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
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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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    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. (╥_╥)


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    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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      Pari Oct 25, 2016

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

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      elvirad Oct 25, 2016
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    SpicedSugah Oct 23, 2016 - edited

    Kwak Dong Yeon did an excellent job and I'd like to see him in more main roles. It's a light entertaining drama.

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    Andrea Oct 23, 2016 - edited

    "Historical drama for teenagers"

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      HAMEX Oct 23, 2016

      ... and for k-drama beginner

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      bettyboo Oct 24, 2016

      100% right!
      I don't even know in what category I should put it. If I rate it compared with other historicals it'd not even reach a 5 :( And that would be a bit too low... Dilemma :|

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      Miracle Oct 24, 2016

      Yup couldn't agree more...

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      Inessa974 Oct 24, 2016 - edited

      Same here, I didn't enjoy watching this one. Some episodes were really boring and like it was said before, there was the feeling this show was made for teenagers with a very young lead actress. :(

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      angelicamaullion Oct 24, 2016

      I'm glad that I wasn't the only one who feel the same way. Idk if I'm going to continue. :'((( I love sageuk drama but this one's too cheesy to handle :/

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    Pate Oct 23, 2016 - edited

    This is way better than that Moon Lovers trash.

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      Zarabara Oct 24, 2016

      Well said

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      ChaoticNai Oct 25, 2016

      just because they're two Period dramas that were airing at the same time doesn't mean you should show your appreciation for one by dissing the other.

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    Mari Ela Oct 23, 2016 - edited

    has it not been because of kwak dong yeon, i would not pick up on where i left , it was boring, very slow pacing, no content, amsarry

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    Ruyi Oct 22, 2016

    at first, i rated it 8.0... after watching the special... 8.5 :)

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    OppaHasLongLegs Oct 22, 2016 - edited

    i cant seem to get myself to continue watching, im at ep 15 and damn this drama is just too typical and im kinda tired of the lead's smiling all the time it's so cheesy.

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      RhopalocerA Oct 22, 2016

      the cheesiness does'nt get better. trust me

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    Ashleyxx Oct 22, 2016 - edited

    I loved this drama! It's one the best I've seen all year! I was a bit disappointed with the ending because I wanted MORE but it's still in my top 2 for this year!

    I'm definitely Park Bo Gum obsessed!

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      Lili Oct 22, 2016 - edited
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    namopanik Oct 22, 2016 - edited

    I'm stuck at ep 14 for weeks. Does it get better? I'm so done with the weakness of the king and how flat polical intrigues are. Those characters who seemed to be strong and interesting at the beginning are gradually becoming less and less relevant. Anything worthy fast-forwarding down the road?

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      RhopalocerA Oct 22, 2016

      for me, it's not..from ep 9 to the end, i keep on speedwatching the whole episodes..just want to end this quickly and move on to a better drama

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      namopanik Oct 23, 2016

      Yeah, that's basically place I'm in right now. I think it's a waste to watch it on fast forward. Maybe another time. I have no idea what went wrong, even second leads are likable, but overall it's not captivating.

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      Ari_Lee Oct 23, 2016

      It does not get better.

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    LPA Oct 22, 2016 - edited

    Loved this drama. It is now on my very favorite historical drama list. Every actor was perfect for their role and the acting was excellent. I really liked the two male leads and the two female leads. What a great drama--a definite must watch. It had the right amount of serious drama combined with romance and humor. It was like watching "Descendants of the Sun" in a historical drama because it was so good although, of course, the story was completely different -- just really well executed. Congratulations to everyone on their hard work who helped put this drama together including staff, directors and actors. In the near future, I will watch it again (and again). Also, as a last note, I really enjoyed watching the Special episode 19 that showed a lot about the actors and how the drama was filmed. Good work and Take care!

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 8,109 users)
  • Ranked:

    #292
  • Popularity:

    #14

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