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Now that I’ve finished all 50 episodes and am at a lack things to do, I’ve decided to write down some of my reflections on the 2008 version of LOCH. Let me know if you agree or disagree!

The Plot & the 2008 Version

The original plot of the book is worshiped by generations of readers of Wu Xia novels. The new version has a couple of twists to keep everyone interested. Also, the 2008 production has a cast targeting a younger audience (i.e. Hu Ge and Ariel Lin). The long history of the dynasties and fueds, that cover a good deal of Jin Yong’s novel, are quickly covered in the first couple of episodes. A big ‘Thank You!’ to the director and screenwriter. Huge changes were also made for the character Yang Kang but you’ll have to scroll down to the spoilers section to read about the specifics.

As for casting for the four lead character, I have some accolades and some grievances. I really appreciate that the 2008 version has the hottest Guo Jing to date. His first appearances, mostly his hair, has the viewers (including myself) questioning the costume director. Please get that dreadful curtain of frizzed bangs away from Hu Ge’s gorgeous face! However, his lookdoes improve significantly in a couple episodes of part 2 of LOCH. He even picks up a cute unshaven look near the end.

a) Part 1 Look, b) Part 2 Look, and c) an Unshaven Guo Jing played by Hu Ge 胡歌

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Part 2 (Also see Part 1)

Part 1 of the LOCH left us at a somewhat comedic cliffhanger – watch the end 26 episode and you’ll see.

Is Guo Jing going to win the hand in marriage of his beloved? After days of waiting and googling, I’ve found that part 2 has finally started airing and therefore can be found online. (Look below for a list of links.) I’m expecting a lot more action and waiting for Guo Jing to comb his hair. From the screencaps below, you can tell that his hair is going to get better. He’s also loosing that innocent/mentally retarded look. Hopefully, Guo Jing keeps his dumb luck since stronger enemies are showing their faces in part 2.

Where to Watch?

LOCH Part 2

RAW Episode 26- 50

RAW Youtube Channel: Pantinlu Updated 07/24/08

If you can’t get enough of Hu Ge and Ariel Lin, try watching 天外飛仙 (Tian Wai Fei Xian) where they first played a lead couple together.

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Part 1 (Also see Part 2)

Normally I hate violent dramas. I still do and this drama is probably 60% extraneous fight scenes. Even as I’m skipping through the episodes like crazy, I’m still absolutely addicted. (Now you know my secret to finishing dramas in a couple days!) Ariel Lin makes the most adorable beggar I’ve seen. She’s the main reason why I notice such a violent drama. Also, the name 射雕英雄传 (Legend of the Condor Heroes) is no stranger amongst the Chinese because of the success of the books that this drama is based and named.

Lastly, the main character Guo Jing (played by Hu Ge) is very lovable – the epitome of a stupid but courageous good guy. He tends to be very lucky in bad situations too. He’s basically a character that you never need to worry about dying in the numerous violent scenes in each episode. Basically all the people he cares about will probably die one by one before he gets anywhere near injured. Maybe I speak too early since I’ve barely started the drama. There’s 26 episodes that’s in part 1 and who know how many in part 2. [Updated 07/19/08: There are 50 episodes total released in 2 parts.] Totally recommend this drama. I should really post some other good Chinese dramas since there’s aren’t that many compared to J, K, Tw.

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New MP3s!

Leo Ku 古巨基: 情歌王, 年年有今日 (Feat. Beatbox X 金牌一條順)
LOCH 2008 (射雕英雄传) Soundtrack: 英雄寞, 乌云然, 我只能爱你
Look for more MP3s on the Downloads page.


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