I tend to like remakes because every adaptation give a different perspective to the same story. It allows me to delve deeper into the original story. While the 1983 and 1997 TVB versions represent the core of wuxia and Zhang Jizhong's 2003 remake added historical vibes to the wuxia genre, the 2013 adaptation also has its value. One aspect the 2013 remake excels or arguably surpasses previous adaptations is the emotional level the storytelling is able to emote to the viewers. The plight of the characters feel personal thanks to the moving musical score. I read that many netizens tended to be more emotionally distant to the Xiao Feng in the past. Now they feel more connected to the Qiao Feng character with Wallace Chung's portrayal. For me, I have always been attached to the Xiao Feng character as kid; consequently, my endless rant about Xiao Feng.
Xiao Feng confronts his sworn brother and Emperor of Liao, Yelü Hongji, about the unnecessary destruction of war and the meaningless sacrifices if the Liao emperor proceeds with his ambitious plan to invade the Song Dynasty.
Xiao Feng resorts to a desperate plead to urge Yelü Hongji to spare the innocent people of both Liao and Song from ruthless violence.