步步惊心 is the hottest drama sweeping many young women off their feet all across Asia now! If you’re not already a fan, continue reading on…
Scarlet Heart is about how this pretty girl here Ruo Xi wakes up confused and bleary, only to find herself in the manor of the 8th Prince (played by the glorious Kevin Cheng 郑嘉颖 in the 2 pictures below). The maids are all calling her 二小姐，二小姐 and she begins to guess (along with the audience) that she is in fact the younger sister to Ruo Lan, the 8th Prince’s concubine.
The manor is too small for our modern friend, and her modern ways and shenanigans soon land her with trouble. (Expect catfights in one episode with the Duchess and her younger sister). The princes (10th, 8th, 13th, 4th, 10th) all develop a deep fondness for her, in particular the 8th and 4th Princes.
Some of you may think it’s inappropriate to fall in love with your sister’s husband, but this was very ok in the Qing Dynasty lah. The 8th Duke is a legendary figure in history, tender and charismatic, but ultimately undone by his own ambition. Ruo Xi falls for his suave charm, but is her love strong enough to withstand the knowledge of his horrible end?
The audience will also begin to realise that Ruo Xi is more than the usual ditzy female lead in a 偶像剧, she is intelligent and careful, knowing from history that she is in the middle of a very epic battle among the princes for the throne. She knows how the story is going to end, and it breaks her heart to know that most of the princes will suffer terrible fates! (There’s a lightning-quick montage of each prince’s fate that flashes through her mind as she watches them celebrate, and it brings her to tears.)
The 4th Prince is played by the enigmatic 吴奇隆 (you may be thinking, huh? What has he been doing since 小虎队?) but his performance here will blow you away.
The relationship between Ruo Xi and the 4th Prince develop quite bizarrely, beginning with him witnessing her repeated attempts to kill herself and get back to the present. Obviously she succeeds in neither, but then decides to butter him up since she knows he will end up as the next emperor. They fall deeply, epicly in love, and she remains his only weakness.
“四哥的聪明之处，在于不是明争，而是暗斗。” However, his path to become Yong Zheng Emperor is littered with forgotten kinship and calculated brutalities. Quartered by horses, put in a steamer to be steamed to death, these are but some of the cruel tortures he instigated against his enemies! Will modern girl Ruo Xi be able to accept that?
Other characters to look out for:
The veteran Damien Lau 刘松仁 plays a very impressive Kang Xi. Kang Xi is a famously kind and fair emperor, but his stern exterior still shows how dangerous it is to work under a man of absolute power. 伴君如伴虎!
Ruo Lan, the super pretty sister to Ruo Xi!
13th Prince, he appears to be a flamboyant playboy but turns out to be an important companion to the 4th Prince.
Played by newbie 林更新, the 14th Prince is a passionate young one with strong ideals of brotherhood and justice. In history, he was supposed to be the next emperor, but his place was stolen by the 4th Prince.
Catch debut of Scarlet Heart 步步惊心 on 16 January, weeknights at 7pm! The story moves lightning fast, so stay tuned for the first episode!!