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Review: The Moon That Embraces The Sun

The Moon That Embraces The Sun is a great story of love, leadership and justice, and friendship. It may be a fiction but the wisdom I learned from watching the Korean drama, The Moon That Embraces The Sun, are formidable.

The more than 20 hours drama series took a lot of my time and rest for few days but it’s worth watching. I cannot count how many times I cried and laughed, like I was one of the characters of the story. Truly, it carried me away. A part of the story left something immeasurable in my heart. Beside the beautiful setting, the casts outstandingly justified their role. The series won for best drama and best actor award at the 2012 Baeksang Art Awards. The plot of the story is flawless and addicting thus will surely make you follow it thoroughly.

The Characters:

I rarely admire actors and actresses but the characters in that South Korean historical drama left me a great impression.

  • Kim Soo Hyun (김수현) as Lee Hwon (이훤)

    • Yeo Jin Goo (여진구) as young Hwon (15 years old)
Destined to be the first Sun, he experiences love for the first time when he meets Yeon Woo. But Yeon Woo suddenly falls ill and dies. Eight years later he becomes a King who hardly smiles. One day, he encounters a shaman who resembles Yeon Woo. Naming her Wol, he starts to have doubt on Yeon Woo’s death and decides to investigate further.
  • Han Ga In (한가인) as Wol(월) / Heo Yeon Woo (허연우)
    • Kim Yoo Jung (김유정) as young Yeon Woo (13 years old)
Destined to be the first Moon, Yeon Woo was born in the interim of Ari’s execution. Daughter of a noble family, Yeom’s sister and Hwon’s first love, she is smart, bright and well-loved. Chosen as the Crown Princess, she mysteriously fell ill and passed away a few days before the royal wedding ceremony. Just when she was believed to be dead, she was saved by Jang Nok Young, the head shaman upon the request from her late friend Ari, however she lost all her memories. Eight years later, she returns to the palace as a shaman, who is named Wol by Lee Hwon.
  • Jung Il Woo (정일우) as Prince Yang Myung (양명군)
    • Lee Min-Ho (이민호) as young Yang Myung
The second Sun, he is the elder half brother of King Hwon. He was always treated unfairly by his father, King Seongjo. Seemingly a carefree man, he had to struggle between his long, unrequited love for Yeon Woo and his brotherhood with Lee Hwon. He was extremely sad and angry when Yeon Woo dies. Eight years later he is entangled in a dynastic fight against Hwon.
  • Kim Min Seo (김민서) as Yoon Bo Kyung (윤보경)
    • Kim So Hyun (김소현) as young Bo Kyung
The second Moon, Bo Kyung was used as a tool by the Dowager Queen to achieve more power by trying to make her the Crown Princess, which was successful after Yeon Woo’s supposed death. Later, she became the Queen, however, she was never able to consummate her marriage with Hwon.

The Plot:

Thirteen-year-old Heo Yeon Woo is chosen to become the Crown Princess of Joseon until the Dowager Queen plots against her and secretly orders her death. With the help of a powerful shaman’s magic, Yeon Woo escapes with her life, but loses her memories. All believe her to be dead, including the Crown Prince Hwon, who loves her and whom she was to marry. Eight years later, Yeon Woo returns as a shaman named Wol. She has not been forgotten by those she left behind, and her fate is still intertwined with Hwon, who is now the king. She must contend with the current Queen of Joseon, the Queen’s Father, and the Queen Dowager in order to reclaim her rightful place as Queen of Joseon.

The victorious series was originally run last January 4, 2012 to March 15, 2012 and currently running international through GMA Network, a Philippine-based television giant.

Now I am eager to find some selection of customized t-shirts with the photos and signatures of the main casts!

3 comments found

  1. I’ve never heard of this series before, but after looking at the time frame when it aired, it is understandable. My husband was in the critical care unit at our local hospital, consquently, I didn’t watch a lot of television during that time frame. And considering when this article was posted, I doubt that it is still airing, but I will ask my husband to see if he can find it for us to watch. Thanks for your review.

  2. Havent watch this in tv or internet, but I know this is one good drama series. Hope to have time to watch this someday.

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