The Return of the Condor Heroes

The Return of the Condor Heroes (1983) is a Hong Kong wuxia TV series adapted from Louis Cha‘s novel of the same title, produced by TVB and starring Idy Chan and Andy Lau.


Adapted from the novel by Jin Yong, this is a sequel to Legend of Condor Heroes and a prequel of sorts to Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre. The story concerns the adventures of Yang Guo, an orphaned boy in a mid-13th Century China. Continue reading “The Return of the Condor Heroes”


The Duke of Mount Deer (1984) / 3) Ming restorationist movements

Historical background

Anti-Qing sentiment refers to a sentiment principally held in China against the Manchu ruling during the Qing dynasty (1644–1912). The Qing was accused of destroying traditional Han culture by forcing Han to wear their hair in a queue in the Manchu style.

The rallying slogan of anti-Qing activists was “Fǎn Qīng fù Míng” (反淸復明; literally: “Oppose Qing and restore Ming”).

Ming loyalists ineffectively resisted the Qing dynasty from various refuges in the south for a generation. Their so-called Nan (Southern) Ming dynasty principally included the prince of Fu (弘光帝), the prince of Tang (Longwu, 隆武帝), the prince of Lu (Zhu Yihai, no reign name), and the prince of Gui (Yongli, 永曆帝). The loyalist coastal raider Zheng Chenggong (Koxinga) and his heirs held out on Taiwan until 1683. Continue reading “The Duke of Mount Deer (1984) / 3) Ming restorationist movements”

The Duke of Mount Deer (1984) / Early Kangxi Period

The Duke of Mount Deer (1984) is a Hong Kong TV series adapted from Louis Cha (Jin Yong)’s novel The Deer and the Cauldron, produced by TVB and starring Andy Lau and Tony Leung.

SYNOPSIS (1666-1689)

Set in the beginning of the Qing dynasty, a rebellious group which still holds sacred the bloodline of the Ming dynasty plans to overthrow the Qing dynasty. Meanwhile, Kang Xi is a young emperor trying to gain actual control of his position.

The story follows a young man named Wei Siu Bo. By coincidence, he is taken into the palace by a powerful eunich and accidentally makes friends with the emperor. He also finds himself made into the disciple of Chen Jing Nan, the leader of the rebels. Throughout his adventures, he encounters seven beauties with whom he falls in love with or manages to get himself involved with, one after another. And also, he finds himself in greater dilemma trying to keep both emperor and his Si Fu, Chen Jing Nan, from knowing his relationship with the other and also at the same time trying to remain loyal to both. —Dramawiki Continue reading “The Duke of Mount Deer (1984) / Early Kangxi Period”