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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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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    Sarah Dec 31, 2016 - edited
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    Shaza Dec 31, 2016 - edited

    In short, does this drama has a sad ending: like one of the two leads die? or an empty ending like Iljemae?? (please check your answer as a spoiler, I don't mind spoilers but others do)

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      KdramaLife Dec 31, 2016
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      Raincat Jan 2, 2017 - edited

      In drama description, up here, is written:
      Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Political, Romance, Tragedy
      - Do you know not sad tragedy?
      - Iljimae : Historical, Romance, Drama

      This isnt spoiler, it is public, everyone can read genre(s)..

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      mrwyoo Jan 5, 2017

      may be a SPOILER

      but iljimae didn't have an empty ending, the answer was given in the drama, I think a couple episodes back. It has been years and I may not recall things clearly but he doesn't die, the sword which the king had in his hand was the of iljimae's teacher (the assassin he got fighting lessons from) he said something along the lines. '' the sword is not for me to kill'' so the sword wasn't sharp.

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    MizTK Dec 30, 2016 - edited


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      MizTK Jan 2, 2017 - edited

      Raincat, I'm definitely sure I made myself clear. Is reading comprehension lacking in schools or something? The script was bs, the acting wasn't that great. It was only popular due to LJK- who I do like. Drama preference is subjective, just because I like A, doesn't mean I like B. Girl bye. Just because someone doesn't have the same opinion as you about something doesn't make them a troll- so get out of your feelings. This is MY OPINION, if you have yours that's great, but quite frankly idgaf about it. Have a nice day :D !

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      Raincat Jan 3, 2017 - edited

      1. You wrote here nothing more than "yawn" and "wasnt that great" - it barely can be seen like opinion. So i asked your actual opinion, like we learned in school express it.
      2. I see now that that you are just rude. sry. for asking but Im still glad that between insults you still wrote about your actual opinion.
      3. I made joke about trolling...if you look you can see there " ;D" ...bc someone called you troll here before. I wanted give you chance show that you arent troll but actually have opinion. sry. for that.

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      Otps4Life Jan 3, 2017

      Thank you that's what I would like to know-.- This drama was amazing and so heartbreaking....All I can say they must be a DOTS fan or that Moonlight of the cloud fan-__-

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      MizTK Jan 3, 2017

      There was absolutely no need for you to question why I said yawn. None. You just feel pressed that someone else has a different opinion than you do- like I said earlier you'll be alright. One man's trash is another's treasure. If you feel differently, make your own post. CharityRich, I'm not a fan of those dramas either :). By your post can I conclude that you're a "hater" as well. If you guys feel the need to continue the discussion, do so by making your own post. Lastly, it's a drama, get over yourselves. Once again, have a nice day :D !

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      Otps4Life Jan 3, 2017 - edited

      No I'm not a hater!!! I know for a fact that Dots,and that Moonlight drama fandom for some reason hate SHR-.- I assumed you may have been a fan,or maybe you're Korean....Korean fans for some reason hate SHR as well-.- No need to be so rude jeez-__- BTW if you don't want people replying to you,then you really shouldn't say yawn,cause bruh you're gonna get comments!!!!!

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    CookieProductions Dec 29, 2016

    I've watched it over and over again without being bored and yes, it still makes me cry TT

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    TheraTD Dec 29, 2016

    Sigh, I cried my eyes out in the last few episodes.

    I loved the realistic take on characters development, especially Hea soo, So and Wook. How greed, pain and misery had deeply changed them. But what I loved the most was the realistic love they had through those years of partings and reunions.

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    Kitara Dec 28, 2016 - edited
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      kyuubi Feb 5, 2017
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    Turtiesss Dec 27, 2016
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    Marooya Dec 23, 2016

    This one won my heart over the Chinese version, and I'm someone who would always appreciate the original more! So glad I gave it a chance. K version had more "life" than the C version.

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    Ice2505 Dec 23, 2016 - edited
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    ManishaSingh Dec 22, 2016 - edited

    I just don't know what to say about this drama! I cried my eyes out throughout the last episode. Maybe it is about the characters or something but I think I just got so attached to them. Once you stop bothering about the direction and the unnecessary face close up then I think you can enjoy the drama more but somehow the close up bothered me until the end. The drama is really good. Yes, lots of people die in moon lovers but that happens in every saeguk right? I guess this one saeguk other than Gu family book which I saw years back that I thoroughly enjoyed. A number of emotions you feel in this drama is crazy. bu the time I reached to end I realise how many things have changed from the starting, Starting from their characters to their age to their appearances, the very transformation was really good. Just watch it with all its flaws and fall in love with the story.

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      ajo_94 Jan 5, 2017

      hi manisha make sure to watch weightlifting fairy kim bok joo. you'll love it,

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      ajo_94 Jan 5, 2017

      hi I just saw your profile . Even i am from INDIA as well. good to see some INDIANS too. ha ha

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    Yajuns Dec 21, 2016 - edited

    Can't believe this non-Melodrama is winning the Melodrama section.

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      Raincat Dec 24, 2016

      Its bc there wasnt Tragedy section this year despite fact that 2016 had few them.

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      Yajuns Dec 24, 2016

      Melodrama and Tragedy aren't close to being the same thing.

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      Raincat Dec 25, 2016

      Yep. It was poll- makers mistake but people then nominated this drama into melo section....bc this drama is worth to be nominated years end award poll and melo is next thing close to tragedy. People know it isnt same but ...

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    KarolK Dec 21, 2016 - edited

    this drama sucked life out of me.
    the ending is left pretty opened. there must be a 2nd season and i will live for it!!! :)

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    displacedmoon Dec 21, 2016

    I'm emotionally drained after finishing this. What a heartrending last 5 episodes. Don't think I've cried over k-drama characters so much --- ever. Even the evil ones. Moon Lovers was undoubtedly well done. I'm truly impressed.

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    sanasoufi Dec 20, 2016 - edited

    WHY why why 20 episodes? Why not 16? All was good, but I lost interest during the 14th episode. This is my last Korean drama. I will now focus completely on Japanese dramas. Korean dramas are such a waste of time. Besides Queen of Ambition and God's Gift, I never manage to finish Korean dramas. Lengthy duration and too many episodes = inevitable dragging and slower pace and filles episodes. The thought of 10 episodes of 45 minutes = so relaxing. Can't wait to get started with J-Dramas. GoodBye K-Dramas....p.s. I did love Queen of Ambition 10/10. Anyway going to watch Ie Uru Onna next. Excited!

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      Otps4Life Dec 21, 2016

      WTF!!!!! Most people like me wish the drama had more episodes,and you talking about 16-____________-

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    Hana Dec 20, 2016 - edited
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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 10,968 users)
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