Bu Liang Ren 画江湖之不良人

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.

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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.
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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.
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Maybe he subconsciously thinks of her as his honey-pie because they first met as the fake groom and fake bride at a real wedding?
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Or the time she transferred her qi to save him?
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His martial art sister Lu Linxuan does a little better job at withstanding the pretty boy attack in the form of Zhang Zifan.
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Even so, she sometimes has a hard time resisting the hero-to-the-rescue maneuver. Like this one when they pretended to be sleeping while her enemies sneaked up on them.
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Girl, how are you going to explain the sleeping-with-the-pervert to your brother?
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Ok… Off to the bad-ass villains.

The Black/White Reapers. I thought they were bad-ass but they turned out to be just a pair of duplicitous bottom feeders. It is always a pleasure to see their backstabbing in action.
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Such as sucking dry their superior’s qi after Li Xingyun severely injured the man with some serious kungfu moves.
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Then lied to their other superiors about it. All the while plotting to steal their qi too.
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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.
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But they are up against serious competition from the other organizations.

Jiuye and Shiye of Tong Wen Guan (Zhang Zifan’s organization)
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The queen and her foxy agents of Huan Yin Fang (Ji Ruxue’s organization)
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Not to mention the resistance from Bu Liang Ren themselves. They are no match for Shangguan Yun Que, a man with a flare for the dramatic.
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Not even the apprentices can stand him, and they are on the same team.
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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!
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This is the only show that made me want to get a body tattoo. They are gorgeous.
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Especially White Reaper’s flower facial tattoo.
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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)

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