Scholar Who Walks the Night

Scholar Who Walks the Night (2015)

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Jo Yang Sun is the daughter of a nobleman whose family loses everything when her father is framed for treason. To make ends meet, Yang Sun begins cross-dressing as a male bookseller, and meets the handsome and mysterious scholar Kim Sung Yeol, who works at the Hongmungwan. Sung Yeol is a vampire, and he continues to be haunted by the long-ago death of his first love Lee Myung Hee, especially when he read moremeets Myung Hee's present-day look-alike Choi Hye Ryung, an aloof nobleman's daughter. Meanwhile, the evil vampire Gwi resides in the royal palace and uses his powers and political machinations to prevent the Crown Prince from ascending the throne. ~~ Based on a hit manhwa by Jo Joo Hee and Han Seung Hee.

  • Native title:

    밤을 걷는 선비
  • Also Known as:

    The Scholar Walking at Night; Bameul Geotneun Sunbi;

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rosachinensis
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Jan 9, 2016
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.5
I loved so much about this drama. God, after the 5 first episodes I was falling hard and so happy I was watching it. My reasons: the acting, the costumes, the budding romance between Sung Yeol and Yang Sun (that chemistry!) and just Lee Joon Gi's acting in and of itself (and the fact that he's insanely beautiful here. Those eyes!) Sometimes something is just really your thing, and I really felt read more it (and still feel it to some extent) here.

But it got a bit chaotic. The story went places I was skeptical about. So much noble sacrifice. So much angst that didn't really feel worth it and I longed for the tone in the beginning of the show again. (I'm not against angst, but you want it in proper meaningful doses not just as a go-to-tool to make you care more about characters you already care about). Also character voice-overs that sometimes added to a scene, but just stated the obvious in others. But I trusted it would be better, or at least a bit more happy (I loved the characters and wanted them to feel good), so I persisted.
A lot of people have complaints about the story and worldbuilding and I understand them. I'm usually pretty accepting when it comes to plotholes, inconcistensies etc, but there were quite a few here and I think they added to the less engaged feeling I had in the middle of the series. I also hear they changed the writer in the middle of the series, so that might have to do something with it.

I would say that the interactions between Lee Joon Gi's and Lee Yoo Bi's characters are what make this drama worth watching till the end, despite there being some tropes and effort to romantizise certain scenes (thanks to the music) that aren't really romantic (which is a pity, since there were plenty of beautifully romantic ones). But Lee Joon Gi and Lee Yoo Bi are so good that I just believed it all, and the supporting actors and their stories were really good too. There were also several scenes and dialogues that were really profound and touching.

And the fight and action scenes were really neat. Not to mention the costumes! Gorgeous.

I've seen a lot of people not liking the soundtrack. Granted, there were some weird music choices in some scenes and I think they could have used A LOT LESS love songs the second a romantic scene started (sometimes you should just let a scene speak for itself!). But, there was also some really epic soundtrack, I'm thinking of the instrumental tracks. (especially in action/epic scenes). The feeling of those tracks made me think of Peter Greenaway's music and a certain track by The Mutato Mu used in The Royal Tenenbaums (if anyone knows what I'm talking about). There were scenes where those tracks just enhanced them beautifully, so much that I went back and rewatched a couple of them just for the joy of it. (Too bad those tracks aren't included in the OST).

I would recommend this drama if you like Lee Joon Gi, great acting and touching romance and some epic scenes. If you demand a tight plot, consistent story and a great deal of thought between what's happening you might want to pass. (But then again, if you're a fan of Lee Joon Gi or Lee Yoo Bi, you might not ;) ).

I haven't watched a great deal of dramas (yet), so I'm new to k-drama-land and maybe that's also why I'm willing to overlook some tropes and inconsistensies. But for me, Lee Joon Gi and the other actors along with visuals and some of the music here is unmissable and what makes me willing to rewatch this again sometimes.
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alienshore7
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Sep 14, 2015
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 5.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 1.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
This will be a very short review compared to my usual fair. I just felt I had to throw this out there. This was a weird drama for me. There were parts in the middle where the plot became so predictable, the lead female so annoying, the noble sacrifice trope so overused, the dialogue so trite and the romance and music so in your face that had it not been for Lee read more Jun Ki I would have dropped this puppy.

But just as I started it for LJK and stayed for LJK, LJK (with some help from Lee Soo Hyuk and even, gasp, Changmin) saved this one for me. If at any point LJK and LSH, and most of the other actors too, hadn't sold this to the hilt, it could have been the utterly crappy hot mess that Night Watchman was. But somehow their commitment to the roles, even when they got stupid, saved this drama.

But what also saved it was the last 4 episodes. The quality of those episodes clearly showed the writer DID have a plan. The writer just had trouble filling in the bits between A and B. The first 2 episodes were wonderful. The last 4 episodes were also very good. I could probably find 4 episodes in the middle that were not totally terrible. So if this drama had been 10 episodes it actually would have been pretty awesome. As it is, it's only okay, but brought to the level of better than okay because of the acting. If you love Lee Jun Ki as much as I do, you will still find something to love in this drama despite its MANY flaws.
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    Gullsen 12 days ago

    First two episodes are kind of slow-paced but then it gets better.

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    martyfairy Jan 29, 2017
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    Jia Jan 23, 2017
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    SmileyVibe Nov 28, 2016

    Okay, maybe this tv show isn't the "best" vampire romance but I say it's pretty good! It's sad ,has its sappy love dovey moments here and there but it will keep you on your feet. Nothing about this show screams rainbows and unicorns.

    I'll admit it has it's "moments" that makes you think WTH? Overall, its good for what it is. Maybe if you're looking for a strong heroine, this female lead is not for you. She can't defend herself, always gets in trouble, but hey! She has a good heart.

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    Meeiishal Nov 27, 2016

    This drama was actually quite nice. Nothing spectacular but just enjoyable to watch. OST is my favorite thing about it. Loved every song.

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    Dieu Oct 25, 2016 - edited

    The romance is between who? Can someone spoil it for me who wil lee joon gi end with / with who will his love focus on

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      AnicsiRoscoe Oct 28, 2016
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    Esther Oct 12, 2016 - edited

    Someone please explain me that ending!

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    shoetsukiyama Oct 2, 2016

    all i can say is pls make me into a vampire and let me stay by your side forever gwi

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    DoHani Oct 1, 2016

    On a side and completely unimportant note, I could watch Soohyuk as Gwi forever because - dayum son! Here, call me food and have me on a silver plate.

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    DoHani Oct 1, 2016

    lol what is this drama... I was to write a review but I changed my mind because I've been postponing the show for months and might not be completely fair so I'll just say everything here...

    I know this is based on a manga but it really does LOOK like one in many aspects, starting by JunKi's over-the-top expressions and what not. Melodrama INDEED. @Rainruma is right upon stating the female lead was terrible (though I like Yu Bi) and there was no chemistry and I agree once more that Gwi and Hye Ryung is what makes it interesting. If it wasn't for Soohyuk's unexpected talent playing this character I would've dropped it a long time ago. I'll confess I pushed myself through this drama because of him (bc wow vampire lover goals *nosebleed*).

    Chang Min can't act, Hee Jin and Soeun start out okay but they seem to get real tired of the entire mess the show is and shrug off their responsibilities as actresses and the silly fights and senseless romance just makes it really draggy.
    It sounds like complete trash when I put it like this but I'm just pissed because this drama had everything to be epic but it went downhill so bad... I can't help but laugh after this final episode.
    Guess my fave char (after Gwi - biased though) is Hojin. lol He was a cutie and nailed the finale.

    I didn't have any expectations for this show. Started this for Hyunwoo and what a bummer to see he's only in the first couple episodes or so. Yet I was enjoying it alright until it got completely laughable.
    I would NOT recommend this drama but you know the deal - see for yourself if you will.

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    rainruma Sep 17, 2016 - edited

    This had a lot of potential, but very badly executed... I did not like it at all...
    plot does not make sense, very contrived and still not logical.... bad director.... worse writing ...

    Really bad female lead, both character and actress..... she is the Most Annoying Character ... stupid, stubborn and clumsy.... endangered others w/ her idiocy...
    made the show a lot worse, b/c completely unbelievable as being in any way appealing to attract these men....Zero chemistry.

    Best Thing is Gui and his muse, Hye Ryung .... She was the best and most interesting character, very smart, perceptive.... she was a victim, yet felt no self-pity ....she was brave and able to manipulate the mighty Gui... a truly admirable and wonderful character.... Her relationship w/ Gui was the most ineteresting!

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    Nfs Sep 4, 2016 - edited

    is this kdrama worth watching?

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      ines Sep 5, 2016 - edited

      I really enjoyed it but you should try it yourself! I was addicted to it since the first episode

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    Mari Ela Sep 3, 2016 - edited

    i am just barely at ep 4 and i don't know but i find myself hoping that gwi is the 2nd male for the lead female .. sigh*, like in vampire diaries' 2nd male syndrome ^ ^,

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    LinLi Sep 2, 2016

    It a drama you would want to watch when your bored. The love is strong but this drama isn't one that you should reach again. It is kinda confusing too. If there is no more dramas you can watch, watch this one.

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    YJr Aug 23, 2016

    this drama was not the best from the best ... but I love it because LJK always acting 100%.. I already watch it for 5 times .. because I do like the story... and LJK of course.. ^^

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    20
  • Aired:

    Jul 8, 2015 to Sep 10, 2015
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    MBC
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    7.9 (scored by 4,604 users)
  • Ranked:

    #722
  • Popularity:

    #43

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