The Untamed (TV Series) - Intro
The Untamed (Chinese: 陈情令; pinyin: Chén Qíng Lìng) is a 2019 Chinese television series adapted from the xianxia novel Mo Dao Zu Shi by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu, starring Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo. It follows the adventures of two soulmate romantic cultivators who travel to solve a series of mysteries that link to a tragic event in the past.
The series aired in China on Tencent Video from 27 June to 20 August 2019 culminating with fifty episodes. A 20-episodes special edition of the drama aired on WeTV starting 25 December 2019. It is currently available worldwide on the online streaming platform Netflix.
The Untamed was a critical and commercial success, both locally and internationally, with critics praising its strong plot, well-rounded characters, and elaborate clothing and makeup. While the original web novel depicted an explicit romance between the two main male characters, the adaptation was censored with homoerotic subtexts instead due to China’s ban of LGBT portrayals in films. It became one of the highest-earning dramas of 2019.
Wei Wuxian, a loathed cultivator of dark and demonic arts, is resurrected 16 years after his tragic death. His return to the world brings him to reunite with the people in his first life, including his soulmate, the honoured Lan Wangji. Wei Wuxian then begins to remember his time before his demise, from his beginnings as a young cultivator to his descent to dark magic.
The scheming behind his tragic death is slowly unraveled, along with the mysterious death of other people he knew in his past life.
16 years in the past when Wei Wuxian was a teenager and had visited the Gusu Lan Sect to take training, he met his soulmate Lan Wangji, the righteous, quiet natured man born of a noble family. Despite the two having different personalities, Lan Wangji and Wei Wuxian became good friends after experiencing many adventures and trials together.
Wei Wuxian returned to his home after finishing his training at the Gusu Lan Sect, and a series of disastrous events made him give away his spiritual power to save the life of his martial brother, Jiang Cheng. The spiritually weak Wei Wuxian was tortured and thrown into the Burial Mounds by Wen Chao of Qishan Wen Sect, from where he returned after three months but as a man practicing demonic cultivation, which was considered a dark art.
Lan Wangji tried to persuade him to give up practicing demonic cultivation but all in vain. As a result of his insistence to practice demonic cultivation, Wei Wuxian lost his reputation and was ostracized. Only Lan Wangji stood by him, trying every possible measure to stop him from being consumed by evil. During the battle at Nightless City, Wei Wuxian killed and harmed many of the disciples of other sects, and was responsible for the death of his martial sister Jiang Yanli. Wei Wuxian committed suicide by jumping off a cliff, unable to be saved by Lan Wangji.
Back to the present time, Wei Wuxian was resurrected by Mo Xuanyu and was cursed to inhabit his body. Despite inhabiting the body of Mo Xuanyu, Lan Wangji was nevertheless able to recognize him. Both of them together solved mysteries that eventually led them to reveal what happened in the past.
The Untamed (TV Series) - Season 1 - Trailer
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