Title: 湖海争霸录 (Hu Hai Zheng Ba Lu) English: On the Waterfront/Hegemony of the Lake/The Water Legend Episodes: 60 Year: 1980 Production: RTV Themesong by Amy Chan Sau Man This is the third and final part to the Reincarnated Trilogy. Cast: Kenneth Tsang Kong Norman Tsui Siu Keung Chan Mun Nah Candice Yu On On Yung Wai Mun Michelle Mai Shuet Bruce Leung Siu Lung Yeung Chak Lam Mun Shuet Yee Paul Chun Pui Chu Tiet Wor Siu Yam Yam Miao Kam Fung Lau Kong Ko Hung Tien Fung Law Lok Lam Ma Chung Tak Mok Siu Ching Child Wong Shu Kei
So the storyline supposedly takes place years after the events of Dragon Strikes (Reincarnated II), and Wudang is not a very prominent sect anymore. There is a court official who is also a disciple of the Wudang sect but his skills are not very outstanding. Candice's character remarks to him that eversince Wan Fei Yeung was killed off by the Bak Lien sect and the Tian Can scroll has gone missing completely Wudang was not like it was many years ago. Other than that there really is no connection with the first two parts as the scroll is never found and Wudang is not mentioned again but the court official is still around helping the good guys till the very end.
The story is very long winded and moves at a very slow pace. The lead actor Kenneth Tsang Kong is just too old for this role. Candice Yu On On and Yung Wai Mun look so much younger than him when standing next to him. Also I don't understand why Candeice Yu's character suddenly just disappeared. She loves Kenneth but Norman protects her all the time after her sister's death and it is slightly hinted she may have felt something for him but suddenly we never see her face again because she suddenly decides to become a nun? Any scenes involving her after this we only get to see her back and never her face anymore. Was she too busy to take part in this drama any longer?
And then another lead actress is introduced here in the last 10 episodes, Yung Wai Mun. She is pretty and her character is likeable but I felt she was only here to take over Candice's role. She doesn't do much to the story and is only here to be the love interest of Kenneth (but god he looks so much older than her). Also the ending is a rip off of Liang Yu Sheng's novel. Mai Shuet learnes evil skills to defeat her father's killers but in the process destroys all her organs and forces her lover to wed with her and dies on their wedding night after he confesses his love to her. Sound familiar?
Not a horrible story but not as good as the first two parts as it moves at such a slow pace. I only watched the show for Michelle and Yung Wai Mun. Nearly the entire cast is killed off though sadly. Here is the list of character who die. Only four people are left alive at the end, and one of them becomes a monk and one became a nun earlier.
Norman Tsui Siu Keung Chan Mun Nah Michelle Mai Shuet Yeung Chak Lam Mun Shuet Yee Paul Chun Pui Chu Tiet Wor Siu Yam Yam Miao Kam Fung Lau Kong Ko Hung Tien Fung Law Lok Lam Ma Chung Tak Mok Siu Ching