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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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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14 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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    Sarang Jan 21, 2017

    I loved this so much, cried so much and now I can't move on QAQ I just finished the last episode... omg... no spoilers ofc... I wish there was a second season... but at the same time idk how it'd make justice to this one... it's probably just me longing for more of this story... definitely going to re-watch <3 I loved this way too much, I hadn't watched a drama this good in quite a while. Recommend to everyone, as long as they don't have to study because if they do it's a bad idea to start watching, each episode asks for the other and it's impossible not to click on it.

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    EXOTee_1D Jan 20, 2017 - edited
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      Neyjour Jan 21, 2017

      Yes, they're half-siblings (same father, different mothers). Check out the FAQ thread. It includes some info about incest amongst royals.

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    Nishat Jan 19, 2017 - edited

    I'm not particularly fond of historical dramas. Is this drama still worth it?

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      Otps4Life Jan 19, 2017

      HELL YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!! Go watch it now,you won't regret it:D

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    XingBack Jan 19, 2017

    They haven't released the extra scene, why did they have to tease us with it T________T

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    Roby Jan 18, 2017

    I loved it, even if it's so sad and I hated it for that :p but I give only a 9 because of the ending, they could've done so much better

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    mickey Jan 12, 2017

    ok welp i need season 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    AneMi Jan 11, 2017 - edited

    The story was already told by the Chinese! All that matters about this drama is Lee Joon Gi and -Gesture Of Resistance- soundtrack, which is awesome!

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    DreXam Jan 11, 2017 - edited

    I really wonder how Korean saguk dramas turned to that level of badness ! really I miss the days when the real saguk dramas were there ( Queen Seon duk , Deep rooted tree, legend , Six flying dragons , Jumong ,Empress Ki,Jewel in the palace, Dong yi etc...) now saguk dramas are a mess ! only focused on that damn idols who do not know how even to act X__X .. I am really disgusted with this ( moon lovers) drama nobody is good in acting and the drama itself is really not worth to be watched yuuuk really OVERDID and even the little brains will not accept how the drama is twisting !!!!

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      Otps4Life Jan 15, 2017

      Moon lovers really is a fantastic drama,otherwise there wouldn't be several petition's for a second season!!!!! I told you in my first comment,that I'm a SHR defense squad.....You should learn to actually watch the entire drama before you leave comments-.- Because everyone doesn't feel the same as you...Anyway I hope you learn from your mistakes....Have a good day!!!!

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      StarlightGumiho Jan 16, 2017 - edited

      No one cares if you like or dislike the drama an opinion is an opinion but when you come on here causing drama and insulting others, people will tell you to stop. Almost everyone here would have been respectful to your opinion and discussed your issues with the drama civilly, but your were disrespectful and childish to everyone that replied, no matter if they were rude or respectful. All they get from you is 'Ooo well you must love the drama so much, go marry it or you should be getting paid or ooo are your feelings hurt?' or something to that effect. You sound like a brat. No one cares you hate the drama, no one cares about your opinion because you voice it like a brat, you are welcome to hate the drama and think it's the biggest poop since time began, that's FINE, just stop causing childish drama about your opinion in the drama comments. If you want to talk about why you disliked it in a respectful manner I'm sure others would be happy to converse with you otherwise just leave.

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      Zouzou_Minetty Jan 16, 2017

      Dude lol... Except for the HaeSoo story. Everything was faithful to actual historical fact. Wang so actually married his sister ! (goryeo area hello).
      I studied about korea's history, and we talked about Wang so and his father and all his brothers. So it'S not the drama that you didn't like but maybe just this goryeo's king. (no worries he was horrible in real life).

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      rutuja Jan 17, 2017

      gwangjong was not a horrible king in real life.he was peoples king,he started civil service exams in korea so that commeners had a chance to good life.he executed the filthy nobles who were feeding on commoners and royalty and improved the quality of commeners life.he executed one brother and two nephews because they were conspiring against him

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      fiflydramalover Feb 1, 2017

      please tag ur spoilers

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    Hi5Me Jan 10, 2017

    This was a hidden gem, true Gold. The chills and goosebumps from the ost the to the story, trully trully remarkable. And the ending was brilliant and not cheesy. Especially the last portrait.

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    Swe Jan 8, 2017

    Still waiting for season 2!!!! :(

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    CarlaSantini Jan 7, 2017 - edited

    Wow, 5065 comments? Dang, indeed a very discussed drama from last year!

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      Otps4Life Jan 7, 2017

      Of course the best drama Iv'e ever watched

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    SpicedSugah Jan 4, 2017 - edited

    Dramafever is getting the Director's Cut with extended scenes.

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      martyfairy Jan 5, 2017

      Will they get the final cut scene too by any chance?

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      SpicedSugah Jan 7, 2017

      Don't know, but it has scenes that the original International version didn't have.

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    joyje Jan 2, 2017 - edited

    This is my 2nd costume korean drama. It was a nice experience watching the drama. Liked the OST as well.

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    Melanie Jan 1, 2017 - edited
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      Raincat Jan 2, 2017

      But it really is tragedy, how it can have happy ending then?

      Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Political, Romance, Tragedy

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      Melanie Jan 2, 2017

      I'm just now seeing Tragedy was in the genre..whoops. But I'm still heartbroken and their journey itself was tragic enough. There's no rule saying that tragedies can't have "happy" or at least complete endings.

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      Raincat Jan 3, 2017 - edited

      There is iron hard rule that tragedy CAN'T have happy ending.
      Everybody learns about it in school already. :D

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      Melanie Jan 3, 2017 - edited

      Okay and I've seen tragic love stories that have at least had agreeable endings, I don't care what's seemingly learned in school dear :DDDD And my opinion isn't going to change on how I perceived the ending, so why are you still replying?? ♥️ Oh and ps: making fights with nearly everyone in the comment section isn't a good way of spending your time.

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    RodJun828 Jan 1, 2017

    Just finished watching. Added to my favorites. I will definitely re-watch this soon


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

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


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    8.7 (scored by 10,934 users)
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