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The Water Margin 

Suikoden (original title)
Nearly a thousand years ago in ancient China, there was a cruel government. 108 renegade will try to change the story.

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Series cast summary:
Atsuo Nakamura Atsuo Nakamura ...  Lin Chung 2 episodes, 1973
Takeshi Ôbayashi Takeshi Ôbayashi ...  Sung Chiang 2 episodes, 1973
Sanae Tsuchida Sanae Tsuchida ...  Hu San-Niang 2 episodes, 1973
Kei Satô Kei Satô ...  Kao Chiu 2 episodes, 1973
Kayo Matsuo Kayo Matsuo 2 episodes, 1973
Kenji Imai Kenji Imai 2 episodes, 1973
Takanobu Hozumi Takanobu Hozumi 2 episodes, 1973
Akira Hitomi Akira Hitomi 2 episodes, 1973
Takayuki Akutagawa Takayuki Akutagawa ...  Narrator 2 episodes, 1973


Nearly a thousand years ago in ancient China, there was a cruel government. 108 renegade will try to change the story.

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2 October 1973 (Japan) See more »

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(26 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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What A Margin!!
18 September 2002 | by buckaroobanzai50See all my reviews

Before 'Crouching Tiger...' Before Jackie Chan. Before 'A Chinese Ghost Story', there was this fantastic series set during fuedal Japan.

The story went something like this: The hero, Lin Chung, was the right hand soldier of his boss Kao Chu. After fighting a dangerous battle for his master, Lin Chung returns home to find out that his wife has committed suicide. He later discovers that the boss that he so faithfully defended during the war, had on many occasions made lewd advances towards his betrothed. She of course rejected his unwanted attentions, but Kao Chu forces himself upon her. She becomes ashamed and blames herself for the assault, and later takes her own life. Lin Chung attempts to assassinate Kao Chu in revenge, but is captured and imprisoned. After many years, he escapes with a number of inmates, and they seek refuge in their hide-out situated '...on the water margins of the mountains.' as the narrator explains at the beginning of each episode. There they form a band of rebels called The Liang Shang Po, who take it upon themselves to defend villagers and such from Kao Chu's army, and any other hostile aggressors.

The dialogue was dubbed into English, much like a similar series which was broadcast around the same time in England -the late '70s- called 'Monkey'. The battle sequences are truly fantastic to watch, and have obviously been influenced by Akira Kurosawa's films. There is no blood and gore, as this seems to have been aimed at a young/teenage audience, and it remains a classic to anyone who loves martial arts movies.

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