Dolby Digital 2.0release date:
May 02, 2012
Region Code: All, NTSC
No of CDs: 8 DVDs (Episode 1 - 30 end) Complete
Rating for English subtitles: Good
Blossoming Plum Solo / The Vigilantes In Masks / ÎÖúïìéò«ØÞ
Starring: Wallace Huo, Liu Shishi, Ma Tianyu, Xing Yu
A Robin Hood-like figure who stole from the rich and gave to the poor, leaving behind a plum blossom as his insignia, Ming Dynasty folk hero Yi Zhi Mei has been reimagined on screen many times, most recently in the Korean dramas "Iljimae" and "Return of Iljimae".
Now it's time for a brand new big budget television adaptation of the legendary vigilante from the man who does it best, director Lee Kwok Lap, whose hit fusion period dramas include Chinese Paladin, Tian Ya Zhi Nu, and The Little Fairy, to name a few. The Vigilantes In Masks (a.k.a. Strange Hero Yi Zhi Mei) adds a fresh new twist to the wuxia legend with multiple masked heroes and sharp comic book-inspired visuals. In a first for Chinese TV dramas, a feature-length preview of "The Vigilantes In Masks" was actually released theatrically before the show's broadcast as testament to the series' high expectations and high production values.
Wallace Huo makes the perfect brooding hero as Li Gexiao, a former marshal who has been reduced to a wandering fugitive after being framed for a crime that led to the execution of his family. He reemerges in the martial world to help a friend recover stolen gold for disaster relief, only to be betrayed by his friend. Fortunately, he encounters three fellow outlaws - Huo's Chinese Paladin 3 co-star Liu Shishi, popular singer-actor Ma Tianyu (Dai Yu Chuan), and martial artist Xing Yu (Kung Fu Hustle) - who will become his unlikely partners in crimefighting. Lee Kwok Lap regular Hu Ge sings the drama's theme song.