The Legend of Guan Gong

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The Legend of Guan Gong
Genre Historical drama
Written by Cheng Qingsong
Zhang Xianmin
Directed by Zheng Kehong
Starring Wang Yingquan
Tian Hairong
Li Wenshuai
Huang Xiangyang
Zhang Youling
Zheng Kehong
Theme music composer Gan Lin
Opening theme Da Yingxiong (大英雄) performed by Han Lei
Country of origin China
Original language(s) Mandarin
No. of episodes 28
Executive producer(s) Yu Guanghua
Producer(s) Yang Weiguang
Location(s) China
Running time 46 minutes per episode
Production company(s) 中共湖北当阳市人民政府
Original network Guangdong TV
First shown in 10 October 2004
The Legend of Guan Gong
Traditional Chinese 武聖關公
Simplified Chinese 武圣关公
Literal meaning Military Sage Lord Guan

The Legend of Guan Gong is a 2004 Chinese television series based on the story of Guan Yu, a general of the late Han Dynasty. The series has been released in North America by Image Entertainment.


The story begins with Guan Yu's early life, when he is forced to flee his hometown to avoid arrest after killing a local bully. After a long journey and experiencing hardship, Guan meets Liu Bei and Zhang Fei and becomes sworn brothers with them in the Oath of the Peach Garden. Since then, the three of them have dedicated their lives to defending the Han Dynasty and bringing peace to the empire.

The series differs from Guan Yu's official biography in Records of Three Kingdoms, folk tales about him and his story in Romance of the Three Kingdoms. It focuses on four main events in Guan's life story: Oath of the Peach Garden; crossing five passes and slaying six generals; Guan Yu attends the banquet alone and Guan Yu's defeat and death.


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