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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amrita828
39 people found this review helpful
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Mar 24, 2017
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
So, what have I just watched?
In a nutshell, a saeguk for kids. Take a Disney film, split it into several episodes, dress the characters in hanboks and you have this drama. It mimics The Moon embracing the Sun - without ever nearing its intriguing plot or romance - in almost every aspect except for the detail of a girl dressed as a man despite the fact that she could never in read more a trillion years be mistaken for a man. To keep the parallel, we could say this is a fluffy rom-com dressed up as a Saeguk.

The romance is so cheesy I welcomed the politics with a sigh of relief. Everything happens too soon and... too much, depriving my otherwise romantic heart of the needed suspense and, yes, what I consider a must for romance: trepidation. I can't say I am an expert in historical dramas, but the little I know is that almost everything the two main characters do and say here is totally implausible: stroll hand in hand in the palace courts without anyone seeing them? Right. This is just one example out of dozens unlikely - no, impossible - situations. Unlike other reviewers here, I believe the second half of this drama to be a lot better than the first, with at least some plot developments, albeit rushed, at times.

The real saving grace of the show is Park Bo Goum. He clearly is talented and a pleasure to watch. His character is too good to be true, but well played out and multifaceted. On the other hand, I was a little disappointed in Kim Yoo Jung's performance. I know she's very young and has a lot of potential, but she didn't manage to make me feel a thing. By some camera angles, it was clear she wasn't looking at her partner when supposed to do so, and the result was kind of ridiculous. Her character is neither particularly brave, nor very strong or intelligent, so what's left in the end is a super nice crown prince who falls madly in love with a sweet pretty thing because she's a sweet pretty thing. I even came to prefer the appointed crown princess, she was refreshingly spunky.

The music is a collection of pop songs fit for everything and nothing. See above for the age target.

In conclusion, this drama had some real potential, even when the plot twists are predictable, but the final package is fluffy at best. Can be marathoned through for an overdose of lovey-dovey chirping.
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moniqueevilla
37 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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Romance between a prince/ princess and a subject. Both dramas have humor and romance. Love in the moonlight the girl is poor, but in My Sassy Girl the boy is from an important family. Similar feels.
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Both dramas are historical, filled with comedy, romance and royal family matters. The female leads in both of these series are very similar in my view, also caught up in a love triangle with two men + the hidden king motif.
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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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      specstar Jan 4, 2017

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

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      inactive 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 Jan 21, 2017

      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. :)

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    KarolK Dec 19, 2016

    this is so overrated. it's cute but nothing else-

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    dyn_mite Dec 17, 2016 - edited

    i read some reviews that the plot was heavy on historical politics. i hate sageuks, but enjoyed moon lovers. should i give this a try?

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      Luna_ Jan 10, 2017

      It not heavy on politics at all lol. It's a youth drama focusing on romance mostly. Whoever said that didn't watch real political sageuk like Six Flying Dragons or Queen Seon Deok... anyways it's not as heavy/dramatic as SHR but still enjoyable so give it a try :)

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    MinaVIP Dec 8, 2016 - edited

    I didnt like this drama Dx I just felt the comedy kind of cringy...sorry Dx my opinion but they tried to mix modern language and gestures and put them in a historical setting and it didnt work out for me :/ great acting though! It's not the actors fault.

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    Lavendova Dec 4, 2016
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    lalatylerful Nov 30, 2016

    I liked how casual the ending was for a historical drama. It was nice and clean. Almost every historical drama has the lovers divided by class and can never be truly together. I liked how they took that out completely. Its a nice change!

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    Kimtan1999 Nov 28, 2016

    Beautiful ♡

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    Fansugirl Nov 27, 2016 - edited
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      Maria Dec 10, 2016

      Agree!

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      joyje Jan 9, 2017

      Me too, totally agree.

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      KMR Jan 22, 2017 - edited
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    Blademan2 Nov 26, 2016

    The dumb triangles killed this one for me, totally obliterated it, too bad, had real potential.

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    Malu Nov 22, 2016 - edited

    Anyone know what's the link between this drama and SPLASH SPLASH Love? Wikipedia says both dramas are based on the same naver story but it doesn't offer any reference links

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      Mikhal Nov 26, 2016

      In both of them it's said that they took their own approach on history. Splash Splash Love was based on the Great King Seojeong- Yi Do who founded the Hangul. Here, Park Bo Gum didn't play the same character but of course a prince from the same royal family Yi.. except from that I'm not sure what the similarity is :)

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    nouramu Nov 17, 2016 - edited
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    yourebeautiful Nov 14, 2016

    such a cute drama <3 bo gummie is - i just want to say if he was infront of me right now, id bite his hand and never let go. SO CUTE!

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    Cleciane Nov 10, 2016

    Amei muito!!!

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 8,099 users)
  • Ranked:

    #292
  • Popularity:

    #14

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