Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016)

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When a total eclipse of the sun takes place, a 21st century woman, Go Ha Jin, is transported back in time to the Goryeo Dynasty of Korea. She wakes up in the body of 16-year-old Hae Soo, an aristocrat living with Lady Hae, her cousin who happens to be married to one of the sons of King Taejo. read moreShe soon befriends several of the princes, who find her carefree and exuberant attitude refreshing. Although she knows she should not get involved in palace intrigues over the succession to the throne, she inadvertently becomes a pawn in the struggle, as several of the Princes fall in love with her. ~~ Based on Chinese novel “Bu Bu Jing Xin” by Tong Hua.

  • Native title:

    달의 연인 - 보보경심 려
  • Also Known as:

    Moon Lovers; Time Slip: Ryeo; Daleui Yeonin - bobogyeongsim Ryeo; Moon Lovers – Scarlet Heart: Ryeo; Scarlet Heart: Goryeo; Scarlet Heart: Ryeo;

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palak
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Nov 1, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
Moon Lovers and I go wayy back. When Scarlet Heart first came out back in 2011, it was all the rage. At that time I was into my second year of drama-watching and I hadn't watched anything much besides Korean dramas. But I remember a bunch of my online friends strongly recommended me to start Scarlet Heart. In fact, 5 years later, I still haven't been recommended a drama like that, with read more such intense passion and by so MANY people. But sadly, I never got around to watching it. I was really uncomfortable with the language, the historical setting, the bald-look of the princes (okay, I SAID IT, I'm sorry, I was shallow). But somewhere, at the back of my mind, I had made this little tale that the drama is going to be made into a Korean drama one day, with all these hot actors as leads and I'll just wait it out and watch it then. And okay, a remake is pretty logical because they go around making a lot of remakes but when they announced this, I swear I got goosebumps. Like "I don't believe this--this what I have been dreaming of all my life--someone please pinch me--I should star in the next Final Destination movie now" sort of goosebumps.

So yes, saying that I was excited for Moon Lovers was putting it very mildly. I was exhilarated. Ecstatic. A lot more words with an E. And they made us wait even longer by making it a pre-produced drama and waiting a whole year before it actually came out.

But the best part? It didn't disappoint one bit. I mean, after such high expectations, it is only natural to feel a little let-down just because of all the hype you've been experiencing. But Moon Lovers actually ended up surpassing all my expectations. The drama was perfect from the beginning till the end.

Coming to the plot, it was extremely well-paced. I mean, for dramas it is rare to find such consistently well-paced dramas. Sometimes the beginning is not that good and sometimes the plot dies down after ep 12-16. But here, you never feel like there is too much or too little. It is really hard to skip anything. You just don't want to. Another important fact is that because an older version is already out there, viewers are prepared for a possibly sad/tragic ending. Even if you come without knowing anything about the parent story, the vibe of the show itself whispers the possibility of an un-fairytale-like outcome. There is an intense and gloomy feeling in the show.

The characters are the strength of the drama. I mean, can we talk about the fourth Prince? He is going down in history as one of my favorite characters ever. Firstly, he is so sexy. I mean, you simply can't get enough of him. I have never really been into Lee Jun Ki before but after this, I plan to check out all his dramas. I have seen a couple of his shows but I never realized he was THIS good. The character of Wang So is so complex and so hard to deliver. And yet, Lee Jun Ki plays him so effortlessly, becoming one with the character. What is even more surprising is that he is such a cutie in real life (lol). I really don't know anyone more perfect for this role. I mean, Kang Ha Neul's character turned to the dark side too but it was nothing compared to Wang So. Wang So was simply..addictive!

Coming for Hae Soo. IU faced a lot of flack for her poor acting skills but I felt she was good in her role. I mean, she wasn't as good as Jun Ki or Ha Neul but she did really well. You could feel her transformation from a 21st century person to Goryeo lady to a woman with a lot of scarring experiences. In her previous works she has only done cutesy roles. I really enjoyed her work in this, she showed her versatility as a serious actor. The 13th Prince. He was gentle and kind and the most perfect friend. I loved his chemistry with Woo Hee. It was surprisingly great!

Wang Eun was a big baby but he was a sweetheart too. I wouldn't say Baek Hyun is a good actor but he was given an easy role and it was handled well. Ji Soo was a delight to watch! So far I have loved him in all his roles (I think I have watched everything he has starred in). The rest of the cast was really good too. My favorite among supporting characters was General Park. His acting was so on-point even though he only starred for a few episodes. I liked his daughter too. Ji Mong was a delight to watch. And court lady Oh Sang Goong, I loved her! I can really go on and on about the characters - the good ones and the bad ones, all did well. The acting was so good here, I just couldn't get enough of it. I cried with them and laughed with them.

The music. OH MAN, the music. I love each and every song. This hasn't happened to me since Dream High (I think). I really can't pick a song that I like more than the other.

I am definitely DEFINITELY rewatching this. I know for sure.

The biggest tragedy that comes out of this drama is that the Korean audience could not fully appreciate the perfection that this drama was. The ratings were so low there. Thankfully, it did well everywhere else and made up for it.
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BaeBaekhyun
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16 days ago
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
This drama really got me. I love historical dramas in general, but this one is a masterpiece!

The first thing that I felt in love with was the music. I am no person that is much interested about a OST but I seriously loved this one! It is a perfect mix between modern and historical sounding songs. It was amazing!

The cast was amazing too. The acting seemed really natural, nothing was read more out of place and I feeled the emotions they tried to show with their acting. Every scene felt real and not like acting and I was astonished about how good it was.

The story was absolutely fascinating and thrilling, I was not one second bored while watching this drama. I had a few unanswered questions at the end tho, and that is the teeny tiny aspect that bothered me, but aside that it was really, really good.
Maybe rewatching this drama will answer my questions, so that is worth a try.

So you can say that this drama is definitely worth a watch! If you like this kind of genre, it is almost a must-watch in my eyes!
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It basically has the same concept, but in a historical setting. Both dramas have a strong female character who is caught between the good, romantic boy with a sad romantic backstory, and the stubborn, dark bad boy. There are supporting characters very similar to the ones in this show, as well as a mean girl/rival of the main character who has eyes for the bad boy. Both main characters find themselves in a new lifestyle and find themselves being surrounded by royalty (the rich people in Boys Over Flowers, the princes in Scarlet Heart: Ryeo). While one might find the two dramas very different from a distance, they are actually quite similar when you look closer.
Recommended by hangeulbby
Actually it is not a historical period drama like this one yet you can watch it if you hate the end like me. Indeed, Scarlet Heart 2 is the second part of Scarlet Heart chinese version. In this version , you'll see the two main leads in the 21st century.
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    vs_meghana Apr 2, 2017 - edited
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    Claire Apr 2, 2017

    Aigooo!!!
    I've cried soooo much for almost each death T^T that's almost every blasted episode ;o;
    THE FEEEELSSS.....the music just make the feels hurt more....ahh GOOD JOB cast and staff of SHR <3 *claps*
    sigh....i've never felt like this before
    Wonderful drama T~T

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    Cherry Quin Apr 1, 2017 - edited

    Is this happy ending?

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      Cherry Quin Apr 2, 2017

      Thanks...if u say so.. i am on ep6 now... ;-)

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      Otps4Life Apr 2, 2017

      You're welcome<3 Awesome you're getting toward some of the best part's,especially if you're team SoSoo<3

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      PortciaGulli Apr 6, 2017
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      Otps4Life Apr 6, 2017

      Link plzzzzz....Because I've heard so may rumours about a S2,but it ain't been confirmed-.- Don't wanna get my hopes up for nothing

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      PortciaGulli Apr 15, 2017

      I searched it up and got many results about it but it was a few weeks ago i dont have a link to it sorry.

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    Rosemarie Abetria Mar 31, 2017 - edited

    I know that this story is based on Chinese novel “Bu Bu Jing Xin” by Tong Hua, but I hope it has Season 2 about the present time for us who supports the story and who are still waiting for the next season will satisfy our heart until the end. Love Moon Lover Fan <3

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    when i first time to watch this movie...i feel i'm amuse and very excited but when i'm done to watch it until episode 20...o my gosh!!...i think i was fell in a highest building and got amnesia but the most important is...it is very touchable korean drama that i've watch

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    rutuja Mar 30, 2017

    i hate this show with a passion and also love this show with a passion just like passion of these characters that is why i will never forget this show

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    GeeJay Mar 29, 2017 - edited

    I'm basically devasted by this drama. I've watched the last episode yesterday and I feel so...empty? My...I really don't know how to take it...I think it really needs a season two. I'm considering watching the Chinese version. Anyway I've fallen in love with Joon Gi again! <3

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      PortciaGulli Apr 6, 2017
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      GeeJay Apr 9, 2017

      OMG! Really? I thought it was just a rumor! <3<3<3

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      PortciaGulli Apr 15, 2017

      No, they show pictures of them acting in modern day era so im pretty sure there is a season 2. *Fingers crossed*

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    XiaoZhanoppa Mar 28, 2017 - edited
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      rutuja Mar 30, 2017
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    Syranus Mar 27, 2017

    This is very painful. It's been a year since I last felt depressed over a Korean drama.

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    Meljus3 Mar 26, 2017 - edited

    This has been on my list for a while but i dont know why i didnt watch it for so long. Then after watching 2 series with Nam Joo Hyuk, I decided to pick this up and feast on the hotties being offered in this series. Now Im on episode 15 and I find the story so hopeless and miserable I just want everyone to die and get it over with. Or maybe have Hae Soo die since its her fault anyway. She is such a greedy bitch. She wants to live, she wants to love, she wants others to survive but doesnt want to sacrifice anything. Can anyone get anymore selfish? Jebal, somebody give me the strength to finish this!

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      Meljus3 Mar 26, 2017
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      Pinocchio Mar 26, 2017 - edited
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      rutuja Mar 27, 2017 - edited
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      Pinocchio Mar 28, 2017
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      rutuja Mar 30, 2017
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    Syranus Mar 24, 2017

    I can no longer remember when I last experienced the feels. Well, this drama is overflowing with "the feels" and I'm addicted.

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    SeHee Mar 24, 2017 - edited
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      rutuja Mar 25, 2017
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      Meljus3 Mar 26, 2017 - edited

      I think Baek Ah actually married her. She married Wang So's son, became one of his queens (her sister, the iron empress, was also his wife) and then she married Wang Uk(Baek Ah). Their son became the 8th ruler of Goryeo.

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      PortciaGulli Apr 6, 2017
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      SeHee Apr 7, 2017

      Really? Where did you see it??

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    Eunha Mar 22, 2017 - edited
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      rutuja Mar 23, 2017 - edited
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      rutuja Mar 24, 2017 - edited

      yes all we can do is pity them because they could have avoided their fate if they knew how to control themself

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    SeHee Mar 19, 2017 - edited

    I am so confused whether I should continue watching or not. I don't want a sad ending I just finished watching ______ for goodness' sake.

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      Eunha Mar 22, 2017
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    Pinocchio Mar 17, 2017 - edited

    Lee jun ki's acting was superb but the Chinese version ended way better

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    20
  • Aired:

    Aug 29, 2016 to Nov 1, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    SBS
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    8.7 (scored by 10,968 users)
  • Ranked:

    #75
  • Popularity:

    #1

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