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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Scholar Who Walks The Night and The Emperor: Owner of the mask have similarities. Both story is developing the crown prince to become a great King.

It's because there is a cruel person/vampire that stand behind the Kings order and the Prince were forced to serve that person/vampire in order to keep his people save.

In The Emperor: Owner of The Mask there is Daemok. In Scholar Who Walks The Night there is a vampire called Gwi.
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This drama is a Historical drama and it's also starring Lee Joon-gi as the 4th Prince Wang So.
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    Temmie7 29 days ago

    Amazing drama as well,all Lee joon gi's dramas are dope

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    Maham Tanveer Jul 5, 2017 - edited

    does this have sad ending? please reply in spoiler

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      Otps4Life Jul 23, 2017

      I know right..I still can't move on-.-

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      All_In 27 days ago
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      Saphiros 25 days ago
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      All_In 25 days ago
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      Saphiros 24 days ago

      @All_in Thanks a lot, i havent seen any of them so i ll get started tonight, yaay

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    Syranus Jun 19, 2017 - edited

    OMG! The Crown Prince Lee Yoon is cute. However, I'm already at episode 8 but I still feel no attachment, especially to the main characters (even though LJK is one of my biases). Even my mind wanders while watching because I'm not hooked. In other words, I'm bored. I'm afraid I have to drop this. :-(

    Update: I completed it and indeed, it should've been alright for me to skip this drama entirely and spend my 20 hours with something more interesting. It didn't do it for me at all.

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      Anca Jun 21, 2017

      I'm in the same situation, I just finished ep. 8 today and I felt like it just wasn't ending, I was so bored...But idk what to do cause I wanna watch it for Lee Joon Gi and Lee Soo Hyuk, but the story bores me to death tbh... And in the beginning, I liked the idea of this drama so much, but I feel like the director really ruined smth that could have been really good.

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      Syranus Jun 22, 2017 - edited

      I agree. Overall, the story was good but the writer and the director failed to deliver it skillfully. And I'm sorry but I couldn't feel the lead actress - or maybe her character. Whatever.

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    SHIRLEYMOLINA May 31, 2017

    Loved this drama not into Vampires at all so was reluctant but it was oh so good, maybe because I adore the lead actor watch everything he is in. Lee Joon Gi is the best.

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    Maryam May 2, 2017 - edited

    is this worth the watch? either people hate it or love it so im confused....

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      Nancy May 10, 2017

      Best drama
      Worth watching

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    harukae Apr 12, 2017 - edited

    As of 2017 and all the good dramas that happened since 2015, is this still worth watching ?

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      rutuja Apr 29, 2017

      it is worth watching. i cannot say its flawless and excellent but worth watching

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      QueenCherry May 16, 2017

      hell yeah its worth watching

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    CallistoSangre Apr 11, 2017
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    rutuja Mar 27, 2017 - edited

    this is the only drama of lee joon gi that i did not wholeheartedly like. it was like something missing .............in the last half of the script, i dint like it. not the acting though it was fabulous as ever and soo hyuk surprised me i thought he deserved a fabulous end but everything went missing for me.

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    Gulsen Mar 11, 2017

    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 - edited
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    SmileyVibe Nov 28, 2016 - edited

    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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      Syranus Jun 19, 2017

      Nah, Lee Yoo Bi isn't doing it for me.

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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!

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 5,153 users)
  • Ranked:

    #819
  • Popularity:

    #63

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