Bu Bu Jing Xin (步步惊心), literally meaning "Startling Surprises at Each Step" is one of the best Chinese (made in China) television drama that I've watch. Since it's a good day today, I'd like to do a review this, and hope to spread the goodness around =)
BBJX is a period drama (Qing Dynasty) with plot that revolves around history (with a dash of fiction), romance, conflict and politics. The story began with a modern girl, in an argument with her lover that she met an accident, plus being electrocuted at the same time. Unknowingly, such fatal combination had her travel across time and ended up in Qing Dynasty, as Ma'er tai Ruoxi. Confused, she has to adapt with the changes and live a life totally different from the present time. With her sister, being the concubine of the 8th Prince (YinSi), Ruoxi was introduced with the princes and eventually have to make it through the palace selection. Ruoxi used to be a vocal, free-minded lady from the future and has no qualms on voicing out what's on her mind. Her attitude has attracted the princes, who some started to like her for her uniqueness. Eventually Ruoxi has to come to terms with the changes and realizes that she may not be able to return to the future. She adapted and embrace the culture of the Palace, knowing that a slight mistake could ended her life. Knowing about history of the Qing dynasty isn't helpful. She knows about the bits of how KangXi reign ended, and the collision of the princes. 8th Prince (YinSi) tries his very best to protect her and keep her safe from the evils of the palace, and eventually they both fell in love. At the same time, 4th Prince (Yinzhen) was attracted to her. Knowing that Yinsi will lost in the battle of the throne, Ruoxi warned him, without knowing that it was her that sparked the begining of the conflict. . .
Cecilia Liu Shi Shi (刘诗诗) as Ma'er tai Ruoxi
Nicky Wu (吴奇隆) as 4th Prince Yinzhen (whom eventually become the Emperor YongZheng)
Lin Geng Xin (林更新) as 14th Prince Yinti
Yuan Hong (袁弘) as 13th Prince Yinxiang
It's not the love story that enthralls me, but the emotions conveyed by their love, especially 8th Prince & 4th Prince. They convey their emotions by the body language, and eyes. On the surface 8th Prince seems humble and nice, but every actions has a secret intention. While 4th Prince seems cold and furious, but deep down, there's a warmth to his heart.
A tinge of comedic moments also enlightens up the plot. The casual relationship between Ruoxi and 10th Prince are really comical. And also the BFF relationship she has with 13th Prince was fun to watch too!
With the captivating storyline, i cannot stop my self but to finish up 10 episodes at one go! The plot keeps you asking for more, and you felt as though you are living in the era too!
But as it reaches episode 20++, it starts to feel a little draggy. The only setback that I feel disgusted at 8th Prince that he fell in love with his 16 years old sister-in-law (which is a taboo and paedophile!). I also dislike the fact that 80% of the princes fall in love with her. Come on! The palace have tonnes of pretty ladies and they all just land their eyes on her? *GOSH* And while all the princes and eunuchs felt fearful on Kangxi, i felt that Damian Lau is too cute to be feared (maybe because of "The Rippling Blossom"). I don't feel any DRAGON EMPEROR aura from Damian Lau.
My favourite character will be 14th Prince. He's young, handsome and very thoughtful. He stands up for what he feels its right, and he has more relaxed emotions of a man.
Other than that, it's really a beautiful drama, with nice costumes and scenery. I read that BBJX 2 (based on modern story) will be produced, and i hope they retain the same casts!
If you think that you can't watch this movie because it's chinese, you can watch the good quality english subs from VIKI.COM. There's also an english novel translation blog called BuBuJingXinEnglish (but incomplete). Thanks to all the avid BBJX fans who shared the love of the movie and contributed in the English Subs.
(p/s I do not own the above photos. For illustration purpose only)
MsXeRoz LOVES DRAMA!