Scarlet Heart (2011)

Liu Shi Shi and Nicky Wu in c-drama Scarlet Heart aka Bu Bu Jing Xin



Scarlet Heart 步步惊心 means many things for Cecilia Liu Shi Shi and Nicky Wu. It cemented her status as a top star, rejuvenated his acting career (he was 40 then) and culminated in the couple's lovely beach wedding in Bali, so it seems only fitting to talk about the show that brought them together.

Based on a novel called Bu Bu Jing Xin aka Startling By Each Step written by Tong Hua 桐华, this 35-episode drama adaptation tells the tale of an average white-collar worker who wakes in the body of Maertai Ruoxi, a young Manchu maiden during the reign of Kangxi. There are too many dramas in the time travel romance genre, yet this one easily sets itself apart because it manages to tell a compelling story extremely well. 

c-drama Scarlet Heart aka Bu Bu Jing Xin



The show revolves around the Nine Lords War 九子奪嫡, a time in history fraught with tension and perils because of a fight for the throne, yet beyond the politics is a passionate romance that touches the heart.

It stars a huge ensemble cast led by Cecilia Liu (Imperial Doctress), Nicky Wu (Legend of Zu), Kevin Cheng (City of Devastating Love), Yuan Hong (Princess Jieyou) and Lin Gengxin (God of War Zhao Yun). Its also boasts a talented crew led by Directors Wu Jin Yuan, Lam Yuk Fan (Eternal Love) and Deng Wei En.

It was a formula that paid off, even warranting a Korean drama remake starring IU and Lee JoonkiThere is also a sequel and a movie by the same name but honestly, the latter two should have never been made. 

For an in-depth review of each episode, check out mydramatea.




Liu Shi Shi in c-drama Scarlet Heart aka Bu Bu Jing Xin



Liu Shi Shi and Kevin Cheng in c-drama Scarlet Heart aka Bu Bu Jing Xin

Liu Shi Shi in c-drama Scarlet Heart aka Bu Bu Jing Xin

c-drama Scarlet Heart aka Bu Bu Jing Xin

Liu Shi Shi and Kevin Cheng in c-drama Scarlet Heart aka Bu Bu Jing Xin

Yuan Hong in c-drama Scarlet Heart aka Bu Bu Jing Xin

Yuan Hong in c-drama Scarlet Heart aka Bu Bu Jing Xin

2011 c-drama Scarlet Heart aka Bu Bu Jing Xin

Liu Song Ren as Emperor Kangxi in c-drama Scarlet Heart aka Bu Bu Jing Xin

Lin Gengxin in c-drama Scarlet Heart aka Bu Bu Jing Xin

Nicky Wu in c-drama Scarlet Heart aka Bu Bu Jing Xin

Liu Shi Shi and Nicky Wu in c-drama Scarlet Heart aka Bu Bu Jing Xin

Liu Shi Shi and Damien Lau in c-drama Scarlet Heart aka Bu Bu Jing Xin

Source: Baidu

3 comments:

  1. I'm fairly new to Chinese dramas and this was the best tv show I've ever watched. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire show. I laughed and cried and was depressed when it ended. Not sure if I'll ever find something that I enjoy as much as this.

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    1. Hi Yasmine, thanks for commenting. Thoroughly enjoyed Scarlet Heart as well because of it looking forward to the k-drama remake.

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  2. It was my first chinese drama ❤

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