|First meeting between Yang Kang (Michael Miu) & Mu Nianci (Sharon Yang), Ep 11|
|The doting Mother Bao and her mischievous son Yang Kang, Ep 11|
|The Contest: Yang Kang vs Mu Nianci, Ep 11|
|Wong Yung lecturing Yang Kang, Ep 13|
|Nianci meeting her future mother in law for the first time, Ep 13|
|Mrs Yang met Mr Yang again after 18 years, Ep 14|
Yang Kang was temporarily distracted by Nianci who requested a conversation with him. However, Nianci couldn’t hold YK too long, hence GJ and WY had to warn YTX to leave his wife. Xiruo promised to return to YTX in 10 days, bringing Yang Kang with her.
|Yang Kang/Yeung Hong got the shock of his life, Ep 14|
|Yang Kang being bullied by his own soldiers, Ep 14|
|I'll make one Yang Kang meme one day. For now, this will do|
|Yang Kang did not take advantage of the drunken Nianci, Ep 16|
Outside, WY, GJ and YTX tried to enter the Palace secretly.
Ep 17: Wong Yung and Guo Jing distracted the Jin soldiers to give Yang Tiexin time to meet his wife. Yang Kang arrived just “in time” before Tiexin departed with Xiruo. After a heated exchange, Yang Kang took them away from the Palace from a secret passage, away into a river, but he didn’t join his mother. He blatantly said he liked wealth, but he also let his mother go. He gave a sword to his real dad for protection. As the boat left, he kneeled down in front of his parents.
|Mr and Mrs Yang escaping the Palace (Ep 17)...|
|... as their son knelt before them (Ep 17)|
Yang Kang later told Wanyan Honglie to stop chasing his mother, for he’d definitely drive her to grave if that continued. Honglie slapped his foster son, but he then apologised, of sort. YK said he realised now if he loved someone, he had to love that person’s relatives as well. He then said he was going to leave the Palace as well. Honglie asked him not to go, for he’d have nothing left if Yang Kang also left. YK replied sarcastically that Wanyan Honglie had money, power and position, and that it was he (YK) who had nothing. Honglie replied that as long as YK was his son, all his wealth and status would be his. Yang Kang was silent, for he was tempted, yet again.
|Yang Kang told foster dad Wanyan Honglie to let go, Ep 17|
|Yang Kang was definitely not happy with Wanyan Honglie's order|
|... and YK was totally shocked to see...|
|...that his dad Yang Tiexin killed himself...|
|Yang Kang apologised to Mother Bao...|
|...then he was shattered as Mrs Yang killed herself|
|Tearfully, he stopped Taoist Qiu from settling a score due to his mother's death|
|He then somehow managed to bury his parents side by side|
|Mu Nianci bode Yang Kang goodbye|
|The negotiation between Yang Kang, Guo Jing & Wong Yung|
|Yang Kang's conflict resolution proposal|
With Taoist Qiu’s instruction, GJ won the duel against YK (oh what a beautiful fight it was!! A beautiful few minutes of fight, NO CGI at all! I don’t think they even used suspension cables!! Truly the good old school fight!). Yang Kang told Guo Jing to just kill him so he could die in place of his foster dad. Guo Jing spared his life and even prevented the whole gang to attack Wanyan Honglie. He said, YK already took the blow in place of Honglie, hence any personal enmities should stop here. Yet he also aptly said that he wouldn’t forget to revenge his country (the Song kingdom), and he’d taken Honglie’s head in a battle one day.
|Yang Kang and his spear (reminiscing the Yang Family Spear...)|
|vs Guo Jing and his sword (the late Mr Guo also used a sword)|
|...and Yang Kang lost!|
Yang Kang totally loved his mother (he'd escort her to the temple and get injured animals for her to take care of, cos he knew she had a soft spot for injured animals). Despite his initial disapproval, Yang Kang eventually let his mother go to join his birth father. He even protected Yang Tiexin from Ouyang Ke’s strike, for Tiexin was his birth dad anyway. Yang Kang admitted his lust for wealth and power, and that’s really his downfall. Yet he also stayed at the Zhao Palace to serve and repay the kindness of Wanyan Honglie, for the latter indeed doted him like father doting a son (so Yang Kang did have that trait of parental filial, it's just not acceptable for a Han son to love his Jin father, particularly one with abominable characters like Wanyan Honglie). Yang Kang loved his mother so much; in fact, he only had three people he loved in his lifetime: his mother, his foster dad Wanyan Honglie, and Mu Nianci. It broke my heart when Mr and Mrs Yang committed suicide, for there was no one else but Mu Nianci who Yang Kang actually listened to right now.
By the way, the actress who played Mother Bao Xiruo was also in Chor Lau Heung 1984, portraying Tung Sam Leung, a peasant girl who was rescued by Fell Cut. She later saved Chor Lau Heung from his demise inside the Bat's quick sand pool (CLH ep 30). I didn't realise it until I watched LOCH, but the scene where Yang Kang held his mother was mirrored in the scene where Chor Lau Heung held Miss Tung, tho Chor hardly knew this girl.
|The actress who played Mother Bao saved CLH in CLH 1984|
|Here's Yang Kang and his beloved mother again... (sad...)|
Edit 15 March 2016:
It seems I was wrong. The actress who played Mother Bao was Louis Lee, whereas the actress who played Tung Sam Leung was Koo Miu See. Sorry about this glitch; they looked very much alike! But I'll just leave the two shots and the paragraph above so that you know why I thought the two women were played by the same actress...