kdrama, the moon that embraces the sun, kim yoo jung, yeo jin goo
The Moon Embracing The SunAlthough this drama is only a year old, it was so loved and sosuccessful that it earns the designation of Classic KDrama. "The MoonEmbracing The Sun" has everything that makes a kdrama enjoyable:intersecting love triangles, doomed, separated lovers, a little magic,political intrigue and, for lovers of historical dramas, great costumesand some epic sword fights.
The drama begins when 13-year-old Heo Yeon Woo, played by Kim YooJung, accompanies her mother to the royal palace to attend a ceremony.When she wanders away, she meets the Crown Prince Lee Hweon, played byYeo Jin Goo, trying to escape the palace. They fall in love and she ischosen as the Crown Princess. If ever there was a devoted andwell-suited couple, it's the Crown Prince and Princess.
But, alas, fate intervenes in a heartbreaking way. The Dowager Queen,played by Kim Young Ae, orders Heo's death, so she can install thedaughter of another clan as Crown Princess. She orders a shaman, aspiritual intermediary between people and the gods, to cast a spell onher. But the shaman has promised a friend that she will protect the girland instead, in true fairy tale fashion, casts another kind of spell tospirit her away.
Eight years later, when the Crown Prince is King and is unhappilymarried to Yoon Bo Kyung, played by Kim So Hyunas a girl and Kim MinSeo as an adult, he encounters the shaman Wol, who unbeknownst to him isHeo Yeon Woo. She has no memory of her former life and was raised tobelieve that she is a shaman, although she has no powers.
Besides the wonderful performances by the younger actors, Kim SooHyunas King Lee Hwon and Han Ga Inas Wol are more than convincing intheir role as lost lovers. Also delivering a great performance is JungIl Wooas Prince Yang Myung. He champions Wol at a time when no one elsewill stand up for her.
Besides being a compelling story, "The Moon Embracing The Sun" alsooffers some insight into the role of shamans in Korea. Mostly women, thepractitioners of this ancient religion were once a powerful force.
Drama fans voted "The Moon Embracing The Sun" as DramaFever's BestKDrama of 2012 award and voted the Best Newcomer of the Year award forYeo Jin Goo.
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