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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If your a fan of or loved Feng William in Palace then Prince of Lanling is for you.

Another historical (feel) drama with Feng WIlliam as the lead male.
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Palace's producer copied Bu Bu Jing Xin's premise and rushed the production to get aired first. BBJX is an once in a life time experience.: superbly written, acted, and directed with unforgettable characters.
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    nayosh Apr 8, 2014

    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

      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

    where can i watch this at?

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      rainruma Jul 29, 2014

      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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    lovingdrama Jul 25, 2013
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    irenewong374 Jun 11, 2013

    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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    NoonaOfDarkness1357 Apr 24, 2013

    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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    EXOtic Oct 27, 2012

    This is actually on my TV right now... so weird!! It sadly has Taiwanese or Chinese subtitles on it! lol

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    RoseRouge Aug 30, 2012

    Story's cool and easy to watch but acting really is so-so except for Yang Mi and Feng William.

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    sam9 Aug 14, 2012

    Not happy about the ending, I love 4th A G in this, sorry he end up sad.

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    mamasha66 Apr 6, 2012

    I enjoyed watching this drama. It is funny and easy to watch and I liked that there are no animations or special effects like in the most chinese and taiwanese dramas.

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    xAyuu Jan 28, 2012

    Wow.. this drama really does directly take scenes out from Meteor Garden and use it as its own... exactly the same!

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    suistar Jan 26, 2012

    This drama will remind you of Boys Before Flowers :) You do have to suspend your disbelief a little (there were obvious mistakes) but it's very enjoyable to watch :)
    I love the main couple in this drama! I think they have really good chemistry together because they've been in 3 or 4 other dramas together.

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      rainruma Jul 29, 2014

      You noticed too!!! ..... They did use many of the plot-lines from Hana Yori Dango (Boys over Flowers / Meteor Garden) .... especially related to the fiancee .... lol...

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      soong Oct 30, 2014

      Its like BOF with BBJQ set setting. I mean now that all countries are done making BOF they are making it in different period settings- ancient, medivial, period , wuxia or what. Totally screwed up.

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    Bladey Jan 2, 2012

    Looks like there will be seaon 2 coming out i 2012... I wonder.

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      Bladey Jan 26, 2012

      10 already, hmm? There was one over at viki. :-)

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      suistar Jan 26, 2012

      ahh.....are you waiting for eng subs? :) maybe that's why there is only 1 ep out...

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      Bladey Jan 26, 2012

      well I"m trying to catch a glimpse here and there, but I'd love en subs...or learn chinese in like 5 days haha.

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      suistar Jan 26, 2012

      If you're hoping to see more of the 2 main leads then you will be disappointed... :(

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      Bladey Jan 26, 2012
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    Melwill28 Sep 18, 2011

    I started watching this yesterday & I am on episode 27. It's really good. It has so many different elements going on that u have to pay close attention to keep up.

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    Bladey Dec 31, 1969

    Yeah, it's watchable and the cast is lovable and all but all these mistakes they made...were cheesily cringeworthy. So many loopholes and lack of logic. Actually..Cheesy describes it well so cheesy it does make you laugh ouright sometimes. Accidentally the made quite a humorous drama indeed.
    I liked the opening theme.


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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 460 users)
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