Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Startling by Each Step / Bu Bu Jing Xin (步步驚心)

Mandarin title: Bu Bu Jing Xin (步步驚心)

English title: Startling by Each Step
Episode: 30
Genre: Drama, Qing palace, Time travelling
Original screenplay: Bu Bu Jing Xin 步步驚心 (novel) by Tong Hua 桐華

Additional Informations

Filming locations: Hengdian Studio, Hangzhou, Dongyang (contemporary parts)
Screenwriter: Wang Li Zhi
Broadcast channel: Hunan TV
Producer: Karen Tsoi
Director: Lee Kwok Lap (Chinese Paladin, Strange Hero Yi Zhi Mei etc.)
Production company: Tangren Chinese Entertainment Shanghai Limited 上海唐人電影製作有限公司

Liu Shi Shi as Maertai Rexi (Zhang Xiao) (馬爾泰·若曦 (張曉))Nicky Wu as Aisin-Gioro Yinzhen (愛新覺羅·胤禛)
Kevin Cheng as Aisin-Gioro Yinsi (愛新覺羅·胤禩)
Yuan Hong as Aisin-Gioro Yinxiang (愛新覺羅·胤祥)
Lin Gengxin as Aisin-Gioro Yinti (愛新覺羅·胤禎)
Han Dong as Aisin-Gioro Yintang (愛新覺羅·胤禟)
Damian Lau as Kangxi Emperor (康熙帝)
Zhang Lei as the Aisin-Gioro Yinreng (愛新覺羅·胤礽)
Chen Jingyu as Aisin-Gioro Yinzhi(愛新覺羅·胤祉)
Ye Xin as Aisin-Gioro Yin E (愛新覺羅·胤俄)
Ma Tianyu as Huang Di (黃棣)
Annie Liu as Maer Tai Ruolan (馬爾泰·若蘭)
Shi Xiaoqun as Guoluoluo Minghui (郭絡羅·明慧)
Liu Yuxin as Guoluoluo Mingyu (郭絡羅·明玉)
Mu Tingting as Lady Wulanala (烏喇那拉氏)

Zhang Xiao (Liu Shi Shi), a contemporary, ethnically Han Chinese young woman from the 21st century, accidentally travels back in time to the Qing Dynasty period during the reign of Kangxi Emperor after experiencing a deadly combination of traffic collision and electrocution, resulting her somehow reliving the life of one of her previous incarnations and forcing her to assumes the identity belongs to her past avatar: Maertai Rouxi (Liu Shi Shi), teenage daughter of a Manchu nobleman, who also had a near-fatal incident in her own time which Zhang awakes from.

Being stranded in the past, in the body of a centuries earlier incarnation of herself, and believe by many of Maertai's family and friends that the sudden change of her behavior and memory loss is resulted of her head injury, Zhang Xiao awares that there will be a dangerous power struggle known to history between the scheming princes for the throne, which will results Aisin-Gioro Yinzhen, Fourth Prince (Nicky Wu), to succeed as the Yongzheng Emperor after his father's death. Zhang Xiao tries to change the future outcomes for the better, hoping to prevents any casualty as written in the future without interfering a man's destiny, while trying to find a way to return to her time period. However, Zhang ultimately realizes that, not only she fails to alter the course of the approaching events, but also, under a predestination paradox, she is fated to become an instigator of the tragedy she tries to prevent resulted by her actions in the past and the princess' romantic affections towards her.

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