Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Exploring Wuxia Series

Return of Condor Heroes 2006
As I've mentioned here, Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate is inspired by both wuxia films and television series. Wuxia movies are relatively easy to find and view. Most people have seen at a least a few without even realizing it. But the television series can be a bit daunting if you are just getting into them or have never seen one before. One of the best places to go for information and articles on Wuxia Television series is Wuxia Edge. I highly recommend checking it out. Just skimming through the posts there should give you an idea of what series might appeal to you. 

They have a recommended series panel there that is quite helpful. There are also regular articles covering different aspects of wuxia series. 
Return of Condor Heroes 1995

One of the things that can things confusing at first is most series have been re-made many times. For example Return of Condor Heroes (which is just part II of a three part series) has been done something like seven or eight times since 1976. Another one was filmed this year and scheduled for release in 2015. Again a place like Wuxia Edge is a good resource for navigating some of this and deciding which version of a series to watch. They occasionally do articles comparing clips. Here is one that compares Legends of Condor Heroes 2008 with Legend of Condor Heroes 2003: LOCH Comparison 

Another helpful website if you are trying to track down some wuxia series is Viki.com. Viki has television programs and movies from places like Korea, China, and Thailand with English subtitles. 

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