The Moon that Embraces the Sun – Current K-Drama Addiction


Title: The Sun and The Moon | 해를 품은 달
Chinese Title: 月亮怀抱太阳
Also known as: The Sun and The Moon / The Moon Embracing the Sun
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Historical Drama
Episodes: 20
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2012-Jan-04 to 2012-Mar-08
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

The Moon that Embraces the Sun
, a hit K-drama of the month…

I had been looking forward to this drama ever since I found out that Im Siwan, my favorite K-Pop celeb., would be playing a role in it. I knew that it was a sageuk (Korean historical drama) but I had decided to do a little bit of research to get a better idea of what the drama would be about. To my surprise, the drama is based on a novel called 해를 품은 달 (The Sun and the Moon) by Jung Eun Gwol, the same author that wrote the novel that the popular “historical” drama, Sungkyunkwan Scandal (SKKS), is based on. Since I really enjoyed watching SKKS and was addicted to it (thanks to SKKS, I have started watching historical dramas), I knew that I just had to check out The Moon that Embraces the Sun and guess what? So far the drama is a hit! At the moment it has a viewer rating of almost 30% or more in South Korea, which is really good for a drama that has already aired its 8th episode.

To get a better idea of the drama and its storyline, you can check out the synopsis.

First trailer for The Moon that Embraces the Sun:

It’s evident in the second half of the first episode that the drama has a very magical aura that draws the viewer’s attention and I really enjoyed watching the child actors in the first six episodes – they did an excellent job of portraying their characters.

The Young Child Actresses (from left to right): Kim So-Hyun as Yoon Bo-Kyung, Jin Ji-Hee as Princess Minhwa, and Kim You-Jung as Heo Yeon-Woo

On a side note, Kim You-Jung and Jin Ji-Hee are both following me on Twitter! ^^ They are so cute!

I really like the heroine, Heo Yeon-Woo, who is seen as very brave and intellectual. The child actress, Kim You-Jung portrays Heo Yeon-Woo in a very convincing manner. However, my favorite character in the drama seems to be Seol (the meaning of her name is “snow”), the young maid responsible for serving Heo Yeon-Woo and her household. Although she is a maid, she practices sword fighting skills and learns how to read and write, which is very rare for someone her age to be accomplishing. From my observation, I can see that she was inspired by Heo Yeon-Woo‘s older brother, Heo Yeom, played by none other than my favorite celeb. during the first six episodes. Despite the fact that Heo Yeom gets married to the young Princess Minhwa, I can’t wait to see what happens between Seol and him as young adults after she returns to the place she and Heo Yeon-Woo left (can’t get into any more details as this will spoil the story for those that have not watched the drama =P).

My Favorite Character (both young and elder version): Seol, protector of Heo Yeon-Woo aka Wol. Young Seol is played by Seo Ji-hee and the adult Seol is played by Yoon Seung-Ah (Credit: The Moon Embracing the Sun @ Facebook)

I finished watching the 8th episode today and I am really looking forward to see what happens next! Each episode keeps the viewer in a state of curiosity and suspense. I hope Seol has some action scenes where she can show the viewers her ninja-like skills. xD

Apart from the lovely ladies in the drama, The Moon that Embraces the Sun also consists of “Joseon Dynasty’s F4.” The term, “F4,” is used to describe a group of four “flower boys,” also known as good-looking guys, that are very good friends and hang out with one another like brothers. The term, “F4,” became very popular thanks to the hit Korean drama, Boys Over Flowers, in 2009. Ever since then, any drama that contains a group of four good-looking guys that always stick together, is given the term, “F4.” These are the young actors of The Moon that Embraces the Sun‘s “F4.” All of them are so adorable! ^^ Why can’t guys be more like them? Makes me want to live in the past. I’m starting to think that I have been born in the wrong era (I’m such a traditionalist when it comes to the topic of courtship *sigh*). Times have really changed…

Joseon Dynasty’s F4 (from left to right): Lee Min-Ho as Prince Yangmyung, Yeo Jin-Ku as Prince Lee Hwon, Im Siwan as Heo Yeom, and Lee Won-Geun as Woon

So far, this is the opening for The Moon that Embraces the Sun:

If you are into historical dramas or looking for something entirely different from what you normally watch, then The Moon that Embraces the Sun is definitely worth checking out! You can watch the first 8 episodes of the drama with English subtitles here.


UPDATE: ‘Moon that Embraces the Sun’ OST surpasses T-ARA on music charts for #1


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