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Bright smiles and playful glances in Moonlight Drawn By the Clouds stills

Happy Friday y’all! We have more stills to get you revved up about upcoming youth romance sageuk Moonlight Drawn By the Clouds. Starring Kim Yoo-jung (Angry Mom) and Park Bo-gum (Answer Me 1988), this drama will present the story of a palace romance that occurs between a female cross-dressing eunuch and the crown prince, with Jinyoung (Warm and Cozy) as a friend and love rival.

We’ll be seeing Park Bo-gum in the role of Crown Prince Hyomyeong, who was an artistic prodigy and all-around precocious youth. He was given his status as Crown Prince at age 3, entered the Sungkyunkwan at age 8, and married at age 10. I know that people did things more quickly in olden times, but man, that’s super speed. He meets Kim Yoo-jung’s character outside the palace, where she’s giving out advice to her fellow scholars about their girl problems. They become friends, and she ends up entering the palace as his eunuch advisor. 

History tangent: Although the eldest son of the queen was usually bestowed the title of crown prince, often conflict would ensue if others smelled a whiff of a chance to grab the throne. Sometimes that resulted in brotherly strife or fratricide, or concubines vying to claim power for their own princes (as they came from different noble families with opposing interests). Many, if not most, sageuks capitalize on this theme, and I wonder if (and how) it’ll play out in Moonlight Drawn by Clouds.

Ordinarily, I’m not one to squee about fashion, but traditional Korean hanboks are beautiful, and Park Bo-gum is absolutely rocking his royal ceremonial garb. Kim Yoo-jung looks adorable in her jade-green eunuch robe as well. (I do prefer her in women’s dress a la The Moon That Embraces the Sun; not everyone can pull off the slicked-back hair with the center part and the voluminous hanbok, but Kim Yoo-jung is a girl who was born to wear one.) The couple looks happy together, enjoying their time playing around in the palace.  

Just a couple more weeks until we get to see more of these two in Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds, which premieres on August 15.

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omg ~~~ can't wait

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can't wait, but yoojung is not at all looking like a boy in the stills.

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She's supposed to look pretty even after crossdressing

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Yeah, but there's a diff. btwn being a "pretty boy" and looking like a girl.

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So does the prince start off believing KYJ's character is a boy?

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Yeah,from what i've read till now he thinks she's a "he"...

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wow the visuals are no joke...they all look so pretty

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Lovely stills, but the actress doesn't look remotely like a boy. She is so pretty and feminine it's ridiculous

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She is supposed to look like a pretty boy. Pretty boys are feminine looking aren't they?

Not everyone has Moon Geun-young's facial feature. She was the closest to looking boyish in Painter of the Wind.

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I think only Moon Geun Young and Yoon Eun Hye could make me forget that they're indeed a women.
MGY in POTW and YEH in Coffee Prince have boyish features, gestures and mannerisms, so it's believable to think they're a boy.
Everyone else feels like a woman in man's clothes.
Funny things, KYJ plays younger MGY in POTW.

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If you don't mind, try to go check Megan Lai in Bromance. It is Taiwan Drama, and i'm not say that drama is spectacular. But i must admit she really really confincing playing a boy, a pretty boy.

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i second this. she was great in that! and it helped that her character was raised as a boy her whole life. and she played it as such. that was such a fun drama tbh. and i am normally not a big fan of twdramas.

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Megan Lai was incredible in Bromance! I can't recommend the show enough. It can be incredibly cheesy but the crazy chemistry between her and River Chen (which has gone beyond the show ;) ) hooked me in literally 10 minutes.

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I've seen a bit of Megan Lai in Bromance, but haven't watch the drama fully. I think she does a great job to portray a boy! A pretty boy indeed!

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I think we'll have to see her performance before we can judge how well KYJ pulls it off. She's not your average stand-there-and-look-pretty actress, so she'll try to adopt masculine mannerisms, at least (even if this is just a stand-there-and-look-pretty kind of drama).

MGY in Painter of the Wind is still one of my favorite performances ever. I really hope that her next drama takes her back to those heights.

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Agree.. POTW is MGY's best role I think.. She really shines in sageuk but she needs to choose high quality dramas/movies. After POTW and CS, I think she's in a decline, before Achiara and Sado/The Throne came along. Although those two projects barely challenge her acting. I'm still waiting for her new movie and pray it won't suck.

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It's hard being an MGY fan :(

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Agreed. And must check out Taiwan drama Bromance. You will not be disappointed.

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Agreed. The visuals are a bit off, but I think it'll come down to her performance. If she phones it in, then she probably won't be convincing, but KYJ usually rises to the challenge.

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I'm not even worried about the boyish look. I want to see her do what she does best. Act!

Cross dressing is a challenge for both male and female actors. We are build differently. Some may get away with changing their looks but the voice always gives it away.

Well, except for this person.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sk0E_LMiVnk

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The term "pretty boys" has a couple of different meanings but even for the more androgynous looking types, they don't look like actual girls.

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I'm pretty sure if you put Bogummy in a wig and hanbok, he would out-pretty many of the ladies.

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Yes! You took the words out of my mouth. He would out pretty so many girls for sure.... And he is such a cutie-pie!

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Still looks like a guy (albeit a guy w/ delicate features).

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Bye everyone, I'm transporting myself to August to watch this. I'll be back to watch it again with you guys and Past Me.

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Bring your radio so you can tell us in advance if the show is good or not.

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Oh nooo, excuse me if I've said this a million times before but Park Bo-gum is too handsome for words... Already regretting not planning on watching this.

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Maybe I just watched too many k-pop MVs but Kim Yoo-jung in those pics passes for a veeeeeery pretty idol boy to me. XD

I'd have to hear her voice and see her mannerisms in a teaser though.

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Yeah, you probably only have to put a wig on them and they'd pass off as girls (some are already wearing enough makeup hehe). ;-)

People should just google her brother, they actually look very alike, so her playing a boy isn't that far stretched.

And at least in the palace nobody will doubt her eunuch status because let's not forget that a lot of boys were castrated at a very young age (before hitting puberty), so her not looking (and probably acting) like a normal guy is ok for me.

I don't know maybe I don't have any problems with this because I grew up watching too many Chinese historical dramas with crossdressing girls so I'm used to it.
I've come around to think that people were just extremely gullible back then...a person dressed as a guy has to be a guy no matter how feminine he looks, you just don't question it. lol

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not just idols, I have seen asian guys coming to the museum who look too pretty to be men. then again, there are women out there who look masculine. why not? people are different.

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I would probably be more interested if A.) he didn't already have a wife (I know, I know, they did things differently back then) and B.) if she was more convincing as a boy (cause so far, I'm not buyin' it). Love both the leads but for some reason, the premise just isn't grabbing hold of me. I still plan to check it out; who knows, I may end up loving it.

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I have the same issue, though I'm not too attached to the leads. The age difference admittedly bothers me since she's still a minor, but he's not so old I can't forgive it. But she looks so tiny in those pictures lol

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I wish there were more historical dramas with husbands learning to love their wife, something along the lines of King Gongnim and his wife in the drama faith. I probably feel they are going to make his 'wife' here the 'bad one' for us viewers to care more for the main leads, they always seem to do that, sigh!

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Three Musketeers had a romance like that and I loved it :) Definitely wish there were more like it...

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Empress Ki has 2 kings who care for one woman and the husband emperor do love his wife.
The Three Musketeers also have the crown prince eventually fall in love with his wife.
I think in Faith the king also loves his queen.
The funny thing, more often than not if the king falls in love with other woman, the queen will be portrayed as evil, having evil father vying for position, etc or the queen are barren (due to evil Queen Dowager ofc) therefore force the king to seek alternative. And if you look up Joseon's history a king would have many queens and concubines. Only Hyeonjong (father of Sukjong) had only 1 queen during his lifetime.

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Kings generally only had one queen, unless something goes terribly wrong.

Kings are also usually forced to take in concubines, because like in the article above, they're all from different clans with different political agendas. The concubines are therefore political pawns, though I don't deny that some of them are where they are just because they caught the king's eye.

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The real Empress Ki was in love with power and putting her son on the throne. There was no love story there.

Beside Gongmin and Noguk every other romance sageuks out there is fictionalized for our entertainment.

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Yeah I know, but in the drama EK is portrayed as being loved by 2 kings. If we go exactly by history, the drama won't have much romance but much more political plots instead. LOL.

Nowadays what kind of sageuk are truly sageuk? They're either fantasy or faction (fact+fiction), don't you agree?

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The last real sageuk was Jeong DoJeon 2 yrs ago :(. It's cheaper and faster to make fictional fantasy etc sageuks so it's going to take a long time before we get another conventional sageuk. Kind of sad.

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I feel like if this drama wouldnt have romance and focus on only their friendship and adventures in palace,i would like it more.Something like a quirky slice of life

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So Much Pretty!

I know that for some people, it is going to be hard to see her as a eunuch...but give the show a chance to air, people! *Sheesh!* I COMPLETELY did not buy that Park Min-Young was a boy in Sungkyunkwan Scandal, but I enjoyed the plot. It was adorable, and I had a great time watching it despite that. You just have to let some things go.

That being said, she and Park Bo Gum are stunning in their hanboks.

I am looking forward to this.

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I THOUGHT THAT WAS GOT7'S JR in the feature pic kmn HAHAHA how do they look so alikeeee

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I ask and showed of kim yoo jung and bo gum photos to my friend who's not interested in k-drama if Whose more handsome of the two? I was surprised he choose Kim yoo jung .she said he is a pretty boy. She really thought Kim yoo jung is a boy! Lol! ?

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We are use to seeing her beautiful face so it's harder for us to picture her as a boy.

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You have a point! Haha!

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This is so true. I asked same to my brother who only watches historical dramas he said that one is too short but both handsome lol. Since we know the actress like forever it's harder to suspend disbelief but not impossible ^^

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It doesn't look too bad in the stills here, but some of the pictures I've seen from other sources make it look like they've used way too light of a foundation on Bo Gum :(

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To quote a wise and sage Bogum's Protection Squad member: the more popular he is, the thicker his BB cream xD.

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I need a time machine ... August 15 ... pls come to me... OMG... I miss PBG so much.... fell in love with him in I remember you, went head over heels crazy about him in Reply 1988, I don’t know what will become of me after watching as a Prince ???

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Oh btw history said Crown Prince Hyomyeong only live until 21 yo. I wonder if the drama will show happy ending and us viewers won't watch him die or the show goes more conventional sageuk route "kill as much characters as possible"?

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It's a fantasy sageuk adapted from a novel that uses Prince Hyomyeong as a character, so no, he will not die in the drama. They will get married & have a pair of twins that look exactly like their beautiful parents. It'll be a happily ever after sort of drama.

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Really? Twins are usually bad luck/omen when it comes to the royal family. That is making me nervous.

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The novel ended with happy ending, so if the script writer wants to change that, kill the prince & separate the lovebirds—I think she will face the wrath of not only the avid novel readers, but also the Korean ahjumma who love both Bo Gum and Yoo Jung.

Not a very wise ending if KBS wants to sell the copyrights overseas too. Hehehe.

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On the contrary, many Korean fans want the ending to be different from that of the novel. They don't want this drama to make historical distortion of Prince Hyomyung who's life is featured for the first time in a K drama.

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Thank you. I hope they follow the novel then.

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Is it the spoiler from the webtoon?
I'll be happy if it's true!

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Yes. Illustration from the novel.
http://i.imgsafe.org/095e97945e.jpg

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Same here, I'm expecting the novel version not the actual history.

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Image 1 and 5 are not official stills btw. They are photoshop by fans.

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I need at least a teaser right now to fully convinced my poor heart. KBS please~

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lol the height and age difference. she just looks like his little sister. i hope they bring the chemistry, but i don't see it yet.

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I am anticipating this series cuz I really wanna see Bogummy in a drama again. Love Yoojungie as well, so I hope they will do an awesome job together. ^^

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