Review

K-Drama Time Machine: Park Bo Gum & Kim Yoo Jung Chase Remarkable Romance In “Love In The Moonlight”

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Two years ago, Love in the Moonlight rewarded us with an impressive picture of a young prince, who defies the political struggles surrounding the power he is destined to have, while chasing his true love

Drawn on a historical premise, Love in the Moonlight is a sweet drama treat that brims with endearing scenes to make you reminisce the-once-special love when you were young.

Love in the Moonlight

Title: Love in the Moonlight
Distributor: KBS2 TV
Theme: Romance, Historical
Length: 18 Episodes
Broadcast Date: 22 Aug 2016 – 18 Oct 2018
Main Leads: Park Bo Gum, Kim Yoo Jung
Overall Rating:
Rewatch Value: 
Plus Factors: Engaging main love line, excellent cast portrayal, Inventive sageuk fusion
Oh No Moments: Exhausting hero-villain show
Related Dramas: Sungkyunkwan Scandal

The full drama package which paraded in Love in the Moonlight deserves a commendation due to its poignant sketching of the main characters and their journey to grow up amidst the harsh realities they have to accept. At some points when the period drama vibe began to lull, the writer just knew how to send a nudge to pin the viewers to stay in the story, faithfully.

Love in the Moonlight

Love in the Moonlight

Highlight

Strong Opening Bait

It’s hard to keep the balance of romance and conflict on period dramas. There will always be a moment when the plot drags – so proper blending and stirring of the events are pertinent to avoid a stasis. That being said, there were some languid moments in the story when Prince Young was battling with the government officers as he really took a long route to overcome the attack of the villains. It was good that they started on a strong note and added some comic hints to establish the love story between the Crown Prince and a young woman who disguised herself as a eunuch. It was like a big net that was cast to the viewers, holding us still, that even when the narrative hit the agonizing breakup and frustrating powerlessness of the hero, we remained optimistic that he would conquer it all and proved that love can happen if you earnestly work on it.

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Love in the Moonlight

Drawback

Imbalance fight between the hero and villains

Love in the Moonlight began a spirited and addictive stride, struggled a bit while substantiating the story conflict and characters’ driving forces, and ended safe and steady. The closing episodes though cracking the main problem and giving out a happy ending to the main characters I felt would have yielded a more well-explained conclusion if they pushed for another two episodes. It looked like the fragments of the resolution were forcefully laid to prove a feasible happy ending coming from a strenuous attack of the antagonists – who made the most out of their evil ways in challenging the hero of the story. And for this reason, as much as I want to hail the brilliant facets of the drama and to overlook the imperfections out of my one-sided-bogum-noona-romance, I have to be fair that it was a good drama, but it shared some weak points from the story writing.

Love in the Moonlight

Afterthoughts

It’s fair to be blunt that the devotion from the viewers sprung from Park Bo Gum’s adoration and the equally memorable performance of the young cast. I think it was fairly written and directed, and that the character portrayals made it possible to stabilize the weak points of the production and narrative.

Love in the Moonlight is an engrossing period TV production starter if you are a new kdrama addict recruit. The mixture of youthful romantic vibe and the seriousness of historical plot will encourage you that this kind of genre is not boring as it seems.

All those high moments from the love couple’s journey made this heartwarming tale tap on those youthful romantic memories that we have kept dear in our hearts over our own personal life, particularly of those days when our love views were not yet corrupted and just free flowing. Prince Young and his first love Ra On can take you to an amazing ride with their binding commitment in not giving up on love.


All photos from KBS.

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About the writer

abbyinhallyuland reads and sleeps a lot when she is not traveling. Her calendar reminders are mostly K-Drama broadcast schedules and birthdays of her favorite Korean actors. Promoting watching K-Dramas as stress therapy is her life advocacy. She is fond of Spencer Reid, Kenshin Himura, Starwars saga, Haruki Murakami and Hunter x Hunter.

Favorite Korean Dramas: Reply 1988, Nine, Misaeng, Gaksital, Discovery of Love, Because This is My First Life, Descendants of the Sun, My Love from the Star, Healer, Punch, You’re Beautiful, Coffee Prince, Princess Hours, The Greatest Love, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, and City Hunter