All Men Are Brothers DVDs
All Men Are Brothers (also called Outlaws of the Marsh or Water Margin), is a classic Chinese novel first published in the late fourteenth century. It's an epic tale, a historical novel set in Song Dynasty China about of a motley group of renegades who form a rebel army and fight injustice. Hurrah!
The tv series of the book is an epic 86 episodes - I've watched 10 so far and am completely hooked. Not having read the book, I don't know how closely the series follows the book. But so far, the episodes have been following the decline in fortunes of Lin Chong and Lu Da - men who act with integrity, bravery and kindness, and are targeted and punished by the corrupt, the wealthy and the powerful.
It's hard to describe in more detail what happens without completely giving the plot away. But these guys are definitely doing it tough. At this point in the story, Lin Chong and Lu Da have recently met and made an oath of friendship - but Lin Chong has got himself into a pretty bad situation at the end of the tenth episode and I think the series will be following him for a little while (hint: if you are down and out, it's probably not a good idea to taunt a high official and have a big fight with sticks).
The only quibble I have so far - the English subtitles are pretty terrible, at times difficult to understand and they sometimes use American slang in the oddest places. But it hardly stops me from watching, and after the cliffhanger end to episode 10 I'm rather hoping Lin Chong manages to escape being stabbed in the head.
On to the next ... 76 episodes! I do love a period drama.