Scarlet Heart 2

Scarlet Heart 2 (2014)

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Zhang Xiao is a southerner, who moved to Beijing working as an OL, with dreams of romance and a stable job. By coincidence, she gets a job at a conglomerate ‘Zhen Tian'. Like all newbie, she’s bullied and stepped on, the saving grace is her boss Yin Zheng.
As she gets the hang of it, she and Yin Zheng develops mutual feelings for each other, when a gentle, considerate guy Kang Xi read moreHang steps into Zhang’s world. Yin Zheng, Kang Xi Hang both are fore-runners in next in line inheriting the firm. Zhang is twirled into the eye of the corporate battles. After twists and turns, Zhang finally realizes where her heart is at, and bravely chooses to spend her future with her true love.

  • Native title:

    步步惊情
  • Also Known as:

    Startling by Each Step: The Happiness that I Owe You ; Bu Bu Jing Xin 2; Bu Bu Jing Qing; Startling Love By Each Step ;

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Annalisse
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May 5, 2015
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
Let me start by saying that I LOVED the 1st season of Scarlet Heart. I had recently come around to watching period dramas and was recommended that I watch it. And boy was I not disappointed...I wish the same could be said of this second season. Let me begin with the obvious: season 2 is set in modern day, so the feel is completely different as are the problems all of the read more characters face. The beginning started somewhat strong for me. There were flashbacks to season 1 and a few of the characters' reincarnated selves in modern day was a nice touch.

story: the plot was weak sauce. Nothing we drama fans haven't seen before: love triangle, poor girl catching the eye of the rich heirs and deciding who she truly loves. The revenge plots did keep me interested with just how far the characters will go for 'justice' and the truths behind long-kept family secrets. But the doppelganger storyline wasn't needed AT ALL. Plus, after the first few episodes, there isn't a whole lot of interaction between the main couple (Zhang Xiao & Yin Zheng) until episode 15, and even then the build up felt too rushed. Maybe because I couldn't really get a sense of time passing, or how much time passed from one problem popping up to another being resolved.

cast: the actors did what they could with the script they were given. And after watching the whole drama I know why more actors from the first season didn't sign on for the 2nd. From episode 1 to the finale the main actress was ALWAYS crying or on the verge of tears. It got to the point that her tears meant nothing to me as a viewer because she cried SOOOO much.

music: It didn't move me, and it wasn't memorable. But it served its purposed to give dramatic flair when needed.

Rewatch: Dear God NO! Knowing how it all came together and ended, I'd rather just rewatch the first season and pretend that (potential SPOILER ALERT for season 1) Ruoxi chases after 4th Prince in the museum with a smile on her face and a sense of hope. Honestly, had the 1st season ended on that note I wouldn't have bothered with the 2nd.

Overall: I'm harsh on this BECAUSE the 1st season was so good. In comparison, season 2 is a 5, but as a standalone I'd give it a solid 7.5. So in fairness, the actual 7 i'm giving this is more than it deserves :-(
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meanie
12 people found this review helpful
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Aug 11, 2014
  • Overall 4.0
  • Story 4.5
  • Acting/Cast 4.5
  • Music 4.5
  • Rewatch Value 3.5
I had high hopes for this drama after the success of the first one. However, it was not to be: I was quite disappointed with the overall story, acting and development of the story. Some of the new actors did not compare to the first series and the story was a bit far-fetched and badly written. The ending seemed a bit as if everyone just wanted to bring the story to completion. read more There were just too many extreme situations and some of the acting seemed over the top, there was also a lot of crying ... felt sorry for the actors/actresses! Don't think I'll be watching this one again for the time being, at least.
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Actually it is not a historical period drama like this one yet you can watch it if you hate the end like me. Indeed, Scarlet Heart 2 is the second part of Scarlet Heart chinese version. In this version , you'll see the two main leads in the 21st century.
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Same reincarnation of main leads with more twist and turns as you will get to see double role of the female lead as twin sisters.
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    Chilali Feb 28, 2017

    I cant get over the feeling that they just wanted too much at once so they lost the focus for the actual story. Which was very sad for me because I was so much looking forward to a sequel. I really loved Scarlet Heart but sadly Scarlet Heart 2 couldn't meet my expectations.
    Sorry for my bad english ^^

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    Juh Nov 28, 2016

    I just finished this. I wish I could erase this drama from my memory. The actors are great, but the plot is really bad.

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    meem Nov 1, 2016 - edited

    Because Chinese censorhip decided that time-travel dramas are distorting the Chinese cultural heritage and thus they should be banned. As the drama was already entirely pre-produced, the director made some cuts that erased all reference to time travel and ancient times and concentrated on the modern-days plot and love story. so you can watch scarlet heart 2 as a new drama that is not related to the first one

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      BaDaBa11 Nov 15, 2016

      That makes sense. It explains why the story isn't the same. Granted i wasn't complaining about it not being the same i just knew it was a totally different story in the modern times. if it didn't have the name scarlet heart i would have never watched it.

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    NaijaLuv_88 Oct 24, 2016
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    Reyna-Roma Oct 7, 2016

    WHAT. THE. PLOT??????????

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    Natalia Sep 7, 2016

    Honestly, I'm devastated... After masterpice Scarlet Heart 1 I had high expectations... but this drama failed after first episodes :( I finished it only because Nicky and Cecilia. Ok, I admit there was some scenes and two songs from OST that I really like, but most of plot was totally waste of time for me. If you don't want to be disappointed don't watch it or watch only scenes with Nicky and Cecilia

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    jinnborn Jul 16, 2016 - edited

    Should I watch scarlet heart 1 first???

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      Almonda Aug 15, 2016

      Yes..because then you will be able to connect more to the characters and also if you watch the uncut version of Scarlet Heart 2, you will recognize some flashbacks and some things that otherwise won´t make any sense.

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      jinnborn Aug 15, 2016

      Okay ,Thanks for your reply, I will watch them.

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    Nina QNhu Apr 16, 2016

    This drama was awesome good.. Love it. The rating should be higher.

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    Kiseki Dec 5, 2015

    This drama is really bad, if you came here after watching Scarlet Heart and expecting a good continuation then Tread No Further, you have been warned.

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    Drama-kpopLover Nov 10, 2015

    I dont like the lan lan story i am just on ep 2

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    Kristana Jul 4, 2015 - edited

    omg Chen Xiang looks like Lee Jun Ki, everytime there is a scene with Huan Di I can't but think of LJK < <

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      Kristana Jan 10, 2016

      mother of god 0.0
      thanks for sharing :D

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      MissBuyNLarge Apr 9, 2016

      I love that episode and it's interesting that I finally found something with Lee Jun Ki's doppelganger in it

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      CherryBunny Jul 11, 2016 - edited

      HE DOES! >_< ROFL btw, Are you sure that is not him in that youtube video?

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      Reyna-Roma Jul 17, 2016

      it's both of them

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    Fansugirl May 2, 2015 - edited
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    honesu Apr 15, 2015

    lan lan needs to stop crying istg

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    steph_ravita Jan 27, 2015

    Liu Shi Shi and Nicky Wu got married! :3

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    Barbara Goss Jan 26, 2015

    I have just finished this and if you read my comment from the first one you know that I feel the main chick is a cry baby. I think in this version she spent 90% of her time crying. I mean I feel your pain already lets move on and do something about it already is what I said 95% of this show. I liked some of the mix ups from the past and present. I just feel like it could have been so much more. I would recommend this how ever for the people who have just finished watching one and you want to know the answer to the what is next question.

Details

  • Country:

    China
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    35
  • Aired:

    Apr 22, 2014 to May 6, 2014
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Network:

    Hunan TV
  • Duration:

    45 min.

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  • Score:

    6.9 (scored by 393 users)
  • Ranked:

    #2070
  • Popularity:

    #394

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