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The Foundation (決戰玄武門) is a TVB television series, premiered in 1984.
Theme song "In Dream Several Sorrow" (夢裏幾番哀) composition and arrangement by Joseph Koo, lyricist by Wong Jim, sung by Michelle Pau (鮑翠薇), and the sub theme song "I Cannot See My Tears Flow" (不見我淚流) composition and arrangement by Joseph Koo, lyricist by Wong Jim, sung by Michelle Pau.
Country of origin: Hong Kong
Original language(s): Cantonese
No. of episodes: 20
Production running time 45 minutes (20 episodes)
Release Original channel TVB
First shown in 1984
Original release February 6, 1984 – March 2, 1984
Broadcast time: monday - friday: 20:30 - 21:30
• Bobby Au Yeung Chun Wah as Lee King Sing
• Michael Miu Kiu Wai as Lee Sai Man
• Barbara Yung Mei Ling as Chun Sik Sik
• Felix Wong Yat Wah as Kong Fung
• Kent Tong Chun Yip as Lee Wai Gut
• Eddie Kwan Lai Kit
• Austin Wai Tin Chi as Mang Ching Ping
• Wong Wan Choi as 李翊
• Mitra King Toi Yam as Lee Lok Wan 李洛云
• Kwan Hoi San as 任嘯天
• Chun Wong as Kau Yim Hok 虯髯客
• Lui Yau Wai as Cheung Chut Chun 張出塵
Summary of the story:
• This series is a political story on who would gain control of the Tang throne. Felix Wong plays Kong Fung, a man who is obsessed with learning kungfu and becoming the best in martial arts is his only goal in life. Miu Kiu Wai plays the 2nd prince (Lee Sai Mun) of the Tang dynasty who wants to become the emperor of the Tang dynasty. Tong Chun Yip plays the 3rd prince (Lee Wai Gut) of the Tang who also wants to become the emperor of the Tang dynasty. Finally, Yung Mei Ling plays Kong Fung's girlfriend in the beginning, however Kong Fung dumps her so she becomes Lee Sai Mun's girlfriend later.
The story is also kind of sad so if you don't like sad stories then don't see it.
It features an all-star cast and they performed that way. Yung Mei Ling played kind of a sad role as Chun Sik Sik. It's quite different from the Wong Yung role in Legend of the Condor Heroes '82. Felix Wong played Kong Fung well. He brought out the emotions of Kong Fung and made the audience feel what Kong Fung was going through. Miu Kiu Wai was noble and cunning as the 2nd prince, and Tong Chun Yip did a good job in his usual prince role.
• Fighting Choreography:
There were some really good fight scenes in this serial. However, with the limited technology during that TVB had in 1983 the moves looked kind of slow. The little special effects they did employ looked pretty cheesy and messed up compared to today's standards. Also, the places which they fought looked faked at times which is typical TVB. I also want to point out that this series does not focus on martial arts as some of the other series that you may have seen with Felix Wong in it. There are a lot of fights, however, it's not so much the story about who will gain the top spot in the martial arts world. The series really revolves around politics.
(source: Yeasia product information)
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