Bu Liang Ren (画江湖之不良人) is a wuxia dramedy about three not-so-secret organizations fighting for a sword that supposedly leads to the fallen Tang Dynasty’s hidden treasure. Caught in the middle is a pair of martial art brother and sister whose master, so happens, is a member of Bu Liang Ren, a disbanded police agency that safeguards the sword for the Tang Emperor. When their master suddenly vanishes, the organizations switch their attention onto them. While one group hunts them like dogs, other groups send their most charming and good-looking agents to seduce the apprentices.
3D animation of human beings terrifies me so I have never watched the original anime. With that said, I am glad I didn’t miss the live action version of the show. It is hilarious! Once I got past the awkward first 2 episodes, in which I rolled my eyes at their skimpy cosplay costumes, super obvious hair pieces, inconsistent action sequences, I grew quite fond of all the characters including the villains.
There is one scene that makes me laugh out loud no matter how many times I re-watched it: One of the agents sent to seduce the apprentices is an indiscriminate flirt when he is blind drunk. This time, instead of cozying up with our pretty martial art sister and getting touchy feely with her, he is accosted by a pair of sisters called “Hottie” and “Beauty” who find his drunk antics mighty pleasing.
I’m not sure what horrifies him more. Waking up between the two “ladies” or being spotted waking up between the two “ladies.” I laughed so hard when the apprentices quickly back out the room and close the door on him.
Fortunately, our hero Li Xingyun is not a stupid drunk like him. His weakness is for a pretty woman called Ji Ruxue. He knows she is a spy with no good intentions, but he just can’t help being attracted to her.
Ok… Off to the bad-ass villains.
Of course, big boss Meng Po saw right through their barefaced lies. But in their organization survival of the fittest is the mantra, so they ain’t too concerned over their treachery, as long as they get the sword.
But they are up against serious competition from the other organizations.
Despite the few technical flaws I mentioned early, the show is very entertaining overall. The plot is simple enough: Bunch of people fighting for a sword and each had their own agendas. What the show really excels in is the flamingo characters. Once you’ve seen them, you can’t unseen them. Wahaha!
Especially White Reaper’s flower facial tattoo.
Another amazing feat is the show actually made the color contact lenses work. I didn’t even notice it until White Reapers’ closeup. Even then, they look fairly natural. (Unlike drama IceXXX or XXXCloud)