The number one Korean entertainment channel ONE is poised to be the first regional television channel in Southeast Asia to air a South Korean drama series at the same time as its telecast in Korea, with subtitles in English, Chinese, and Bahasa Malaysia!

Scarlet Heart” (보보경심) is the highly anticipated South Korean remake of the similarly titled Chinese series and is set to premiere on 29th August. The original Chinese series, titled “Scarlet Heart” (步步惊心), is based on Tong Hua’s fantasy novel series of the same name.



It is widely perceived to be one of the most popular Asian romance period drama productions to date, and the remake has generated much buzz and excitement amongst audiences as well as industry insiders since it was first announced.

Helmed by a star-studded cast, “Scarlet Heart” builds on the same premise as the original Chinese series but is based on the Korean Goryeo dynasty instead of the Chinese Qing dynasty.

Scarlet Heart KDrama

Headlining the series as female protagonist is singer-songwriter and actress IU, whose character Hae Soo is catapulted back in time from the modern era. In the past, she finds herself trapped within a web of political intrigue and complicated love lines involving the princes of Goryeo, who are played by Lee Joon Ki, Kang Ha Neul, Hong Jong Hyun, Baek Hyun of K-Pop idol boy group EXO, Nam Joo Hyuk, and Ji Soo.

Rounding off the ensemble cast are rookie actress Kang Han Na and idol-actress Seohyun of SNSD Girl’s Generation fame, who will both play princesses.

ONE_Scarlet Heart (Left) Haesoo - IU, ChaeRyung - Jin Ki Joo

The South Korean remake is led by director Kim Kyu Tae, whose past works include acclaimed series such as “That Winter, the Wind Blows”. “Scarlet Heart” will be fully pre-produced for a 20-episode run and has moved into post-production after filming wrapped earlier this month.

Watch the teaser below:


“Scarlet Heart” premieres on 29th August at the same time as Korea, every Monday and Tuesday at 9pm, first and exclusively on ONE (Astro Ch 393). Viewers can also enjoy “Jealous Incarnate” starting from 25th August, every Thursday and Friday at 8:10pm within 24 hours of Korea.

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