The Vagrant

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The Vagrant
Written by Ang Eng Tee 洪荣狄
Directed by Fang Jiafu 方家福
Starring Li Nanxing
Huang Biren
Zheng Geping
Yvonne Lim
Opening theme 好人难做 by Benny Wong, sung by Tay Ping Hui
Ending theme 无名 by Benny Wong, sung by Li Nanxing
Country of origin Singapore
Original language(s) Chinese
No. of episodes 20
Producer(s) Winnie Wong 王尤红
Running time approx. 45 minutes
Original network MediaCorp Channel 8
Original release April 2002
Related shows On the Fringe (2011)

The Vagrant (Chinese: 豹子胆) is a 2002 Chinese drama. It was produced by Mediacorp, a television station in Singapore. The cast includes veteran actors Li Nanxing, Huang Biren and Huang Yiliang as well as new artistes Zhang Yaodong, Le Yao and Zzen Zhang. The Vagrant was the second highest rated drama serial in 2002, after Beautiful Connection which coincidentally also starred Huang Bi Ren.


The first episode begins with the introduction of Ah Bao, who narrates his story. Abandoned by his own parents as a child, Ah Bao (Li Nanxing) grew up with gangsters and often got into trouble. At the age of 21, Ah Bao went to jail after his friend (Zheng Geping) and girlfriend (Joey Swee) betrayed him during a robbery he took part in. While in jail, Ah Bao plotted his revenge against the people who betrayed him.

Upon his release from prison, he discovered that his friend is now mentally retarded and that his friend's ex-girlfriend has remarried. He learns that the couple has left behind children, who are abused by their foster family. Feeling sorry for them, Ah Bao decides to take care of the children.

Ah Bao ends up renting a place from Shushu (Huang Biren), a chicken rice seller, who is infamous for her weird temper. Living under the same roof, Ah Bao learns that Shushu's temperament is due to her husband's (Huang Yiliang) betrayal when she had breast cancer. As time goes by, the couple discovers the nicer side of each other and Ah Bao learns about trust again.

Just when life seems to be turning better for Ah Bao, he discovers the truth about his downfall ten years ago. He decides to uncover the mastermind. Is Ah Bao taking a wrong step in his life again?


Main cast[edit]

Supporting cast[edit]

2002 Accolades[edit]

Award Nominee Result
Young Talent Award Ang Ching Hui Nominated
Best Actor Li Nanxing Won
Best Supporting Actor Huang Yiliang Won
Best Supporting Actress Tracer Wong Nominated
Best Drama Serial The Vagrant Nominated
Best Screenplay Ang Eng Tee Won
Best Sound Design Chen Weichang & Leong Mei Han Won

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