Scarlet Heart

Scarlet Heart (2011)

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Through a car accident, Zhang Xiao traveled back in time into a body of one of her previous reincarnations, a 16 years old aristocratic Manchu girl, Maertai Ruoxi, living in the Qing Dynasty. Although she knows she should not get involved in palace intrigues over the succession to the throne, she inadvertently becomes a pawn in the struggle, because she could not help but love someone, and others came to love her. read moreBased on the novel Bu Bu Jing Xin by Tong Hua.

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Nov 30, 2014
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.5
This is my first time writing a review for a Chinese drama and Scarlet Heart has an honor for it.

I don't even know from where to begin with. You know when drama leaves you spechless, with many emotions that even after finishing it you can't gather yourself and keep replaying that song that reminds you of every single moment of a drama. Yes, that's how I am right now. Here I read more am sitting on a chair with tears in my eyes and writing a review for this wonderful drama.
I liked everything about this drama. Literally. The story-time travel, historical, romantic one, princes and Ruoxi who had so many beautiful relationships with them. One phenomenal story that will move you to bones. Beautiful China, deep, passionate love, season changing, scenery, every single detail is done in the most professional way that you totally forgot about the time and enjoy in this magnificent piece. Cecilia is a beautiful woman, so beautiful that I couldn't take my eyes of her. They way she acts, cries, loves is the wonderful enjoyment for my eyes. Everyone did a fantastic job in their own roles just like as it is written for them.
The part that made me bound for a drama is Ruoxi's relationships that she had with all princes. With one she was a drinking buddy, the one who understands her the most, with the other she was goofy and happy, with third she felt protected and with last she was in love with. Their interactions with each other, words, gestrures, glance they shared with each other simply crawls into your skin and you become a part of it.
Another thing that fascinated me is that every character in this drama has it's faults, nobody is perfect. As the story progress you see them change eather good or bad, precisely they changed in a way which their ambition led. Nobody's perfect, we all know that, we all make mistakes and regret later, we all have that moment of glory that makes us forget how we really were before, that moment when we all want to go to the past and correct things is something we all have and this was exactly the case in this drama. Their decions, mistakes, pain, sadness, happiness are made in such a stong way that you can feel it, understand why they done that and simply connect with every character in there.

***** SPOILER ALERT!*** ( About her relationship she had with princes, so if you want to know nothing, don't read it).

13th prince was the one for me. Right from the start. Their relationship was real, they understood each other completely, for him she didn't need to say anything, he'll understood her with one single gesture she makes. She liked him as her drinking buddy, but I, I felt that that is the real relationship between man and woman. He was there in her the most hardest times, happiest times, he was always there as a loyal friend. Soulmate friend. The scene when he deeply hugged her, directing her this words: "When the grass is green next year, old friends will no longer look the same. The sea holds our closest friends and the ends of the earth are our neighbours" moved me to bones and that's why it'll be carved in my heart forever.
14th prince has a special place in my heart. Principle man, weighed down by deep sense of honor and loyalty, kind, strong, He liked Ruoxi as a friend, even married her just so he can help her and that was what I appreciated the most.
Ah, here are her two loves 8th and 4th prince. 8th prince is her first love, the man whom she experienced the meaning of a love. He is romantic, protective, she felt safe when she was with him. They both know that it is a forbidden love, love that hurts, but what do you really can go against the feelings? Rouxi and 8th loved each other, but not enough to give up on everything. Later, their love was replaced by respect towards each other.
As for 4th Prince, well he was her true love, love 'till her death. Their chemistry was breathtaking, passionate, intense. It was so stong and powerful that when they were apart, their longing makes your heart break and you can't help but cry. He is calculative, with secrets, but towards Rouxi, he's different. He can be honest with her, tells her openly that he wants the throne, he was like himself with her. And that was love. Love that can last 'till eternity even when they're not together. But, when 4th Prince became Empreror their minds and opinions changed. Like they are strangers they didn't understand each other. The more they didn't understand each other, the more their love hurt. They were so close, yet so far, under one Heaven, but like miles away. They hurt each other, wanted to hate but they couldn't, longed for each other. He didn't care for anyone, only for her. Ruoxi was her everything, his soul, heart, mind, love. I vividly remember when he told 13th prince: "She cares for other, I care only for her."That was the proof how much he loved her. I wasn't that fond of him, cause he became selfish and tyranic, but their love was truly the strong one and it will always stay with me.

Oh and to say that Rouxi is the one of the strongest female characters in dramaland. She is intellegent, brave, unselfish, when she loves she loves till her core. The burden she carry is big, but wasn't able to share her story. She was a true survivor after all. She smiled, cried and loved to the fullest and that makes a woman strong, that even know it hurts, you're trying to get the best out of it. And that job was done by Cecilia whom I just have a words of praise and admiration.

I'll for sure rewatch this drama cause it's totally worth it. Even though it is sad, I took a positive side of it and placed some hope at the end. It is truly a beautiful story about love, friendship and passion. I laughed, cried, felt happy. I simply lived with this drama.
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Oct 20, 2011
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
My first Chinese drama ever! I just finished watching it and I still feel sad. How to begin? I was never really bored with this drama, even in parts where it started to drag a little I never skipped any parts because there was always something to pull me in and make me wanna find out more. And then the last 5 episodes happened - and made me think this drama is read more something brilliant.

At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to watch it. Let's face it - half balded guys aren't exactly eye candy. But I was wrong! And I'm glad I found people who were raving about it because it made me want to watch it! I got over that issue by the 5th episode - and some of the Prince's are still cute! And whatever else lacks, the story is the most important part - and it was excellent! I had mixed feelings about the princes' throughout the drama.

The acting was amazing! I've heard that Chinese dramas tend to not be acted out that well - but this one is certainly an exception! Wonderfully done - whatever the characters were feeling were clearly portrayed. They cried - I cried.

The music is beautiful! I love the soundtrack! Listening to it now, it just makes me sad - but I can't stop listening! Beautiful!

I don't think I'll rewatch this drama soon - only because there's already so many I have lined up to watch.

Overall - this drama was really worth the time. 35 episodes may seem like a lot - but the story is really done well and it made every episode worth it!

On a side note - keep in mind to expect some not so good greenscreen use and such. Actually some of it was bad enough that it made some scenes [when they're riding on a horse] look like something straight out of a video game. On the plus side - I found it comical and it added humor to a scene haha. Another thing to note that slightly bothered me - she's stuck in the past for many years: but none of them seem to age. It's not until it's almost over that they look slightly different. Because of those things I can't give this drama a full !O. I almost gave it an 8 but it's such a great story, the ending.... get some tissues ready!

Another thing - you don't have to know anything about the Qing Dynasty to follow along with this story. In a way I think it might be better if you don't. I didn't and it left surprises for me when I found out what would happen to the characters.
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The two dramas came from the same source material, Tong Hua's novel - Bu Bu Jing Xin. If you loved Moon Lovers, you might also want to check the 2011 Chinese drama adaptation.
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    Pinocchio 9 days ago

    this is literally the best drama out there I finished the Korean remake but it wasn't as good as this one even though there was lee joon gi he still couldnt save it imo

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    dramafan1 May 21, 2017

    Those who know where I can buy or read the English version of the book please let me know!!!

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    Gulsen May 16, 2017

    I just watched the first episode...I thought I wouldn't like it after moonlovers but actually it was way better than the Korean version.
    1.Time traveller female lead in terms of acting & reactions was more of a "time traveller" in this one.She was very natural.I also give it to the screen writer..When I watched moonlovers' first episode I was like "ok,it's time traveling,no logic,no questioning then" But this one made me feel like it caught its own reality within the fiction..I can't say "Now, isn't this whole thing very reasonable?" yet I can say that it has more cohesion. A round of applause for the screen writer and Liu Cecilia.
    2.Princes all lack hair ._- Again I thought I couldn't watch these princes.To my surprise, it didn't much bother me.8th prince indeed had the grace and the 4th one had an aura like he would both look the part and do the part.Although it hasn't got the korean 4th prince's wild solidarity, I could sense that he is smart and unpretentious.
    3.This one does follow Bu Bu Jing Xin novel.As I was watching, I thought I was getting a summary of the first chapters...which is good because I was planning to start reading it where I left off.

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    Pinocchio Mar 26, 2017

    Ugh I can not explain how sad I was when this drama ended it was just amazing to me n I loved how Cecilia n Nicky had so much chemistry she even had chemistry with Kevin the 8th prince this version was simply the best

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    Otps4Life Feb 16, 2017 - edited

    I tried watching this drama several times,but every time I ended up dropping it:/ The Korean version stole my loving heart:D I might retry this version tho,one day xD

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      guccigall Mar 21, 2017 - edited

      Same, also dropped the Korean version despite my ❤️ for IU

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      Otps4Life Mar 21, 2017

      So you dropped both versions,ohh wow 0.o You must not like tragedy dramas xD

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      Shivangi May 13, 2017

      I also dropped the chinese version first...but since Korean version was so good..I decided to somehow complete this one as well. Basically you dont miss out much...its almost the same story...but chinese actoress played the role much better!

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      Otps4Life May 15, 2017

      I'm gonna stick to the Korean version one...The 4th prince had a better storyline then the Chinese version.....

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    fallensnowflakes Jan 29, 2017 - edited

    I was excited for the Korean remake, but when I watched it I couldn't continue watching it anymore. I mean why watch a remake when the original was much better.

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      Mimi Apr 3, 2017

      Totally agree this version was the best

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    apple Jan 8, 2017
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    Denise B Dec 11, 2016 - edited

    I really like this Drama. I watched the Korean version first and think the comment comparing them to Harry Potter vs. Twilight is spot-on. One day I hope to be able to do a ride by side comparison/review.i'm near the end of episode 33 and really dislike Ruo Xi in this moment. I understand that she has a relationship with all of the princes but it never felt like she defended 4th Prince. Perhaps it was because she knew he'd eventually become Emperor but that was my major frustration with her character , she was on everybody's side but his.

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      Betty20 Jan 1, 2017

      Awww I just finished this drama and felt exactly the same way as you.

      In the Korean version (Hae Soo) and in this one even more, I felt like Ruo Xi didn't like the 4th Prince. She talked about how she loved him, but I my opinion she never showed, nor demonstrated in her actions that she loved him. It was always about saving someone, defending somebody against the 4th Prince, never caring for him really...

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    HasyashIrdina Dec 3, 2016 - edited

    where can i find this with eng sub??? helpjuseyo

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      coco Dec 3, 2016

      You can find it at or
      #moonloversbringmehere too and now I fall in love with chinese drama...

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      rubydiamonds Dec 7, 2016

      viki has it also

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    ashley quiroz Oct 23, 2016

    I love this series

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    NaijaLuv_88 Oct 18, 2016 - edited

    I have to say despite some of the flaws and some parts where it dragged, this was probably one of my favorite Chinese dramas, possibly one out of many of my favorite dramas that i have watched. i like how despite how some characters might have been mean or conniving to the main character, there was no truly "evil" person. Everyone was shown in a realistic light being filled with a goal or drive for their actions, whether they were redeemable or not is up in the air. But despite how much i love the Fourth Prince and Roxy or Rou Xi chemistry (and boy there was chemistry) it was her relationship with all the princes namely the 13th Prince and the Emperor and Yutan that really had me enjoy and hold this series really dear to my heart.

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      SecondLeadQueen Oct 24, 2016

      I love your comment! Because even do I haven't watched the drama I did read the novel and like you explained it is how I felt about the novel. I stopped watching the Korean version because what I enjoyed more from the novel was the relationship she had with the other princes and they didn't show that much in the Korean version only her relationship with the 10th prince. I think they should of made the KV more longer.

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    Akayuki Nina Oct 14, 2016

    The main casts Nicky and Cecilia got married >/////////< I CAN NOT CONTAIN MY INNER FANGIRL!

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    NaijaLuv_88 Oct 4, 2016 - edited
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      SecondLeadQueen Oct 24, 2016

      I was about to say I love your comment and looked and read the name and I had already said I like the comment on the top. I was oh is the same person hahaha.
      But yes I agree totally with you. I will repeat what I said on the top comment. I only read the novel and so far we have the same thoughts.
      Not hating or talking bad about other comments but when I leave a comment saying that they aren't sticking with the novel. They always say is different because this is Korean history. And trust me I get that. But what about the other things that made the novel great like the relationship with the other princes. How it ended? Will the Korean version end the same. Her with the fourteen prince? The 4th prince not having such a good ending. I have read comments from other ppl who have read the novel and watched this version saying that they think is fan service to give the lead actor Lee Joon Ki a good light meaning make him look good. And don't get me wrong I love Lee Joon Ki he is one of my favorite actors.

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      NaijaLuv_88 Oct 25, 2016
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    etcetera Oct 4, 2016

    there were too many confusions in this drama but interesting to watch. the plot was good but lack in execution. kudos to the scriptwriter i mean the scripts were beautifully written. not to mention the acting. ive never seen an actor that can cry his eyeballs out on screen lol XD if theres one thing i like the most about this whole drama is the relationship between rouxi and the princes also the bro-ties. they made me laugh, cry, frustrsted all at once. however the one character i hate the most is rouxi. her attitude is really annoying seriously, she simply do things without considering the consequences, different from 13th prince. omg no words can describe how much i loveeeee him.
    the last 10 episodes got me crying like a baby. i pity 4th prince :( u must be really lonely, but u deserve a taste of ure own medicine. usually i would be disappointed with the ending but not with this. personally i think it sums up really well. overall it was worth the watch!

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    Nana Sep 27, 2016 - edited

    I'm currently following the korean version of this drama, and since my friend insisted A LOT I decided to give this drama a go.
    And, honestly, I found it super boring. The acting is, surprisingly, way better than recent chinese dramas and the cast is filled with beauty but the rest of the show is... Ah... Completely dull.

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      Juh Oct 12, 2016

      @Yeh Yu Ling I found the site, thank you! It's sad that the novel in english is incomplete, I hope that with the success of Moon Lovers someone will resume translation. I didn't knew about the comic version, I will search this <3

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      Yeh Yu Ling Oct 12, 2016

      No worries! I understand!!! I feel so sad each time I watch the Korean one though!

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      Yeh Yu Ling Oct 12, 2016

      Great! I read the novel with the audio book I downloaded so that helps! Yes, I hope the translations go on as it is really one of the better translations!

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      Yeh Yu Ling Oct 12, 2016

      I am looking for the comic version too! Let me know when you find it! Thanks!

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      Yeh Yu Ling Oct 12, 2016

      Tong Hua is one of the writers whose books have been made into many series - The Sound of Desert, Yung Zhong Ge, The Classic of Sea and Mountain. Have fun!


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    Sep 10, 2011 to Sep 29, 2011
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    Hunan TV
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