Treasure Venture consists of 30 episodes (originally 31 but condensed to 30 for DVD) that are 45 minutes each. I’m not going to write a recap for each and every episode as I did with Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre (2009) but I am going to include links to a few websites that do have episode recaps as I’m really not that great of a writer. My only goal with this blog is just to introduce wuxia to others, not really to review movies. If it wasn’t for fan pages there wouldn’t be a lot of information left on this series.
During the Ming Dynasty, the Emperor orders three people to go in search for a famous country and people management book. The book is hidden in the first Ming emperor’s tomb, together with a large amount of gold. The three people who went into the tomb are the EmperorÂ’s royal brother Chen Wong Ye, an official Lu Duan Wen and his wife. In order to open the tomb, they need three keys. While in the tomb, Chen Wong Ye wants to kill Lu Duan Wen and his wife so he could take the treasure and the book as he wants to overthrow his brother and becomes the emperor himself. Fortunately, Lu Duan Wen and his wife are saved by a grave thief named Li Jia Li and Chen Wong Ye escapes with one key. Lu Duan Wen and his wife keep one key while the grave thief keeps the other key. Together, they propose a pact that their children would get married. On the way home, Lu Duan Wen goes into labour and gives birth to a baby girl with the help of a kind old man named Wu Ma. However, she dies soon after that.
Shui Ruohan – A professional assassin, age 25, known as the Jade Flute Master, worked for the East Yard –the emperor’s secret police agency. As an orphan adopted by Cao Youxiang, Ruohan was fiercely loyal to his adoptive father. At the age of ten, he was sent to Japan to be trained as an assassin. Chilly and melancholy most of the time, he was aware that as a hit man, he could never be free to love anyone. However, he fell in love with Lu Jianping when working as an undercover agent in her house with an eye to stealing a key to the emperor’s tomb, which he believed her family to possess. Unfortunately, because Jianping and his adoptive father were from opposing camps, he would later be forced to have a confrontation with her.
Lu Jianping – The only daughter of the Secretary of Defense, aged 18, was a pretty and spirited girl. She was bold and optimistic by nature and always cheerful. Nothing seemed to bother her for too long. Since she was brought up as a boy, she was very active and liked to dress herself as a man. When her father was put in jail, she sought shelter in the Shaolin Temple and managed to greatly improve her martial arts skills. However, she fell in love with Ruohan, who was her enemy. Eventually, she would be forced to confront him.
Zhu Yulong – A royal prince, the second eldest son of the emperor, liked to walk among the public as a commoner. A handsome and suave young man, he made the acquaintance of Jianping in a tavern and was drawn by her straightforwardness and free spirit. When finding that Jianping was actually a girl, he was so pleased with this that he immediately asked his father, the emperor, to make her his wife. It turned out that Jianping escaped because she wasn’t interested in becoming a royal princess, unaware that Yulong was the prince himself. Feeling humiliated and heartbroken, the prince decided to run away with her and do his best to protect her along the way.
Bai Ruixue – Ruohan’s fellow apprentice, known as Lady Scorpion and was also a Japanese assassin. They had trained together since they were young and Ruixue had always cared for Ruohan. To her disappointment, Ruohan viewed her as nothing more than a sister and rejected her affection. When she found that Ruohan fell in love with Jianping, out of jealousy, she tried to kill Jianping to win her love back.
Wuma – Though being a man, he was Jianping’s caretaker and bodyguard. Fun-loving, easy-going but always loving and thoughtful, he was like another parent for Jianping. As a martial arts master, he always tried his best to shield Jianping from harm.
Song Yinniang – She was a middle-aged woman who collected leftovers in the Shaolin Temple. Haughty, rude, reclusive, and short-tempered, she often fought with people over trivial things. However, she seemed to have a special affection for Xiaolong.
Xiaolong – Abandoned as a baby at the gate of the Shaolin Temple, he was brought up as a monk. Though still at a tender age, he was very mature and talked like an adult. He showed that he had a gift for martial arts and was a fast learner.
Xiaofu – Xiaolong’s fellow apprentice and a cheerful boy, he was sent to the Shaolin Temple to be a monk when he was young because his parents were too poor to feed him. His favorite pastime was eating, so he was visibly overweight. However, he had a gift for the practice of medicine and was often able to cure patients after trial and error.
Cao Youxiang – Cold-hearted and ruthless, the chief eunuch was the head of the East Yard, the royal secret police agency. In order to obtain the three star-shaped keys to the tomb of the founding emperor, he would do anything and kill anyone in his way.
Wei Zhao as Lu Jianping (daughter and main character) / Du Huixin (mother)
Nicky Wu as Shui Ruohan
Cao Jun as Shi Xiao Long (as Little Dragon)
Liu Zi as Bai Rui Xue
Shun Lau as Cao Youxiang
Zi Liu as Bai Ruixue
Shao-Wen Hao as Xiao Fu (as Shaowen Hao)
Fangbing Lin as Song Yinniang
Lin Jianhuan as Zhu Yulong
Hao Shaowen as Shi Xiaofu
SPCNET review (a bit harsh but well written)
hkoreandramaisland Treasure Venture episode 1-30 recaps