The Untamed 陈情令 is a 50-episode Chinese web drama adapted from the BL novel entitled Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation (Mo Dao Zu Shi) written by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu. It stars Xiao Zhan from X NINE, Wang Yibo from UNIQ, Meng Ziyi, Xuan Lu, Yu Bin, Liu Haikuan, Wang Zhuocheng, Zhu Zanjin and Wang Haoxuan.
The story takes place in a world of martial arts with the five great clans of Lan, Jiang, Nie, Wen and Jin maintaining peace and order. With the Wen clan being the most powerful, Wei Wuxian (Xiao Zhan), the son of an old acquaintance of the Jiang clan, becomes close friends with Lan Wangji (Wang Yibo) of the Lan clan. The two of them stumble upon the Lan family’s dark secret that is also to be their legacy. Further digging by the two friends reveal a grand conspiracy. Wei Wuxian tries to save innocent members of the Wen clan but fails and disappears.
16 years later, Wei Wuxian reappears and crosses paths with an old friend Lan Wangji. As the mystery unfolds, it leads them to the true villain behind it all.
The plot sounds like a normal xianxia drama, but given its BL theme, the original depicts the love between the two male characters. It’s not uncommon for Chinese drama adaptations based on BL novels to change the romantic relationship into a simple bromance. While the change is expected, fans of the book and animation had feared that the adaptation would stray too much.
With the premiere last week, it seems that it was to the delight or dismay of some fans, depending on how you look at it. Many iconic scenes from the novel were depicted onscreen, but there were also many changes to the story itself. Thankfully, it doesn’t look like the female lead, played by Meng Ziyi, is going to be a love interest for either of the two men. Hopefully it stays that way.
Release Date: Jun 27, 2019 Tencent
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