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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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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33 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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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.
Recommended by hardpliers
The plot is quite similar. It is about a girl who was a princess, but her family was betrayed and defamed. She acquires the identity of someone else and makes her way into the palace to try and clear the name of her people. She meets the crown prince and falls in love with him. They go through many trials to be together. While there is no cross dressing it might be a drama many who like Love in the Moonlight would enjoy.
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    Sueperstar Nov 6, 2016

    Park Bo Gum and Kim Yoo Jung are truly outstanding actors. B1A4's Jinyoung was equally awesome as well.

    It's a light story, but the multiple antagonist characters kept me on my toes. Romantic scenes were wonderful. Fight scenes so-so.You wont regret watching it, though *grins*

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    Lovelyinside Nov 5, 2016

    miss boyoo couple so much

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    green_tokki Nov 3, 2016

    Light and fluffy drama... what i like is the queen she put intensity in the story and the fearful king that was interesting to watch. Overall -7.5/10.

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    INFIRES Nov 3, 2016 - edited

    Chae Soo BIn definitely wasn't a main lead though.

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    MohosinaAfrose Nov 2, 2016

    honestly I don't like the story too much.... the leads are awesome.... specially male lead...his expression, smile is just too much... i like him very much..😃😃😃

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    sweetmelissa Nov 1, 2016

    The acting of the leads was awesome. Both are young but pretty good at acting. The role of a crown prince suited PBG well. Moreover, the OST is lovely and the drama's shot beautifully. The story may have had flaws, some unexplained things, and might not be the most original story ever, but overall it was still enjoyable. I wish to see both leads in another drama in the future. :)

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    Mari Ela Oct 31, 2016

    just finished it, what has happened??? will they get married? i doubt the lead female can marry lead male. if you think of it, it's still a struggle to the end. at least in dong yi, they wrapped it up well

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    Mari Ela Oct 31, 2016 - edited

    anyone here watch DONG YI? i'm at ep 18, and i think it is an adaptation or they have a lot of similarities. it's not an original. the lead female being a lost rebel's daughter who they revered when they thought their leader was dead, the queen being a non related person to the prime minister yet he endorsed her to be a queen, and more, there's really a lot in the plot that is screaming with dong yi

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    2013started Oct 31, 2016

    Park Bo Gum - he made a handsome prince - his acting was also superb.

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    IAmNikkyG Oct 31, 2016

    Watching this right now, let me just say that if I didn't know she was really a girl I would be really disturbed on how the Crown Prince fell for her. Haha! But I'm enjoying it so far.

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    Joowonholic Oct 30, 2016 - edited

    A perfect combination of The moon embracing the sun + Sunkyunkwan Scandal. Nothing is original. pppoooff! Likewise, a still good series to watch though from the very start, i didn't expect too much. I feel like rewatching a show that i've already finished.

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    jinja b Oct 30, 2016

    just accidentally watched this while looking for another drama aside from Scarlet heart: Ryeo!!.. And by the music alone, it made me think that this was a Youth drama (and at my age, I should not be watching those kinds!, hahah), in Joseon era!!.. Wow, that was awesome!!.. Knowing that this should be dark and heavy, they made it comical and lighter... I really hate serious historical drama, it will make me bored!!... It's enjoyable to watch and I really learned a lot!!.. Dialogues and lines can be used for daily quotes, very inspiring!!..

    Kudos to all casts and crew!!.. Knowing they are all young and yet they made this series so perfect!!.. As well as those senior actors, bravo!!... This went up to my all time favorite saeguk, after Sungkyungkwan Scandal...
    Both from KBS, a great network for delivering top quality Kdramas, and of course if it's from them the OST's are always top notch!!..
    Surely will re-watch it again, and it deserves a high rating which actually 20% (+/-) is not enough, should be more than that!!

    Note: the only thing that bothers me is Yoo Jung (the lead actress) age, which I read it has some issues with the censorship, since she's an under age for kissing scenes... They should've made a camera trick for the kiss scenes thou... Or unless her parents/guardians knew this.. And KBS should be more responsible with it...

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    Monica Oct 30, 2016 - edited
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      Monica Oct 31, 2016

      i got it. i wish they would've clarified a bit more but other than that very good drama:)

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    Monica Oct 30, 2016 - edited

    is teacher dasan really ra on's granfather? are they related by blood?

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      cassey Oct 30, 2016
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      Monica Oct 31, 2016

      ah i see thanks for reply:)

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    Saps Oct 29, 2016

    I seriously cannot get over this drama. Their chemistry made my heart melt. I'm trying so hard to move onto another drama to watch but every time I try to start one, scenes from this drama appear in my mind and then I go back to watching some xD


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    South Korea
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  • Aired:

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

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


  • Score:

    8.4 (scored by 7,012 users)
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