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
27 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
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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    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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    666 Oct 23, 2016
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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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      Ashleyxx Oct 24, 2016
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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!

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    goongshim Oct 22, 2016 - edited
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    YummyD Oct 22, 2016

    The ending was well done. Great acting by Bo Gum and Kim Yoo Jung. The 18 episode mark was perfect for this drama. Will definitely miss this show!

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    Nats123 Oct 21, 2016 - edited

    Loved this drama so much gonna miss the crown prince

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      Lili Oct 22, 2016 - edited

      Don't know what to do with my life now that it is over :(

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      Pinoy_Oppa Oct 23, 2016

      watch a new one! Legends of the Blue Sea

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      Lili Oct 24, 2016

      Sounds promising!!! Thanks!

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    AnicsiRoscoe Oct 21, 2016 - edited

    I have to admit I am a bit surprised by the high praise for this drama. I am only at episode 7, and I loved the first two episodes or so, but then it already started getting repetitive and somewhat boring. It's definitely cute, but I am disappointed with the leading lady role.... She was so sassy in the beginning, and then suddenly she's all docile, scared and cute. I didn't buy it and I missed the spark that was there in the beginning. I absolutely love Bo Gum, though, so I was going to finish it. Unfortunately i got spoilered for a tragic thing to happen to my favorite character, so now I don't think I'll be able to finish it :-/

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      palak Oct 22, 2016

      Same here. I absolutely adored the first two episodes but after that it went downhill.

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    reika Oct 21, 2016

    I'm late to the party. Just finished the last 2 eps. Awww, this drama never fails to amaze, mesmerize, and had me in awe. Beautiful story, and on top of that, the excellent execution of everything from actors to the PDs. I'm gonna miss this big time!! It's been a while since I fell so hard and invested a lot of emotions for a drama.

    My Mondays will never be the same again without MDBC. 10/10

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 6,996 users)
  • Ranked:

    #255
  • Popularity:

    #12

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