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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Spoiler-Free Korean Drama Review | Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (달의 연인 - 보보경심 려/달의戀人-步步驚心 麗)

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Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo | Fan Art by Karlo G. (K-Drama Review by @TheGracefulMist |

Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo  (Hangul: 달의 연인 - 보보경심 려; Hanja: 달의戀人-步步驚心 麗; RR: Dar-ui yeon-in - Bobogyeongsim ryeo) is a South Korean drama starring Lee Joon-gi, Kang Ha Neul, Hong Jong-hyun and IU. It is based on the Chinese novel Bu Bu Jing Xin by Tong Hua. This drama didn`t do very well in South Korea. However, it was very well received by international viewers. There was even an online petition for the creation of season 2 for this show. The petition already reached 50,000 and the petitioners are now aiming a new goal: 75,000 signatures.

Genre: Drama, Fiction, Historical and Romance
Episodes: 20 and 2 special episodes
Time: Approximately 60 minutes/ regular episode
Setting/s: Goryeo Dynasty in South Korea and modern times in South Korea

Main Cast:

Lee Ji-eun also known as "IU" as Go Ha-jin / Hae Soo
Lee Joon-gi as  4th Prince Wang So
Kang Ha-neul as 8th Prince Wang Wook
Hong Jong-hyun as 3rd Prince Wang Yo
Ji Soo as 14th Prince Wang Jung
Nam Joo-hyuk as 13th Prince Wang Wook, also known as Baek-ah
Kim San-ho as Crown Prince Wang Mu
Byun Baek-hyun as 10th Prince Wang Eun
Yoon Sun-woo as 9th Prince Wang Won


Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo is about Go Ha Jin, a 21st Century woman who was transported back to the time of Goryeo Dynasty. As she lived in a different era, she meets people she didn`t expect and faces difficulties she didn`t wish for.



The story was simply amazing. As I was watching this drama, there were often twists and turns I really didn`t expect. In the end, the story was really great. Even though it didn`t end the way I would`ve wanted to because I wanted to see more of what will happen (hence the petition for season 2 of this show), I was still quite happy with how it turned out.

Actors and Scenes 

The actors and actresses were really good with their roles. IU played a bubbly, caring, curious, happy, fun and multi-talented Hae Soo. IU has a really cute and doll-like face, voice and personality which seem to suit her character greatly.

Lee Joon-gi performed really well with the dangerous, mysterious and serious character of 4th Prince Wang So. His calm yet serious demeanor and striking eyes fit his character.

Kang Ha-neul`s wholesome look fit 8th Prince Wang Wook`s personality quite well. He executed the 8th Prince`s intelligent, honorable, mature and admirable demeanor in a way that suits the character and story line even up to the end of the story.

Hong Jong-hyun reminded me so much of Kim Woo-bin who starred on "The Heirs" (2013) as Choi Young-do and "Uncontrollably Fond" (2016) as Shin Joon-young and Bigbang`s T.O.P. The malevolent character of 3rd Prince Wang Yo seem to fit Hong Jong-hyun`s fierce* eyes and serious demeanor.


These recommendations are specifically for Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo based on personal experience.

1.) Don`t watch the trailer. When I started watching this drama, I didn`t even know what the real plot is expect for brief clips I saw during the commercial while watching Doctor Crush. My only knowledge about this is that it`s a historical drama and it seemed like a show that fights for one girl.

2.) Don`t look at the drama poster. Looking at the this drama`s poster will only let you know who the real main characters are. Not knowing who the main characters are can be really exciting as you keep on watching the drama. When I started watching this, I didn`t know who the main characters are. This allowed me truly watch the drama without background knowledge of whose ending with whom.

Rating: 9.5/10

All in all, Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo is an emotionally evoking drama with quite a lot of surprises and twists in the story. The entire story and show was well-made making it one of the highly-favored dramas of 2016.

If you are very interested in this drama`s story or if you greatly liked it, you can sign a petition for the creation of season 2 of this drama here.

Have you seen this drama already? If not, will you watch this K-drama after reading this review? What do you think of Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo? You may share your thoughts in the comments` section below.

Have a blessed and beautiful day!

If you have any comments, suggestions, requests, and/or questions, please leave them in the comments` section of this blog post. Thank you.

Credit: The Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo fan art in this Korean drama review was created by Karlo G. Thank you for drawing this great art.

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