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
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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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Apr 14, 2017
  • Overall 10
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I was very skeptical at first of this drama. Having big name actors typically means that they forsake the actual acting to have popular actors in it. Despite this, this drama has become my favorite drama I have ever watched!

IU had fantastic chemistry with all of the actors, whether that was platonic or romantic! Lee Junki and Kang Haneul did especially amazing portrayals of their characters. Kang Haneul had me actually read more scared at some points in the drama and Lee Junki managed to convey every emotion perfectly. The acting in this drama was amazing, the best I've seen. They could not have picked better people for the parts!

Rookie actors Jisoo, Nam Joohyuk, and Baekhyun all did really well too, despite being new and never having done a historical drama before! I really enjoyed watching their characters and can't wait to see them in more things!

The OST's were so beautiful, AKMU and Davichi have such lovely voices and I've been listening to EXO-CBX's "For You" since it came out!

Overall, this drama is well worth the watch and I can promise a rollarcoaster of emotions. Praying for a Season 2!
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    MarjieJoseJavier 20 hours ago - edited
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    JadeOlivia 4 days ago

    The dram started dragging on and IU's acting did improve, but the amount of close-ups and wide-eyes-no-line from IU turned me off.

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    Otps4Life 9 days ago - edited

    It's been about 7 months...I still can't get over this masterpiece:/

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    Eva Fonda 13 days ago

    MOON LOVERS SCARLET HEART is the best. I've watched many korean drama but this one stay in my heart. Such an amazing drama, all the episodes are so captivating and all the cast are really great. Of all the korean drama I've watched this is number 1 for us. Highly recommended to everyone one.!!! Super favorite drama. Congratulations Scarlet Heart this is really the best.

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    Eva Fonda 13 days ago

    MOON LOVERS also known as SCARLET HEART is the best. I've watched many korean drama but this one stay in my heart. Such an amazing drama, all the episodes are so captivating and all the cast are really great. Of all the korean drama I've watched this is number 1 for us. Highly recommended to everyone one.!!! Super favorite drama. Congratulations Scarlet Heart this is really the best.

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    myheartisomg 13 days ago

    I'm surprised this drama has such a high score! It started off really well, but omg such a hot mess by the end. I love me some IU but Hae Soo's motivations were so difficult to figure out that it just became infuriating. Lee Joon Ki's performance is amazing though, and the main saving grace of some really bad storytelling.

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    Antonin 14 days ago - edited

    I want to check this out, how much does the lead character use modern knowledge whilst in the past in this drama?

    Edit* just saw the first ep, looks like they crammed all the good looking actors in 1 drama lol. Holy crap, Im sure this show has tons of fans lol

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    geurae 16 days ago - edited

    awkward, awkward choice in having all those male stars wearing hanboks and having long hair. for god's sake they looked like kids doing cosplay at comic cons. way to ruin nam joo hyuk's beautiful face as well. long hair looks ugly on his already long face. story was also not my cup of tea, the story along with its cast was definitely aimed towards younger audiences, yet it chooses a tragedy genre to play with. i don't even agree to let young people watch this for the beautiful boys. hae soo character was so out of place (no pun intended) and she lacked so much depth for being someone who travels across time and play a big part in another era. however i don't have any problem with her acting, ever, at all. not a biased fan of iu but totally liking her for she has proven her skills countless times even in her other dramas that flopped so badly.

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      rutuja 15 days ago

      well the characters were teenagers actually so they had to leave their hair down because they were not married. married characters had their hair up

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      geurae 12 days ago - edited

      my point was not "having hair down" but long hair in general. i know characters/people in historical dramas have long hair, my point was on the "male stars", while i didn't have problem with some that suited the look, like lee joon gi who has been in a lot of historical dramas, i didn't find the younger brothers appealing because they're projected with modern image a lot in their other works, and they have the look that's famous in modern day and not in ancient times so it felt really much like cosplay to me. dont worry hwarang was a worse case in this question

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      rutuja 10 days ago

      well i have to agree that young ones could not carry the look like lee joon gi and also had little problems with pronunciation pecially ji soo speech was awkward. but still worth awatch for joon gi LOL

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    Gladinaa 18 days ago

    A drama .. you will never get bored on

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    MarieStaebler 25 days ago

    This was a really beautiful story ♥ Maybe not a season 2 but at least it would be great if they make a special episode of So and Soo meeting in the present world. A bit like in the anime movie "kimi no na wa ".

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    EmpyreanConqueror May 22, 2017

    Noooooooo, I want them to make a season 2 so bad...

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    yemrn97 May 20, 2017

    This is a drama full of surprises, if you want to watch something different I recommend it! I cried like a baby and smile like an idiot in the whole drama. It was super interesting, and never boring.

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    Elizabeth May 19, 2017 - edited


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      Otps4Life 30 days ago - edited

      You don't have to remove it,it's your opinion...My point is you shouldn't compare it to other dramas...You should let other's watch it themselves,and decide whether they like it or not...It's really a great drama,if you give it a chance...Otherwise there wouldn't be so many signatures for a s2

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      Elizabeth 29 days ago

      I know, I got your point but my point was if someone didn't agree with it they don't have to take my opinion into account. But I already removed it so

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      Otps4Life 29 days ago

      Well most people defend their favorite drama,movie,actor,actress and etc....

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      Elizabeth 29 days ago

      lol ok thanks for your input have a nice day

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      Otps4Life 29 days ago

      Anytime...You have a nice day too

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    soojungstrash May 18, 2017

    IU is so pretty.. keep getting prettier every time but in Producers she was the best

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    tequilaloo029 May 17, 2017 - edited

    I'm a bit conflicted with this one. I loved Bu Bu Jing Xin and I can't help but compare the two. I think the chemistry for the main leads was better in this one, however they kind of ruined the progression of their relationship when she suddenly became so terrified of him.

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      Mimi 7 days ago

      Personally I preferred the original Chinese one n yes I agree the show got ruined when she became selfish n terrified of him when it technically wasn't his fault


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    South Korea
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    Aug 29, 2016 to Nov 1, 2016
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    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


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    8.7 (scored by 11,458 users)
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