Sixteen years ago, the cultivation world was ruled over by five clans: Gusu Lan, Yunmeng Jiang, Qinghe Nie, Qishan Wen, and Lanling Jin. 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 clan 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 clan from unfair persecution leads to disaster, and he goes MIA in the process. Wei Wuxian reappears sixteen years later, and works together with good friend Lan Wangji to solve a series of murder mysteries, eventually finding and defeating the true culprit.
The Untamed is a fantasy story set in ancient China about two young paladins who are completely opposite in character. In flashbacks we see them as antagonistic class mates. One is a charming bad boy who can’t abide by the rules. The other is the serene and shining example of wuxia manhood. Their relationship is marked by teasing and annoying incidents untill they find themselves entangled in a bloody power struggle between the clans. They stick together untill bad boy becomes an infamous demonologist, and he gets hunted down by all clans. The ‘good one’ is forced to get in line with his clan, unable to save his friend from a tragical death. For mysterious reasons the bad boy returns 16 years later, apparently unharmed. They reunite, joining forces to solve the mystery behind the evil events in their past. Both discover that people aren’t always what they seem, including themselves.
Based on the fantasy web novel Mo Dao Zu Shi (translated as Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation) written by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu, the story was told as an animated series before The Untamed’s live-action adaptation.
Starring two boy band icons, Wang Yibo (王一博) of Korean-Chinese group UNIQ and Xiao Zhan (肖战) of Chinese band X NINE, The Untamed immediately received attention from young-adult viewers. Wang Yibo (王一博) and Xiao Zhan (肖战) are two of China’s biggest stars in both music and film.
Birth name: Wei Ying (Chinese: 魏婴)
Also known as the Yiling Patriarch (Chinese: 夷陵老祖), he is a Jiang sect disciple who later chooses 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 kind-hearted, optimistic, mischievous, and loyal, and cares deeply for his friends and family. He and Lan Wangji regard each other as soulmates.
Birth name: Lan Zhan (Chinese: 蓝湛).
Also known as Lord Hanguang (Chinese: 含光君), or the Light Bearing Lord, he is the second young master of Lan sect and one of the Twin Jades of Lan. He wields the Bichen sword (Chinese: 避尘) and the Wangji (Chinese: 忘机). He is cold, strict, distant, and difficult to get along with, but has a good heart and a sense of justice. He holds a soft spot for Wei Wuxian, who he regards as his soulmate.