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Startling By Each Step (DVD) (Box 1) (Japan Version) DVD Region 2

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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.9 out of 10 (13)

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Based on the popular novel by Tong Hua, the blockbuster period series Bu Bu Jing Xin (a.k.a. Startling By Each Step) is the most highly anticipated Chinese drama of 2011. The latest series from renowned director/producer Lee Kwok Lap, Bu Bu Jing Xin steps back in time to the romantic and political upheavals of the Qing court. A frequent star of Lee Kwok Lap dramas, Cecilia Liu Shishi plays a young woman who jumps back in time to the reign of Kangxi, and gets drawn into the ascension struggle among the royal princes. Both a heartrending romance and a historical drama, Bu Bu Jing Xin uses its fantasy premise and fictional heroine to observe and affect well-known figures and episodes in Qing Dynasty history.

Bu Bu Jing Xin has inspired a fervent following for its outstanding cast of royal princes. Taiwan actor-singer Nicky Wu stars as the stone-faced 4th Prince who eventually rises to the throne as Yongzheng, while TVB actor Kevin Cheng, collaborating with Lee Kwok Lap again 12 years after The Legendary Siblings, is the genteel 8th Prince destined for tragedy. The other members of the royal family are Han Dong as the scheming 9th Prince, Ye Zuxin as the simple-minded 10th Prince, Lee Kwok Lap regular Yuan Hong as the unbridled 13th Prince, and newcomer Lin Gengxin as the loyal 14th Prince. Veteran Hong Kong actor Damian Lau reigns over all as Emperor Kangxi.

After an argument with her boyfriend, 25-year-old Zhang Xiao (Cecilia Liu) rushes out into the street, and gets electrocuted in an accident. When she regains consciousness, she finds herself in the Qing Dynasty. She is now teenaged Ruo Xi, the willful younger sister of the 8th Prince's consort (Annie Liu). Ruo Xi enters the Forbidden City, and becomes a trusted servant of the Emperor (Damian Lau) as the years pass by. Knowing what happens to everyone historically, Ruo Xi hopes to stay detached from palace politics, but she gets romantically entangled with both the 8th Prince (Kevin Cheng) and the 4th Prince (Nicky Wu), whose competition for the throne leads inevitably to danger and tragedy. Staying true to her love and friendship with each prince, Ruo Xi struggles to take control of her own heart and destiny in the Forbidden City, where every step could be a matter of life and death.

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Product Title: Startling By Each Step (DVD) (Box 1) (Japan Version) 步步驚心 (DVD) (Box 1) (日本版) 步步惊心 (DVD) (Box 1) (日本版) 宮廷女官 ジャクギ DVD−BOX? Startling By Each Step (DVD) (Box 1) (Japan Version)
Also known as: Bu Bu Jing Xin / Scarlet Heart Bu Bu Jing Xin / Scarlet Heart Bu Bu Jing Xin / Scarlet Heart Bu Bu Jing Xin / Scarlet Heart Bu Bu Jing Xin / Scarlet Heart
Artist Name(s): Nicky Wu | Kevin Cheng | Damian Lau | Shi Xiao Qun | Han Dong | Yuan Hong | Annie Liu | Cecilia Liu | Tong Hua | Kenny Lin | Ye Zu Xin 吳奇隆 | 鄭 嘉穎 | 劉松仁 | 石小群 | 韓棟 | 袁弘 | 劉 心悠 | 劉詩詩 | 桐華 | 林更新 | 葉祖新 吴奇隆 | 郑 嘉颖 | 刘松仁 | 石小群 | 韩栋 | 袁弘 | 刘 心悠 | 刘诗诗 | 桐华 | 林更新 | 叶祖新 呉奇隆 (ニッキー・ウー) | 鄭嘉頴(ケビン・チェン) | 劉松仁(ダミアン・ラウ) | シー・シャオチュン | 韓棟(ハン・ドン) | 袁弘(ユエン・ホン) | 劉心悠 (アニー・リウ) | 劉詩詩(リウ・シーシー) | 桐華(トン・ホァ) | 林更新 (ケニー・リン) | イエ・ズーシン | リウ・ユーシン[劉雨欣] Nicky Wu | Kevin Cheng | Damian Lau | Shi Xiao Qun | Han Dong | Yuan Hong | Annie Liu | 류시시 | Tong Hua | Kenny Lin | Ye Zu Xin
Release Date: 2012-12-28
Publisher Product Code: ASBP-5459
Place of Origin: China, Japan
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Shipment Unit: 3 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031923986

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
リウ・シーシー[劉詩詩] / ニッキー・ウー[呉奇隆] / ケビン・チェン[鄭嘉穎] / トン・ホァ[桐華] (原作)


製作国 : 中国 (China)



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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.9 out of 10 (13)

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October 2, 2019

This customer review refers to Startling By Each Step (DVD) (Ep. 1-35) (End) (English Subtitled) (HD Version) (Malaysia Version)
SCARLET HEART Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
SCARLET HEART (Bu Bu Jing Xin / Startling by Each Step) was such a great show. Once I got sucked in, I could not stop. I really liked the concept of traveling back in time from modern day times to the historical Qing Dynasty era via an accident. Such a great plot and I’m now dying to read the novel which inspired it. There was some truly brilliant acting in this series. Everyone was so interesting and extremely well-casted. Unforgettable.

Actress Lui Shi Shi a.k.a. Cecilia Liu was really great as the spunky modern heroine Ma'ertai Ruo Xi (Zhang Xiao) and her wit, charm and personality really brings her character to life. Even when I disagreed with some of her choices, I couldn’t help but love her and admire her strength and heart. She is just a character that one can relate with and feel for. Imperfect and sometimes reckless but lovable and well-meaning.

4th Prince (Yinzhen) fascinated me from the very beginning, because he’s just that kinda guy, but I did not expect to LOVE LOVE him so much by the end. 4th Prince was so dynamic a character, cold and aloof yet somehow so very expressive; cunning and pragmatic, yet loyal and sincere. Such an intense character. Yes, 4th Prince slayed me. Nicky Wu is such an amazing actor. He rocks and was totally awesome in this role, completely captivating and compelling.

The onscreen chemistry between Ruo Xi and 4th Prince was electric and yet so very tragic. (So sweet to learn the two actors married in real life. The love was visibly real. <3 ) An unforgettable pair, and a truly haunting tragic love...TEAM 4th PRINCE!!!!!!!!!!!

Among my other favorite characters were 13th Prince (Yinxiang), 14th Prince (Yinti), 10th Prince (Yin’e), Emperor Kangxi and Eunuch Li. Many of the female characters were outstanding as well, such as Ma'ertai Ruolan, Lüwu, Gogoro Minghui, Gororo Mingyu, Princess Suwan Guwalgiya-Minmin, Qiao Hui and even Yutan. Even though there were a few characters I did not personally care for, I enjoyed how diverse and unique each character was. Not a single character felt 2D. In my book, that is great writing and character development. And although the plot is a bit slow at the start it really picks up. Scarlet Heart is so addictive. <3

The whole series was very well done, beautiful sets, intriguing plot, gorgeous costumes, interesting historical portrayals, and amazing , heart-wrenching music. While there is comedy and heavy elements of romance, it is never as heavy as the drama, political intrigue and the ultimate tragedy. This show ripped out my my heart, and then fed it to me, multiple times. The ending, although haunting and moving was very painful. I sincerely loved it though... <3
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July 3, 2013

This customer review refers to Startling By Each Step (DVD) (End) (Deluxe Limited Edition) (China Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Intricate and beautiful Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
“Not since 2003's 孝莊 and 2004's 金枝 has any Qing-era period drama been this stunning. All other Qing dramas will now have to answer to this one for screen-writing and sheer attention to detail.”

“Fantastic production values, beautiful editing, talented direction, an emotional soundtrack, a convincing cast playing dynamic characters and an intriguing plot-line that aligns quite closely to historical records, a stunningly detailed set, and breathtakingly intricate costumes. It's official. We are addicted.”

These were my very words when I raved and raved about this drama to my friends. After watching the show for a second time, I continue to stand by these words.

I went into the show expecting another disappointing idol drama a la Gong. I was given one of the most heart-breaking interpretations of the infamous power struggle among Kangxi's sons for the throne. This drama was based on the novels by Tong Hua, whose beautiful prose was transferred with stunning results onto the screen. What touched me the most was the dynamicism of the characters -- each one of them had very distinct internal conflicts and every single one left a lasting impression. The characters only get better with repeat viewings.

This drama is also one of the better ones in terms of portraying the power struggle -- often the Eighth Prince and the Crown Prince are portrayed as useless, and the struggle unrealistic, but the production team for this drama was very meticulous in making sure that the tension and the political battles are believable. What also touched me was the human-ness of all the characters -- something that is often overlooked in political dramas.

All-in-all, if you are looking for a pure political story, this is not one of them. What it is instead is an incredibly well-presented story of the infamous Kangxi-era power struggle wrapped in a heart-wrenching love story.

If you are a fan of period dramas this one cannot be missed.
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March 19, 2012

This customer review refers to Startling By Each Step (2011) (H-DVD) (Ep. 1-35) (End) (China Version)
3 people found this review helpful

Love it step by step Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
From my first review in Oct, 2011 till now, I've already rewatched this 4 times. :))

If you're looking for kungfu action, this is not it. Or if you wish to compare this to Palace Lockhart (Gong Part 1 with Yang Mi, Mickey He and William Feng) there is definitely differences. The only common thread are siblings rivalry because Kangxi did indeed have these princes and 4th Prince did eventually become Emperor Yong Zheng.
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January 17, 2012

This customer review refers to Startling By Each Step (2011) (DVD) (Ep. 1-35) (End) (Taiwan Version)
4 people found this review helpful

Eng Sub PLEASE Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
may be should wait several years more wait for its us version or whatever to have it english sub.
well, i like the ending, at least she back to where she should belong to :D
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November 29, 2011

This customer review refers to Startling By Each Step (DVD) (End) (China Version)
5 people found this review helpful

Nothing quite like it. Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
After bemoaning the horrible script in Gong and looking for a better alternative to wipe my tainted palette, my friend convinced me to give this series a try (along with her narration because I can only understand a few words in Chinese). I was rather suspicious at first because the plot seemed similar to Gong, but a few episodes in, and I was sold. I have to say that this beats most of the other costume dramas I have seen from any country that year.

The rich and dramatic visuals, the muted color palette, and the detailed costumes were a feast for the eyes, and I found myself reviewing back certain scenes just to get in all the details. Dialogue, from what was translated for me, was poignant and meaningful and can sometimes be very sweet. I also loved the way the camera sometimes panned from one character to the next in a scene so that we could read each of their varying expressions, and though I’m not familiar with any of the actors except for Kevin Cheng (Ghetto Justice), the cast had such wonderful chemistry and camaraderie, that I felt like these people were really the characters they embodied.

It would be easier to have watched it understanding everything being said, so I do hope that the creators will consider having this series out with English Subtitles, even if it must come in a simple box to cut costs, so that those of us who are not Chinese can more thoroughly enjoy this work of art.

But until then, I’ll just keep my fingers crossed.
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