Love in the Moonlight

Love in the Moonlight (2016)

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Hong Ra On disguises herself as a man and counsels men on dating. Due to a love letter she wrote for a client, she meets Crown Prince Hyo Myeong. Ra On is unaware that he is the Crown Prince and Hyo Myeong is unaware that Ra On is a woman. The Crown Prince becomes interested in Ra On. His eunuchs become aware of this and attempt to get Ra On to become one of them.

  • Native title:

    구르미 그린 달빛
  • Also Known as:

    Moonlight Drawn by Clouds; Gooreumi Geurin Dalbit;

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moniqueevilla
28 people found this review helpful
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Oct 18, 2016
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
What a drama! This k-drama completely took me in for a ride and I genuinely loved every second of it.

To start off, this drama initially began as your basic gender bender. Typical. However, as you find yourself deeper into this drama you find underlying in that plot is so much more. There is a balance between your heart fluttering moments of pure fluff, moments that will make you laugh and the read more absolutely heart-wrenching moments-- this balance continuously plays with the viewers' heart, and it's exactly what keeps them wanting more. Since it was a romance historical drama, there was plenty of political elements to follow along with as well. I myself am a huge sucker for historical dramas, so naturally I found that this particular plot wasn't that hard to follow along with. But for someone who doesn't find much interest for them, they play a huuuuge role in the plot development - so I probably wouldn't recommend it.

The only portion I had dissatisfactions with was with how the story carried out towards the end of the drama. It dragged on for a little bit and then at the very last episodes everything felt very rushed to tie all the loose ends. There were a couple story arcs that they could have expanded on a little more which was disappointing. If they had cut the filler episodes a little short and was a little more detailed in the ending, it would've been absolutely flawless as a drama. But overall, the story was nothing short of amazing.

The general performance of the whole cast was exemplary, having both a reputation for their acting and endless eye candy! I even found myself becoming a Park Bo Gum fan in the process.

For starters, Kim Yoo Jung never fails expectation, upholding her crown as one of the best upcoming actresses with yet another hit drama to her lengthy list of filmography. Her character Ra On is a charming, optimistic and extremely outgoing. As having one of the more complex back stories in the drama, there were a few plot holes dealing with her family but nonetheless, it was carried out very well.

Park Bo Gum's presentation of the crown prince Lee Young was all in all praise worthy. I didn't feel much awkwardness from him even though he isn't nearly as experienced with historical dramas in contrast to his cast members. His tone, stance and relaying of emotions (his eyes I swoon every time), were executed in a manner that truly brought his character Lee Young to life. Not to mention, he suited the hanbok extremely well (and was very good looking in it). Although he was one of the more dull character archetypes, it was still entertaining to watch him grow from a childish troublemaker to a mature and refined crown prince.

The romance between the two was also lovely to the eyes, and although there is a bit of an age gap I didn't feel it as the chemistry between Bo Gum and Yoo Jung strongly made up for it. Although the romance did over shine the development of the friendship plot.

I definitely wish they would have shone a bit more light on the other characters Byung Yun and Yoon Sung. There was a lot of potential that the writer could of utilized to enhance the plot. These two character archetypes were definitely more on the complex side and it would've been really interesting to see more of their development and more of their story all in all.

The music in this drama was definitely really lovely to the ears, nothing really too special but they did include an OST by Park Bo Gum himself which was definitely a treat.

Another thing that I would like to make note on is the cinematography. I absolutely adooooore when producers pay respect to these aspects and I was taken by surprise at how stunning some scenes were. From the first episode until the very last, it was extremely extremely beautiful.

On the whole, this drama was definitely an exceptional coming of age drama deserving of all the hype and you should definitely give it a chance.
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jellybine
29 people found this review helpful
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Oct 18, 2016
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 8.5
First, I have a confession to make. I have a problem with watching dramas with the same genre being aired one after the other (i.e. Hyde, Jekell, and Me and KMHM, Blood and Scholar Who Walks..). I usually end up dropping one of the two but this time I held on to both, causing me to sacrifice the level of attention I gave to this drama. And here's all the mix of read more what I love and not about the drama...

We've seen this story of a cross-dresser female lead stealing the heart of our hero but this time, the story had a more youthful vibe. I am a self-confessed Bogummy fan and I must say that I totally love him. After having him as Taek (in Reply 1988), I forgot how awesome an actor he was for all the diverse roles he had play. Having him as Lee Young is one of the best things that could ever happen. I love him as a mischievous prince who knows how to play his happy-go-lucky image to protect the most coveted throne against the evil forces. All kinds of emotions and definitely his portrayal of this role has undeniably the cause of the so-called "Park Bo-gum effect."

Kim Yoo-jung is definitely a very fine actress in the making. She is so adorable as a girl acting as a eunuch of a prince and as a love guru before she entered the palace. She's the prettiest in sageuks and I wish I could have seen her dress more as a girl. Bo-gum and Yoo-jung has good chemistry between them.

I don't find this drama perfect (despite my love for Bogummy) and there are certain things that I don't like about it. I am not a die-hard fan of sageuks and I find it difficult to care about the political aspects of the story and who knows if I overlooked anything. It's not that I only watched Bo-gum's scenes, it's just that I paid extra less attention to scenes where the dirty politics comes in. I had to bear with this for sake of plot development. Haha. This also means how effective Premier Kim and the other officials as the villain in this story because I am totally pissed off with them.

The thing that I think that this drama should regret is not utilizing Chae Soo-bin's role as Jo Ha-yeon well. Where else can you get a second lead that is smart, honest, and loyal as her? I love her character and I just wish she had more story written for her because her character deserves more than this.

I also felt cheated that I lost the bromance between Lee Young and Byung Yun early on in the story to give way to more romance between the Crown Prince and Ra On. It’s I felt that we spent too much time on how sweet the main lead is to each other that the second leads already lost their chance before they even tried. Well at least Yoon—sung has a lot of part in the whole story.

The beginning part of this drama is what really captivated me - Lee Young's antics as a troublemaker and his interactions with Hong Sam Nom and Byung Yun are the best for me. That felt like the glory days of the drama, and I'm not sure if it's about the extension, but it really became a stretch during the later parts of the drama. Though, in my opinion, the drama redeemed itself in the last two hours of its run.

To the drama's credit, it has its strong points since most the most of its run, I didn't feel cheated of the happiness and (sometimes) loneliness of the characters. The writer knows just how long is enough for us to feel the obstacle that the main lead is facing and when to resolve and wrap things up nicely. Every week feels like I'm having a fight with somebody and making sure that you don't sleep angry with each other. The scenes are well-directed and edited that everything about the drama goes together real well.

This drama has a very good collection of OST and having Park Bo-gum sing one is totally love, love. love.

Overall, the drama is adorable and cute mainly due to the cast, very well thought of in terms of the flow of the plot (most of the time), acted well from all of the characters. I kind of have a lot of complaints but its mainly because of the limited bromance I got and neglecting the second lead who could have done more. For all this, I still think that the drama deserves the love it's receiving. By the time ended, I have butterflies in my stomach, flowers around me, and a lot of hearts in my eyes. It was beautiful drama. Indeed, beautiful.
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Same genre different pretense but same feel.I enjoyed both in different ways but both love saheuks.
Recommended by Queen_Makjang
Gender Bending because her missing mother insisted that the female lead had to be a boy. Female lead is confident strong, witty and smart but she really wanted to be herself rather than 'himself'.

Historical setting.
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    Annalisse 6 days ago - edited

    This was such a nice love story that was perfectly cast. Park Bo Gum as the Crown Prince was so adorable and playful it warmed my heart. Anyone else in this role and it just wouldn't be the same. I'll have to make sure to keep an eye out for any future dramas of his, he's made me fan!

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    Elaaf 9 days ago - edited

    So at first why Hong Ra On disguises herself as a man and went to the palace? She can work whatever she want outside ! Why she decide to work as an eunuch?!?!

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      kawaii-chan 8 days ago

      She didn't want to work as an eunch, she was sold to pay her dept. Then things happen inside the palace, she tried to escape though.

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    martyfairy 10 days ago

    Does the drama cover all the novels?

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    Dia 12 days ago

    First half of drama was so identical to Sungkyunkwan Scandal, but in a more appealing way.

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    Elfinia 23 days ago

    Fun to watch

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    abracadabra 23 days ago

    Disappointment...

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    suju5 29 days ago

    enjoyed it 'till the end!

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    kawaii-chan Jan 19, 2017

    The beginning of the drama went off really good. Both leads were so cute!! (damn it Park Bo Gum you're so good!!♥) until the revealing of the gender thingy it gets boring afterwards, I had some high expectations for a cool female lead then it went so draggy and can't handle any of it. Also the second lead syndrome is really strong for me I'm!! Jung Jin Young take me with you pls huhuhuhu ;-; I know it's an unpopular opinion but I think I shipped the Crown Prince and Jo Ha Yeon more, I think they looked more cute ;-) Overall I still loved this drama!! <3

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    Elfinia Jan 15, 2017 - edited

    He looks so cute. I want to watch this.

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    ivanesca Jan 12, 2017 - edited

    It was adorable until the reveal of her gender, then the female lead turned into a helpless mess. Last 5 episodes were unspeakably boring.

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      kawaii-chan Jan 19, 2017

      I agree

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      Aseret Jan 20, 2017 - edited

      Agreed. It went downhill from that point. I couldn't bring myself to continue watching, so I dropped it ^^;;

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    joyje Jan 9, 2017
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    yoomesbond Jan 7, 2017

    1st episode, 15 minutes in.. I'm loving it!!!

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    plumpy Jan 4, 2017

    I don't know why there was so many complaints about this drama. I thought it was cute, funny, sad and the actors are adorable. Yeah it wasnt politically correct in the language and what not but that is what made this drama so creative. Plus it was a very lovely ending.
    In my opinion this was a wonderful romantic drama with just enough craziness thrown in.

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    Fk87 Jan 4, 2017 - edited

    Is it good?

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      PancakesLover68 Jan 4, 2017

      Yes,It's great. You won't be diasppointed.

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      Fay Jan 20, 2017

      depends tbh. for me it was kinda boring and i basically skipped through episodes towards the end. but many seems to have enjoyed it. i suggest you go in with absolutely no expectation about how the drama will be and you might like it.

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      Fk87 30 days ago

      Thanks both of you

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    Sayyy Dec 30, 2016 - edited

    After viewing, I regret that I hesitated so many times before watching this. But I'm still happy that I made the right decision to give it a try. It's not the 'greatest' drama that I've watched but this is something that I will miss. Not also having a 'perfect' plot and ending but having a really 'great' actors. I expected a lot to KYJ's acting because they said that she was born to be an actress, well, I can say that they're saying the truth after watching her. And for PBG, it's his second drama that I saw, the other one is Reply 1988. Given that he is handsome (we all know that. lol) but he's also a skilled actor, his role in this drama is really different from his role in R.'88 and he did a great job in portraying both..

    I want to post my review about this drama because based on what I read in the comments, there are lots of negative feedbacks, so I'm trying to convince the other people who are hesistating to watch this that you should give it a try. You'll never know unless you see it with your own. :)

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    18
  • Aired:

    Aug 22, 2016 to Oct 18, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    KBS2
  • Duration:

    60 min.

Statistics

  • Score:

    8.4 (scored by 5,790 users)
  • Ranked:

    #270
  • Popularity:

    #22

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