The Romance of the Condor Heroes

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The Romance of the Condor Heroes
The Condor Heroes 2014 tv series poster.jpg
Promotional 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 Yu Zheng
Directed by Lee Wai-chu
Deng Wei'en
Lee Tat-chiu
Creative director(s) Yu Zheng
Presented by Pu Shulin
Yu Zheng
Starring Chen Xiao
Michelle Chen
Composer(s) Tan Xuan
Country of origin China
Original language(s) Mandarin
Malay (Dubbed)
No. of episodes 52 (original version)
Production
Executive producer(s) Bi Nengjin
Chen Wen
Producer(s) Yu Zheng
Ma Tian
Wan Yang
Yang Lihui
Production location(s) Hengdian World Studios
Xiangshan Film City
Cinematography Ye Yunyuan
Jiang Hongmin
Liang Baoquan
Editor(s) Zheng Weiming
Liu Xiang
Running time 45 minutes per episode
Production company(s) Cathay Media
Yu Zheng Studio
Distributor Yang Le
Shen Wei
Release
Original network Hunan TV
Original release 3 December 2014 (2014-12-03) – 11 March 2015 (2015-03-11)

The Romance of the Condor Heroes is a 2014–15 Chinese television series produced by Yu Zheng and adapted from Jin Yong's novel The Return of the Condor Heroes, with additional material from the preceding novel, The Legend of the Condor Heroes. It stars Chen Xiao and Michelle Chen in the lead roles. The series was first broadcast on Hunan TV from 3 December 2014 to 11 March 2015.[1]

Plot[edit]

The protagonist, Yang Guo, is the orphaned son of Yang Kang, the antagonist in The Legend of the Condor Heroes. The couple Guo Jing and Huang Rong take Yang Guo under their care for a short period of time before sending him to the Quanzhen Sect on Mount Zhongnan for better guidance in moral values and orthodox martial arts. In Quanzhen, Yang Guo is often bullied by his fellow students, and discriminated against by his master, Zhao Zhijing. Yang Guo flees from Quanzhen and ventures unknowingly into the nearby Tomb of the Living Dead, where the Ancient Tomb Sect is housed. He is saved by Xiaolongnü, a mysterious maiden of unknown origin, and becomes her apprentice. They live together in the tomb for many years until Yang Guo grows up.

Yang Guo and Xiaolongnü develop romantic feelings for each other, but their romance is forbidden by the prevailing norms of the jianghu (or wulin, the community of martial artists). Throughout the story, their love meets with several trials, such as the misunderstandings that threaten to tear them apart, and their encounter with Gongsun Zhi, whom Xiaolongnü almost marries at one point. Finally, after their reunion and marriage, Xiaolongnü leaves Yang Guo again, owing to her belief she cannot recover from a fatal poison, and promises to meet him again 16 years later. While Yang Guo is wandering the jianghu alone, he meets several formidable martial artists and a giant condor, and improves his skills tremendously after training from them. His adventures gradually mould him into a courageous hero and one of the most powerful martial artists of his time. Yang Guo serves his native land by helping the Han Chinese people of the Song Empire resist invaders from the Mongol Empire. At the end of the novel, he is reunited with Xiaolongnü and they leave to lead the rest of their lives in seclusion after receiving praises and blessings from the wulin.

Cast[edit]

  • Chen Xiao as Yang Guo / Yang Kang
  • Michelle Chen as Xiaolongnü
    • Zhang Zimu as Xiaolongnü (young)
  • Zheng Guolin as Guo Jing
  • Yang Mingna as Huang Rong
  • Zhang Xinyu as Li Mochou
  • Mao Xiaotong as Guo Fu
    • Jiang Yiyi as Guo Fu (young)
  • Sun Yaoqi as Lu Wushuang
    • Hu Shun'er as Lu Wushuang (young)
  • Zhao Hanyingzi as Cheng Ying
    • Chai Wei as Cheng Ying (young)
  • Heizi as Jinlun Guoshi
  • Zhang Xueying as Guo Xiang
  • Cui Zhengbang as Guo Polu
  • Zhang Zhehan as Yelü Qi
  • Ma Yingqiao as Yelü Yan
  • Wang Shuang as Wanyan Ping
  • Cao Xinyue as Hong Lingbo
  • Wu Jingjing as Gongsun Lü'e
  • Qiu Xinzhi as Gongsun Zhi
  • Zhang Qian as Qiu Qianchi
  • Li Shipeng as Qiu Qianren / Ci'en
  • Zhang Chao as Wu Dunru
    • Zhang Yijie as Wu Dunru (young)
  • Elvis Han as Wu Xiuwen
    • Fang Yangfei as Wu Xiuwen (young)
  • Zhao Kunpeng as Wu Santong
  • Zhang Yameng as Wu Sanniang
  • Guo Yuhan as Shagu
  • Christopher Lee as Huang Yaoshi
  • Zong Fengyan as Ouyang Feng
  • Yin Xiaotian as Hong Qigong
  • Zhou Dehua as Zhou Botong
  • Ji Chen as Yideng
  • Deng Limin as Ke Zhen'e
  • Shen Baoping as Qiu Chuji
  • Zhang Tianyang as Huodu
  • Daiding as Da'erba
  • Shao Min as Granny Sun
  • Wang Maolei as Zhao Zhijing
  • Song Yang as Zhen Zhibing
  • Meng Fei as Yelü Chucai
  • Kang Lei as Ma Guangzuo
  • Yang Long as Nimoxing
  • Rong Yaozhong as Yinkexi
  • Ruan Weijing as Xiaoxiangzi
  • Yao Yichen as Chen Xuanfeng
  • Hou Jingjian as Feng Mofeng
  • Yi Kun as Lu Guanying
  • Liu Ye as Cheng Yaojia
  • Li Yilin as Zhu Ziliu
  • Zhu Rongrong as Möngke Khan
  • Luo Wenbo as Lin Chaoying's apprentice
  • Wang Yuzheng as Lu Youjiao
  • Sun Xinhong as He Shiwo
  • Jian Renzi as Rou'er
  • Chen Tingjia as Du Xuelian (Ouyang Feng's sister-in-law)
  • Hu Pu as Fan Yiweng
  • Hou Jianglong as Indian Monk
  • Ren Xihong as Shi Da
  • Zhao Haiying as Shi Er
  • Shi Puzhou as Shi San
  • Niu Wenbo as Shi Si
  • Feng Mingjing as Shi Wu
  • Xu Zhanwei as Datougui
  • Zhang Luhua as Shashengui
  • Du Guanru as Taozhaigui
  • Peng Yong as Wuchanggui
  • Yu Xiaochen as Baicaoxian
  • Shi Zhenlong as Renchuzi
  • Lü Yang as Gourou Toutuo
  • Tan Limin as Abbess Shengyin
  • Wen Wen as Xiaocui (Zhao Zhijing's secret lover)
  • Xing Qiqi as Li Zhichang
Special appearances

Soundtrack[edit]

The Romance of the Condor Heroes - Original Television Soundtrack (神鵰俠侶电视剧原声音乐大碟)
No.TitleMusicLength
1."Splendid Grandeur (浩瀚)" (Opening theme song)Jason Zhang 
2."You and Me (你我)" (Ending theme song)Chen Xiao & Michelle Chen 
3."Ask the World (问世间)"Chen Xiang & Zhang Xinyu 
4."Sixteen Years"Chen Xiao & Liu Xin 

Reception[edit]

Since the series was first announced, it was wrapped up in various controversies. In particular, the casting of Michelle Chen attracted a large outcry by fans of the original novel, who called Chen the "fattest Xiaolongnü (little dragon lady)" that they have ever seen. When the show first premiered on Hunan TV, it was heavily panned for its bad writing, cheaply made actions scenes and a story that completely departs from the novel. Critics call the show "a vulgar mess possessing little artistic value", and "a production that completely destroyed the spirit of the original story".[2][3]

International broadcast[edit]

Region Network Dates Notes
Mainland China Hunan TV 3 December 2014 – 11 March 2015
Anhui TV 19 March 2015 – ?
Malaysia 8TV 24 April – 6 July 2015
Singapore Channel 8 29 April – 9 July 2015
Hong Kong TVB Chinese Drama 25 May – 4 August 2015
TVB HD Jade / J5 7 January – 22 March 2016
TVB Jade 10 November 2016 – 27 January 2017
Taiwan CTV Main Channel 27 July – 2 October 2015
CTi Entertainment 27 July – 2 October 2015
ELTA TV 2 September – 7 October 2015
Indonesia RCTI 6 April 2015 – ? [4]
South Korea CHING 6 May 2015 – ? [5]
Cambodia CTV 8 HD 10 August 2015 – ? [6]
United States KSCI LA18 2 March 2016 – ?
Canada Talentvision 10 November 2016 – ?
Thailand Channel 7 4 October 2017 – ? [7]

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