I've began watching Return of the Condor Heroes (2006). Up to episode 7, and I think this show is fucking horrible so far. I've seen some other Jin Yong adaptations before- I've watched Legend of the Condor Heroes (2003) and Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (1997 and 2003) and I liked all of them. This show, however, is just horribly done because it makes no attempt to let you know who any of the people you are watching are and what in the hell is going on.
The directing and pacing are all over the place and the way the show is edited just gives me a headache. It also really knocks you out of the show when they start blaring music from The Dark Knight during serious moments. I get that Chinese shows have done this before, but it's pretty distracting that they took music from a movie that was not only recent, but also very popular, not to mention they chose the most recognizable song from the series (Molossus
Add on top of that they chose a really awful actor to portray Yang Guo as both a child and an adult. I get that he's supposed to be a bit annoying given his backstory, but the actor for him is just awful. I have previously seen Huang Xiaoming in Da Han Tian Zi and I liked him there, but he's terrible at playing a manchild character in a way that doesn't make me want to turn the show off.
I really want to give this story more of a chance because more people seem to like The Return of the Condor Heroes as opposed to the prequel, but so far this is a really bad adaptation.