- For the Vagrant butterfly, see Vagrans egista.
- For the 1992 black comedy starring Bill Paxton, see The Vagrant (film).
The Vagrant (Chinese: 豹子胆) is a 2002 Chinese drama. It was produced by Mediacorp, a television station in Singapore. The cast includes veteran actors Li Nanxing, Huang Biren and Huang Yiliang as well as new artistes Zhang Yaodong, Le Yao and Zzen Zhang. The Vagrant was the second highest rated drama serial in 2002, after Beautiful Connection which coincidentally also starred Huang Bi Ren.
The first episode begins with the introduction of Ah Bao, who narrates his story. Abandoned by his own parents as a child, Ah Bao (Li Nanxing) grew up with gangsters and often got into trouble. At the age of 21, Ah Bao went to jail after his friend (Zheng Geping) and girlfriend (Joey Swee) betrayed him during a robbery he took part in. While in jail, Ah Bao plotted his revenge against the people who betrayed him.
Upon his release from prison, he discovered that his friend is now mentally retarded and that his friend's ex-girlfriend has remarried. He learns that the couple has left behind children, who are abused by their foster family. Feeling sorry for them, Ah Bao decides to take care of the children.
Ah Bao ends up renting a place from Shushu (Huang Biren), a chicken rice seller, who is infamous for her weird temper. Living under the same roof, Ah Bao learns that Shushu's temperament is due to her husband's (Huang Yiliang) betrayal when she had breast cancer. As time goes by, the couple discovers the nicer side of each other and Ah Bao learns about trust again.
Just when life seems to be turning better for Ah Bao, he discovers the truth about his downfall ten years ago. He decides to uncover the mastermind. Is Ah Bao taking a wrong step in his life again?
- Li Nanxing as Ah Bao/ Liu Xiaoming
- Zheng Geping as Ah Lang
- Huang Yiliang as Huang Jinlang
- Huang Shinan as Du Wei
- Joey Swee as Cecillia
- Ang Ching Hui as Ke-ai
- Fraser Tiong Kah Kee as Kele
- Tracer Wong as Mao Nana
- Yao Wenlong as Liu Dehua / Yiyang Zi
- Zhang Yaodong as Gan Yuan
- Le Yao as Yang Xiaomin
- Yvonne Lim as Song Xintian
- Edmund Chen
- Zzen Zhang as Zhang Disheng
- Li Wenhai
Awards and nominations
Star Awards 2002 nominations
|Best Actor||Li Nanxing||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor||Huang Yiliang||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress||Tracer Wong||Nominated|
|Young Talent Award||Ang Ching Hui||Nominated|
|Best Drama Serial||The Vagrant||Nominated|
|Best Screenplay||Ang Eng Tee||Won|
|Best Sound Design||Chen Weichang & Leong Mei Han||Won|