The Moon That Embraces The Sun, The Sun And The Moon
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Jeong Eun Gwol (정은궐)
drama, history, romance, fantasy
04 Jan, 2012 - 15 Mar, 2012
21:55 - 23:05
4.09 of 5 by 1650 users
Yeon U was once chosen to become the Crown Princess of Joseon, until the Dowager Queen plotted against her and secretly ordered her death. With the help of a powerful shaman's magic, Yeon U escaped with her life, but the incident robbed her of her memories. All believed her to be dead, including the Crown Prince she was to marry, Lee Hwon. Years later, Yeon U returns, now a shaman herself, but she has not been forgotten by those she left behind, and her fate is still intertwined with the man who has since become King.
If I could, I would give this a 3.5 out of 5. It's a good drama, with some very good part in it (actors, storyline, music) and some very average part too (actors, storyline).
I was always intrigued by this drama, mainly because I watch variety shows and they made a big deal of it. The theme music is terribly pretty too and it haunted me so that's how I've decided to watch this drama.
At first, I wasn't sure about it, mainly because of the fact that I'm not really into child lovestory, or even teen lovestory (I have a hard time to relate since I'm neither). But I have to say that after a few episode, I grew fond of the characters.
One of the main strenght of this drama is the acting skills of some people in it. The "vilains" are really really... you just want to smack them so hard. I was shouting at my TV all the time for someone to just kill them already. There's some part of the storyline that are really great too, maily the setting with the children and, for me, what happens to the Heo Family is deeply moving. The two actors that play the King Lee Hwon are really great, their role being the most interesting of all of the characters. I really liked the actress that played Chaman Jang, she has good acting skills too. The girl playing Seol is also really great and Kim Yu Jeong, who plays young Heo Yeon U, is just really talented for her age (I hope she continues to act after her teenage years).
On the downside, there's also actors and some part of the plot. I'm really sorry to say that Ga In does not deliver. She not a bad actress per say, but she lacks charisma and I feel like it's such a shame since the young version of Yeon U is a real moon. Ga In does not shine as much. She's okay, I wasn't bothered by her to the point I wasn't touched by the hardship her character faces, but still... she would have been better with a supporting role since the other female actresses that surround her have more charisma than her. The writer(s) have drop the ball sometimes here and there too. There was incoherence from time to time and that really bothered me, a lot. Maybe that's what happen when you have some magic in the mix... And the last episode, even though there's really great part, it's a bit "bleh" altogether, ending on a un-climax.
The transition between the children and the young adult is really smooth though. The actors all look alike there younger version... except for the one playing Heo Yeom. And it's a shame since he's supposed to be soooooo beautiful. The young version is, the older one, not so much. They don't even look the same, at all. And it's kinda weird. It's fine with radio drama since you cannot see the actor, but if you tell me "he's the prettiest", I want to be at least like "okay, he's pretty enough". But maybe it has somethign to do with taste (though I doubt it) or the fact they have their hair up all the time, putting too much attention to the shape of the face (his jawline is too harsh for the role he's playing). Some minor other stuff were distracting too : the jade belt (WHY? why are they so large and not at bit more close to what a belt is for), Woon's hair, the little line that form on the nose of the queen (the mother of Lee Hwon) when she smiles, try to have good words for someone or does whatever except being sad or crying, and the abusive use of flashbackS (at one point, there's even a flashback of a scene that is still ongoing... were not that stupid)
That said, I recommend this drama. The good part outweight the bad ones AND, I think that, somehow, it combines the awesome part of korean historical drama and european myths : am I the only one that think this drama is kinda like The Odyssey (Yeon U being Ulysses and Lee Hwon being Penelope + the opening scene of the last episode)
Noting that this is a historical drama that is directed more towards a younger audience than most other dramas of this genre, this drama did not disappoint me and gave me just what I had been hoping for.
The child actors won me over so that I would be interested in the storyline. I was glad that they were given the amount of showtime that they were given, so that they were able to develop the characters before we see them when they are older. And what a truly lovable group of characters. There are the antagonists one expects from a Korean drama, the ones we all love to hate. One notable character that always provided entertainment was Hyung Sun.
The acting was also well done for the most part. There were only a few moments during the show in which I felt the acting may have been a bit lacking, but these were points I was willing to overlook in favour of how much I liked the rest of it. I thought Kim Soo Hyun did a good job of showing that he could play more than just a pretty boy part. His acting as the King definitely made this show more enjoyable. (Something I had not expected so much at first.)
The storyline lends itself to certain cliches, but these I were happy to accept as a part of a romance drama. The drama part of it certainly had many moments of tears, but I didn't find it too excessive. In light of the rest of the drama, I felt that the ending fit.
The set was also beautiful and the music was well chosen.
Was there anything incredibly exceptional about this drama? Certainly it wasn't one of those thought provoking dramas, nor was this a drama focused on the intricacies of politics--it had its imperfections and repetitions. However it is a story about staying true to one's ideals and it was interesting to watch a show where the King is someone young, with all the passion that comes with youth. The chemistry between the characters was also quite satisfying. But overall, I enjoyed this drama because it gave me the tears and laughter that I was looking for in a sweet romance drama, set in a historic time. Not a perfect drama, but a good one to pass the time with.