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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-both drama have time travel genre.
- In Palace: The Lock Heart Jade the lead actress who goes back time while in The Myth the one who goes back time is the lead actor

arggghhh.... . just watch and enjoy. I recommend this kind of dramas you gonna like it.
Recommended by keifferodartseam
Can't believe none put this drama into recomendations yet! :O
It's almost same story just with different ending ;)
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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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    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 3 days ago - 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 3 days ago

      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 3 days ago

      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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    Sheba Bowie Jun 23, 2016

    This Drama is a rip off of Boys over Flowers. She falls for the guy who plays an instrument, he saves her from being bullied, She slaps the Prince which is taboo just like Tsukushi decked Tsukasa in BOF. There's a million little similarities! Boarder line copyright infringement! Also, this one to me is damn boring. Am I the only one that was extremely irritated that she wasn't hooking up with the 8th Prince? I mean, come on, Feng William has been skipped for some doof? BORING. I was so vexed after watching I just decided to leave a bad review and stop watching! NEXT

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    LPA Jun 13, 2016

    Sorry, I am so confused!
    Palace: The Lock Heart Jade (2011) is a REMAKE of WHAT drama? and a SEQUEL to WHAT?
    I'm assuming that the movie stands on it's own,
    but then what is the sequence of everything else?
    Does it matter? If not, please let me know either way. I would like to watch these in the order that they should be watched in. If some are the same as others, I would like to know that also. Are the following contradictory statements? taken out of context?
    >The Palace 2: The Lock Pearl Screen (2012) add
    Its the sequel. Both were pretty good. I personally believe the 3rd one is better.
    Recommended by AbigaylePrice
    >Palace: The Lock Heart Jade (2011) add
    Well... The lost daughter is the sequel.
    Recommended by AbigaylePrice

    THANK YOU for helping clear up the confusion.

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    Emily Jun 4, 2016

    The awkward moment when you realize that one of the songs in this drama seems to be pirated from the pirate ship theme in Legend of Zelda, Wind Waker.

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    Seoulwitch Mar 17, 2016 - edited

    uhm... is it worth watching?

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      LinLi 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 - edited

    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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      Sheba Bowie Jun 23, 2016

      It's definitely like Boys Over Flowers. No originality

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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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    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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    7.8 (scored by 703 users)
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