The Moon that Embraces the Sun

The Moon that Embraces the Sun (2012)

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Thirteen-year-old Heo Yeon Woo, the daughter of a high-ranking official, accompanies her mother to the royal palace to attend her brother, Heo Yeom's civil service examination congratulatory ceremony. By chance, she comes across Crown Prince Lee Hwon. They fall in love and Yeon Woo is chosen as the Crown Princess of Joseon.
Before they can marry, however, the Dowager Queen secretly orders her death, in order to install Yoon Bo Gyeong, the read moredaughter of a family clan, as Crown Princess, thus securing more power for herself. She orders head shaman to cast a spell on Yeon Woo to stricken her with an unknown sickness. After dying, Yeon Woo is resurrected from her grave, but loses her memories. All believe her to be dead, including the Crown Prince Lee Hwon, who refuses to love another. Eight years later, Yeon Woo returns as a shaman named Wol (meaning moon). Meanwhile the young king begins to investigate the death of his love after seeing the grown up Wol. But he is fighting against time, because the queen's powerful political clan wants him removed from power.

  • Native title:

    해를 품은 달
  • Also Known as:

    Haereul Poomeun Dal ; The Moon Embracing the Sun ; The Sun and the Moon

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Jun 4, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
I watched this drama because of its good ratings and reviews. I'd say they're really well-deserved! For me, it is a great drama for many reasons. TMTETS was my first historical drama and after watching this, I would love to try more sageuks. It was truly beautiful to watch - the costumes, places, all the historical stuff, not to mention the good-looking actors! It was way too far from the boring drama read more I expected it to be.

STORY - Interesting storyline! It has great drama, touching romance, some suspense and action, (somehow annoying) politics, and humorous moments. And it gets more and more exciting as the story unfolded. I was easily moved with the story. What else could you ask for? I didn't expect to have lots of laughs from this drama. And of course, you'll see a lot of sad scenes, a lot of crying. But it wasn't until the last episode that I cried my eyes out! Really. Some were really heartbreaking. Some was just too illogical, and too sad, to happen. Other than that, the ending was lovely. (You'll laugh with still tears on your eyes.)
However, I can't get away with its downsides. I think the drama lost some of its energy on the second half. (Or I guess the first episodes were just too good!) I won't say there was no boring moment because there was some time that I just wanted to skip episodes and proceed to the last, I just find it predictable. (But I'm glad I didn't or else I could have lost the story.) BTW, I hate it when one character just can't move on, being so martyr, when he deserves to be happy.

ACTING/CAST - I loved to watch this drama bec. of Jung Il Woo. But in the end, I also learned to love Kim Soo Hyun. For his superb acting, and looks. He gave justice to his role as the King. (Young Lee Hwon was equally amazing.) I couldn't say any flaw. As for Il woo, he has always been good. Though I think I love his character here less. Han Ga In was a real beauty, but I honestly thing the younger Yeon Woo did her role better. I also enjoyed watching the side characters, each of them. The younger actors also did a great job that I quite got sad when their characters got older.

MUSIC - I love Back in Time and the instrumentals. I thinks they we're all perfect for the diff. moods of the series. But to be honest, I didn't get to appreciate its OST until I listened to it after finishing the drama.

REWATCH VALUE - I'm not into rewatching but I suppose I will still watch it in the distant future. :)

OVERALL - I give it a 9 overall. I love it to bits. Definitely a must-see. =))
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Mar 19, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
I have always found it hard to finish dramas, but this one was super easy for me! I was checking every week for new episodes ;) It kept me interested throughout the whole series and I can safely say this is my favourite drama ;) Okay, on to the review!

Story - 10/10 I loved the storyline, it was a mix of everything. Sweet, Romantic, Tragedy, Comedy, etc. The only thing that read more I thought sucked was that a lot of the characters led a really sad life ;( And I won't spoil, but they did take out a love storyline that I would've been very interested in watching!

Acting/Cast - 10/10 One word: AMAZING. This is the best cast I have ever seen... they all had lots of chemistry with each other. Even the young cast was overflowing with potential and I missed them so much when they left! Everyone played their role perfectly. I had decided to watch this drama mainly because of my love for Kim Soo Hyun (since WISFC days, he was genius there), Jung Il Woo, Yeo Jin Goo & Kim Yoo Jung (I LOVED THEM IN ILJIMAE!) and pretty Han Ga In. However, I fell in love with all the other actors too! Lee Won Geun and Song Jae Rim...I found myself wanting them to come on screen every second! They're both such hotties lol~ now I'm a huge fan of the both of them! I also loved Siwan, he did a great job and he was so adorable! I think he even looks better in sageuks than in reality. LOL. Hands down, best cast, I wouldn't change a thing :) *I also loved the eunuch!* lol~

Music - 10/10 Even when I wasn't watching the drama, I had the OST as replay, shuffle, you name it. :) All the songs fit the drama perfectly, even the lyrics. The instrumentals were amazing, just like a lullaby :)

Rewatch Value - 10/10 I would love to watch it again!!! Since it's my favourite drama :) keke~

Overall - 10/10 It was perfect! :) Please go watch it ;)
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This is truly the greatest drama on earth it would have been wonderful if they had 6 seasons like Game Of Thrones because as a HUGE! GOT Fan Nirvana and Fire Out Wits Out Smarts and all around Out Class Game Of Thrones in every way. Nirvana in Fire is up to par or I may even say far more superior than many high rated American Shows. I was stunned by the Brilliance of NiF in every way plots, screen writing, soundtrack, acting, cinematography etc the directors are extremely talented I would watch anything created by this Magnificent team.
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Both male protagonists have lost their Crown Princess at the beginning of the drama, there is no time travel, but it is an historical romance
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    LadyVengeance 8 days ago

    Princess Min Hwa T_T <3

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    jesy 13 days ago

    I have always liked kim soo hyun. you'll get swayed away when he cries. he has this charming aura in crying and cute. and jung il woo, you're so charming. i really like this drama though i just dont like how my jung il woo turns out in the end.

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    Amiri 18 days ago

    everything was good about this this drama until Han Ga In start acting and ruined it all.

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    WiseLemon May 26, 2017 - edited

    One question- what was Yeon Woo's gift in the end? Hwon just gets up and leaves! What did she hide?

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    Docta Apr 16, 2017 - edited

    I really adored this drama. I don't know why I didn't watch it before.
    The story was well developed and the OST was simply amazing.
    Didn't like Han Ga In's acting at all, she was somewhat emotionless. She wasn't compatible with Kim Soo Hyun. It would have been amazing with another actress.
    Kim Soo Hyun and Jung Il Woo were wonderful, as well as the main child leads (didn't noticed before that she actually was the girl of Love in the Moonlight).

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    Nana8 Apr 16, 2017 - edited

    I finished this drama in two days lol, I felt like something was missing but still, I really like it.

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    Cherry Quin Mar 20, 2017 - edited

    Is jung iL Woo the main guy or no?

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      ThaisMoulin Mar 19, 2017
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      TeenMaleModel Faces Mar 26, 2017

      ty for explaining. and taking me seriosly. it just seems so easy to do it. or it gave me the impression of that is easy. cuz its a drama. reality i it must be like that....

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      ThaisMoulin Mar 26, 2017
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    kurage Feb 4, 2017

    I watch this in 2017 and the only thing I can say is Han Ga In's acting sucks big time

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    Chuu Jan 8, 2017 - edited

    So, this has a happy ending, right? Please, let me know. I don't like watching stuff with tragic endings.

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      Baqa Jan 28, 2017 - edited
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      Chuu Jan 28, 2017 - edited

      Okay, thank you! :) I started watching this but stopped until I could get a reply in order to not get too attached to it. Now I can watch it without problem (although, the level of violence it has, it's being a little too much for me...).

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    RodJun828 Jan 6, 2017

    Just finished watching this. It's really worth it. I wish I could forget everything and watch it again xD

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    AnicsiRoscoe Dec 3, 2016 - edited

    I really cannot stand Han Ga In in this role. Her voice is emotionless and monotone, it's like: does she even have feelings?? Such a pity, Kim Soo Hyun as King is fantastic, but his scenes with her are so boring, it's like he's talking to a wall -.-

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      Lida Dec 15, 2016

      I thought I was the only one who had those feelings. She's absolutely beautiful and seems like an incredible person (from interviews and etc.) but I just couldn't connect with her portrayal of Heo Yeon Woo / Wol. And this led to my disinterest in her and the Kings emotional and romantic moments. I felt more of a connection with the actors who played their younger selves.

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    dayidream Nov 9, 2016 - edited

    I decided to watch this drama after listened Lyn-Back in time .... if it is not for that song I didn't watch it .... made me watch the show :) This drama slow than I thought but acting better than I expected especially Kim Soo Hyun , I completed for sake of his passionate character and love.
    generally I like this drama but imo overrated .. there are better saeguks than this , %30 ratings a bit much isn't it? Sometimes I cannot understand Korean people :))

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      Otps4Life Dec 15, 2016

      I know right..I can't take Korean people seriously anymore after they claimed SHR was so bad-__- Like are you Korean people serious???? SHR is the best drama I've ever seen SMH-.- I haven't watched this yet...I wasn't going to watch it after reading comments,but now I think I'll give it a chance.....

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      dayidream Dec 15, 2016 - edited

      exactly :( SHR always be scar on my heart , really like it and fangirl it so hard but I cannot stand that low ratings :(

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      Otps4Life Dec 15, 2016

      So true...The moment SHR came on,I was madly in love xD....I just don't understand Korean people-.- Then for some reason the Dots fans have something against SHR fans-_____-

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      Chichi Opara Jan 6, 2017

      can you tell me what SHR is

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      Otps4Life Jan 7, 2017

      Scarlet Heart Ryeo

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    souldoc70 Sep 16, 2016

    I have watched this since some time ago; I must say the plot is rather thin but the actors from the child actors to KSH 's eunuch (except Han Ga In) impressed me . Even Kim Min Seo was very good here. I know many people are drooling over Bo Gum's character in Love in the moonlight ; but for me, Kim Soo Hyun is the best looking Crown Prince/ King in kdrama. The crying scenes from him is heart breaking to watch.

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    MinaVIP Jul 31, 2016 - edited

    It was good, but highly overrated <_< there are so many better saeguk's out there in my opinion. I do realize it may be an unpopular oppinion though xD

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      MilenaDias Aug 1, 2016

      I agree with you. At certain times it was so unbearable and boring. The couple has no chemical, but I need to know the end to sleep quietly, then I watched.


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    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Jan 4, 2012 to Mar 15, 2012
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    8.6 (scored by 10,767 users)
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