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Startling by Each Step 

Scarlet Heart (original title)
After a car accident plunges a woman into the dreamy Chinese past that gave the whole life in the Beijing imperial palace after that she returns to her life in the modern world.




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Series cast summary:
Shi Shi Liu ...  Ma'ertai Ruoxi / ... 40 episodes, 2011
Nicky Wu ...  Yinzhen / ... 39 episodes, 2011
Kevin Cheng ...  Yinsi 38 episodes, 2011
Hong Yuan ...  Yinxiang 34 episodes, 2011
Kenny Lin ...  Yinti 34 episodes, 2011
Zuxin Ye ...  Yin'e 29 episodes, 2011
Dong Han ...  Yintang 29 episodes, 2011
Qing Ye ...  Yutan 28 episodes, 2011
Damian Lau ...  Kangxi Emperor 24 episodes, 2011
Limin Deng ...  Li Dequan 24 episodes, 2011
Lei Zhang ...  Yinreng 19 episodes, 2011
Xiaoqun Shi ...  Gororo Minghui 17 episodes, 2011
Yancheng Zhou ...  Wang Xi / ... 17 episodes, 2011


Zhang Xiao is a modern girl who was hit by a car and accidentaly enter the Qing dynasty. There, she lives as Maertai Ruoxi, a Manchu ethnic girl. As she struggles to go back to the future, she involved with the inner palace problem, and accidentally involved in a love story with many Emperor Kangxi's son including the future emperor, Emperor Yongzheng. Written by Filbert Dick Cavanugh Huang

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10 September 2011 (China) See more »

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Bu Bu Jing Xin See more »

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SCARLET HEART: An Unforgettable Tragedy...
1 July 2019 | by AbyssianDarkeSee all my reviews

SCARLET HEART (Bu Bu Jing Xin / Startling by Each Step) was such a great show. Once I got sucked in, I could not stop. I really liked the concept of traveling back in time from modern day times to the historical Qing Dynasty era via an accident. Such a great plot and I'm now dying to read the novel which inspired it. There was some truly brilliant acting in this series. Everyone was so interesting and extremely well-casted. Unforgettable.

Actress Lui Shi Shi a.k.a. Cecilia Liu was really great as the spunky modern heroine Ma'ertai Ruo Xi (Zhang Xiao) and her wit, charm and personality really brings her character to life. Even when I disagreed with some of her choices, I couldn't help but love her and admire her strength and heart. She is just a character that one can relate with and feel for. Imperfect and sometimes reckless but lovable and well-meaning.

4th Prince (Yinzhen) fascinated me from the very beginning, because he's just that kinda guy, but I did not expect to LOVE LOVE him so much by the end. 4th Prince was so dynamic a character, cold and aloof yet somehow so very expressive; cunning and pragmatic, yet loyal and sincere. Such an intense character. Yes, 4th Prince slayed me. Nicky Wu is such an amazing actor. He rocks and was totally awesome in this role, completely captivating and compelling.

The onscreen chemistry between Ruo Xi and 4th Prince was electric and yet so very tragic. (So sweet to learn the two actors married in real life. The love was visibly real. <3 ) An unforgettable pair, and a truly haunting tragic love...

TEAM 4th PRINCE!!!!!!!!!!!

Among my other favorite characters were 13th Prince (Yinxiang), 14th Prince (Yinti), 10th Prince (Yin'e), Emperor Kangxi and Eunuch Li. Many of the female characters were outstanding as well, such as Ma'ertai Ruolan, Lüwu, Gogoro Minghui, Gororo Mingyu, Princess Suwan Guwalgiya-Minmin, Qiao Hui and even Yutan.

8th Prince (Yinsi) was well acted but I could not bring myself to really like his character, or accept his affair with Rou Xi. His "love" for Rou Xi felt creepy and superficial. 9th Prince (Yintang) was just plain unlikeable. Even still, I enjoyed how diverse and unique each prince and character was. Not a single character felt 2D. In my book, that is great writing and character development. And although the plot is a bit slow at the start it really picks up. Scarlet Heart is so addictive. <3

The whole series was very well done, beautiful sets, intriguing plot, gorgeous costumes, interesting historical portrayals, and amazing , heart-wrenching music. While there is comedy and heavy elements of romance, it is never as heavy as the drama, political intrigue and the ultimate tragedy. This show ripped out my my heart, and then fed it to me, multiple times. The ending, although haunting and moving was very painful. I sincerely loved it though... <3 ((BEWARE: NO HEA...))

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