The Moon That Embraces the Sun Review

A “court romance” drama which is set in a royal palace during the rule of a fictional king. The story centers around 23-year-old king Lee Hwon and his first lover whom he is ready to give all his life. It is a story of innocent love among young people of a different era. Their sad but beautiful love story. Their pure royal romance shrouded in gloom. Love of different colors… The drama also talks about right-positioning. Every element should be set in its proper place. Just how it is dangerous for the solar system if the sun and the moon were to swerve off course, the whole world can be dangerous when things stray from their original path. This is the political ideology of King Lee Hwon.


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Wol / Heo Yeon Woo (Han Ga In) {Child : Kim Yoo Jung}
She was saved by a female shaman when she was young when she was plotted to be killed by the people who are both jealous and fearful of her beauty and wits when she was just a young girl. Having grown up to be a female shaman under the name of Wol (Moon), she re-encounters Lee Hyon whom she was once betrothed to. Upon noticing the many similiarities between Wol and Yeon Woo, Lee Hyon begins to fall for her. Lee Hyon’s half older brother, Yang Myung Gun who gets attracted to her kind nature begins to fall for her as well. Will she be able to survive when the suspicions are once are aroused that the supposely dead Yeon Woo is still alive?
Lee Hyon (Kim Soo Hyun) {Child : Yeo Jin Goo}
Lee Hyon became a changed person after the killing of his betrothed, Yeon Woo. Not longer is he the kind-hearted boy that everyone in the palace/court used to like but a cold, hearted person who refused to love nor accept love no matter how hard Yoon Bo Gyung, the girl who had replaced Woo as his wife tries to win his heart. But his heart began to start beating again after his encounter with Wol who has lots of many similiarities with the already dead Yeon Woo.
Prince Yang Myung / Yang Myung Goon (Jung Il Woo) {Child : Lee Min Ho}
His given title is Prince Yang Myung / Yang Myung Goon. He and Lee Hyon are half-brothers who have the same mother but different father. Due to Lee Hyon’s father being the king, the position of the crown prince was passed down to Lee Hyon although he is older in age, talented and more well mannered than Lee Hyon. And most likely because he is the elder brother, he is always trying to give in / not fight with his brother for anything. He projects an image of a playboy especially after the death of his first wife. But then with the appearance of Wol, he finds himself fighting for something he wants against his brother for the first time.
Yoon Bo Kyung / Queen Yoon (Kim Min Seo) {Child : Kim So Hyun}
She became the first official wife of Lee Hwon after the death of Yeon Woo but received none of his love as a woman.
Although she appears to be a kind and warm person, she hides her real face under the mask of lies and pretending to be nice.
Heo Yeom (Song Jae Hee) {Child : Si Wan}
He is the elder brother of Yeon Woo who adores his sister dearly. Although he is marries Princess Min Hwa through an arranged marriage, his heart remains with “Sul” the serving maid of Yeon Woo whom he had grown up with, causing Min Hwa’s hatred of him of not thinking of her as a woman.

Woon (Song Jae Rim)
He is the loyal bodyguard of Lee Hwon who is cold on the outside but warm within. Although he is blessed with good looks, brains and fighting skills, he is faulted as being born as the son of a concubine which gives him a lowly status although he is the son of a nobleman

Princess Min Hwa (Nam Bora) {Child : Jin Ji Hee}
Due to a childish streak of jealous towards Yeon Woo when they were young, Min Hwa unwittingly becomes involved in the plot to kill Yeon Woo. She has been carrying the guilty conscience ever since she knew that Yeon Woo was killed because of her childish act and hopes to make amends towards her family especially after marrying Yeom, Yeon Woo’s brother whom she loved with all her heart but he doesn’t even think of her as a woman to love after their marriage.

Sul [Snow] (Yoon Seung Ah)
She was the maid serving Yeon Woo before her supposed death and had grown up with both Yeom and Yeon Woo since they were young. She followed and served Wol who lost her memories, protecting her with the martial arts she learnt from the enemies who are out to harm her.

Supporting Cast

Heo Young Jae, Yeom and Yeon’s father (SunWoo Jae Duk)

Shin Ssi, Yeon Woo and Yeom’s birth mother (Yang Mi Kyung)

Great King Seong Jo, Lee Hwon’s father (Ahn Nae Sang)

Grand empress Yoon,Lee Hwon’s grandmother (Kim Young Ae)

Nation’s shaman, Jang Ssi / Wol’s adoptive mother (Jeon Mi Seon)


Though this drama is a historical drama it is not as dynamic or as complicated as many costume dramas. It is a simple romance drama containing betrayal, jealousy and political plots. It is written very well and I enjoyed it so much that I would include it in one of the dramas everyone should watch.

The setting was carefully chosen and I enjoyed how it was a very relaxed drama. It contained humour to make up for the sad parts. The starting of the drama gave an impression of a serious storyline but instead I rate it more of a “teen” drama rather than an adult mostly due to its emphasis on the romance and immature scenes that is not to say it made the drama any less likeable in fact it is great for those moments where you just want to enjoy something.

There are not as many action scenes either which is right in tune with being a teen drama so you can expect less blood scenes. I usually like my historical dramas bloody but with this drama it seemed okay as the focus was more on the romance rather then anything else. I suppose the evil doing was mostly done with words rather than swords. In this case they approached it with shamanism. Though I do think they could have handled the magic a bit more tastefully rather then it being all over the place. Sometimes it seemed a bit to unrealistic.

Now for me personally there are a lot of things that this drama could have done without. Mostly many aspects of the ending felt a bit rush. Read the spoiler to read what I feel the drama could have done differently.

Do not read the spoiler if you have not watched the drama because it will spoil it for you >.>


The young actors who came at the start did such an amazing job. I literally missed them once the adult actors came along which was after episode five.  All of them have acted in excellent dramas before such as The duo, Iljimae, Warrior Baek, The gumiho’s revenge ect. I adored Yeo Jin Goo and Kim Yoo Jung who were playing Lee Hwon and Yeon Woo/Wol. They had such chemistry and were so adorable >_< Also Lee Min Ho was  a good actor. You may remember him if you watched  Sungkyunkwan Scandal and  he was also with Yeo jin goo in Gumiho revenge. 

As for the adult actors I must admit that Kim Soo Hyun who played Lee Hwon, the king, blew me away with his acting. He was so so impressive and as much as I loved Jung woo I think I fell a bit more for Kim so Hyun. xP He had such a presence and the emotions he portrayed were so good. Jung Eun Pyo as the eunuch Hyeong Seon was an excellent choice for a side character because he really brought in the fun moments. Song Jae Rim as the Kings guard played the tall, mysterious deadly character so well.  Fell in love with him >< Of course I could not complain about Jung woo but I must admit near the ending he had less screen time then I would have liked.

Personally I feel that Han Gin was really monotone and had no expression what so ever as Wol / Heo Yeon Woo. I understand that she is suppose to be silent serious character but I could not feel any emotion even when she found out things that could break a person. I feel she was not as impressive as the other characters.  Even the other female characters like Jun Mi Sun as the Head Shaman were  unremarkable. I feel in a way that was a bit of a flaw but they did not spoil the drama for me.

Overall I enjoyed this drama a lot. I looked forward to watching it each week.  The drama could have been better especially with the ending and with less unrealistic moments. It kind of reminded me of a teenage novel.   A lot of romance and passion with not a lot of depths or seriousness. Not exactly a good thing but that saying if you do watch this drama it wont disappoint you. Its a lot of fun, entertaining and a memorable drama which will most likely be on your must watch list.

Going to post a few backstage pictures here because I find them so adorable.

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Period

Episodes: 20

Rating: ****



  1. Why is that guard so pretty when happy? Like the pics at the end. *_*


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