The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber


Section:Chinese TV Series

Genre:Martial Arts

Number of Episodes:40

Language: Chinese (Mandarin)

Chinese Title: 倚天屠龙记

Average Rating:       (out of 5 ratings)

Director: Ji Zhong Zhang

Also Known As: Yi Tian Tu Long Ji 2009


Zhang Ji Zhong's newest Jin Yong production on the last part of the Condor Trilogy. The story is based on the 3rd edition revisions by Jin Yong. The series takes place at the end of the Mongolia Yuan Dynasty. It is a story about the life of a Martial art master – Zhang Wuji, about his love, his enemy and his struggle. “The owner of Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre can rule the world”. The story begins with Zhang Cuishan and Yin Susu, the parents of Zhang Wuji, were trapped in a contention for the Dragon Sabre. They were stranded on a remote island with Xie Xun, who later became Wuji’s adoptive father. Wuji was born on the island and lived a happy childhood until his parents managed to return to mainland China. Wuji’s parents were forced to commit suicide by not telling the location of Xie Xun. Wuji himself experienced numerous struggles. He not only survived, but also became a master of martial art. The fate even put him to lead Min Jiao, a secret society that fight against conventional martial art sects as well as the Mongolia army. The contention for the Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre continued and finally the secret of it was revealed. Wuji then merge Min Jiao and martial art sects, and won a battle against Mongolia army. However, his indecisive and innocent personality made him fall into a political plot. At the end, he renounced his title and faced another dilemma between his lovers.


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The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber

Reviewed by: vcuong January 09, 2011

Rating: 1.0 out of 5

If you're a movie critic then you wouldn't want to watch this version... Unless for the chicks. 1 point for the Chick! Zhao Min is so pretty. This is by far the worse Script / Acting / hence Directing version ever. Reason are there are So many unecessary scripts, which makes the characters look like IDIOTS, or pretender when they are suppose to be Evil but cool. Most important part is: When the Ming sect is being attack! They talk...

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The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber

Reviewed by: mimigirl165 November 23, 2010

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Unlike most people, I prefer this version over the 2003 version. They stuck very close to the novel, and it was similar to the old versions where they actually seem to do something instead of standing around and waiting for special effects to take over. Plot (4.5/5) I really liked the way this series paced. It was very appropriate and often the same as the book. The 2003 versions had great actors and actresses (much better than this one, i have...

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The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber

Reviewed by: bytme June 08, 2010

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

Storyline/Pacing/Coherency [4/5] I will not be going into great detail about the plot of the series since most if not all people who are fans of Chinese serials know the general idea of the story already. If you don’t know it though, previous reviewers of the series have done a great job of summarizing the story. I will be comparing this series to the previous versions that I have watched since most people who watch remakes watch them as fans and...

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The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber

Reviewed by: XWingSuki February 24, 2010

Rating: 3.0 out of 5

Review I did not hesitate to purchase this drama on its release formerly due to its affordable price and also as it is another of Zhang Ji Zhong’s productions. I enjoyed watching his previous productions ROCH and TLBB. However, I was initially quite disappointed with the casting, although it grew on me as I continued to watch the series. The series follows true to the newly modified version of Jin Yong’s HSDS. However, there are a number of significant differences as it...

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Member Ratings


02-01-2013 06:45 PM


Short music review. Interesting choice of chanted music for soundtrack. The second stanza of the Jewish Sh'ma is used extensively (baruch shem kavod malchuto l'olam vaed), I think starting around the third episode or so. I personally like this choice even though it is not Chinese music. Props to the music director.


12-01-2011 10:09 AM


I watched this series after the 2003 version with Alec Su and Allysa Chia. All I got to say is, this version sucked. The casting is a big disappointment. I could not watch past episode 3. It was that bad. Thumbs down.

Apop Harris

10-18-2011 03:30 PM


I initially didnt like Deng Chao for his 'average' looking, it turned out he did great acting as Wuji. Most fighting scenes are the best compare to previous versions. The Director combined real kungfu with 'proper' special effects, not over-use. I mostly like the fights between Wuji vs Shaolin in Ming cult Bright Peak, and Wuji vs Mongolian vanguards in Wutang. Ady An as Zhao Min is quite enjoyable, Xiao Ciao is extremely cute, Zhiruo is ok, but too much makeup. The only bad side is the ending, so rush and I personally don't like Jin Yong revision to his own novel, so lame. I still think 1986 version has the best ending compare to all version from 1978 to 2009 and even the revised novel!


06-09-2011 04:52 PM


The Chinese best film ever watched! All the characters are very lovely, especially the girls... ha ha... I really love Andy An's actings.


04-28-2010 05:29 AM


Very competent adaptation. Really love Ady An's, Deng Chao's and He Zhuo Yan's interpretation of their respective characters. Great fighting scenes too(look out for episode 38). The downside is that they could have made the Guang Ming Ding's fight more exiciting. Also this is like the worst Zhou Zhirou i have ever seen(practically fast forward all scenes she is involved in. She looks the part as the evil zhou zhirou though). Nevertheless a pretty enjoyable production.

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