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
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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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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.
Recommended by insoles

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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

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    Lili Oct 21, 2016

    I'm so in love with this show, i don't know what I'll do with my life when I finish it as I'm currently on episode 13 !!! Love love love it !!!!!

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    Zarabara Oct 21, 2016 - edited

    People think when moonlight finishes then scarlet heart will get better ratings and next week we will see scarlet heart still has bad ratings and then scarlet heart fans will have nothing to complain about except the fact that the drama sucks

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      Bongsookie Oct 21, 2016 - edited

      About ratings... we'll just have to wait and see then! I'm hoping ratings will rise a bit though^^

      P.s. I'm a Scarlet Heart fan myself (or rather I'm a fan of both Moon dramas) so...I'm going to have to defend Scarlet Heart here - it's actually quite good! It took me 6 episodes to finally get interested enough to stick to the drama (prior to that I almost dropped) and although it does have flaws in directing, the plot is quite compelling not to mention unpredictable. I'm loving it every week too as recent episodes really tugs at the heartstrings. So no, the drama doesn't suck (please don't use that word lol) and the main leads are doing a fantastic job :)

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      LPA Oct 22, 2016

      Who cares if "Scarlet Heart--Ryeo" gets better ratings or "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds?" They are both good! I have been watching "Scarlet Heart--Ryeo" week by week (I usually wait until the drama series is completed) and I'm really enjoying it. Even though I watched the original Chinese version--"Bu Bu Jing Xin," which makes it so hard to compare because it is my "first love." But what I like about "Scarlet Heart--Ryeo" is that the storyline is just different enough to keep me interested without too much comparison in my mind with the first one!

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      Wonbin-sama Oct 22, 2016

      Bu bu Jing xin is much better than the remake in my opinion the female lead was stronger and better and the story didn't have many plotholes

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      VandaLimbata Oct 22, 2016

      I don't think that u should say such things. I watched both love in the moonlight and scarlet heart. Initially Love in the moonlight was interesting but after eps 9 it has started to be repetitive and boring for me. Different with scarlet heart, it was borinf in the beginning but after eps 5, it's getting more and more interesting. Especially now, i put moonlight on hold since i need to focus on scarlet heart, the political tension now is real. It's betting better and better. I think u probably just watched few early episodes on scarlet heart then u dropped it. U shld give it a chance and watch it. It's really good.

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    BB78 Oct 21, 2016 - edited

    i love park bo gum even long before reply88 and kim yoo jung was always ane awesome young actress but my mind just wont accept these together because it goes against my basic fundaments of human relationship... she is a MINOR that says it all...

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      elvirad Oct 21, 2016 - edited

      I just don't get these whole "minor" complaint on Moonlight at all,
      1st: in this drama, Ra On's character age is 18th, the same age as Yoo Jung's right now & Lee Yeong was described as 19th.
      2nd: this drama was based on historical figures, which at that moment even an 18th years old already gave birth to a child. (When Scarlet heart even had that whole adultery incest thing but none people complaint as it was made historically & at that moment incest was considered "ok")
      3rd: Yoojung & Bogum doesn't even have that much age difference
      4th: This drama itself was created to be a youthful, pure, innocent drama
      The kiss itself was felt only like a peck while all they do most of the time was practically only staring at eachother
      5th: Moonlight's kiss scene is even not KYJ's first onscreen kiss, she's done that before when she played younger roles (ofc an innocent kiss one).
      6th: I don't hear this kind of complain with Kim So Hyun's drama ( she has the same age as Yoo Jung), when her age gap with Taecyeon is even bigger & she had multiplekisses + a more passionate one. >> even So hyun's parents has no complaint whatsoever.
      7th: there's none of Moonlight scene I found inappropriate, they kept their innocent & youth vibes from beginning till end, all scenes were taken true to their nature to convey the feelings of the character they're portrayed, none was ever made to expose nor to take any advantage (whatsoever) on Yoojung's
      8th: If you take a look at kpop figures atm, you'll see there's a lot of them who're still a minor but show too much skin & make a provocative dance which I found inappropriate but I don't see any complaint about these kind "they're still a minor" thing

      So yeah, I felt people had double standards with this whole "minor" thing. & If it's forbidden for "them" to have a minor playing romantic roles as an adult, they should make that as a kind of general rules & it should be applied to both local & cable tv channel to avoid any misjudgement & double standard issue just because that drama is popular.
      **just to be clear, by "them" what I meant was KCSC.

      While I agree that hiring a minor on adult roles is better to be avoided as tbh it was my first concern too before watching & it is a matter of preference to watch that drama or not, I just hope that people would try to watch Moonlight first (or any drama they thought have an issue with) before judging this whole "minor" thing is indeed an issue as it felt like we're judging before knowing.

      Like I did on Moonlight & upon watching found no problem whatsoever with KYJ's role.
      I personally think Moonlight is a very heartwarming drama that was so beautifully made & is too good to be missed.

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    Bongsookie Oct 20, 2016 - edited

    On a side note, I'm missing Bogummy already! Besides his much earlier works (where he's just in supporting roles) I've literally seen him in almost everything (i.e. every variety show he's been in and drama main roles)....hope he gets a good rest and return to us soon! ❤

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      cassey Oct 21, 2016

      I'm also so curious what role he will tackle next. It would be hard to beat this amazing Crown Prince role, but he has always chosen good roles so far.

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      reika Oct 21, 2016

      I hope to see him in a school uniform. Bogummy also said in one of his interview that he want to play a role like that. :)

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      Bongsookie Oct 21, 2016 - edited

      I'd love to see him doing a high school role too in school uniform! Wouldn't it be great if he gets casted in School 2017? I heard they're planning for a School 2017 for next year :) but then again, School series are known to cast unknown/rookie actors....so we'll have to wait and see^^

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    Bongsookie Oct 20, 2016 - edited

    Despite 2 weeks of angst that may have slowed down the pace for me, this is simply one beautifully made drama. It has everything from acting right down to its execution and high production value/quality. The last two episodes wrapped up everything so nicely and I wouldn't deduct any points from my 10/10 rating. This drama really deserved its high ratings and success! I'll definitely re-watch this again one day, this drama will always have a place in my heart ❤ 10/10 for me :)

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    cassey Oct 20, 2016

    What to watch now guys :(? How to get over Gurumi magic?

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    moondust Oct 20, 2016

    I don't think my heart can handle this breakup that this show is over. What a ride !! Thanks to all the people and especially the wonderful actors in this. I am more so captivated by the wonderful cast more than anything else. Park Bo Gum is seriously great in this, perhaps his best work to date. I am now a fan. And this drama has the most amazing second leads or what, both Ha Yeon and Yoon Sung are so likable that you wish nothing but the best for them (I'm still very upset about what they did to Yoon Sung tho waah)

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    Nats123 Oct 19, 2016

    OMG I cried so hard in eps 17

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    baybeehxsleepi Oct 19, 2016

    Gonna miss the drama and the casts

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    pammo1949 Oct 19, 2016

    A guaranteed historical classic. This drama transcends most of the run of the mill "canned" drama formulas. It actually told a consistent story and employed the best director, actors, actresses, script writers and cinema artistry. Not perfect but close to it -- the chemistry made this one of my favorites. If you love love you will love this drama.

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    CaliGirl712 Oct 19, 2016 - edited

    This drama is a 10/10 for me. It has everything - romance, humor, intrigue, action. The main couple are both terrific actors, and they have great chemistry. Even the second leads are likeable and appealing! The "bad guys" are so bad, they're good. It's a great story, with good plot and pacing. If you're a fan of Park Bo Gum, this is a must watch! He's SO GOOD in this.

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    NakamotoKjesin Oct 19, 2016

    I just have to say this is THE BEST DRAMA I've ever watched. And I doubt there will ever be a better one.

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 7,623 users)
  • Ranked:

    #279
  • Popularity:

    #13

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