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KBS adapts youth romance sageuk Moonlight Drawn By Clouds

It looks like palace romance might be a recurring theme in the coming drama year. Time-slip romance Moon Lovers is being shopped at SBS, and now KBS is adapting a fusion historical youth romance novel called Moonlight Drawn By Clouds. The web novel by writer Yoon Yi-soo is about a crossdressing heroine who gives out love advice posing as a man, and somehow ends up as a eunuch serving under the crown prince, leading to hijinks, friendship, and love. Heh, it sounds like Splish Splash Love without the time travel.

The web novel takes place in 19th-century Joseon, during the reign of King Sunjo. The heroine makes a living giving advice to men as an expert in all matters concerning women, using the clever conceit that she’s a worldly man who knows all about romance. Well that’s certainly an interesting reason to be crossdressing, I’ll give you that.

Through a series of fated incidents involving a scholar, she is awarded a position in the palace, but as a eunuch. So then she enters a world where no women are allowed, and sends the palace buzzing with her love advice. As a eunuch, she’ll befriend Crown Prince Hyomyeong, King Sunjo’s first son and heir to the throne, and Kim Sat-gat, the famous Joseon poet and literary scholar. She’ll be their trusted friend, and of course eventually she’ll also become their love interest.

It’s described as a youth palace drama in the vein of Sungkyunkwan Scandal and The Moon That Embraces the Sun, and production company KBS Media is currently in casting talks. There’s really no telling what kind of drama we’ll get based on the description alone (everybody wants to be the next Sungkyunkwan Scandal but so few fusion sageuks are), though I like the premise and the potential fun of involving real historical figures. So… what’s a girl gotta do to get Yoon Doo-joon and Kim Seul-gi in this drama? Rain dance? Firstborn? Name it.

Moonlight Drawn By Clouds is being planned for a 2016 broadcast on KBS.

Via E Daily

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the premise sounds fun! but so many of these cross-dressing dramas get bogged down by trivial matter and it takes a long time for the action to get started. And I would be alright with that if it happens like in the Coffee Prince here even the leading up to part is fun with interactions between the leads but..... I hope they keep it light with just enough heart.

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*matters

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okay there are other grammar mistakes and I really should have checked it over before i posted. after coffee prince i mean where not here.

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Although, I am not a big fan of fusion sageuks (tend to lack the heart of a real historical drama, but these days, even real sageuks lack depth and heart, so...), when done well, they can be quite interesting.

Cross dressing dramas can be hit or miss, but like you said, if the interactions are cute, and the conflict light, they can be fun.

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Interesting.

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when i read the first line that palace romances were becoming a theme, i thought "noooooo..." but then i remembered splish splash love, so yessss

*praying to the drama gods for yoon doo-joon and kim seul-gi, however unlikely it is*

but either way, this sounds more interesting than moon lovers

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You said it! And, it could be even better than SSL because this way, the hero won't be married! (I'm not counting on it, but I hope it will be good. In a drama like this, casting will be all-important.)

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please dont cast a cute/pretty actress to go undercover.
can we get a real looking boy like go eun chan of cofee prince instead of pretty girls in man attire with heavy make up and pretend nobody recognize her then we all have to try hard to play along..

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Hear, hear :D

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You're right cute/feminine/bubbly types dangerous but no worries about pretty if Park Bo Gum looks prettier beside her lol

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Well that will be a depressing love story given that the Crown Prince croaks it at 21.

But if it is similar to "Splish Splash" then hopefully it will be a good drama.

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I have already started praying to the Drama Overlords that Doojoon and Kim Seul Gu will be able to do this show. Please oh great and grand deities of KDramaLand MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

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The possibility is so small bcs they basically playing the same role all over again; but why not? #teamsplishsplashtears

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Can't wait,historical romance is one of my favorite genre. Sad that this year had a short supply of it in the
K dramatics.

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KBS does so many webtoon adaptation this days as news seen...the premise is nothing new yet sounds fun,if it will be as Sungkyunkwan Scandal it will be even more amazing,curious about the main leads casting...

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Can we get Doojoon and Kim Seul Gi on board with this one please. I need my splash otp together again

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I came to say this.I swear.

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I second this...please drama gods! Please!!

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Does anyone know the actually Korean name of it? I want to read it first. Or does anyone know where i can read this novel?

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The illustration is beautiful…….

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MY BODY IS SO DANG READY FOR THIS.

i envision a young-ish cast so I VOTE:

female lead:
first choice: PARK BO FRIGGIN YOUNG (this would be a dream come true...abit unlikely but i would die if she was cast)
jo sung min
kim ji won
kim yoo jung
jin ki joo (i would really love to see more of her. btw, she was the college friend in 2nd times twenty years old)
yura (this is a reach and random as heck i know but she has potential and i would like to see her in a drama^^)

2nd male lead:
first choice: ji chang wook
jung il woo
lee joon
ji soo (but probs not cuz he's already attached to moon lovers #sigh)
sung jae

male lead:
first choice: PARK BO GUM (it's his time. IT. IS. HIS. TIME. TO. LEAD. and i would die if it was with PBY. like how cute are their names together? (PBY x PBG)
park seo joon
yoo seung ho

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I am actually not fond of cross-dressing saeguk story, the girl usually looks too cute, completed with make-up and girly voice pretend to be a man while we try so hard to not notice it -,-

But PARK BO GUM!!! I will watch anything related to him at this point lol True though, it is his time to lead :D

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Wow your splash of names really get my imagination going and now I can't choose!!

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Ji Chang Wook as 2nd male lead????

Hahahahahaha....that's funny....

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So I heard Park Bo Gum has been confirmed for the male lead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Ikr. Waiting confirmation for lead actress.

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I know! I am so excited! Is the casting director an avid lurker on this websit or something? Somehow all the ppl I have named have been confirmed/in talks for this drama :)

Park bo gum as 1st lead
Sungjae as possible 2nd lead
Kim ji won as female lead

SO EXCITED that the casting news is good for once, woo!

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You are amazing ^^ Yoojung x Bogum did happen and Sungjae is considering to play the second male lead XD

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doo joon and seul gi?? yes, please!!! *fingers crossed*

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yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG i would cry so much if this come true!!!!!!!!! Life couldn't be more perfect to have those two as the lead again!!!!!!! i would pray to the drama gods for the rest of my life if this come true!!!!

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'So… what’s a girl gotta do to get Yoon Doo-joon and Kim Seul-gi in this drama? Rain dance? Firstborn? Name it.'
I love the fact that how many here are in sync lol.

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I am so done with cross dressing heroine. hah..

But if it has Kim Seul Gi-Do joon pairing as main lead, I will be in for sure!

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Premise sounds interesting, so I'm curious about the potential cast. I love YDJ and KSG. Though it's unlikely they will be in this, I'd love to see them in another project again. ^^

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The premise of this does sound really interesting ^.^ I'm excited to see who ends up getting cast.

I actually wasn't a fan of Sungkyunkwan Scandal (don't kill me! D: ) It just didn't... I don't know, it was good to me in theory but it kind of lost me along the way.

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Kim Seul Gi and Yoon Doo Joon! Oh DramaGods please, please please!!!!!!!

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Okay this sounds amazing. I love the reason for cross dressing - because another poor excuse will probably turn me off from such dramas for a long time. It sounds totally up my alley. Now please cast people I love or we'll have words, show!

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At least this time the girl is supposed to so pretty that sometimes the people are doubting her being a boy (in the manhwa), so it'll be better than the others hopefully ^^
I hope you like Kim Yoojung x Park Bogum & Yook Sungjae (not confirmed yet) as second male lead :D

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Dear dear Girlfriday, with respect and well wish and as your site's fan, I start to get real worry about you offering your first (un)born to Dreams God. You never know what fate will bring, dear. Your first born could actually come at some point. At least the offering seems like a negative self-promise. And that is not good to yourself. Better be on the positive side. Happy New Year.

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I think Girlfriday is using some tongue-in-cheek humour, so it should all be fine haha! :)

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I honestly can't tell if you're being serious or not.

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Ahahaha I agree with your Yoon Doo-joon/Kim Seul-gi comment. I think we're all wanting a little bit more of that amazing chemistry ahhh

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That final scene in the rain by the sea....the way they were looking at each other still gives me goosebumps.

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glad to see that's still on your mind, pogo :) i'll admit i went back to watch that scene again after reading this post xD

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Another cross dressed female in sageuk drama? I am so tired of it already..... It has been over-done.

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@kayla
if your dreamcasts come true, then I'm in for this.. lololol..

I can't imagine how lovely to see JCW and PSJ or PBG in one frame. LOL

but as the female lead I prefer Nam Ji Hyun will match the look of a girl with crossdressing theme. I saw her in some saeguk dramas which showed her in that kind of crossdressing. And her acting as a boy and her looks are all matched.

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yeah, she was awsome in Queen Seonduk, but I read somewhere that she wants to focus on her study and has been off Dramaland for some years now. Let's just hope they cast a perfect female lead for this or I'll just skip.

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I don't know if we are talking about the same Nam Ji Hyun but she has been quite active in dramaland...in 2014/early 2015 she acted alongside Park Hyung Sik in weekend drama 'What happens to my family' (one of the main leads), played the young Go Hye Sun in 'Angel Eyes' and has just been cast (though short-1 episode) in 'Mysterious New Student'(SBS drama).

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@jane ah, I don't really know about that, is she really want to take some hiatus for her study, I hope she still could appear in another drama after her drama WHTMF. Yeah let's hope they'll cast female lead which really match with the role.

@nami yeah we're talking the same nam ji hyun as you told, so I really wish she would be the lead for this.

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Ok then, I agree with this choice. I like her a lot in WHTMF, I like her bubbly with a heart of gold personality in it.
She's pretty but not overly so, she has this girl next door vibe to her which I think would be perfect for the role.

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Omo Nam Ji Hyun! She can totally rock cross dressing role and more than beautiful whenever I see her she looks clever so no wonder crown prince would fall for her omona that would be awesome TT Both are so very talented and share perfect simile charm <3

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oooh, I hope they cast someone good!

I'd be all gung-ho about Yoon Doo-joon and Kim Seul-gi too, but only if the script is worth it. Those two deserve better than to be stuck in a tedious cross-dressing mess like Scholar Who Walks the Night.

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Splish Splash Version 2.

Come on, Drama Gods PLS.

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I LOVE SSL! If they are going to give us the same level of chemistry YDJ &KSG in SSL, count me in. I've watched SSL so many times already but still i find it fun and charming. Hope this new drama will be like that too.

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How is it a fusion though?

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Guess I am not the only one with withdrawal after SSL? Oh show, why were you so good!

#teamYDJandKSG

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I VOLUNTEER TO DO THE RAIN DANCE FOR DOOJOON AND SEULGI TO REUNITE

Join me my fellow splash comrades

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Male lead: Ji Hyun Woo
Female lead: Jung So Min
2nd male lead: Lee Joon

Well I want to see Ji Hyun Woo in hanbok again, love him in Queen In Hyun's Man

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can we have JUNG EUNJI as the lead?.. she's not crazily pretty,she's sassy,energetic and not the typical very cute girl turn boy. but of course she can be cute too..

and her voices are quite rough too. it would be believable for her to do the crossdressing. well..atleast for me :)
the effect of watching SGG.heee

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Like a previous commenter has already said, they better cast a girl that's not very feminine looking because that just makes all the other characters look like fools for not realizing they're talking to a girl.

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''everybody wants to be the next Sungkyunkwan Scandal but so few fusion sageuks are''

The moon that embraces the sun did much better then SS ever could dream off

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Kim seul gi and doojoon please...never in the world i thought that i'd be having withdrawal over 2 episodes drama...but ssl made me yearn for more..please drama god

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I will also volunteer to do a rain dance to see YDJ and KSG again!!!! Please dramagods!!!!

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lee min ho 1993 anyone?

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Kim Jiwon!!!!

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I hope it has the same hype as my all time favorite historical Kdrama SUNGKYUNGWAN SCANDAL....
Then it will also recognized abroad just like SKKS...

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And I just rewatched SSL before checkin in here too!!! XD Count me in, I volunteer!!!!! O/

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#teamYDJKSG!!!
i loved them in SSL i miss it already i made my sisters watch it and they werent as excited... granted they hate when idols are in dramas but still Yoon Doo Joon is a great actor!!! i watched it again after to make myself feel better.

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I didn't know he was an idol.

If anyone told me there's an idol in this drama, I would have guessed the idol is the king's bodyguard because he's SO pretty.

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It'd be amazing if they fully played out the premise with something similar to Danish girl. I vote So In Guk for the role. Can anyone imagine transgenders 3 centuries earlier. I know its a far shot but potentially good material to play out with. Although I very much doubt that will happen as kdrama overlords recycle the same themes to keep the world going round.

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I love historical dramas the most, but many of the recent ones hve been very disappointing. I hope this one will not. :)

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As long as they don't cast an idol who can't act as the main leads I am down for this.

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lee min ho 1993 and kim yoo jung this need to happen now! xD

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Is Kim Yoojung and Park Bogum good enough? XD

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So ... basically a mash-up of Splish Splash and Love Detective Sherlock K? The possibilities are endless!

I currently have a thing about Park Bo Gum (I Remember You/Hello Monster was DAEBAK) and Yook Sung Jae (his role in Achiara was so earnest and cute (*waggles detective antennae*) - wouldn't mind seeing either of them!

And just because ... maybe a cameo by Lee Soo Hyuk? Yunno, just cos he looks hot in sageuk costume!

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If Sungjae does accept the offer we'll see both of them XD With Kim Yoojung <3

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Doojoon and Kim Seul Gi! Doojoon and Kim Seul Gi!

Come chant it with me

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YDJ x KSG should happen. for this.seriously. SSL was their perfect audition and test run, get on that casting director! They had such great chemistry and would have even more chemistry now that they are familiar with each other. also they both look believable in historical gear.

It makes me sad that there is probably only a 0,5 % chance of it happening :(

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"Youth" sageuk adaption. So the main characters in the novel are around teen - young adult age?
*Suggesting Nam Bora as a possible female lead candidate* She's a great actress who unfortunately seems to be over-looked a lot.

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PARK!BO!GUM!

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What I'm curious about is if the Crown Prince knows she is a woman before he falls in love because if he falls in love thinking she is a guy it could fall really wrong for Christian Koreans who are really against 'promoting gay love' even though it's not that because she's a woman..

Hmm.. mind fuck

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