The Return of the Condor Heroes


Section:TVB Series

Genre:Martial Arts

Average Rating:       (out of 8 ratings)


"The Return of the Condor Heroes" is part II of Jin Yong's Condor Trilogy. It tells of the taboo love between student and teacher and questions the strength of love over 16 years. Andy Lau stars as Yang Guo, the orphan son of Han-traitor Yang Kang, who grows up under the tutelage of the icy and beautiful Xiao Long Nu (Idy Chan Yuk Lin).


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The Return of the Condor Heroes

Reviewed by: Ice_kid February 03, 2008

Rating: 3.0 out of 5

Andy Lau - Yeung Guo Idy Chan Yuk Lin - Dragon Girl Leung Kah Yan - Kwok Jing Au Yeung Pui San - Wong Yung Wong Yeuk Si - Tsang Kong Everyone should be familiar with this popular Jin Yong story, which have been remade so many times, viewers tend to compare between each production. I caught this 1983 Return of the Condor Heroes (ROCH) series on cable and I was looking forward to watching it. Legend of the...

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The Return of the Condor Heroes

Reviewed by: Gigi September 14, 2005

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Starring: Xiao Long Nu - Idy Chan Yuk Lin Yang Guo - Andy Lau Tuk Wah Kwok Jing - Leung Ka Yun Wong Yung - Au Yeung Pui San I have recently rewatched this series and found it yet fascinating. After hearing many critics on different versions of "Return of the Condor Heroes" (ROCH), I was afraid that I would lose the good impression I had on this version. However, I discovered it to be very refreshing...

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The Return of the Condor Heroes

Reviewed by: Thai guy September 06, 2003

Rating: 5.0 out of 5

I would like to review the second TV series I have seen since I was born. This is the Return of the Condor Heroes (ROCH) 1983. I suppose it is needless to repeat the story of this famous Jin Yong novel. Apart from the main cast, Andy Lau and Idy Chan, this series contains several veteran actors such as Kenneth Tsang Kong and Lau Dan. This adds to the value to this TV series...

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07-19-2013 01:07 AM


I've watched literally every version of ROCH possible with the exception of the 70's and this one is by far my favorite adaptation. Everything from the acting, storyline, costumes and fighting scenes are wonderful. What I like best is that this version added a few things but it wasn't for the heck of it. It rather added more dimension to both the characters and storyline. It's much more entertaining than watching a series that is 90% exactly like the novel.


04-27-2013 03:09 AM


this was the first 1980's drama i watched and it made me fall in love with TVB 80's. the costumes, lively casts, majestic background, and beautiful music made TVB 80's very neat even though it lacked the technology to produce today's dramas. loved this adaption the most, but have yet to watch the 90's version with Louis Koo and Carmen Lee so dont want to decide which one of the two is the best. still need to get this one to complete the 80's condor heroes trilogy. overall great cast and great adaption.


11-24-2012 08:10 AM


I think I continued to watch this adaption because they bought back the Veteran actors (The Five Greats + Chow Ba Tong) in here. I didn't really like Idy's acting but I enjoyed Andy Lau. The costumes in here were great. theme song was catchy. I'm sure most people my age would not enjoy this series because there isn't enough CGI.

Overall, it's a great adaption of ROCH. One of the best ones I've seen.

Apop Harris

10-23-2011 09:07 PM


I like this series not only because the main casts, but supporting characters also has perfect casts. Auyang Pei San the best mature Huang Rong compare to any version! Her smart eyes, gestures, supported by proper hairdo/wardrobe. For XLN, even though Idy Chan is not the most beautiful woman, but they managed to make Idy the most beautiful maiden in the series. They wouldn't let other supporting characters overshadow her. Her acting is quite convincing as mostly emotionless girl but fell in love with Yang Guo. Her chemistry with Andy Lau is so believable, even without sophisticated camera angle and beautiful background like in the 2006. Yes there are laughable props like Jin Lun Da Wang fake bald head and Yang Guo's chopped arm often came out and terrible condor.. but the fighting choreography is better than 94, casts and the plot/story is still enjoyable even until today. Classic!


04-16-2011 07:47 AM


Doubtless the original and the best , its the only version I could watch over and over again (except for the boring part between the cliffhanger and the last episode) Not so with the newer versions which are overdrawn charmless, too technical and too "cute". Keep it simple. The author when interviewed says Idy Chan is his favourite.

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