Chen Xiao’s “The Condor Heroes” Releases First Preview

Chen Xiao and Michelle Chen display their tag-team kung fu as Yu Zheng shows off his Photoshop fu. (Seriously. Look at Chen Xiao’s forehead.)

Yu Zheng may have been accused of plagiarism, but that’s not stopping him from going full-steam ahead with his other high-profile project, the newest adaptation of wuxia classic Return of the Condor Heroes (神雕侠侣). Starring Chen Xiao as Yang Guo and Michelle Chen as Xiaolongnü, the drama is now officially titled The Romance of the Condor Heroes.

The preview is essentially a mishmash of scenes that will probably make sense only to those who know the storyline (or, seeing as Yu Zheng is the screenwriter, maybe not). Check out the video and some stills below, and get your first look at Yang Rong as Mei Chaofeng.

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10 thoughts on “Chen Xiao’s “The Condor Heroes” Releases First Preview

    • I read the book and I am certain Yang Guo is not a flirt? Yu Zheng is changing the story again isn’t he? I dont like Yu Zheng but I do like the cast. I will watch this show with a open mind. Cannot compare to the real story. Just enjoy it as it is.

      • Below is an exchange between Yang Guo and Gongsun Lv’e from the New Version. I double-checked and the Century New Version also has the same part. Note how he flirts with her, and at one points has feelings for her, causing the poison to act in his body. The last line says he has the traits of a coquet inherited from his father, and enjoys flirting with women.

        At one point, I believe he called Lu Wushuang his wife to tease her. All these women didn’t fall for Yang Guo just because he’s handsome, but because he’s also very charming.

         ”杨过见她一直冷冰冰的,心存三分忌惮,此时这么一笑,二人之间的生分隔阂登时去了大半。杨过又道:“世上皆知美人一笑的难得,说甚么一笑倾城,再笑倾国,其实美人另有一样,比笑更是难得。”那女郎睁大了眼睛,问道:”那是甚么?”杨过道:“那便是美人的名字了。见上美人一面已是极大的缘份,要见她嫣然一笑,那便须祖宗积德,自己还得修行三世……”
          他话未说完,女郎又已格格笑了起来。杨过仍是一本正经的道:“至于要美人亲口吐露芳名,那真须祖宗十八代广积阴功了。”
          那女郎道,“我不是甚么美人,这谷中从来没一人说过我美,你又何必取笑?”杨过长叹一声,道:“唉,怪不得这山谷叫做绝情谷。但依我之见,还是改一个名字的好。”那女郎道:“改甚么名字?”杨过道:“应该称作盲人谷。”女郎奇道,“为甚么?”杨过道:“你这么美丽,他们却不称赞你,这谷中所居的不都是瞎子么?”
          那女郎又是格格娇笑。其实她容貌虽也算得上等,但与小龙女相比固然远为不及,较之程英之柔、陆无双之俏,似乎微见逊色,只是她秀雅脱俗,自有一般清灵之气。她一生之中确是无人赞过她美貌,因她门中所习功夫近乎禅门,各人相见时都是冷冰冰的不动声色,旁人心中纵然觉她甚美,决无哪一个胆敢宣之于口。今日忽遇杨过,此人却生性跳脱,越是见她端严自持,越是要逗她除却那一副拒人于千里之外的无情神态。她听了杨过之言,心中喜欢,笑道:“只怕你自己才是瞎子,将一个丑八怪看作了美人。”
          杨过板着脸道:“我看错了也说不定。不过这谷中要太平无事,你原是笑不得的。”那女郎奇道:“为甚么?”杨过道:“古人说一笑倾人城,再笑倾人国,其实是写了个别字。这个别字非国土之国,该当是山谷之谷。”
          那女郎微微弯腰,笑道:“多谢你,别再逗我了,好不好?”杨过见她腰肢袅娜,上身微颤,心中不禁一动,岂知这一动心不打紧,手指尖上却又一阵剧痛。
          那女郎见他连连挥动手指,微感不快,嗔道:“我跟你说话儿,你却去思念你的意中人。”杨过道:“冤枉啊冤枉,我为你手指疼痛,你却来怪我。”
          那女郎满脸飞红,突然发足急奔。
          杨过一言出口,心中已是懊悔:“我既一心一意向着姑姑,这不规不矩的坏脾气却何以始终不改?杨过啊杨过,你这小坏蛋可别再胡说八道了。”
          他天性中实带了父亲的三分轻薄无赖,虽然并无歹意,但和每个少女调笑几句,招惹一下,害得人家意乱情迷,却是他心之所喜。

        • I must have remembered it wrong. It has been 25years since I read the story. Thank for the refreshment. I look forward to watch Chen Xiao’s Yang Guo. Will it be better than Andy Lau’s?

  1. I’ll watch this for Chen Xiao and Yang Rong (yeah, she’s awesome), but this isn’t looking very promising. I think I’ll always love the 2006 version best. The thing is, this seems like it’ll be largely focused on the romance. But this romance just doesn’t seem to capture the same feels. With 2006’s version with Liu Yi Fei icy demeanor and just the choice of actors and actresses (I LOVE Chen Xiao and think he’s a great actor, but tbh he is nothing like my mental image of Yang Guo), the romance was scandalous (yes we all rooted for them, but I think we can all agree there was a slightly incestuous note, in a totally cool way of course, since she technically was his teacher and raised him and watched him grow up…), desperate, desperately passionate, and heartachingly beautiful. Despite the somewhat happy ending, there just always seems to be such a tragic/melancholic note to their love. Here Michelle seems to portray a not-as-strong XLN and their romance seems very…well…classically romantic. It may not be the acting specifically, maybe it’s the script or just what we’ve seen. But so far, it’s not looking very good. I’m going to try to watch this with an open mind because I love the story itself, and I hope they prove me wrong…at least let them have chemistry.

  2. Will try to keep a open mind about Michelle Chen being Xiao Long Niu. I love Chen Xiao. He has one of the most mesmerizing pair of eyes….

  3. They finally got someone with proper English! Heroes is actual spelled correctly, and the English subtitles actually make sense. Now if only “Song of War & Sing” can do the same …

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