Moon Lovers - Scarlet Heart: Ryeo Korean drama review

So, Moon Lovers has come to an end. I cannot say which kind of ending it has, although I can imply that I didn’t completely like it. Not sure if I might explain my reasons here (probably not). Since that will only spoil the party for you if you haven’t finished yet.

There are many things to like about the drama if we see the whole picture. There are also many things that would feel like they happen in every historical drama we see. Those are both sides of the same story.

This drama has a really well defined script. It is also, performed and filmed nicely. But on the other side, it has many turns that have happened everywhere else in many dramas before.

Moon Lovers - Scarlet Heart: Ryeo Korean drama review

Synopsis of Moon Lovers – Scarlet Heart Korean Drama

Go Ha Jin a girl from our times has an accident during an eclipse. That takes her to Goryeo Dynasty era where she is known as Hae Soo, a princess’ second cousin that will get close to King Wanggun’s many sons and possible heirs to the throne. She is close to her cousin’s husband, the 8th Prince, Wang Wook. Although her attention will turn towards Wang Soo, who is also known as “The Wolf” and be feared as one as well.

Wang So, the 4th prince, will be back from his exile where his adopting family sent him to live with wolfs. They wanted him to die for sure, but instead he came out stronger. Being marked by his parents when he was just a little boy, his scar made his real mother to hate him and vouch for his brothers instead.

With a mark on his face, a hard life lived and hate in his soul, he will get to know Hae Soo, who will discover the real Wang So.

Starring in Moon Lovers – Scarlet Heart Korean Drama

  • Lee Joon Ki as Prince Wang So
  • IU as Hae Soo
  • Kang Ha Neul as Prince Wang Wook
  • Kim Sung Kyun as Astronomer Choi Ji Mong
  • Jo Min Gi ask King King Wanggun
  • Kim San Ho as Prince Wang Moo
  • Hong Jong Hyun as Prince Wang Yo
  • Nam Joo Hyuk as Prince Wang Wook also known as Baek Ha.
  • Baekhyun as Prince Wang Eun
  • Ji Soo as Prince Wang Jung
  • Yoon Sun Woo as Prince Wang Won
  • Kang Han Na as Princess Hwangbo Yeon Hwa
  • Jin Ki Joo as Chae Ryung

Also starring in Moon Lovers: Seohyun, Z.Hera, Park Ji Young, Jung Kyung Soon, Woo Hee Jin, Park Shi Eun, Park Jung Hak among many many others.

The story has many twists, although there aren’t as many as we would like to. Frustrating situations, which I usually get with IU’s characters tho I really love her (it’s obviously not her fault). In general, it’s a typical historical Korean drama with some bits of originality.


Amazing original soundtrack. Lee Hi’s song is the best choice ever made. There is also a background music for tense moments that reminded me to Strange Things soundtrack as well, really cool sounds, never heard on a drama before.

Lastly but which was, at least for me the best of the drama were the death scenes. I cannot say who died, of course. But I tell you if you can go through them without crying I think you have no soul at all. The music is perfect, the composition of frames is amazing and the whole feeling of those moments are truly worth the entire drama. Of course, performances are great too, specially Joon Ki’s, in my opinion which might not be the most objective of them all. Still, they were all amazing.

Moon Lovers - Scarlet Heart: Ryeo Korean drama review

Moon lovers is based on a Chinese novel named “Bu Bu Jing Xin”, published in 2005. It had adaptations that were aired back in 2011 and 2014. I haven’t seen any of this previous versions and the story is so sad that I will need some time to recover. I will leave the trailer here so you can get a feeling of you’re going to see, in case you haven’t started yet. But I need to clarify that the joy shown in it has nothing to do with the story, at least not at its fullest.

Moon Lovers - Scarlet Heart: Ryeo Korean drama review

It doesn’t matter what I say, you need to watch it. Cause even tho if it feels like you have seen some stories like this before, you will not be able to stop watching it.

Images from SBS site.

6 thoughts on “Moon Lovers – Scarlet Heart: Ryeo Korean drama review”

  1. I just finished watching the whole series (in only 3 days, once I started I had to watch everything!) and I really liked it… even if it made me cry a bit too… some parts are sooooo sad! 🙁

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