Palace: The Lock Heart Jade

Palace: The Lock Heart Jade (2011)

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Luo Qing Chuan is a modern day girl with a love of history who accidentally travels back in time to Emperor Kang Xi's era of the Qing dynasty. She becomes embroiled in the princes' struggle for the throne and is torn between her love for Yin Si, the eighth prince, and Yin Zhen, the fourth prince and future Emperor Yong Zheng. Caught in the crossfire of political intrigue, her wit and historical read moreknowledge serves her well in her bid to stay alive as she begins to realize that true history is much darker and uglier than books portray. (Source: DramaWiki)

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May 22, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
Chinese dramas are often neglected in this whole kdrama wave. But this one really deserves attention.

I have to admit 39 episodes are somewhat of a challenge. But after ep1 the director made very efficient use of cliffhangers. Hence, you'll just watch on and on and the 39 episodes just fly by!

Story: A beautiful Chinese time traveller story. Qing Chuan gets zapped back to the Qing dynasty. And we follow her read more meet the great Emperor and his numerous sons. The story is full of love, hate, revenge, intrigue!

While the emperor's sons struggle for favour in court and for the position of crowned prince Qing Chuan is right in the middle of it all.

I loved how all the Princes were portrayed with different characteristics, worries, goals, dreams, faults. Over the course of 39 episodes there was room enough to develop every character. And while we start out hating some and liking others, the story convincingly takes us to other perspectives, different problems and we may just change our minds about some of them or at least find it harder to judge them in terms of black and white.

The actors were doing a great job. Every single one of them did a brilliant job. Yang Mi (Qing Chuan) was probably my favourite character. She was able to portray Qing Chuan so well with all her different facets.

Feng William and He Mickey were just unbelievable. Playing the two may male leads (8th and 4th prince) they excelled at playing intrigue, ambition, hate, cruelty, love, cold heartedness, softheartedness ... the whole range really.

But the Royal Consorts, Princes, Ministers, Eunuchs, Palace maids ... deserve merit as well. This drama was huge. Not just cast wise. But also as far as locations and sets were concerned and the costumes were so detailed and beautiful. The directors and producers put a lot of effort into this drama and the result truly reflects the passion they must have had making this series.

Sometimes the scipt was just a bit lengthy. And the intrigue was getting slightly out of control. In some episodes you can really feel the artificiality of the script. With the Qing Chuan Doppelgaenger, I really feel that was not a necessary episode.

Anyhow I thought all the tiny side stories of some characters were well interwoven with the plot and made the whole drama richer and more complete.

This was my first Chinese historical drama and I had to get used to the difference after being used to historical k dramas. All in all I think i like chinese traditional clothes better than the korean but that hair ornamentation... phew must have been really heavy. I also liked that the females here were all far away from being silly, naive and spoiled. They were all very believable characters.

A must watch for every one who enjoys historical dramas!!!
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Dec 19, 2011
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
I have no idea why I thought this drama was going to be a Chinese version of “Goong” one of my fav manwha turned drama. This really reminded me of Inuyasha, maybe a little romeo and Juliet. Anyway this a really pleasant historical treat. As you have already read the synopsis, this drama is packed with plotting (come on the are in a palace), love triangles, misunderstandings and trickery.
The working theory read more is that this chick goes back in time, inuyasha style, bringing modern ideas and a knowledge of how history will play out. I really enjoyed how the main female lead was head strong the whole time, and how she was inventive. I also really liked how it showed the two main characters loving each other and spending time together. This is one of the very first times I have ever seen a lead couple trust and be completely honest with each other- I thought it was wonderful. Get ready for a lot of overacting, fake laughter, bad hair pieces, backstabbing and just melodrama. The acting was poor for most characters but the main actors seemed to nail it.
No matter how much I liked the leading couple the plots were essentially the same as all other historical dramas. The palace maids are shady, the eunuchs need bribing and all of the concubines are scheming to get their kids ahead of the rest. The female lead kind of got annoying with her flawless trust in everyone who shook her hand getting her into situations where she nearly dies. I mean really how many times can you fall for the same tricks?
At anyrate this drama is long but it has some cool fights, and keeps you interested because it seems to move at a good pace. I only really had to skip 4 episodes and it had a really good ending that makes you want to know more. There is a lot of romance and not a lot of comedy, but it wasn’t very dark themed. Take some time and watch when you have a chance.
p.s. the lip syncing on all of the songs was just God awful- i mean really!!?
p.p.s. the fighting was really fake looking too.
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    Seoulwitch Mar 17, 2016 - edited

    uhm... is it worth watching?

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      Lin Li Mar 26, 2016

      Yes it is especially there is Yang Mi!!!!!!!! Anyway at first she this simple cute happy laughing character in the story as the plot ends she begins to be more ummmmm kick buttish like she knows how to grind people with her words. IT a very good drama

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    Emily Mar 16, 2016
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    Emily Mar 15, 2016 - edited
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    Emily Mar 14, 2016

    Came here to post about something Boys Over Flowers-y that I saw in episode 23 only to see that in August of last year I posted about the same subject. Damn. That's what happens when you procrastinate finishing dramas xD
    Anyway, episode 23, the eighth prince does the grab-the-wrong-girl-and-walk-away thing that also happened in BoF. Classic.

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    clamchowder Jan 23, 2016

    I think I'm one of the extremely rare people who actually liked this drama more than BBJX (don't ask me how, but I actually couldn't even get through all of BBJX). I have a feeling it's because this is much more light-hearted with more comedy to break up the tension than BBJX.

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    KMR Nov 11, 2015

    I really disliked the 4th Prince, from beginning to end. lol

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    Emily Aug 22, 2015 - edited

    Can I just say; the first couple episodes (3, 4) are TEXTBOOK Boys Over Flowers. It's ridiculous and hilarious. I wonder if it will continue that way.

    *Edit: I read some of the other comments. Apparently it does!? wth!? LOL.

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    Bumble Bee Jul 18, 2015

    Isn't this just another Scarlet Heart?

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    Annalisse May 14, 2015 - edited

    I started watching this because I wanted more Scarlet Heart and the second season was a total let down. In comparison, this is more of a light-hearted and fun version. Don't expect award winning performances, but it was entertaining enough and, unlike Scarlet Heart, it ends on a happy note!

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    nayosh Apr 8, 2014 - edited

    I'm watching startling by each step . why would I want to watch this too ? it's even the same historical period

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      rainruma Jul 29, 2014 - edited

      IMO, what you are watching is 10 times better than this .... I started watching this b/c I could not find any romantic C-drama to stream ...
      At first I dropped it, but once the real Romance started, the prince's love (I won't spoil it by saying which prince) was a joy to watch .... also, since both are based on the same novel, you know that the general story is very interesting ...... although, this one digresses greatly from "BBJX" ... and sometimes the story-lines get Ridiculous!...

      .... comparing this to "Startling by Each Step"(AKA "Scarlet Heart", AKA BBJX) is like comparing a 'B-movie' to a 'Blockbuster'
      I only watch it while folding laundry, etc... Then again, others seem to love it..... to each his own ...

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      gakkirei001 Oct 19, 2014

      no the palace was not based on any novel, but it is rumored (very possibly true) that the writer copied BBJX 's original novel and released it before BBJX. thats why the writer for the palace has a really bad reputation.

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      rainruma Oct 20, 2014

      yes u r correct.... idk what I what I was thinking....
      anyway...@mulgogi explained that to me already.... apparently the YZ production company has copied a few story-lines from others before.

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    iamsarah Jan 10, 2014 - edited

    where can i watch this at?

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      rainruma Jul 29, 2014 - edited

      I saw it on Dramafever....but you can also try Gooddrama or or ..... They will all have Eng subs ....or DramaCool ?!.... Viki for some reason is not showing it in my region?!??!? and I'm in the U.S. !

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      SHIRLEY MOLINA Oct 21, 2015

      I find that they always say not available in your region especially on dramafever. Like you I am in the US and I am tired of seeing this. I wonder if there is something we can do to find out why things are not available to us?

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    lovingdrama Jul 25, 2013
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    irenewong374 Jun 11, 2013 - edited

    This is light hearted and kinda funny but i think it was a waste of my time. I love Yang Mi and William but it just wasn't good.

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      rainruma Jul 29, 2014

      Totally agree ... But for me Feng William is the only reason I continued to watch it - his acting and his lovable character .!!!

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    Am I the only one that was shocked to discover that 14 years had passed from episode 1 -30?

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      rainruma Jul 29, 2014

      Around the end of ep. 33 , after everything stabilizes, they 'Suddenly' jump 14 years .... you may have missed the caption "14 years later".

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    Potatos_ Jan 15, 2013

    I'll watch it!!!!!!! :)


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    Jan 31, 2011 to Feb 19, 2011
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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Network:

    Hunan TV
  • Duration:

    45 min.


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    7.7 (scored by 591 users)
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