The Return of the Condor Heroes (2006 TV series)

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The Return of the Condor Heroes
Condor Hero.jpg
Poster
Also known as Condor Hero
The Saviour of the Soul
Condor Heroes
Love of the Condor Heroes
Genre Wuxia
Written by Louis Cha (original story)
Liu Yi
Wang Xuejing
Tan Lan
Lang Xuefeng
Directed by Yu Min
Zhao Jian
Presented by Ma Zhongjun
Pu Shulin
Chi Chenxi
Tie Fo
Starring Huang Xiaoming
Liu Yifei
Theme music composer Johnny Chen
Opening theme Tianxia Wushuang (天下无双) performed by Jane Zhang
Ending theme Jianghu Xiao (江湖笑) performed by Wakin Chau, Zhang Jizhong, Huang Xiaoming, Hu Jun and Johnny Chen
Country of origin China
Original language(s) Mandarin
No. of episodes 41
Production
Executive producer(s) Du Daning
Xu Lu
Zhou Li
Zhang Huijian
Producer(s) Zhang Jizhong
Song Yaping
Que Xin
Location(s) China
Cinematography Yu Min
Ye Zhiwei
Gu Qiming
Running time 45 minutes per episode
Production company(s) Ciwen Pictures
Broadcast
Original channel CCTV
First shown in 17 March 2006
Chronology
Preceded by The Legend of the Condor Heroes (2003)
Followed by The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber (2009)
External links
Official page on Ciwen Pictures' website
The Return of the Condor Heroes
Traditional Chinese 神鵰俠侶
Simplified Chinese 神雕侠侣

The Return of the Condor Heroes is a Chinese television series adapted from Louis Cha's novel of the same title. It is the second instalment of a trilogy produced by Zhang Jizhong, preceded by The Legend of the Condor Heroes (2003) and followed by The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber (2009). It was first broadcast on 17 March 2006 in China and subsequently broadcast in other Asian countries such as South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore.

Summary[edit]

Adapted from the novel by Jin Yong, this is a sequel to Legend of Condor Heroes and a prequel of sorts to Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre. The story concerns the adventures of Yang Guo, an orphaned boy in a mid-13th Century China.

From his humble beginnings, the street wise Yang Guo gets passed around from one prestigious master to another but none of them will teach him any martial arts. While escaping from a tortured experience under Quan Zhen Sect's Zhao Zhi Jing, he meets Xiao Long Nu, the girl who will become his martial arts master and eventually the love of his life.

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Production[edit]

Shooting began in October 2004 and ended in May 2005. Locations include Zhejiang, Chongqing, Shandong, Guangdong, Liaoning, Beijing and Sichuan Jiuzhaigou Valley.

Scenes from The Legend of the Condor Heroes (2003) were featured as flashbacks including the scene depicting Yang Kang's death. Zhou Jie makes a cameo appearance as Yang Kang.

International broadcasts[edit]

Country Television network Series premiere Alternative English title
China CCTV 17 March 2006 Condor Heroes
Philippines GMA-7 1 May 2006 Love of the Condor Heroes
Hong Kong TVB 10 July 2006 The Saviour of the Soul
Taiwan CTV 12 July 2006 Condor Heroes
Canada Omni.2 9 September 2006 Condor Hero
Japan Channel Neco
V-Paradise TV
January 2007 (Neco)
March 2008 (VPTV)
Condor Heroes
Thailand TV3 17 March 2007
Singapore Channel U 28 April 2007 Condor Hero
Indonesia Indosiar 30 January 2012 Kembalinya Pendekar Pemanah Rajawali

Music[edit]

The music for the series was taken from motion picture scores of films such as Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, Van Helsing, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Harry Potter (film series) and Batman Begins.

The chorus from Iwasaki Taku's Shades of Revolution, a Rurouni Kenshin OVA musical score, was used in a minor fight scene between Yang Guo and Li Mochou (episode 30).

The melody of the song Dearest by Ayumi Hamasaki, famous for being in InuYasha, can be heard in the background on episode 15 during the scene where Gongsun Zhi is talking to Xiaolongnü at the Passionless Valley.

Soundtrack[edit]

The Return of the Condor Heroes - Original Television Drama Soundtrack
(神鵰俠侶 - 電視主題曲原聲大戲)
Soundtrack album Audio CD/Digital downloads by Various artists
Released May 13, 2006
Length 1:10:23
Label Rock Records Co., LTD (滾石國際音樂股份有限公司)

The original soundtrack was released on 13 May 2006 from Rock Records Co., LTD (滾石國際音樂股份有限公司). There are two versions of the soundtrack. The mainland Chinese release contains a total of 15 tracks while the Taiwanese release includes two bonus tracks. The original score was composed by Chen Huanchang (Xiaochong).

The Return of the Condor Heroes - Original Television Drama Soundtrack
(神鵰俠侶 - 電視主題曲原聲大戲)
No. Title Performers Length
1. "Shuangfei (雙飛; Flying Together)"   performed by Huang Xiaoming and Dingdang 5:01
2. "Tianxia Wushuang (天下無雙; Unrivaled)" (The opening theme song of the TV series) performed by Jane Zhang 5:13
3. "Fuyun (浮雲; Drifting Clouds)"   composed by Xiaochong 0:48
4. "Jianghu Xiao (江湖笑; Jianghu Laugh)" (The ending theme song of the TV series) performed by Wakin Chau, Hu Jun, Huang Xiaoming, Zhang Jizhong and Xiaochong 4:44
5. "Longnü Zhi Sheng (龍女之聲; Voice of the Dragon Maiden)"   vocal performed by Fan Zhuqing 2:58
6. "Luohua (落花; Falling Flowers)"   performed by Pan Yueyun 5:58
7. "Hen Cangtian (恨蒼天; Affection)"   performed by Xiaochong 4:56
8. "Lutu (路途; Road)"   composed by Xiaochong 4:48
9. "Wen Shijian (問世間; Ask the World)"   performed by Zhang Xin 4:24
10. "Yilian Youmeng (一簾幽夢; A Curtain of Nether Dream)"   performed by Chen Xiuzhou and Xiao Manxuan 2:39
11. "Shuizhong Yue (水中月; Moon in the Water)"   composed by Xiaochong 4:10
12. "Gufeng Canying (孤風殘影; Solitary Wind Blur)"   composed by Xiaochong 4:56
13. "Biyi Shuangfei (比翼雙飛; Connubial)"   composed by Xiaochong 5:14
14. "Xingguang (星光; Starlight)"   composed by Xiaochong 4:25
15. "Zhanwu (戰舞; War Dance)"   composed by Xiaochong 2:02
16. "Lianzhe Duo Xihuan (戀著多喜歡; Loving Love)" (Taiwanese edition bonus track) performed by Fish Leong 3:53
17. "Ni Hai Jide Wo Ma (你還記得我嗎; Do You Still Remember Me?)" (Taiwanese edition bonus track) performed by Fish Leong 3:54
Total length:
1:10:23

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