“The Return of the Condor Heroes” (ROCH; 神雕侠侣) is a Chinese drama based on the same title fictional novel by Louis Cha.

The novel was made into dramas and movies in numerous occasions; among of the adaptations, the 2006 drama produced by China Central Television (CCTV) is arguably the most successful version.

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Chinese drama The Return of the Condor Heroes
The Return of the Condor Heroes (2006)

ROCH 2006 is produced by Zhang Jizhong; starring Huang Xiaoming, Crystal Liu Yifei, Meng Guang Mei and Yang Mi etc.

The Return of the Condor Heroes Synopsis

The story is set at the end of Chinese Song Dynasty, about the forbidden love between Yang Guo (Huang Xiaoming) and Xiao Longnu (Crystal Liu), as well as the heroic epic (fictional) of some martial art masters and a mystical condor.

There are a few storyline in the drama, with the hero and heroin at the centre of the stories…

Xiao Longnu (the heroin) became the master of Yang Guo under odd circumstances despite their similar age. Love prospered between the young couple but their master-apprentice turn lover relationship was seen as taboo in the ancient Chinese, and they had to overcome lots of obstacles to stay with each other…

It was a period of war and chaos, with the remaining of the Song Dynasty’s military against the Yuan’s armies from the north… the lovers were caught within the war and Yang Guo faced the dilemma of losing his lover or to betray his compatriots…

Yang Guo met with a mystical condor after losing his arm; and managed to learn some great martial arts with the help of the condor. He soon became a martial art expert and in the end helped the Song’s armies to defeat the Yuan’s army in a crucial battle…

A bit of spoiler… it is a happy ending at the end of the drama.

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ROCH is the highest rated drama of the year in China; and probably the most popular TV drama in East Asia region as well for 2006.

The Return of the Condor Heroes is a great novel; and the adaptations from the novel can’t be too bad because of the amazing story plots; but what makes ROCH 2006 so successful is the build-up of the romantic and hardship between the lovebird, and the massive CGI effect in battles and martial art duels.

The chemistry between the leading actor and actress, Huang Xiaoming and Liu Yifei, has work wonders and make both of them superstars in Asia.

A must watch movie for Chinese drama fans.

(The drama is also known as “The Condor and the Lovers” and “Love of Condor Heroes” in other Asian countries)



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