FYI, in case one means to check out the recommendations of the 80s series, one thing to keep in mind is that some of these TVB adaptations are not completely faithful to the book. They really are adaptations, not just a literal re-telling of the books, but I do feel that they still capture the spirit of the story well.
Personally, across all of the adaptations I have seen, I find the LOCH adaptations the most enjoyable. I do not know why, if that is because LOCH is the most adaptable or what. For example, I also enjoyed LOCH 2008 and 2017. I keep meaning to check out LOCH 1994 too, but I need to find the dubs. And alas, I do not think one can find LOCH 1976 anywhere.
Hi Jenxi, how recent are you asking about? But if we use after 2000 as a cutoff, let’s see. I do feel like we should use a later cutoff, if talking about recent, but I cannot decide when. A note that many things are more enjoyable with the fast-forward button.
Lian Cheng Jue 2004. I keep meaning to watch this. Sara K on mangabookshelf has a review of the story, which peaked my interest.
DGSD. I enjoyed 2003. 2013 I have not watched and do not really have a strong desire to watch. I’ll probably wait for the next adaptation to try again.
XAJH. I keep meaning to watch 2001, since it is supposed to be a good adaptation. 2013, I kind of enjoyed that they cast Chen Qiao En as DFBB. One of Brigitte Lin’s iconic roles was as DFBB, so I thought it could be interesting that they cast a woman as DFBB again and centered more of the story around that character. But overall, regarding this series, I do not know if that is enough that I would recommend it. 2018 was ok.
ROCH. I enjoyed 2006. 2014, I tried watching but did not like. Part of the reason is kind of superficial. I thought that Liu Yifei really looked the part of XLN, but Michelle Chen did not.
HSDS. 2003 was ok, not that great. 2009, I did not like. 2019, I have only tried to watch some of it, but one problem I had was I had a really hard time telling ZM and ZZR apart. Many times I would have it on, look away to do something, come back and have no idea who was on the screen.
Anything not mentioned, I have not seen.
This ended up way longer than I expected. Sorry about that.