang; the Yangs' troubled relationship with each other before they acknowledge themselves as family and Yang Kang's desire for vengeance after his parents' deaths; Yang Kang meeting his newborn son and raising the child with Mu Nianci months before his death; Yang Kang's final repentance before letting Ouyang Feng kill him.

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