Wuxia means “martial art hero”. Wuxia dramas often tell adventures of martial artists and they are popular in Chinese-speaking communities around the world. There are tons of Wuxia TV series during the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s. Here are my picks of the top 10 best Wuxia series ever.
1. The Legend of Condor Heroes 《射雕英雄传》
Stars: Felix Wong, Barbara Yung, Michael Miu, Sharon Yeung
The Legend of Condor Heroes is a Hong Kong drama based on Louis Cha’s novel of the same title. This version is considered as a classic adaptation and is known for Barbara Yung’s role as Huang Rong.
2. Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 《天龙八部》
Stars: Felix Wong, Benny Chan, Louis Fan, Carman Lee
Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils is another adaption of from Louis Cha’s wuxia novel. This 1997 verion is regarded as an excellent one with a fantastic plot, a great cast of characters. I recommend it to all of you.
3. Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain 《雪山飞狐》
Stars: Meng Fei, Mini Kung, Wu Yujuan
Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain is a Taiwan TV series adapted from Louis Cha’s same title novel. This is by far the most recognized version and the only Louis Cha`s TV series adaption better than Hong Kong version.
4. The Duke of Mount Deer 《鹿鼎记》
Stars: Jordan Chan, Steven Ma, Rain Lau, Cherie Chan
The Duke of Mount Deer is a Hong Kong wuxia TV series based on Louis Cha’s novel The Deer and the Cauldron. This version is very close to Jin Yong’s original book, so you’ll know the whole story if you’ve seen the ’84 version drama.
5. The Return of the Condor Heroes《神雕侠侣》
Stars: Louis Koo, Carman Lee,Jason Pai, Bonnie Ngai
The TVB 95 series is the best one of all versions. The excellent performance by two leading actors Louis Koo and Carman Lee were exceptional.
6. The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber 《倚天屠龙记》
Stars: Lawrence Ng, Gigi Lai, Charmaine Sheh, Damian Lau, Michelle Yim
The story revolves around Cheung Mo Kei, a strong-willed, powerful and attractive young man. It was first broadcast on TVB Jade in Hong Kong in 2000.
7. Hap Hak Hang 《侠客行》
Stars: Tony Leung, Sheren Tang
Hap Hak Hang is a Hong Kong TV series adapted from Louis Cha’s novel Ode to Gallantry. The series was first broadcast on TVB in Hong Kong in 1989. Tony Leung plays the the twins of Sek Chung Yuk and Sek Fa Tin, Sheren Teng as Ding Dan.
8. The Book and the Sword 《书剑恩仇录》
Stars: Adam Cheng, Qiao Zhenyu, Niki Chow, Liu Ying
The Book and the Sword is based on Jin Yong’s first novel Shu Jian En Chou Lu. The series follows very closely to the book, presenting a very entertaining 40-episode series.
9. Crimson Sabre 《碧血剑》
10. The Legendary Siblings 《绝代双骄》
Stars: Vivien Chen, Zheng Jia Ying, Lian Jing Wen
The Legendary Siblings is a Taiwan TV series adapted from Gu Long’s novel Juedai Shuangjiao. It was first broadcast on TTV in Taiwan in 1999. The drama tells a story about a pair of twins who are separated at birth.