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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    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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      cassey Oct 30, 2016
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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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    Almonda Oct 28, 2016 - edited

    This is a light hearted drama, which was nice to watch. There were many things which were not flashed out enough, e.g. what really happened at the riot, why the king is so afraid of Ran On´s father and many other things. I am guessing these things took a backseat so that the drama remained light hearted and was not another heavy historical drama, still..some more details would have been nice.
    The cast did a great job acting, but what kept me watching was Park Bo Gum´s performance as the crown prince.
    I can´t comprehend all the hype for this drama, it was a nice one-time-wach for me...but nothing more.

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    iambulletproof Oct 28, 2016 - edited

    first few episodes reminds me of sungkyunkwan scandal mashed up with dong yi lol.

    expect a lot of killing, since this is a sageuk. i have yet to see a sageuk where no one dies in the palace. it's always kill or be killed SMH. its scary how someone can get killed easily during those times. it makes me think how the female lead able to stay sane after witnessing so much people get killed in front of her lol. i'd be in years of therapy if i witness a massacre in front me lol. i did enjoy this drama, finished it in just 2 days lol. Park bo gum is God's gift to humanity. I swear his gorgeous face is blinding, he's not human at all lol. 8.5/10 for me!

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    Zha Oct 27, 2016

    I actually first saw the first few minutes of the other drama that people are comparing this to but for the love of Bo Gum, I switched to this drama and never regret I watched this. I am not actually a fan of Kim Yoo Jung either because I like KSH more. Hehe.. But then i realized how talented this girl is and missed the opportunities to watch her drama (I'm going to give this girl a try and try not to compare her with KSH coz they're both pretty talented). Anyway, for all the people who hates historical dramas (like me) but love a good and cute love story, then give this drama a chance! It has a lot of twist and turn (the plot) but the romance isn't set aside while they go through the whole intense plot climax which is pretty common in dramas. and I tell you, I always lost interest along the way because they heavily focus on the plot that they forgot the romance that hook me up to watch their drama in the first place. The chemistry between the two leads is so real that i didn't notice the age gap between the two. Just give these cute little puppies a chance and you will never regret this!!!!!! <3

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    jiajia Oct 27, 2016 - edited

    I want to watch it but I'm too scared that I'll die because of a second lead syndrome (every time that happens my heart will just break into pieces, because they always pull the shorter ones) ㅠㅠ

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      AnicsiRoscoe Nov 1, 2016

      I loved the first lead, but the second lead was my favorite character and he does not have a pretty ending, so if you're afraid that might happen: Do. Not. Watch. >_<

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      jiajia Nov 1, 2016

      Urgh no ottoke ㅠㅠ so confused and twisted.

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    namopanik Oct 27, 2016 - edited

    patiently waiting for people to forget that certain two dramas happened to share an unfortunate slot and stop comparing them.

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    Monica Oct 27, 2016

    i love the chemistry between the leads. i can feel their love. such a cute couple. like two puppies:)

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    Afsii Oct 26, 2016 - edited

    lmao the people fighting over this drama and scarlet heart sounds like the immature fans of kpop fandoms...

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      inactive Oct 28, 2016

      most of them ARE immature fans of kpop fandoms lmao

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    yoorin21 Oct 26, 2016
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    Izida Oct 25, 2016 - edited

    Cool drama, and rly good actor job.
    Btw, have you seen "Splash Splash Love"? I've just watched it and I realized the end of "Love in the moonlight" is a link to it. It made me rly happy, cuz "Splash Splash Love" is rly adorable! Enjoy watching both of them :)

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      Saps Oct 29, 2016

      Really there is a link?? I watched Splash Splash but I didn't catch onto the link :oo what's the link?

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      Izida Oct 31, 2016

      Well, in the end of Love in the moonlight they show what happens with all of the chars, and there is again an eunuch selection, so they notice a strange eunuch who is pretty and the situation appears similar to when Ra On was there. So this strange, pretty eunuch winks and you already know it's a girl too :D So that girl is Jang Dan Bi (Kim Seul Gi) from Splash Splash Love.

      There is also such link with 2 other dramas, but now i cant remember which they were..

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    ChaoticNai Oct 25, 2016
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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.

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  • Score:

    8.4 (scored by 8,109 users)
  • Ranked:

    #292
  • Popularity:

    #14

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