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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    jinnborn 22 days ago - edited

    Just Finished it,About the romance part, it's historical version of Boys Over Flower. About the ending, I like it, I always wanted to see this kind of ending for time traveling movie/drama, but non of them have ending like this.

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    Antonin Jun 29, 2017

    8th prince is so different in this drama lol

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    Antonin Jun 28, 2017 - edited

    What's the difference between this and scarlet heart (2011 with Cecilia Liu)?

    Also, I wonder if they are ever going to make a scarlet heart not set in the qing dynasty xD

    We've all been spoiled with very good looking princes from the Kdrama version lol. Going back to the older cdramas of Scarlet heart, the 4th prince don't look as handsome.

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      JayyePeeen Jul 22, 2017

      From what I understand, this one is a copy of Scarlet Heart (Bu Bu Jing Xin) and loosely based off the novel. The producer produced this drama in a hurry so that it could be released before Scarlet Heart. This producer is famous for his imitations, so it is not a surprise to most C-Drama fans.

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    iambulletproof May 28, 2017 - edited

    Done! Can't help but to compare this with the korean remake. (Not actually the exact scarlet heart remake, but this was inspired from the same novel) I've seen the korean remake first before giving this one a try, and i actually love this one better. Why can't they just make the korean version like this! I like the main lead (Yang Mi) here. The whole plot actually revolves around her, unlike the korean version which the story revolves around 4th prince Wang So (LJG). I also love how the female lead is strong and smart. She actually uses her brain and don't just cry (not unlike Hae Soo / IU) and watch everyone dies in front of her. Lots of plot holes but forgivable. Pacing is fast, even tho the drama is lengthy, they didn't drag a sub plot just to stretch the episodes. One thing i didn't like here is the male hairstyle, it takes a few episodes getting used to it. But even with that ridiculous hair it can't hide the fact the all the prince were BAE! 14th prince (Mao Zi Jun) is such an eye candy, too bad he only appeared in the later part of the drama. The ending is very satisfying too. Feels rushed but still i can say better ending than the korean version.

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      Marina Jun 9, 2017

      You should watch the scarlet heart chinese version. it was the original that follows the book closely. one of my fav of all time

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      Otps4Life Jul 5, 2017

      Soo did not cry that often-.- And after seing so much death in the palace,can you blame her for crying a little-.-

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    Gucci Hau May 6, 2017

    Love it!! Love yang mi!

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    krystalsoojungs Apr 15, 2017 - edited

    people say this is Scarlet Heart-inspired. It probably is, even though this drama came out eight months before the original Scarlet Heart even aired.

    apparently the producer for this drama couldn't get the production rights for adapting the Scarlet Heart novel, so he made his own version. But this drama actually has a huge difference from BBJX in my opinion, even though there are a lot of similar elements like the time traveling. I would't say that the 4th vs 8th prince fighting is copying, since that was an actual event that happened in real chinese history, so of course it'll be similar in any KangXi reign drama.

    but personally, I liked this drama much better than scarlet heart, considering I dropped scarlet heart after four episodes (unpopular opinion though haha I know)

    this drama was more popular in china than BBJX i think, but that might be because this drama aired first. but still, both dramas have their good qualities so let's all just watch whatever we want

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      Jordan Apr 16, 2017

      yup, agree with you 100% although I did not know that it came out earlier :/

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    makeuptemple Apr 15, 2017

    I could not watch after ep 8, comparing to both Scarlet Heats CN & Korean, even if William Feng was in, i could not finish the drama. Yang Mi she's a good actress but I didn't like her here, and thank god that I have not watched this first.

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    Jordan Apr 8, 2017 - edited

    i like it more than Scarlet Heart this one had better chemistry between the actors, more emotion, better pacing, and was more entertaining

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      LPA Apr 14, 2017

      Are you talking about the Chinese version --(Bu Bu Jing Xin)--my favorite! or the Korean version (Scarlet Heart Ryeo--Moon Lovers)?

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      Jordan Apr 14, 2017 - edited
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    rumtumcat Mar 31, 2017 - edited

    scarlet heart inspired...

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    Kimberly Nov 6, 2016
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    AnanyaS Nov 3, 2016 - edited

    Does this have a happy ending? Do the main leads end up together?

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      Kimberly Nov 6, 2016

      Yes the story is freakin awesome

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    usagi Oct 25, 2016 - edited

    Guys, I could be wrong, but I don't think we can say this story is a rip-off of Boys Over Flowers. The story comes from the novel Bu Bu Jing Xin which was published in 2005, and BoF is a remake of Hana Yori Dango which was aired in 2005 too. So it doesn't seem logical that that script was ripped off. Isn't this kind of love polygon plot kind of a standard one anyway?

    Okay wait, I just remembered Hana Yori Dango was from a super popular girls' manga a couple yrs before so maybe I'm wrong. Haven't seen this yet so maybe I'll have to agree w/ you all when I do. But then again I still feel like it's pretty common for romance writers to use of standard plot devices...

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    Sharn Sep 28, 2016 - edited

    I cringed at every cliches. But damn it's hilarious xD even the ending lol

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    Mari Ela Jul 24, 2016 - edited

    OMG it was a total rip off of boys over flower! when i read the comments, i thought it's gonna be just some similirities with the plot but no, it's not just the plot, it's the scenesssss that are exacts copies! what were they thinking? i mean by the writer and director and , just wow!

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      Kinanin Apr 9, 2017

      First of boys over flower is a adaptation from the manga HANA YORI DANGO. And the korean version is not the first live action version, the taiwanese did the first live action version. And these two stories and the time line of HYD and this chinese drama are totally different. Do you even serious saying it is a rip off. Get your facts right first.

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    silvermcv Jul 9, 2016 - edited

    is this a remake of scarlet heart?

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      Raincat Oct 6, 2016 - edited

      No, it aired before SH. Both are adaptations of same might say SH is remake of PtLHJ

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      silvermcv Oct 6, 2016

      hmm i wonder why they made two adaptations at the same time

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      moondust Mar 26, 2017 - edited

      It's complicated. The production of Palace couldn't get the rights to the novel to which Scarlet Heart is based off. So he made his own version (similar story slight changes) and rushed it out before Scarlet Heart could air, so to look like his came out first. It was very sketchy, and people who caught on condemned him for that.

      Looking at some of the comments here, it looks like the producer's plan worked.

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      silvermcv Mar 26, 2017

      idk Scarlet Heart is regarded as a classic but this one is not
      and the fact that the producer ripped off the story without rights really bothers me

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      moondust Mar 26, 2017

      His plan worked as in people were convinced this was the original because it came out first. It's annoying that he changed so much of it in his own version that it can't be considered a "ripoff" of the novel yet anyone can tell it was very similar.


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    Jan 31, 2011 to Feb 19, 2011
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    Hunan TV
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    45 min.


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