The Untamed (TV series)

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The Untamed
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GenreXianxia
Based onMo Dao Zu Shi by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu
Written byYang Xia
Deng Yaoyu
Ma Jing
Guo Guangyun
Directed byZheng Weiwen
Chen Jialin
StarringXiao Zhan
Wang Yibo
Ending theme"Unrestrained" by Xiao Zhan & Wang Yibo
Composer(s)Lin Hai
Country of originChina
Original language(s)Mandarin
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes50 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Sun Huaizhong
Wang Xin

Han Zhijie
Producer(s)Fang Fang
Yang Xia
Zhang Meng
Wang Chu
Ren Qiang
Liu Mingtie
Wang Wanning
Production location(s)Hengdian World Studios
Guizhou
Running time45 minutes per episodes
Production company(s)Tencent Penguin Pictures
New Style Media
Release
Original networkTencent Video
Original releaseJune 27 (2019-06-27) –
August 20, 2019 (2019-08-20)
Chronology
Related showsMo Dao Zu Shi
External links
Website

The Untamed (Chinese: 陈情令; pinyin: Chén Qíng Lìng) is a 2019 Chinese television series based on the BL xianxia novel Mo Dao Zu Shi by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu, starring Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo.[1] The series follows the adventures of two soulmate cultivators who travel to solve a series of murder mysteries, eventually finding and defeating the true culprit.[2] It aired in China on Tencent Video from June 27 to August 20, 2019.[3][4] A 20-episode special edition of the drama aired on WeTV starting December 25, 2019.[5]

Synopsis[edit]

The jianghu world is ruled by the powerful Wen sect, which dominates over the smaller Lan, Jiang, Nie and Jin sects. The carefree Wei Wuxian becomes fast friends with the righteous Lan Wangji, and during their adventures, the pair find out that the head of the Wen sect is the evil mastermind behind a series of plots that would wreak havoc upon the lands.

Wei Wuxian's attempts to protect the innocent members of the Wen sect from unfair persecution lead to disaster, and he goes missing in the process. Wei Wuxian reappears sixteen years later, and works together with Lan Wangji to solve a series of murder mysteries, eventually finding and defeating the true culprit.[6]

Episodes[edit]

The series aired every Thursday and Friday (GMT +08:00) with two episodes each, and VIP members could have early access to two more. On the first day of its release, a total of six episodes were available to VIP members. On June 30, 2019, their official Weibo released a new schedule[7] and shifted the release to Monday till Wednesday. The series ended on August 20, 2019 with the 50th episode. On July 29, 2019 during an official fanmeeting event, they announced that VVIP members would be able to watch all the episodes on August 7.[8]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Actor Character Introduction
Xiao Zhan
Su Yaxin (young)
Wei Wuxian
(Chinese: 魏无羡)
Birth name: Wei Ying (Chinese: 魏婴)

Also known as the Yiling Patriarch (Chinese: 夷陵老祖), he is a disciple of Jiang sect who later chose to pursue demonic cultivation. He wields the Suibian sword (Chinese: 随便) and Chenqing flute (Chinese: 陈情), and is known for his ability to invent new spiritual techniques and inventions such as the Stygian Tiger Seal (Chinese: 阴虎符). He is bright, optimistic, mischievous, loyal and kind-hearted. He and Lan Wangji regard each other as soulmates.

Mo Xuanyu
(Chinese: 莫玄羽)
The illegitimate son of Jin Guangshan and ex-disciple of the Jin sect. He sacrificed his body to Wei Wuxian through a ritual in order to fulfill his revenge plans.
Wang Yibo
Chen Junkai (young)
Lan Wangji
(Chinese: 蓝忘机)
Birth name: Lan Zhan (Chinese: 蓝湛).

Also known as Lord Hanguang (Chinese: 含光君), or the Light Bearing Lord,[9] he is the second young master of Lan sect and one of the Two Jades of Lan. He wields the Bichen sword (Chinese: 避尘) and the Wangji guqin (Chinese: 忘机). He is cold, aloof and strict, but also has his own sense of justice. He and Wei Wuxian regard each other as soul mates.

Supporting[edit]

Gusu Lan Sect[edit]

Actor Character Introduction
Liu Haikuan[10]
Shen Yifeng (young)
Lan Xichen
(Chinese: 蓝曦臣)
Birth name: Lan Huan (Chinese: 蓝涣).

Also known as Lord Zewu (Chinese: 泽芜君), or Brilliance Overgrowth Lord,[9] he is the leader and first young master of Lan sect, and one of the Two Jades of Lan. He is known as one of the Three Zuns alongside his sworn brothers Jin Guangyao and Nie Mingjue. He wields the Shuoyue sword (Chinese: 朔月) and the Liebing flute (Chinese: 裂冰). He is a warm, gentle and trusting person.

Huang Ziteng Lan Qiren
(Chinese: 蓝启仁)
The respected elder of Lan sect. The uncle of Lan Xichen and Lan Wangji.
Zheng Fanxing[11]
Jiang Yiting (young)
Lan Sizhui
(Chinese: 蓝思追)
Birth name: Previously Wen Yuan (Chinese: 温苑), now Lan Yuan (Chinese: 蓝愿).

A disciple of Lan sect. He was found by Wei Wuxian among the remains of the Wen sect and was raised by him, and later brought back to the Lan sect by Lan Wangji. He is disciplined, intelligent, and sensible. He is close friends with Lan Jingyi and Jin Ling.

Guo Cheng[12] Lan Jingyi
(Chinese: 蓝景仪)
A disciple of Lan sect. He is a short-tempered and impatient man, but kind at heart. He is close friends with Lan Sizhui and Jin Ling.
Carman Lee[13] Lan Yi
(Chinese: 蓝翼)
The only female head in the history of Lan sect. She invented the infamous Chord Assassination technique, and was responsible for guarding a piece of the Stygian Iron (Chinese: 阴铁).

Lanling Jin Sect[edit]

Actor Character Introduction
Shen Xiaohai Jin Guangshan
(Chinese: 金光善)
The leader of Jin sect. The father of Jin Guangyao, Jin Zixuan and Mo Xuanyu. He is known as a womanizer and has many illegitimate children.
Hu Xiaoting Madame Jin
(Chinese: 金夫人)
The wife of Jin Guangshan and mother of Jin Zixuan.
Zhu Zanjin[14] Jin Guangyao
(Chinese: 金光瑶)
Birth name: Meng Yao (Chinese: 孟瑶).

Also known as Lord Lianfang (Chinese: 敛芳尊), or Hidden Fragrance Master,[9] he is the illegitimate son of Jin Guangshan and became the leader of Jin sect after the latter's death. He is known as one of the Three Zuns alongside his sworn brothers Lan Xichen and Nie Mingjue. He wields the Hensheng (Chinese: 恨生 pinyin: Hènshēng) sword. He worked as a servant of the Nie sect and as a spy in the Wen sect before winning his father's approval to join the Jin sect after the Sunshot Campaign. Due to his identity as a prostitute's son, he feels inferior and is determined to prove himself. He is known for wearing a mask of pleasantry and his smooth demeanor. He greatly admires Lan Xichen, who was the only person who showed him kindness during his days as a servant.

Cao Yuchen[15] Jin Zixuan
(Chinese: 金子轩)
The son of Jin Guangshan, Jin Ling's father and Jiang Yanli's husband. He is proud and vain, but is also upright and just.
Yao Shuhao[15] Jin Zixun
(Chinese: 金子勋)
The cousin of Jin Zixuan. He is arrogant and conceited, and dislikes Wei Wuxian.
Jin Luying Qin Su
(Chinese: 秦愫)
The wife of Jin Guangyao; and daughter of Qin Cangye, leader of the Laoling Qin sect, a subsidiary of Jin sect.
Qi Peixin[16] Jin Ling
(Chinese: 金凌)
Courtesy name: Rulan (Chinese: 如兰).

The sole heir of Jin sect and son of Jin Zixuan and Jiang Yanli. He wields the Suihua (Chinese: 岁华尊) sword. He is prideful and short-tempered, but kind at heart. He is close friends with Lan Sizhui and Lan Jingyi.

Wang Yifei[17] Luo Qingyang
(Chinese: 罗青羊)
Also known as Mian Mian (Chinese: 绵绵). A disciple of Jin sect. She is unafraid to speak up for what's right, and later left Jin sect due to differing beliefs.

Qinghe Nie Sect[edit]

Actor Character Introduction
Wang Yizhou[15] Nie Mingjue
(Chinese: 聂明玦)
Also known as Lord Chifeng (Chinese: 赤锋尊), or the Scarlet Peak Master,[9] he is the leader of Nie sect. He is known as one of the Three Zuns alongside his sworn brothers Lan Xichen and Jin Guangyao. He wields the Baxia (Chinese: 霸下) saber. He is strict, bad-tempered, and known for his intolerance toward evil.
Ji Li[15] Nie Huaisang
(Chinese: 聂怀桑)
The leader of Nie sect after Nie Mingjue's death and younger half-brother of Nie Mingjue. He is well known for his incompetence and is nicknamed the Head-Shaker.

Qishan Wen Sect[edit]

Actor Character Introduction
Xiu Qing Wen Ruohan
(Chinese: 温若寒)
The leader of Wen sect, Chief Cultivator, and father of Wen Chao and Wen Xu. He is an ambitious man who wants to rule over the five sects by restoring the Stygian Iron (Chinese: 阴铁).
Wang Rong Wen Xu
(Chinese: 温旭)
The eldest son of Wen Ruohan.
He Peng[18] Wen Chao
(Chinese: 温晁)
The second son of Wen Ruohan. He is an arrogant and cruel man who likes to flirt with ladies.
Meng Ziyi[19] Wen Qing
(Chinese: 温情)
A renowned physician of the Wen sect and Wen Ning's older sister. She is aloof but kind at heart, and is protective toward her brother.
Yu Bin[20]
Su Qiuyi (young)
Wen Ning
(Chinese: 温宁)
Courtesy name: Qionglin (Chinese: 琼林).

Also known as The Ghost General (Chinese: 鬼将军), he is the right-hand man of Wei Wuxian during his time as the Yiling Patriarch. He was a shy person and a stutterer when he was alive due to a strange illness, and grew to trust Wei Wuxian after being showered with kindness by him.

Feng Mingjing Wen Zhuliu
(Chinese: 温逐流)
Also known as the Core-Melting Hand (Chinese: 化丹手) due to his ability to melt a Golden Core and is Wen Chao's protector.
Lu Enjie Wang Lingjiao
(Chinese: 王灵娇)
The former maid of Wen Chao's wife and Wen Chao's lover. She is an arrogant and pompous woman.
Zhang Bin Wen Mao
(Chinese: 温卯)
The ancestor of Wen sect.

Yunmeng Jiang Sect[edit]

Actor Character Introduction
Lu Jianmin Jiang Fengmian
(Chinese: 江枫眠)
The leader of Jiang sect, father of Jiang Yanli and Jiang Cheng.
Zhang Jingtong Yu Ziyuan
(Chinese: 虞紫鸢)
Also known as Madame Yu or San Niang. Jiang Fengmian's wife, mother of Jiang Yanli and Jiang Cheng, and original owner of the Zidian (Chinese: 紫电) ring. She appears tough and strict but is soft at heart.
Wang Zhuocheng[21]
Huang Zhenchen (young)
Jiang Cheng
(Chinese: 江澄)
Courtesy name: Wanyin (Chinese: 晚吟).

Also known as Sandu Shengshou (Chinese: 三毒圣手), or Three Poisons Sage,[9] he is the leader of Jiang sect following Jiang Fengmian's death. He wields the Sandu (Chinese: 三毒) sword and the Zidian (Chinese: 紫电) ring. He is a straight-laced and strict man who abides by the rules. He has a bad temper but deeply cares for his loved ones. He had a great relationship with Wei Wuxian, but their relationship deteriorated due to differing beliefs. He liked Wen Qing, until Wen Chao ordered the death of his parents, causing him to harbor hate for the Wen sect. He dotes on his nephew Jin Ling.

Xuan Lu[22]
Ye Xuantong (young)
Jiang Yanli
(Chinese: 江厌离)
Jiang Cheng's older sister, Wei Wuxian's disciple elder sister, Jin Zixuan's wife and Jin Ling's mother. She is a kind, understanding and caring person who protects her brothers and gives them emotional support.

Yi City Arc[edit]

Actor Character Introduction
Song Jiyang[23] Xiao Xingchen
(Chinese: 晓星尘)
Also known as Daozhang (Chinese: 道长), he is one of Baoshan Sanren's students who left the mountain for the mortal world. He wields the Shuanghua (Chinese: 霜华) sword and was best friends with Song Lan. He is gentle on the outside but determined on the inside.
Li Bowen[24] Song Lan
(Chinese: 宋岚)
Courtesy name: Song Zichen (Chinese: 宋子琛).

A cultivator from Baixue Temple, and best friend of Xiao Xingchen. He wields the Fuxue (Chinese: 拂雪) sword.

Wang Haoxuan[25] Xue Yang
(Chinese: 薛洋)
Courtesy name: Chengmei (Chinese: 成美).

A guest disciple of the Jin sect who has an affiliation with the Stygian Iron (Chinese: 阴铁). He wields the Jiangzai (Chinese: 降灾) sword. He is known for his evil and twisted ways.

Chen Zhuoxuan[26] Ah Qing
(Chinese: 阿箐)
A young maiden who lived on the streets and an expert at pretending to be blind. She followed Xiao Xingchen after meeting him.

Others[edit]

Actor Character Introduction
Feng Cong[27] Su She
(Chinese: 苏涉)
Courtesy name: Minshan (Chinese: 悯善).

The wimp leader of the Moling Su sect. A former outer disciple of the Lan Sect, whom he betrayed and left to establish his own with the support of Jin Guangyao, whom he holds great respect for. He is jealous of Lan Wangji's talents and has always imitated his actions.

Liu Tingyu Baoshan Sanren
(Chinese: 抱山散人)
The teacher of Xiao Xingchen and Cangse Sanren, Wei Wuxian's mother.
Cao Junxiang[28] Ouyang Zizhen
(Chinese: 欧阳子真)
The single child of the Baling Ouyang sect's leader.
Yu Zikuang Xue Chonghai
(Chinese: 薛重亥)
The ancient owner of the Stygian Iron (Chinese: 阴铁).
Extended cast
Actor Character Introduction
Liu Yinjun Jin Chan
(Chinese: 金阐)
A disciple of Jin sect. He bullied Jin Ling, but is stopped by Wei Wuxian.
Lin Chenyue Sixth disciple
(Chinese: 六师弟)
Disciple of Jiang sect.
Jiang Weijia Chief of Nie
(Chinese: 聂氏总领)
He always bullies Jin Guangyao and is later killed by him.
Niu Zhiqiang Chief Yao
(Chinese: 姚宗主)
One of the gossiping elders who dislikes Wei Wuxian and spread baseless rumors about him.
Pu Changcheng Chief Ouyang
(Chinese: 欧阳宗主)
Zhang Ye Yi Weichun
(Chinese: 易为春)
Xu Xiaowen Fang Mengchen
(Chinese: 方梦臣)
Cai Yingchun Granny Wen
(Chinese: 温婆婆)
Wen Qing, Wen Ning and Wen Yuan's relative.
Yi Jianxiang Fourth Uncle Wen
(Chinese: 温四叔)
Wen Qing, Wen Ning and Wen Yuan's relative.
Sun Shengxuan Mo Ziyuan
(Chinese: 莫重亥)
Mo Xuanyu's cousin who abused him.
Jia Shuyi Madame Mo
(Chinese: 莫夫人)
Mo Xuanyu's aunt who abused him.
Liu Damin Mister Mo
(Chinese: 莫老爷)
Mo Xuanyu's uncle.
Feng Qiruo Ah Ding
(Chinese: 阿丁)
A servant of Mo.
Feng Qiruo Ah Tong
(Chinese: 阿童)
A servant of Mo.
Zhang Linran Ah Yan
(Chinese: 阿胭)
A girl cursed by the Heavenly Lady statue.
Li Lujin Ah Yan's mother
(Chinese: 阿胭娘)
Fan Huawei Bi Cao
(Chinese: 碧草)
A servant of Qin Su.
Su Yue Si Si
(Chinese: 思思)
A prostitute who has to serve Jin Guangshan.
Zhang Jing Jin Zhu
(Chinese: 金姝)
A servant of Jin sect.
Liu Xiaobin Yin Zhu
(Chinese: 银姝)
A servant of Jin sect.
Jiao Changshun Song Lan's teacher
(Chinese: 宋岚师傅)
Shen Xin Funeral Shopkeeper
(Chinese: 丧葬老太)
Huang Ying Granny Liu
(Chinese: 刘婆婆)
Liu Fengmin[29] Lao Zhang (Wen Chao)
(Chinese: 老丈(温晁))
Sun Liang[29] Lao Zhang (Nie Huaisang)
(Chinese: 老丈(聂怀桑))

Production[edit]

Pre-production and filming[edit]

Hengdian World Studios, the main filming site of the series

Pre-production of the drama took two and a half years; including writing and modifying of the script, establishing the world view structure and art concept, as well as building of sets.[30] The project was first announced in March 2018.[31]

The series is co-directed by Zheng Weiwen and Chen Jialin; and the script written by a team consisting of Yang Xia, Deng Yaoyu, Ma Jing and Guo Guangyun. The main producers are credited to be Fang Feng, Yang Xia, Wang Chu and Liu Mingyi; while Yang Xia and Ji Peng serve as the art directors.[32] The drama was filmed from April 2018 to August 2018 at Hengdian World Studios and Guizhou.[33] [34] Two weeks before filming, the cast gathered for script reading sessions and underwent martial arts and etiquette training.[35]

Due to the censorship in China, all BL content is removed from the drama and changes are made to the overall plot.[36] As the original novel was written in a "flashback" style, additional scenes had to be inserted to improve the flow of the story.[37] Two versions of the script were prepared; one is told in the chronological order of story development, and the other is a narrative trajectory that follows the original novel. Finally, on the basis of not breaking the core of the original story, and to fully develop and layer the storyline, the team decided to adopt a mixture of both styles.[30] To better fuse the different storylines together, the team decided to forgo traditional styles of filming, and more suspense was used in the lens composition settings.[36]

Despite being termed as "xianxia" drama, The Untamed includes many elements of traditional wuxia dramas, fused with a new style.[38] Using traditional wuxia values such as "chivalry and courage", it allows the younger audience to better relate to the drama.[38]

Casting[edit]

The casting director gave a special "character card" to each of the cast members; which includes detailed descriptions of the character such as the looks, height, clothing style and even specific details such as "Wei Wuxian has a natural smiling face".[30]

Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo were announced as the lead actors in April 2018.[33] Xiao was recommended by a friend of the producer Yang Xia, who chose him because of his "clean gaze". Wang got the role through an audition, because of his "natural coldness".[39]

Lu Zhixing and Bian Jiang, who dubbed Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji in the audio drama and donghua adaptation of Mo Dao Zu Shi respectively, were hired to voice Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji in the series.[40]

Design and concept[edit]

According to producer Yang Xia, while designing the sets and costumes of the different sects, the team started out by searching for a culture placement where the design could be based on.[30] The costume designer of the drama is Chen Tongxun.[41]

For the Gusu Lan sect, influence from the Song Dynasty were taken into consideration while designing the costumes and sets. While designing the "jingshi", blue and green shades were used to showcase the elegance and dignified strength/character of the sect; while darker shades of wood were used to show-off the magnificence. Cascading collars and sleeves were used to design the clothes, to highlight the strictness of the sect.[30]

For the Yunmeng Jiang sect, influences from the Hubei and Jianghan district were taken. Warm and light colors were used to showcase the cheerful and free-spirited nature of the sect. The architecture and sets were designed to be widely spaced, and yarn was used to create the feeling of "transparency". Narrow sleeves and neat designs were used to highlight the "wandering pugilistic" feel of the sect. A water recycling device was used in the lotus lake of the set, allowing ripples to be seen on the lake surface. A special ceiling was built for the ancestral hall.[30]

For the Qinghe Nie sect, the set was designed to be surrounded by high walls and the entrance isn't easily seen because it was often invaded by Qishan Wen sect. For Qishan Wen sect, designs from the Shang dynasty were used. For Lanling Jin sect, the designs were inspired by the luxurious and elegance of the Tang dynasty.[42]

Controversies[edit]

A fire broke out at on July 11, 2018 while the cast and crew were filming in Nanma, Dongyang, at a facility that belongs to Hengdian World Studios. The fire reportedly spread as wide as 300 square meters, and resulted in the death of two crew members.[43]

During filming, a rumor surfaced that a certain actor paid the production to change the storyline and add additional scenes; and that the author is the screenwriter.[44] In response to the rumors the production team denied the claims.[45]

On July 29, 2019, Tencent announced that VIP users have the option to pay in order to watch episodes that have not yet aired. Starting from August 7, the final episode will be released early for some viewers who choose to avail the option. This has caused outrage among viewers of the show, who were concerned that this would open up the risk of the ending being spoiled and also the possibility that the episodes will be pirated, which will then have a negative effect on views. In response, Tencent explained that in this way, they can cater to demands of certain viewers who are requesting for episodes to be released faster while the rest can still watch the series at their preferred pace.[46]

Soundtrack[edit]

The main composer of the soundtrack is Lin Hai.[41] The theme song was titled "忘羡" (pinyin: Wàngxiàn) before being renamed from Episode 11 onwards to "无羁 (pinyin: Wú jī;)".[47] On July 8, 2019, the digital album was released on QQ Music along with full version of the song as well as other character songs.[48][49] The instrumental album was released on QQ Music on August 5, 2019.[50]

The physical album was released on November 2, 2019.[51]

The Untamed OST (陈情令国风音乐专辑)
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedJuly 8, 2019 (2019-07-08)
Recorded2018–2019
GenreSoundtrack
Language
Label
ProducerLin Hai
No.TitleLyricsMusicSingersLength
1."Unrestrained (无羁)" (Theme song – duet version)Cheng Yi, Ming FengLin HaiXiao Zhan & Wang Yibo04:13
2."Unrestrained (无羁)" (Theme song – special version)Cheng Yi, Ming FengLin HaiBibi Zhou04:14
3."Unrestrained (无羁)" (Theme song – solo version)Cheng Yi, Ming FengLin HaiXiao Zhan04:13
4."Unrestrained (无羁)" (Theme song – solo version)Cheng Yi, Ming FengLin HaiWang Yibo04:13
5."Song Ends with Chen Qing (曲尽陈情)" (Wei Wuxian's theme song)Yi Zhe Lian Xiao Zui Qing HeWithin_Yi MingXiao Zhan03:53
6."Won't Forget (不忘)" (Lan Wangji's theme song)Song Bingyang, Yang XiaSong BingyangWang Yibo05:16
7."Newborn (赤子)" (Wen Ning's theme song)Zhang PengpengZheng GuofengYu Bin04:18
8."Goodbye Filled With Hatred (恨别)" (Jiang Cheng's theme song)Yi Zhe Lian Xiao Zui Qing HeChao Xi_TideWang Zhuocheng03:43
9."Involuntary (不由)" (Lan Xichen's theme song)Ming FengWindbell ProjectLiu Haikuan04:44
10."Separation at Qing He (清河诀)" (Nie Mingjue & Nie Huaisang's theme song)Lin Qiao, Liu EnxunChen XueranAyanga03:44
11."If The Woodlands Has Something To Say (疏林如有诉)" (Wen Qing's theme song)Zhong WuyiChen YimingGao Qiuzi03:53
12."Passing by the Deserted City (荒城渡)" (Xue Yang's theme song)Zhang YingXia Heng, Deng QiangzhongCharlie Zhou04:19
13."Lone City (孤城)" (Yi City group's theme song)Lin QiaoYu HonglongSun Bolun & Chen Zhuoxuan03:52
14."Youth Especially Cannot Be Bullied (最是少年不可欺)" (Youth group's theme song)Yu CiChen YimingZui Xue, Zheng Fanxing, Qi Peixin & Guo Cheng03:59
15."Inappeasable (意难平)" (Jiang Yanli's theme song)Cheng Yi, He SiweiLin HaiYin Lin04:14
16."Not In Vain (不枉)" (Group song)Yi Zhe Lian Xiao Zui Qing HeYin LinNaomi Wang03:55
17."Eternal Separation (永隔)" (Jiang Yanli & Jin Zixuan's theme song)Lin QiaoYu HonglongLara Veronin & Fabien Yang03:37
18."Hatred in Life (多恨生)" (Jin Guangyao's theme song)Within_Yi MingLuo XizhunZhu Xingjie04:25
The Untamed OST (陈情令原声音乐专辑)
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedAugust 5, 2019 (2019-08-05)
Recorded2018–2019
GenreSoundtrack
Language
Label
ProducerLin Hai
No.TitleLength
1."The Untamed (陈情令)"02:01
2."Unrestrained (无羁)" (Instrumental version)02:33
3."Wang Ji (忘机)"01:01
4."Love Entanglement (情牵)"01:59
5."Lotus Pier (莲花坞)"02:08
6."Maneuvering Dizi (御笛)"02:15
7."Glacier (裂冰)"03:26
8."Drunken Dream (醉梦)"03:27
9."Burial Mound (乱葬岗)"02:24
10."Sadness (伤情)"03:01
11."If Life Was Just Like When We First Met (人生若只如初见)"02:36
12."Won't Regret (不悔)"02:47
13."Night Scamper (夜奔)"03:51
14."Day and Night (寤寐)"01:26
15."Song of Lucidity (清心音·乱魄抄)"05:10
16."Rest (安息)"02:32
17."Greenery (草木)"02:33
18."Yi City (义城)"01:03
19."Artful Child (狡童)"01:44
20."Sunshot (射日)"02:28
21."Unrestrained (无羁)" (Piano version)01:23

On August 19, QQ Music announced that the sales for the soundtrack album had broke fifteen million copies, officially attaining the platinum certification. As of September 2019, the album was the highest-selling soundtrack album on the platform, and ranked #15 on the list of highest-selling digital album.[52]

Reception[edit]

The series has a 8.3 rating on Douban;[53] and has the highest number of reviews for China dramas.[54] The series accumulated a total of 6.8 billion views on Tencent, as of December 2019.[55] One of the major reasons for the series' popularity is its faithfulness to the original novel.[56][57] It was praised by People's Daily for its "wonderful presentation of Chinese characteristics"; showcasing traditional cultural elements through exquisite costumes, traditional Chinese music instruments; as well as transmitting positive values such as courage, chivalry and love for one's country.[58] China News Service similarly highlighted the exquisite costumes and showcase of traditional etiquette, while also praising the suspenseful plot and well-connected storyline.[59] Wang Yibo was initially criticized by viewers for his blank acting style in the first few episodes, which he later improved upon with the help of director instructions.[60]

The show has also garnered significant exposure and popularity globally for its strong plot, well-rounded characters, and elaborate clothing, makeup and stage production.[61] It has a score of 9.8 on Viki and 9.4 on MyDramaList, making it the highest-rated Chinese TV series on the platforms.[62] It ranked #36 on Tumblr's Top Live-Action TV list of 2019, becoming the first Chinese TV drama to ever enter the chart.[63] The heroic story with modern values was said to have struck a chord globally, and helps promotes Chinese style and traditional culture to the world, leading to a wave of interest in Chinese dramas.[61][64][57]

Economic effect[edit]

The Untamed is said to be the highest-earning drama of 2019, bringing in profits of more than 97.87 million yuan (as of August 15, 2019), with earnings from fan meetings, concerts, streaming platforms, album sales and merchandise.[65][66]

As VVIP members are allowed watch the final episodes of the show in advance, more than 2.6 million new and existing subscribers paid to unlock the function, generating more than 78 million yuan in profit. More than 1 million copies of the soundtrack album were sold. In addition, a merchandise store was opened in Taobao and official merchandise was sold, with earnings amounting to 1.17 million yuan.[66] Other source of earnings include paying to unlock the full music video of "Unrestrained" in advance, as well as the Bazaar Magazine featuring both lead actors Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo which sold more than 330,000 copies within three days, before exceeding 1.1 million copies.[67]

A special system was introduced by Tencent, where VIP members have to accumulate "star points" to get a better chance to get tickets to the fan meetings and concerts. More than 326.7 million people paid 30 to 50 yuan to view the live broadcast of The Untamed National Style Concert on Tencent Video. It is estimated that the platform has earned more than 100 million yuan in revenue. Tickets of the concert were sold-out in less than 5 seconds, and leftover tickets were also marked up to 150,000 yuan by ticket scalpers from the original price of 627 yuan.[68][65][69]

In overseas markets, Tencent announced in October 2019 that The Untamed had boosted WeTV's growth by 250 percent with an average of 1 million application downloads per month since the drama was first launched in June.[70][71]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Nominee Results Ref.
The Third Internet Film Festival Best Director Chen Jialin Won [72]
Best New Actor Zhu Zanjin
GQ 2019 Men of the Year Breakthrough Actor of the Year Wang Yibo Won [73]
6th The Actors of China Award Ceremony Best Actor (Web series) Xiao Zhan Nominated [74]
Golden Tower Award Most Popular Drama The Untamed Won [75][76]
Most Popular Actor Xiao Zhan Won
Wang Yibo Nominated
Sofa Film Festival Most Popular Actor of the Autumn Xiao Zhan Won [77]
6th Hengdian Film and TV Festival of China (Wenrong Awards) Best Web Drama The Untamed Nominated [78]
Best Director Chen Jialin Won
Best Producer Fang Fang Won
3rd Yinchuan Internet Film Festival Best Web Series The Untamed Nominated [79]
Best Actor (Web series) Xiao Zhan Won [80]
26th Huading Awards Best Television Series The Untamed 10th [81]
Best Director Chen Jialin, Zheng Weiwen Nominated [82][83]
Best Producer Yang Xia, Fang Fang, Wang Chu, Liu Mingtie Nominated
Best Newcomer Xiao Zhan Won
Wang Yibo Nominated
Top Ten Favorite Actors Won
2nd Cultural and Entertainment Industry Congress Best Actor (Drama) Xiao Zhan Nominated [84]
Breakthrough Actor (Drama) Nominated
Wang Yibo Nominated
Best Couple Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo Nominated
China Entertainment Industry Summit
(Golden Pufferfish Awards)
Best Drama The Untamed Won [85][86]
Best Marketing Won
Producer of the Year Yang Xia Won
7th Thailand Headlines Person of The Year Awards Most Influential Award The Untamed Cast Won [87][88]
Tencent Music Entertainment Awards Song of the Year "Unrestrained" (by Xiao Zhan & Wang Yibo) Won [89]
China Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival
(1st Network Drama Awards)
Most Popular Actor Wang Yibo Won [90]
Most Anticipated Actor He Peng Won
20th China Video Awards IP of the Year The Untamed Won [91]
China Radio Film & TV Media Survey Outstanding Overseas Promotion Television Series Won [92]
Weibo TV Series Awards Most Popular Television Series Won [93][94]
Most Popular Actor Xiao Zhan 7th [95]
Wang Yibo 4th [96]
Song Jiyang Nominated [97][98]
Wang Zhuocheng Nominated
Yu Bin Nominated
Zheng Fanxing Nominated
Liu Haikuan Nominated
Most Popular Character Wei Wuxian Won [99]
Lan Wangji 2nd [100]
Golden Bud - The Fourth Network Film And Television Festival Best Web Series The Untamed Nominated [101][102]
Most Influential Web Series Won
Best Web Film The Living Dead Nominated
Most Popular Director Chen Jialin Won
Best Actor Xiao Zhan Nominated
Wang Yibo Nominated
Best Newcomer Guo Cheng Nominated
Song Jiyang Nominated
Wang Zhuocheng Nominated
Zheng Fanxing Nominated
Wang Haoxuan Nominated
New Force Energy Won
Sogou In Award Drama of the Year The Untamed Won [103]
Kugou Music Awards Song of the Year "Unrestrained" (by Xiao Zhan & Wang Yibo) Won [104]
Film and TV Role Model 2019 Ranking Drama of the Year The Untamed Nominated [105]
Actor of the Year Xiao Zhan Nominated
Baidu Fudian Awards Top Ten Television Series The Untamed Won [106]
Sina Film & TV Awards Won [107]
8th China Student Television Festival Most Watched Television Series Won [108]
Tencent Video All Star Awards Web Drama of the Year Won [109]
Popular Actors of the Year Xiao Zhan Won
Wang Yibo Won
Most Promising Actor Liu Haikuan Won
Doki New Force Wang Zhuocheng Won
Tencent Entertainment White Paper Television Actor of the Year Xiao Zhan Won [110]
Star Celebrity Board: Television Actor of the Year Won [111]
Weibo Awards Ceremony Hot Drama of the Year The Untamed Won [112]
Media and Entertainment Industry Reporter Innovative Marketing of the Year Won [113]
Hengdian World Studio Classic Ranking Most Popular Drama Won [114]
Most Popular Character Wei Wuxian (Xiao Zhan) Won [115]

Promotion[edit]

Date Event Attendees Ref.
July 12, 2019 The Untamed Fanmeeting Xiao Zhan, Wang Yibo, Yu Bin, Liu Haikuan, Zhu Zanjin, Wang Haoxuan, Wang Yizhou, Song Jiyang, Li Bowen, Qi Peixin, Zheng Fanxing, Guo Cheng [116]
July 20, 2019 The Untamed Roadshow at Hangzhou Yu Bin, Zheng Fanxing, Song Jiyang [117]
July 26, 2019 Harper's Bazaar China Xiao Zhan, Wang Yibo [118]
The Untamed Roadshow at Xi'an Cao Yuchen, Qi Peixin, Zheng Fanxing [119]
July 27, 2019 The Untamed Roadshow at Wuhan Yu Bin, Song Jiyang, Wang Haoxuan [120]
July 28, 2019 Day Day Up Xiao Zhan, Wang Yibo [121]
August 4, 2019 The Untamed Roadshow at Shanghai Yu Bin, Wang Zhuocheng, Liu Haikuan, Zhu Zanjin, Ji Li, Chen Zhuoxuan, Song Jiyang [122]
August 10, 2019 Happy Camp Xiao Zhan, Wang Yibo, Yu Bin, Wang Zhuocheng [123]
The Untamed Roadshow at Qingdao Liu Haikuan, Zhu Zanjin, Wang Haoxuan, Ji Li, Wang Yizhou, Song Jiyang, Li Bowen, Cao Yuchen, Qi Peixin, Zheng Fanxing, Guo Cheng, He Peng, Chen Zhuoxuan [124]
August 26, 2019 Crazy Magic Yu Bin, Liu Haikuan, Wang Zhuocheng, Xuan Lu, Meng Ziyi [125]
September 21, 2019 The Untamed Thailand Fanmeeting Xiao Zhan, Wang Yibo, Yu Bin, Wang Zhuocheng, Liu Haikuan, Cao Yuchen, Song Jiyang, Chen Zhuoxuan [126]
November 1–2, 2019 The Untamed National Style Concert Xiao Zhan, Wang Yibo, Yu Bin, Wang Zhuocheng, Liu Haikuan, Zhu Zanjin, Wang Haoxuan, Ji Li, Wang Yizhou, Song Jiyang, Li Bowen, Cao Yuchen, Qi Peixin, Zheng Fanxing, Guo Cheng, He Peng, Lu Enjie, Wang Yifei, Chen Zhuoxuan, Zhang Jingtong, Xiu Qing, Gao Qiuzi
Lara Veronin, Naomi Wang, Fabien Yang, Yin Lin, Zhou Shen, Zhu Xingjie
[127]

Thailand Fanmeeting[edit]

The fanmeeting was held in Bangkok at Impact Theater on September 21, 2019 and was attended by 9,000 fans.[128] The proceeds of the Thailand fanmeeting were donated to the people of Ubon Ratchathani Province, which had been hit by floods.[129]

The Untamed National Style Concert[edit]

The concert was held from November 1 and 2, 2019 at Nanjing Qing'ao Sports Park with a capacity of 20,000 seats. Tan Yizhe served as the music executive of the concert, while Yuan Jing served as the creative director. Ticket prices were sold at 627 yuan and 1980 yuan, to commemorate the first day of broadcast and the last day of filming of The Untamed respectively. 16 songs were sung in the concert, along with a segment for interactions and games.[130] Prior to purchasing tickets on Maoyan, fans had to answer a questionnaire based on the show. Viewers were able to live-stream the concert via Tencent Video, with a fee of 30 to 50 yuan.[67]

Mobile game[edit]

A mobile gamed based on The Untamed is set to be released via NetEase.[131]

The Untamed Boys[edit]

The six-membered group named "The Untamed Boys" (Chinese: 陈情少年), which consists of Yu Bin, Ji Li, Cao Yuchen, Zheng Fanxing, Song Jiyang & Li Bowen, first made their appearance in The Untamed National Style Concert performing the song "Fearless". They subsequently appeared in T Mall 11/11 Shopping Festival, performing the song "Fairytale"; as well as featured in Elle Men's New Youth magazine.[132] They appeared in the variety show Youths Learning In Progress (Chinese: 少年听学中), which aired on Tencent Video starting December 5, 2019.[133]

International broadcast[edit]

The drama is broadcast via WeTV in several countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, India and Indonesia. It is streamed internationally via platforms like Viki, ODC and YouTube.[134]

The drama is broadcast in South Korea via Channel Asia UHD starting from October 21, 2019.[135][136] It is scheduled to be broadcast in Japan via Asia Dramatic TV from March 19, 2020.[137][138]

The drama is translated into 11 different languages and broadcast via Netflix in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Philippines and India starting October 25, 2019.[139][57]

Spin-off[edit]

Up to three films will be released, which will serve as a spin-off to the television series.[140]

The Living Dead (2019)[edit]

The Living Dead (Chinese: 生魂; pinyin: Shenghun) was released on iQiyi on November 7, 2019. It is directed by Qiu Zhongwei, written by Lu Ping and produced by Yang Xia. The movie focuses on the story of Wen Ning and Lan Sizhui.[141][142]

Synopsis[edit]

Near Qishan Mountain, there is a little town called Fu Feng, which is nicknamed the "City That Never Turns Dark". There, lies a legend of the "Lit Lamp Murderer". Wen Ning arrives at Fu Feng, and he realizes the abnormality of the town; the whole town is filled only with the weak and sick; and is very run down. When the night arrives, Wen Ning purposefully lit up a lamp to attract ghost shadows. Just as he was about to capture them, a ray of blue sword light appears and the black shadow disappears. Wen Ning looks up, and sees his nephew, Lan Sizhui. Wen Ning and Lan Sizhui decides to work together and solve the mystery and capture the culprit behind the mysterious incidents.

Cast[edit]

  • Yu Bin as Wen Ning
  • Zheng Fan Xing as Lan Sizhui
  • Wang Yifei as Xiao Qing
  • Gao Han as Xiao Yi
  • He Longlong as Zhou Zishu

Fatal Journey (2020)[edit]

Fatal Journey (Chinese: 乱魄; pinyin: Luanhun) focuses on the story of the Nie brothers and Jin Guangyao.

Cast[edit]

  • Ji Li as Nie Huaisang
  • Wang Yizhou as Nie Mingjue
  • Zhu Zanjin as Jin Guangyao

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