The Return of the Condor Heroes (2006 TV series)

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The Return of the Condor Heroes
Condor Hero.jpg
Poster
Traditional 神鵰俠侶
Simplified 神雕侠侣
Mandarin Shén Diāo Xiá Lǚ
Genre Wuxia
Based on The Return of the Condor Heroes
by Louis Cha
Screenplay by 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 Unrivaled by Jane Zhang
Ending theme Pugilistic Laugh by Wakin Chau, Zhang Jizhong, Huang Xiaoming, Hu Jun & 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
Release
Original network CCTV
Original release 13 March 2006 (2006-03-13)
Chronology
Preceded by The Legend of the Condor Heroes (2003)
Followed by The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber (2009)
External links
Website

The Return of the Condor Heroes is a 2006 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.

Synopsis[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

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.

Soundtrack[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.

The melody used for condor appearances was taken from Hans Zimmer's "All of them", notable for being part of the OST of the 2004 film King Arthur.

Tracklist[edit]

The Return of the Condor Heroes - Original Soundtrack
(神鵰俠侶 - 電視主題曲原聲大戲)
Condor Hero (soundtrack).jpg
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 Soundtrack
(神鵰俠侶 - 電視主題曲原聲大戲)
No.TitleSingerLength
1."Shuangfei (雙飛; Flying Together)"Huang Xiaoming & Della Ding5:01
2."Tianxia Wushuang (天下無雙; Unrivaled)" (Opening theme song)Jane Zhang5:13
3."Fuyun (浮雲; Drifting Clouds)"composed by Xiaochong0:48
4."Jianghu Xiao (江湖笑; Pugilistic Laugh)" (Ending theme song)Wakin Chau, Hu Jun, Huang Xiaoming, Zhang Jizhong & Xiaochong4:44
5."Longnü Zhi Sheng (龍女之聲; Voice of the Dragon Maiden)"Fan Zhuqing2:58
6."Luohua (落花; Falling Flowers)"Pan Yueyun5:58
7."Hen Cangtian (恨蒼天; Affection)"Xiaochong4:56
8."Lutu (路途; Journey)"Xiaochong4:48
9."Wen Shijian (問世間; Ask the World)"Zhang Xin4:24
10."Yilian Youmeng (一簾幽夢; A Curtain of Nether Dream)"Chen Xiuzhou and Xiao Manxuan2:39
11."Shuizhong Yue (水中月; Moon in the Water)"Xiaochong4:10
12."Gufeng Canying (孤風殘影; Solitary Wind Blur)"Xiaochong4:56
13."Biyi Shuangfei (比翼雙飛; Connubial)"Xiaochong5:14
14."Xingguang (星光; Starlight)"Xiaochong4:25
15."Zhanwu (戰舞; War Dance)"Xiaochong2:02
16."Lianzhe Duo Xihuan (戀著多喜歡; Loving Love)" (Taiwanese edition bonus track)Fish Leong3:53
17."Ni Hai Jide Wo Ma (你還記得我嗎; Do You Still Remember Me?)" (Taiwanese edition bonus track)Fish Leong3:54
Total length:1:10:23

International broadcast[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

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