Since popular Chinese historical drama The Untamed <陳情令> opened the door to boys’ love (BL) content, more productions of same-sex couple romances are hoping to achieve the same or even greater success. The latest BL-novel-turned-drama Word of Honor <山河令>, starring actors Zhang Zhehan (張哲瀚) and Gong Jun (龚俊), is surprisingly daring and flirtatious.
Making a sudden premiere on February 22 without advance promotions and filmed with a modest budget, Word of Honor was not expected to perform well, but viewers are finding it highly enjoyable.
Adapted from the novel Faraway Wanderers <天涯客> written by Priest, Word of Honor tells a story following Zhou Zishu (Zhang Zhehan), the leader of the Tianchuang Sect who had quit serving Prince Jin after feeling sinned and exhausted. Although he wanted a peaceful life alone, his plans got turned over when he crossed paths with Wen Kexing (Gong Jun), the master of the Ghost Pavilion who is determined to seek revenge for his murdered parents. Despite their different temperaments as Zishu is cool and reserved while Kexing is flirty, they make a great pair with their unexpected chemistry.
With ambiguous yet romantic vibes between Zhang Zehan and Gong Jun’s characters, fans felt electrified by their sparks and praised their acting. Aside from their lingering gazes and touches, the scene that caught the most attention was when Kexing sucked the poison out of Zishu with his mouth. It had left everyone feeling hot, as it was totally unexpected since it was not included in the novel.
With its homoerotic undertones, viewers are surprised the drama passed censorship to air on Chinese streaming platform Youku.
This article was updated on March 2, 2021.
This article is written by Minna for JayneStars.com.