The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber

Year:2003

Section:Chinese TV Series

Genre:Martial Arts

Language: Chinese (Mandarin)

Average Rating:       (out of 17 ratings)

Synopsis:

Final part of Jin Yong's Condor Trilogy. This Mainland version stars Alec Su as Cheung Mo Kei and Alyssia Chia as Chiu Man. Gallery at http://www.spcnet.tv/china_hsdsintro.shtml



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The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber

Reviewed by: Yanfeng and Puckers November 06, 2008

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

Being a remake is never easy- being the 6th version to hit the small scene is even tougher (1979, 1984, 1986, 1994, 2000 being the previous versions- not to mention the numerous movie versions, including the 1978, 1983 and 1993 ones). Not only do you have high standards to live up to, you also have to distinguish yourself from all the other versions to avoid the knee-jerk “Not another Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre!” response....

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The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber

Reviewed by: Le Meilleur April 10, 2008

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

The "Heavenly Sword Dragon Saber" is the last story in a 3-part saga written by Jin Yong. It takes place mainly at the end of the Yuan Dynasty, a time when Mongolians were in control of China and our hero, Zhang Wu Ji, was to catalyse the downfall of the Yuan Dynasty and to bring about the rise of the Ming Dynasty. In the process, he became the most powerful martial Wuxia of the...

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The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber

Reviewed by: Vehem_the_Vile April 02, 2007

Rating: 5.0 out of 5

Overview: I'm sure you guys know the story so I'm skipping the sypnosis part. This is my first time watching this show, and although I've never watched the previous versions, I think this '03 series has a great cast and I've been addicted to it since watching episode 1. Zhang Wu Ji: Initially I had reservations about Alec Su playing the hero due to his small frame, but I was later convinced by his...

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The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber

Reviewed by: Joie November 26, 2006

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

INTRODUCTION The third and final part of Jin Yong's Condor trilogy, "Heavenly Sword Dragon Saber" (HSDS), also known as "Yi Tian Tu Long Ji", is a story like no other. The series mainly revolves around the protagonist, Zhang Wuji, a man who goes from being an orphan to a leader with four romances. Of course, the story is also about two weapons - the Yi Tian Jian (Heavenly Sword) and Tu Long Dao (Dragon Saber),...

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The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber

Reviewed by: Crimson-7 February 23, 2005

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

Cast Alec Su - Zhang Wu Ji / Zhang Cui Shan Alyssa Chia - Zhao Min Gao Yuan Yuan - Zhou Zhi Ruo Zhang Guo Li - Cheng Kun Zhang Tie Lin - Yang Xiao Tsui Kam Kong - Xie Xun Phyllis Quek - Yin Su Su Tao Hong - Ji Xiao Fu Storyline Yin Su Su, the daughter of the Heaven Eagle Sect obtains the Dragon Sabre in a frenzy one day. During that frenzy, she is rescued by Zhang Cui Shan, a...

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The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber

Reviewed by: nauti_ger December 09, 2004

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

Cast: Zhang Cuishan/Zhang Wuji - Alec Su You Peng Zhao Min - Alyssa Chia Zhou Zhiruo - Gao Yuan Yuan Xiao Zhao - Florence Tan Yin Su Su - Phyllis Quek Storyline: As usual I will not go through the plot of the story since its been reviewed so many times. However, if I'm not wrong, the ending does differ from the original story so I suppose by right, Zhang Wuji was not meant to end up with Zhao Min. Characters: Zhang Cuishan/Zhang...

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The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber

Reviewed by: FishiE September 29, 2004

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Being a huge fan of "Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber" (HSDS), I waited for this series excitedly. I watched the Hong Kong 1986 version of the series (starring Tony Leung), which made me have high expectations for this version as well. Basically, there wasn't any big miscast in this version. The first misfit is Alec Su as Zhang Cuishan. With his baby face, it was not very convincing to see him with the other...

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The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber

Reviewed by: Ian Liew September 22, 2004

Rating: 5.0 out of 5

Heavenly Sword Dragon Sabre (HSDS) is the third of China’s latest Jin Yong adaptations, following hot on the heels of the excellent Legend of the Condor Heroes (LOCH), and as such expectations are naturally high. Given the favourable reviews on the Smiling Proud Wanderer 2002, HSDS always had a very tough act to follow, and it managed to deliver in spades. I believe most people here already know the story of HSDS, and as such...

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The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber

Reviewed by: crazylazy_chief October 31, 2003

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

This version of Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre Sword (HSDS) is the newest version of the popular novel Jin Yong wrote. It still revolves around the love triangles between Ming Sect leader Zhang Wuji, Mongolian Princess Zhao Min, ErMei's Zhou Zhiruo, Wuji's cute servant Xiaozhao, and Wuji's cousin Chu Er. I have only watched TVB's HSDS 2000 by Lawrence Ng, Gigi Lai, and Charmaine Sheh, and this version, so my comparisons will only be...

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The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber

Reviewed by: fridaythe13th August 31, 2003

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

This is one of CCTV’s Jin Yong productions. I have only seen State of Divinity and I thought that was an excellent first attempt to produce Jin Yong’s novels into a TV series. This series is also very good. There are a few minor dislikes but overall, I think this series is worth watching. Plot Any version of Jin Yong’s 14 books is excellent. Although I don’t remember the oldest version of Heaven Sword...

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Bladebird

06-15-2013 12:53 AM

     

not what I expected, it's okay but I felt that the fake nails are too much. I mean acting should be rated on skills not on scenery and CGI. I feel like half the actors were depending on their looks and makeup to make it look good. Unlike the old ones, especially the 86 Zhirou whose facial expressions are the best, since you can tell how sad or angry she was. Many actors just on the extremes on each side.


stolenxkisses

09-10-2012 02:29 PM

     

Absolutely mesmerising. It's been a long time since I've been so immersed into a series. I thought the performances by the actors and actresses were incredibly real and touching. The chemistry between the Alec Su and Alyssa Chia was palpable. By contrast, however, I could barely sit through the scenes featuring Gao Yuan Yuan, which seemed bland in comparison. On the whole, however, I did enjoy the series, and wish they had made more episodes (if only to see more scenes of my favourite couple).

I found a review suggesting I begin midway through the series, rather than at the start. I do second this advice, because things really only start to pick up once Zhao Min enters the series.


oppositition

12-01-2011 10:05 AM

     

Perfect casting, perfect story, perfect acting.
I enjoyed every second of this series.
A perfect score for a perfect drama.


Apop Harris

10-20-2011 04:22 PM

     

It is okay if you already love the series or fans of the actor/actress, love the drama aspects more than fighting. The dialogue is quite detail, but I found the fighting scenes is not great. Like I don't know what's going on, who's hitting whom, because too many smoke dust ash colors, over done special effects.. Special effects supposed to enhance and improve great kungfu skills and make it believable, not to cover the lack of kungfu skills with random explosions. Zhao Min and Chi Yuerk/Zhirou has similar faces, I found that turned me off. However, Alec Su is quite good as Wuji and the ending is better than 2009.


hhlieu

06-30-2010 05:09 PM

     

This series is okay and but I find that they rely too much on special effects. The fight scene is so-so, not that great. On the hand, I thought the acting was good and like most actors and actresses.


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