Wuxia means “martial hero”. It is a broad genre of Chinese fiction concerning the adventures of martial artists. Wuxia is a component of popular culture in many Chinese-speaking communities around the world. And there are tons of Wuxia TV series from the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s. Here are the top 10 that are the best in my opinion.
1. The Legend of Condor Heroes 《射雕英雄传》
Stars: Felix Wong, Barbara Yung, Michael Miu, Sharon Yeung
It is a Hong Kong TVB series adapted from Louis Cha’s novel of the same title. This 1983 version is considered to be a classic TV adaptation of the novel and famous 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 adapted from Louis Cha’s novel of the same title. This series is an excellent one and it had such an epic story with a fantastic plot and 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 the same title novel. This is by far the most recognized version and the only Louis Cha`s Taiwan TV series that is 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 adapted from Louis Cha’s novel The Deer and the Cauldron. This version of Lun Din Ji is very close to Jin Yong’s book so you’ll know the story if you’ve seen the ’84 version or have read the book.
5. The Return of the Condor Heroes《神雕侠侣》
Louis Koo, Carman Lee,Jason Pai, Bonnie Ngai
The TVB 95 series starring Louis Koo and Carmen Lee is the best version. The two leading actors`s performance were exceptional and this serial propelled both their careers.
6. The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber 《倚天屠龙记》
Stars: Lawrence Ng, Gigi Lai, Charmaine Sheh, Damian Lau, Michelle Yim
This story revolves around Cheung Mo Kei, a caring, strong-willed, powerful, and attractive young man. The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber was first broadcast on TVB Jade in Hong Kong in 2000. I think this is the best version.
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 as the twins 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 (BAS) is based on the first novel by Jin Yong, Shu Jian En Chou Lu, and although the series follows very closely to the book. It is 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. It tells a story about a pair of twins who are separated during birth.