Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo / 달의 연인-보보경심 려 (2016) (Kdrama Review)

moon_lovers-p1Title: Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo
Revised romanization: Dalui Yeonin – Bobogyungsim Ryeo
Hangul: 달의 연인-보보경심 려
Director: Kim Kyu-Tae
Writer: Tong Hua (novel), Jo Yoon-Young
Network: SBS
Genre: Historical, romance, time-travel
Episodes: 20
Broadcasting Dates: August 29 – November 1, 2016
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
Source: watched online on www.dramafever.com

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Synopsis: When a total eclipse of the sun takes place, Hae-Soo (IU) travels back in time to the Goryeo era. There, she falls in love with Wang So (Lee Joon-Gi) who makes other people tremble with fear.

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– TRAILER –

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– CASTING –

Lee Joon Ki as Wang So (4th Prince)
IU as Go Ha Jin / Hae Soo
Kang Ha Neul as Wang Wook (8th Prince)
Hong Jong Hyun as Wang Yo (3rd Prince)
Kim San Ho as Wang Mu (1st Prince)
Yoon Sun Woo as Wang Won (9th Prince)
Byun Baek Hyun as Wang Eun (10th Prince)
Nam Joo Hyuk as Wang Wook / Baek Ah (13th Prince)
Ji Soo as Wang Jung (14th Prince)

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– MY REVIEW –

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I got hooked on this drama from the very first episode. From the first few minutes, in fact! I was already familiar with the main cast, as I had seen them in other dramas before, and I knew them to be amazing actors. The story, while I initially believed to be a typical time travel plot, surprised me in that it was a little more unique than that.

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There was also quite a bit of humour, and I was really enjoying myself for little over a half of the episodes. The romantic plot, however, then became confusing for me. I usually cheer for the main couple, but the manner in which the romance between the female lead, and the “other man” confused me, in that I preferred it to the female lead’s with the male lead’s. That’s not to say that I disliked the male lead, he’s played by one of my favourite actors, in fact, and I loved his character. It’s just that I simply did not ship him as strongly with the female lead as I would have under different circumstances…if that makes sense.

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There is also the fact that after the mid-point in the series, the comedy started to disappear, and the plot became progressively more tragic. I found myself crying more than laughing, and while the plot was still good, I found myself missing the “happier days,” and the main reasons why I started watching this drama to begin with.

The ending was also unsatisfactory for me, and I don’t think that I will ever find it satisfying unless they make another season in which the same plot, with the same characters, and same actors continues from where it left off. And that is all I can say without spoiling more than I fear I might already have.

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If I do recommend this drama, it is with the warnings I have included above. It was very aesthetically pleasing, and the costumes were impeccably made, and I know that a lot of work has gone into putting this drama together…therefore if you are more interested in such things, or experiencing a Korea as it may have been in the past, rather than watching a happy plot, I do recommend it!

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You can watch this drama too! Just click on the icon below to get redirected to the streaming site which I used, Dramafever:

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I have a paid account, and sadly only episodes 1 and 2 are available to free accounts. I am sure that this drama is available on other sites, however.

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NONE OF THE IMAGES ARE MADE OR OWNED BY ME. THANK YOU FOR READING MY KOREAN DRAMA (KDRAMA) REVIEW! DO YOU WATCH KDRAMAS, OR HAVE YOU BEEN MEANING TO? OR HAVE YOU NEVER HEARD OF THEM BEFORE? I’M CURIOUS! PLEASE LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENT BELOW!

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13 thoughts on “Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo / 달의 연인-보보경심 려 (2016) (Kdrama Review)

  1. yaykisspurr says:

    I love and adore Lee Jun-ki. After his previous role as a vampire I thought he would kill this role and in a way he did… I just didn’t like how he felt like a second lead! I like Kang Ha-neul but the story played out as if he was the one wronged, and he was in a crazy sort of way. I suspect all the twistedness in the story had to do with it originating as a Chinese drama. Koreans tend to see the world more like Americans in some way rather than their Asian counterparts… anyway sorry for the “lecture” – I enjoyed the show while also hating the waste of Lee Jun-ki in a role too thin for his great acting chops… the other princes were very cool though, weren’t they? Anyway it’s great to find an active kdrama fan! I look forward to your future posts…

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    • Flavia says:

      I’m very happy that we have found each other! I’m not sure whether there are a lot of us active in the blogging world, haha. And don’t worry that wasn’t a lecture 🙂 and even if it was, I always like learning new things. I did not know that the story was originally Chinese (although looking at the novel author’s name now, I should have been able to come to that conclusion on my own, haha). And the manner in which the story developed definitely makes a lot more sense to me now, so thank you for that 🙂

      The princes were quite awesome, and I miss them a lot, I also agree with you about Lee Jun Ki almost playing a secondary role in this drama. I think that is tied to why I was confused about who I shipped Hae Soo with as well!

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