Scarlet Heart, also known as Bubu Jingxin, is a Chinese television series based on the novel of the same Chinese title by Tong Hua. Filming for the series started on 6 December 2010 in Shanghai and ended on 22 March 2011. It first aired in China on the Hunan Broadcasting System on 10 September 2011. A sequel, Bubu Jingqing, officially began filming in Tianjin, China, on March 2013.
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Season 1Drama Fever
S01 E01Sep 9, 2011
Episode 1 Sep 9, 2011 Zhang Xiao is a typical modern day 9-to-5 white-collar worker struggling day to day to advance her career. Her dreams of the future mirrored those of any modern day city worker - a home, travel and love. One day, Zhang Xiao's life changes dramatically when she is involved in a car accident and her soul is transported into the past. She wakes to finds herself in the imperial residence of the eighth prince, Yinsi, during the reign of Kangxi Emperor of the Qing Dynasty. She is tended by maidservants who refer to her as Second Miss Ma'ertai Ruoxi, 16-year old daughter of a Manchu aristocrat and younger sister of the eighth prince's concubine Ma'ertai Roulan, and tell her that she is recuperating from a fall.
S01 E02Sep 9, 2011
Episode 2 Sep 9, 2011 The fourth prince, Yinzhen, brings some medicine for Ruoxi and asks her to cherish her life. Having recovered, Ruoxi volunteers to read letters to her elder sister but is ridiculed for not knowing many of the words, as she is unfamiliar with traditional text having only learnt the simplified form. Determined not to seem illiterate, she begins to study but is persuaded by the tenth prince, Yin'e, to go horse riding. Being unable to ride, Ruoxi fears that that she would be revealed as an impostor but she is fortunate that Yinsi has selected the best horse for her. Despite knowing his future ends in tragedy, Ruoxi nonetheless begins to develop feelings for him. On Yin'e's birthday, Yinsi selects Roulan to manage the celebrations. He feels that, as Ruolan is held in low regard by the court and even the servants have scant respect for her, this is an opportunity for her to show her culinary skills. Before the celebrations, Ruoxi and Gororo Mingyu, younger sister of Yinsi's wife Gororo Minghui's, argue over a rabbit that Ruoxi had captured but had been stolen by Mingyu. Ruoxi uses Yin'e's hound to get revenge on Mingyu but inadvertently injures the prince in their resulting fight. Yin'e's birthday celebrations are a success and Ruolan is soundly praised by all the attendees except Minghui. Watching the princes enjoying the festivities, Ruoxi's spirits are dampened by the knowledge of the terrible fate that awaits them.
S01 E03Sep 10, 2011
Episode 3 Sep 10, 2011 The princes gather for drinks in one of the great halls. Having drunk too much, Yin'e rushes out to be sick but is seen by Ruoxi who, to his delight, has arrived bearing a birthday gift, a thousand personally folded paper cranes and also sings a birthday song for him. Unknown to the both of them, Mingyu also appears and after some heated words with Ruoxi, the two girls start fighting eventually falling into a pond. Fortunately, Yinxiang and Yinti, respectively the thirteenth and the fourteenth princes, arrive to help them from the pond. Ruoxi scolds Mingyu again, leaving her in tears. Her biting words and her furious demeanor earn her the nickname of "Defiant Thirteenth Sister". Ruolan is angered by Ruoxi's behavior and refuses to speak to her for several days. The Mid-Autumn Festival arrives and Ruoxi is summoned before the emperor. Ruolan trains Ruoxi in court etiquette to avoid humiliating herself before the imperial court. During the festival, the Kangxi Emperor arranges a marriage between Yin'e and Mingyu, crushing the former's hopes of taking Ruoxi as his wife but he is unable to defy his father's command. Seeing that even the princes have no control over their own fates, Ruoxi becomes afraid of the imperial court for the first time. Upon returning to the imperial residence, she dashes from the carriage causing others to mistake her fear for sadness at the Yin'e's betrothal.
S01 E04Sep 10, 2011
Episode 4 Sep 10, 2011 Since the Mid-Autumn Festival and the announcement of Yin'e's engagement, Ruoxi has been moody. The inability to control one's destiny drove her to melancholy. Yin'e becomes depressed and spends much of his time drinking. Yinti believes that only Ruoxi can break him from this depression. Ruoxi meets Yin'e for the last time and lets him know of her feelings for him. Winter arrives and Ruoxi revels in the crystalline weather, frolicking in the snow when Yinsi joins her. In a moment of awkwardness, she nearly falls but Yinsi catches her hand to steady her, but does not let go. His behavior confuses Ruoxi and she feels a sense of guilt towards her sister. Yin'e's wedding day arrives and both Ruoxi and Ruolan attend, but Ruoxi is taken aside by Yinxiang. In their sadness, the two of them drink to drown their sorrows. After a time, they share their sorrows and it is an unburdened, though drunken, Ruoxi when she returns to her estate. The princes intend to hold a horse race and Ruoxi asks her sister to attend, but Ruolan mysteriously refuses. Ruoxi investigates and coincidentally hears about a general, which deepens her curiosity.
S01 E05Sep 11, 2011
Episode 5 Sep 11, 2011 Yinxiang and Yinti discuss the concept of "equality and freedom", which Yinxiang heard from Ruoxi when she spoke of "the thoughts of modern people". Everyone considers her thoughts as being heretical to the way of life they know. During the horse race, Mingyu performs spectacularly impressing the audience. In a moment of pique, Mingyu angers Ruoxi into mounting up, but to her chagrin Ruolan requests that she be permitted to perform and impresses everyone with her grace. Yinsi later goes to Ruolan, hoping to help her forget her pain so that, as a married couple, they can start anew but is coldly rejected by Ruolan. Ruoxi and Yinxiang discuss their lack of etiquette on Yin'e's wedding night but discover that it is all a misunderstanding. Yinxiang was not unhappy because of his feelings for Mingyu but on that night but because his mother was giving birth and Ruoxi was not unhappy because of Yin'e. With their misunderstandings cleared, Yinxiang takes Ruoxi to the home of his best friend, Luwu, and the three talks and enjoy each other's company late into the night. When Rouxi returns to her estate, she realizes that it is very late and goes to Ruolan to apologize but happens upon her sister gazing longingly at a portrait. Bit by bit, Ruolan tells of what happened years ago. Yinsi had always loved Ruolan but when they were wed he discovered that her heart belonged to another, her childhood friend from the steppes, Qingshan. In a bid to ensure she marries Yinsi, Ruolan's father sends Qingshan to war where he dies in battle. Ruolan, unable to forgive Yinsi, spends her days with a small Buddha. To help Yinsi see Ruolan as she was in the past, Ruoxi gives a jade bracelet to her sister but Ruolan mistaken believes that the gift is from Yinxiang. In time, the period for selecting attendants arrives and the princes are concerned for Ruoxi. Yinsi suddenly announces that he chooses to spend the night with Ruolan, dismaying Minghui. Unused to the all night custom, Ruoxi has trouble staying awake, but while in a doze she hears Ruoxi and Yinsi discussing her and Yinxiang. As Ruoxi and Yinxiang are quite close, they decide to arrange for her to serve him.
S01 E06Sep 11, 2011
Episode 6 Sep 11, 2011 The end of the year arrives and Ruoxi attends The Lantern Festival with Qiaohui. At the festival, they meet Yinxiang who is with Luwu and the four of them go to enjoy some food and drink where they meet Yinti and the other princes. Seeing Ruoxi with Luwu, Yinti feels that Ruoxi is lowering her status and quickly takes her to Yinsi. Yinsi tells her of Ruolan's past, which leaves confused Ruoxi wondering whether he has feelings for her or takes her for her sister's replacement. Thanks to the efforts of the princes, Ruoxi has not yet been selected as an attendant. Several of the concubines state their desire to have Ruoxi serve them but the empress, not wanting to offend anyone, sends her to be a tea serving girl to the emperor himself. As a rookie, she is cautious but with her modern era smarts she gradually gains the confidence of the emperor and soon appointed as the lead tea server. During discussions concerning an issue with the heir, the emperor commands that the younger princes speak. The simple-minded Yin'e puts forth his opinion, but inadvertently disrespects Yinzhen. To help him save face, Ruoxi spills tea on him stopping him from speaking further. This is witnessed by the senior eunuch Li Dequan who warns her not to involve herself in such matters. Yinti, however, thinks she has designs on Yinzhen and warns her not to betray Yinsi. Ruoxi later coincidentally meets Yinzhen who tells her that in the future she is welcome to come to him if she ever has any problems.
S01 E07Sep 12, 2011
Episode 7 Sep 12, 2011 The storm over the impeachment of the heir eventually passes and so to gain favor with the emperor, the princes suggest that they accompany the emperor on a trip out of the palace. The emperor commands the Yinsi to remain behind to administer to the affairs of state. In fact, it is a ploy by the heir to reduce the power of Yinsi's faction and to make the prince a scapegoat in the event of anything going awry while the emperor is away. The infighting amongst the brothers becomes increasingly apparent. Yinzhen brings Ruoxi along for the trip with the emperor, suggesting that she bring some more tea and be careful. As he has to remain behind to administer to the affairs of state, Yinsi forlornly bids Ruoxi farewell. Yinsi finds out that it was Minghui's interference that caused Ruoxi to be unable to serve any of the concubines. As a result, he ignores Minghui who begs his forgiveness and promises never to do anything to displease him again. Meanwhile, Ruoxi, as part of her tea serving duties, delivers tea to the emperor and the princes in individually selected cups bringing praise from all. Ruoxi then requests that the emperor permit her to learn horse riding, which he happily permits. Yinxiang meets Mongolian Princess Minmin at the goat roping arena and become friends, but neither knows of the others' birthright. However, that night the emperor orders that a party be held and while performing, Minmin sees Yinxiang, who had introduced himself as "Little Star" at the arena. To her surprise, he speaks to her in Mongolian and an attraction begins to grow between them. Ruoxi convinces Yinxiang to teach her horse riding and the two agree to meet that night. Yinsi had arranged for a full set of riding attire to be delivered to Ruoxi and so wearing the prince's gift, Ruoxi waits on the steppe for Yinxiang, but in a twist, it is Yinzhen who appears to teach her and the ensuing lesson leaves Ruoxi completely exhausted.