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.
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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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    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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    Keren Oct 25, 2016 - edited
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      Lili Oct 25, 2016
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      Keren Oct 25, 2016 - edited
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    elvirad Oct 25, 2016 - edited

    Errr seriously, what's wrong with these people calling themselves as an advance kdrama watcher? Lol. I respect your opinion if you criticized this drama with reasons, but to simply judge those one who can enjoy/love this drama as a kdrama beginner or only a teenager? wow, is that how mature people talk? By bashing others? Especially when some of you was also a kdrama beginner, how ironic is that? Lol
    Yes, Moonlight's story is simple, but if you overlook that simple storyline you'll find the beauty of its meaning & how deep they're conveying their feelings. It's also rare to find that many quotable lines which's not only beautiful but also meaningful in one drama as Moonlight has. Moonlight has touched my deepest heart/feelings, so for me it's a perfect 10/10.
    Just because it's simple doesn't mean it couldn't be better than those other drama who had a complicated storyline. You can enjoy both, one completing another. Moonlight is also like a happy pills, it can relieve the stress from watching other complicated drama or even from your daily life.

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      Lili Oct 25, 2016

      I agree as well! I love when it's romantic like this. Hate sad endings.

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      elvirad Oct 25, 2016 - edited

      Exactly, like you said, that's one of the reasons why I loved Moonlight. They delivered their emotion very well without overly trying to be something else, I love how they sticked to their initial goal, delivered the emotion to the viewers & create a beautiful, sad yet captivating drama ♡.
      Their cast & crew (the whole production team) in Moonlight is also GOAL, what other kdrama team would dream of, a solid acting from the main till supporting cast, even the littlest one + great editing, directing & production team ♡

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      Lili Oct 25, 2016 - edited

      And the acting was amazing, the leads knew exactly how to portray their feelings!! It was a masterpiece!!!

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      cassey Oct 26, 2016

      The drama has its flaws, but it gave me a fairy tale, and I love the show for that.

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      Maze Jan 12, 2017

      Agree. A good drama doesn't have to be something so complicated. We all have our own tastes. Tbh I enjoyed watching this drama.

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    Zarabara Oct 24, 2016 - edited

    It was a great drama and one of the best.
    Mean while after moonlight finished ... Scarlet heart got to 10% in ratings Well well well no one can cry over how moonlight stole the spot light because scarlet heart still isn't receiving it. Lacking dramas be lacking

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      Patketina Oct 24, 2016

      so this drama was so boring you had to occupy yourself with other things like worry if the other of the same genre is better? Even tried so hard to make all of those fake profiles? Well, good for you, and good for this drama to have such loyal, a little psy fans :)

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      Zarabara Oct 24, 2016

      if u hate this drama dont stalk the page

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    Inessa974 Oct 24, 2016 - edited

    It was entertaining but it wasn't so good. Unlike many people I found some episodes very boring and it was hard for me to complete this drama.

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      angelicamaullion Oct 24, 2016

      I'm reading the reviews and most of them have 8.5 ratings and above. I agree that this started so good. Actually, I really love the first few episodes. But after ep. 8, I don't get excited anymore. Idk why. I really love Bo Gum and Yoo Jung btw. But I just feel like the 10 episodes can be compressed into 5 episodes. There's just too many cheesy moments b/w the leads. I also hardly see Yoon Sung </3

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    reika Oct 24, 2016 - edited

    Still cannot move on. Monday just arrived, and there's no crown prince lee young no more. (╥_╥)

    P.S. I'm actually sad seeing that there are people who failed to connect to this drama. But oh well, that's life, we can't agree on everything. But as for me, I'm a happy fan who enjoyed this drama. (I wish I am, but no, I'm no longer a teenager. And no, I'm not a kdrama beginner).

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      Lili Oct 24, 2016 - edited

      Me too !! Not a teenager definitely nor a k drama beginner and I just LOVED this drama to death !!! Park bo Gum obsessed!! I'llol rewatch it very soon !!!

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      Nams Oct 25, 2016

      Hi.. can u please tell me if its a happy ending?

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  • Country:

    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 6,996 users)
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