PLOT: "During a total eclipse of the sun, a 21st century woman, Ko Ha-jin (IU) is transported back in time to Goryeo Dynasty Korea. She wakes up in the body of 16-year-old Hae Soo and there, she encounters the many royal princes of the ruling family. She falls in love with Wang So (Lee Joon-gi), the fearsome 4th Prince who hides his face behind a mask and is given the derogatory label "wolf dog" by the others. Love, rivalry, politics, and friendships ensues among the princes, in a fight for the throne."
Not too sure about the “16 year old”, but I am here for IU, having since seen and adored her in The Producers (*blush*). Beyond her beauty, she is more than a competent actress in this role, and her constant restraint in vocalising her 21st century mannerisms and words, is utterly charming.
The episode where she meets the King for the first time, and what she says to him - based on the teachings of her history teacher, and thanking her under her breath - is hilarious!
Pen-Twirling becomes “Paint Brush-Twirling”, and the term “Fighting” crosses over to an earlier time period, is all fun!
With the visual period opulence to match the sensibilities of the new millennium, this sprawling beautifully shot series would have been a comfortable watch, but for the multiple pretty male faces o the “princess” (couldn’t have recognised them as part of a boy—band, if that was the case tho :p) - which might well cater to the female viewers (thank goodness for IU ~ *blush*).
The court intrigues parallel that of modern day KDramas, where there are wives an mistresses, and their children and illegitimate-spawn, are universally present here, regardless of time period LOL
But not is not all fun-n-games, swords and betrayal, as there are sentimental and heart tugging moments, for which I will not spoil them for you here.
Billed as “Scarlet Heart” here on Singapore cable, the Korean translated name for this series is ”Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (Hangul: 달의 연인 - 보보경심 려; RR: Dar-ui yeon-in - Bobogyeongsim ryeo)” and is essentially a South Korean drama based on the Chinese novel Bu Bu Jing Xin by Tong Hua.
The first episode aired on August 29, 2016, and ends November 1, 2016, lasting 20 episodes.