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Moonlight Drawn By Clouds promises unpredictable, hilarious, heart-stopping romance

I love the outright comedic tone of the Moonlight Drawn By Clouds promos, which acknowledge the outrageousness of its premise — the crown prince falls in love with his eunuch, who’s a girl passing herself off as a man — and are going after that absurdity full-force. I have a lot of fond memories of Sungkyunkwan Scandal, which had a similar crossdressing-in-Joseon setup and a strong humorous bent, but Moonlight is taking a much more aggressively comedic approach and seems like it’ll one-up it with its girl-in-disguise hijinks.

Here we’ve got a fresh batch of posters featuring the two main leads: Park Bo-gum (Answer Me 1988) as the crown prince, and Kim Yoo-jung (Angry Mom) in her feminine persona, before (or maybe after?) she enters the palace to attend to the prince.

There’s also the second official teaser (or third overall, if we’re counting that hilarious song-and-dance number, where the captions alert us to the unbelievable rumors swirling in the palace that the prince has fallen for his eunuch. It has the courtiers in a tizzy of shock and awe, while the show promises a “risky, secretive, unpredictable, already entertaining heart-stopping romance,” the likes of which “never have been found in history before.” It’s a tall order, but I find I’m looking forward to seeing the show live up to it.

Moonlight Drawn By Clouds follows Monday-Tuesday drama Beautiful Mind, although technically we’ve got the Rio Summer Olympics in between; it premieres on August 22.

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Woah. Kim Yoojung in handbook...those photos are beyond BEAUTIFUL.

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ugh autocorrect! HANBOK
Anyway, I feel so envious of a young girl who is years younger...

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Kim Yoo Jung looks ethereal and beautiful. No offense to IU (she's pretty and a decent actress too) but I always pictured her to play Ruoxi in Scarlet Heart and it's ironic to think that her drama is up against Scarlet.

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Yes, she looks beautiful in both hanbok and handbooks xD

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Is this meant to be a parody?
or comedy?
or it just the teaser purposely made like that??

aah whatever, it certainly grabs my attention . . very good job.

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very good job indeed.

my only fear is that i go in expecting a comedy (as per the promos) and instead it turns out to be a serious show. Nothing kills the interest (& ratings) faster.

As a comedy, i would totally tune in. So i'm going to cautiously check out the first 2 episodes before Scarlet heart is unleashed

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This looks like such a fun drama... I think it's going to be a full on melo now. lol After being burned by so many other dramas promos with misleading teasers and fun posters I expect the complete opposite nowadays. :-P

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Lol,yes. Remembers Entertainer and Lucky Romance, especialy ENTERTAINER! I mean,they did a Shake It Off dance-off ffs! @angieya

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Kim Yoo-jung is gorgeous in those hanboks! I'm watching the heck out of this show for her.

I love it that they are not avoiding the more popular dramas (Doctors and Scarlet Heart).
I love me some light hearted sageuk. Go Moonlight!

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i can't wait

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oh, so he really is the kusko? okay

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He is the crown prince regent.

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Simply gorgeous!

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Hearty eyeeeees

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Why do birds..
Suddenly appear...
Everytime Bo gum is here....
Just like meeee..
They long to beeeee...
Close to youuuuuu...

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That is why all the girls in town follow you all around...
Just like me, they long to be close to you...
Just like me, they long to be close to you...

Oh, but they are the lady in waiting who trail behind him, aren't they? *LOL*

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LOL... yes.

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wow i actually sing the song according to your lyric

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Yay!! One of the dramas that i look forward to watch. Hope it will be good, because i will not watched scarlet heart.

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doesnt Park Bogum look like the younger version of Jo In Sung?

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lol this was my thought the first time I saw him in Gaksital oh so many moons ago. I kept referring to him as 'that kid that looks like a younger version of Jo Insung'.

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Huh my mistake 1:14 ?

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Uh... is that a preview for a movie he is going to be in? Where he is a juvenile delinquent? Because I need that in my life immediatelly.

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It's from 2012 movie Runway Cop he was 19 years old there lol he made brief appearance I think I haven't watched full movie just his cut ^^

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Is the king pulling the eunuch down into the hole with him? Haha, so immature

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I have only just seen park bo gum in Reply but just realizing now how underutilized he was in that drama. This boy can make me swoon in a few seconder teaser!

Hoping this sageuk will be well received. Does that mean they're going to compete with doctors? ahhh

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You only seen Park bo gum in Reply? Try to watch him in I Remember You with Seo In Guk. He is fantastic in there.

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I second this!

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Or in Tomorrow's Cantabile. He stole my heart with his adorable smile in that drama

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I am too much of a fan of the Japanese version (Chiaki Senpai!!!) that I couldn't get through the first episode, sadly. Recaps and reviews weren't glowing also so I didn't get to revisit the complete series. Which character did he play there?

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Don't remember his name, but the really famous Cellist. He is the main romantic rival (in the korean version). He was super cute and endearing in the drama, but overall I didn't really like the show that much. I even LOVE Joo Won, but it just fell pretty flat *ba dum ching* for me. I never watched the Japanese version and I'm afraid it's ruined for me now.

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I actually wasn't a fan of him in Cantabile. I found him boring and not very engaging. I think that was just bad writing for his character though. Because then I went and watched I Remember You and was blown away by his phenomenal acting skills.

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Same here. I completely forgotten about him being in that drama and I thought I saw him in IRY for the first time and for some reason I imagined him as a bit cold persona add to that I was even more weirded out by his nickname Bogummy lol that was until I was introduced to Taek ? It snapped me out of my illusion ?

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I know.. Even I am disappointed in myself! hahah

Never really liked SIG that's why I didn't bother checking out IRY before. But now that I may have just fallen in love with him too in Police squad 38, I think I can give it a try. :)

Thank you for the recommendation!

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I would say you would see shades of Jung-do in Hyeon (Seo in Guk's character) in I Remember You, so I think you'll like it right away. And as everyone said, you will really enjoy Park Bo Gum's portrayal of Lawyer Jung in IRY! I watched this right after Reply, and to me it was really weird seeing Bogum play a completely different role from Taek, and came to appreciate how good he portrayed his characters in both dramas.

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Good to know!!! Looks like I'm going to be just watching this over the weekend

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I think IRY would feel oddly less stressful watched after 38 police unit. there are not as many twists, just the tension created through dialogues and crazy good editing, background music and acting...there are not as many characters to keep track of either

so strange to say this. but yeah. I feel like IRY is a vacation compared to the twists in 38

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I Remember You is the first drama that I've seen Park Bogum in and I've been in love since then. When Reply 1988 promos came around, I was afraid that the character Choi Taek might be super cold and calculative, lol. That's how much IRY's Lee Min left an impression on me. When I saw the first Reply 1988 episode in which Taek sports a bowl cut, has a permanent baby pouty face, and acted like the Neighborhood Babo, I was shocked. xD

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doctors supposed to be airing only until august 23, means they're only competing for two episodes.

(i just don't get sbs-kbs drama planners, i mean they both have medical-drama-then-romance-comedy-sageuk head-to-head, like can we just have a peaceful fresh dramas)

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I know :(

I think I would really never understand the programming directors.

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Wow!! This is such an awesome early B-day Present! 8-22 is my birthday and I am going to be so happy watching this when it comes out!!! Thank you Drama Gods!!!

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The posters kind of look like manhwa book covers. Or that's just me coming off from the new episode of W...hehe

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Un instant! omg 2nd time I m hearing french in this promo

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Love love love the posters! Love their smiles(especially my human vitamin PBG's), and the colors too. Yoojung really is the Princess of Sageuk. From her acting to her look, she's so gorgeous and beautiful and I've never seen her looked bad in hanbok.

I love the 3rd teaser as well. It gives me different feel from the previous teaser. Hopefully the storyline is well-written. Oh come to me, August 22~ Come to me Uri Seja~

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So they adopted already entertaining phrase lol that's #1 netizen comment to all teasers of this drama ? How come Yoo Jung gets prettier everytime I see her and where did my shy Bogummy go...btw blink and you will miss his expression at 0:12 I'm glad it's fast forwarded ?

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omagahh Kim Yoo Jung is so pretty

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I don't think I've ever seen a sageuk that takes place during this period. There seems to be a pretty big gap between Jeongjo and Gojong, the only example I can think of atm is Dr. Jin lol. I guess this was around the time the Kims of Andong developed a stranglehold over the court and royal family and Joseon never got back on its feet, but this genre is all about failed history.

I mean, not that I'm expecting any history from this. But it's interesting nonetheless. (Also, totally random, but based on the little bit of research I've done, but apparently Prince Hyomyeong actually really enjoyed dancing lol. Not the line dancing variety of course, but yay for random bits of historical accuracy)

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So maybe there's a chance we'll see him shake his stuff in the drama? ?

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Not sure about shake lmao but hopefully we'll get to see him dance to 'chunaengmu', that's korean traditional solo dance created by Crown Prince Hyomyeong himself.

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I think he played the gayageum too or am I mistaking him with someone else?

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I think he did. What an interesting guy haha

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Very interesting. Playing a musical instrument and dancing is not something you'd expect from a prince. I mean, they were expected to study for so many hours from the time they wake up till bedtime.

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Hyomyeong was indeed an extraordinary prince, a very artistic prince.
Bo Gum and Yoo Jung went to practice 'geomungo' a couple weeks ago. I think we'll get to see crown prince and his eunuch playing that traditional instrument in the drama.

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You are such a teaser lol.

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Btw this drama is around the same timeline as Sangdo (1779-1855). Prince Hyomyeong (1809-1830).

They might mention Im Sang Ok (our famous Joseon merchant) or Kim Sga-hat, the famous poet of that time.
Love the fact that this timeline is identified by regular citizens and their work (a merchant and an intelligent scholar turned poet).

I love Kim Sga-hat's story (he was part of the Andong Kim clan). The origin of his name and finding out that his grandfather was the traitor that he wrote about in the state exam etc.
I think you'll remember him. He was played by Jung Ki Sung in Sangdo.
(I need to watch it again. Such a great sageuk it deserves a 2nd 3rd watch.)

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Kim Sat Gat (Kim Byeong Yeon) will be played by Kwak Dong Yeon in this drama. He is a close friend of Crown Prince and also an important person to Hong Ra On. Sat Gat and Ra On both came from traitor family. In the novel, she's the descendant of Hong Kyeong Nae.

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Interesting! Thank you. I have no idea what is being incorporated from the history into the novel and drama.

I read about Hong Kyeong Nae rebellion (1811-12). I wonder if Kim Ik-sun (the grandfather) is going to be played by one of the veteran actors.

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I forgot Sang-ok lived so long lol. I always remember that he's released from slavery as a young man by Jeongjo, but I often forget about his political career and the rebellion in the last ten episodes haha. Thanks for pointing that out :)

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Yea he lived during King Jeongjo, Sunjo, Heonjong and Cheoljong's reign if I remember correctly.

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Definitely getting a Knight's Tale vibes ?

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Love Knight’s Tale (RIP Heath Ledger). Right up there with The Princess Bride in my old fav dvd collection.

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Yay for A Knight's Tale mention. Wow didn't know it was Heath Ledger!

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I know I would be bashed but I wish Kim so hyun was in the running for the lead..After MOYW happened I did realize that Kim rae won looked too green opposite ysy as giflfriday observed.Though I might eat my own words again but KSH looks so mature on let's fight ghost now that she doesn't look awkward with the much older Taec anymore.I love PBG as an actor so wished he got at least some one a bit more mature looking ..KYJ looks like a kid in her garb...I fear it would be hard to look out for the chemistry or attraction again just like mirror of the witch.

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I only saw earlier episodes but sometimes that eyeliner creates miracles on KSH looks just like how it kinda helped to tell EByul and EBi apart. She would also look her age in garbs without make up but again I always find KYJ more charming and elegant type of beauty imo she is more befitting to period storylines ^^

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Agreed! Kim Yoojung is really charming and elegant, and she looks amazing in these promo posters. I agree that she fits saeguks a lot more than Sohyun. And let's not forget that she's supposed to be playing a 17 year old character (which perfectly suits her age).

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This is all well and good, but they need to check their poster images more carefully! That out of focus leaves makes it look like that woman in the background has a beard! (Cannot Un-see)

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Bwahaha, great now I also can't unsee it, thanks. XD

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Lmao...Helppp...i cannot unsee.

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Uhm...Maybe that's the point? A woman...in the background...with a beard? ?

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That's creepy..

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Kim Yoo Jung is so beautiful ?
Can't wait for this. Sad that the premiere date moved further ahead :(

P.S. I don't know where to write this but I hope dramabeans makes an article about jealousy incarnate's teaser. After the casting news I didn't see any article about it. But really excited for that drama too and it's premiere date is ahead of Scarlet and Moonlight.

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Love the posters and the latest teaser!! Gonna be a really fun watch and so much pretty!! XD

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I like PBG and KYJ. And the other cast are superb. But, I kinda hate KBS at the moment ;-)

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This could be the next hit after Star and Sun. Cloud! ;D

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I'd love for it to do well in ratings but Moon/Sun was a national drama with no competition. There is no way it's going to be close. I'd be happy if it gets to 10%.

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It's also going to be airing against Scarlet Heart which has IU, all the hot oppars of the moment AND Lee Jun ki so battle for ratings will be rough. But I will be watching both. And also hoping this drama does relatively well in spite of the competition!

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Wow, pretty in hanbok. Reminds me of how cute she is back in Iljimae.

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I want to like this but every time they put out a long trailer of fun, they sneak in a shot of Bogum crying somehow.

What is it, really, Show? Stop trying to trick us! I don't wanna see Bogum cry, no matter how pretty a crier he is!

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Lol!

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Am I seeing wrong but is Bo Gum's eyes slightly rimmed with unshed tears in the photo just below the trailer video?
His eyes are do emotive even in photos.

Kim Yoo-jung is beautiful in hanbok!

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I don't know...but the whole thing sounds kind of stupid to me. Given how tight the whole Eunuch system was, it will take a LOT of willing suspension of disbelief to go along with this story....If I can just take the whole thing as a farce, it could be fun....

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I'd have a problem with it if this was an adaptation of the real history. This is based on a webtoon, it's a fictional FANTASY sageuk.

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I think it'd pretty safe to take the whole thing as a farce haha. If you're interested in a realistic portrayal of eunuchs, you could always check out The King and I. The first 10-15 episodes are very informative.

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Yes this is not a conventional sageuk. I wish she would've waited for one but this should be fun for her.

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After the problems with Secret Door, I think she ought to wait till she gets a bit older and has a bit more clout before doing a serious sageuk again imo. I'm not expecting much of this one but as long as it's not Moon Embraces the Sun 2.0, I'll just turn my brain off and enjoy the cute :)

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Secret Door *sigh*

This is definitely a sageuk for the fans of the novel and the actors. It may spark some discussions about the history here and there which I do enjoy.

I hope it'll be better than expected. Kang Byung Taek is the executive producer. He also directed Jeong Do Jeon <3 and a couple other sageuks like Emperor of the Sea (my first Chae Si Ra drama).
I think I'm trying to convince myself that this is in good hands haha.

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Well, that's a good sign! I am completely addicted to Jung Do Jeon btw. I've been watching it like crazy for the last two weeks? three weeks? and now I only have two episodes left. I'm nearing the first strife of the princes and Ahn Jae-mo is breaking my heart ;__; I don't want to say goodbye to Yoo Dong-geun and Jo Jae-hyun, either haha.

I have to say, looking at the kind of talent behind the camera and witnessing Yoo Dong-geun and Jo Jae-hyun pour out their hearts and souls, I do not understand why anyone thought 6 Flying Dragons was a good idea. I think 6FD was a ratings success (iirc not as successful as JDJ tho?), but if I were Kim Young-hyun I would have picked another era for sure. After such an unforgettable performance, Jo Jae-hyun owns Sambong and even an actor like Kim Myung-min can't be expected to put his mark on the role. Ditto Yoo Dong-geun and Cheon Ho-jin. I wouldn't even put Yoo Ah-in up against Ahn Jae-mo here tbh.

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I thought Kim Myung-min was wasted in SFD. He is still Admiral Yi to me.

The rating wasn't as good as DJD. Maybe she thought that a younger lead would get more out of the audience. The women tuned in but the men weren't into the fictional fairytale part of it.

I like the real life YAI but I'm not into his acting.

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There are a couple actors I'm afraid to admit I dislike watching, and he's one of them haha. I literally can't deal with him though. No matter what kind of person he's portraying, no matter what emotion he's trying to convey, he always has the exact same schtick--tilts his head, wrinkles his brow, and over emphasizes every.single.line. But idk, he gets so much praise that I always wonder if I'm missing something.

I wonder what Kim Myung-min will do next. Hopefully something good :)

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Bit bothered by the fact that PBG is an adult and KYJ is underage.. hope the romance will be minimal and the trend of pairing adult actors with adolescent actresses would die out soon tbh.

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I agree that the whole underage actress with older adult actor needs to stop. Mostly because there are so many talented adult actresses that are getting overlooked because they aren't 'young' enough to get roles. Especially actresses over 30.

However, I don't have an ick factor about the two having a romance in the show. Mostly because this is for a fictional story that is being acted out by fictional characters. If this was a real life romance, then yes, that would be wrong. But these are professional people playing fictional parts.

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That doesn't make since. So if a show is about real life people and they cast a professional 16 year old actress with a professional 26 year old actor...what is the difference? They are still professionals playing a role.

Never understood age complaints. Looking forward to this.

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She is playing a 17 yr old character. She is turning 17 next month (western age) and that's 18 in Korean age.
He is playing a character in his late teen too and he is 23yrs old, 24 Korean age.

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wow.!! did Kim Yoo-jung actually look prettier than gummie.??

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Lol,yes. Remembers Entertainer and Lucky Romance, especialy ENTERTAINER! I mean,they did a Shake It Off dance-off ffs! @angieya

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I died at the part where Park Bo Gum was out with his entourage and he wore his hanbok flying behind him like batman's cape. I was almost on the floor.

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Hahaha that is the best. That scene makes him look so cool and funny all the same time

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"WHAT THE HELL??" -Eunuch Jang
^this is basically how you expect people response for the teasers. I mean, the bombastic, the melo teaser, now we got the comedy one.

I'd say this is going to be the first (maybe only) light weekday drama of KBS this year (well, surprise surprise)

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This is really just Sunkyungwan Scandal crossed with h Splish Splash love minus the time traveling aspect of the latter. I can't wait!!

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Park Bo-gum is like the cutest thing ever.

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I read the first few lines and I was like, is it javabeans writing? And I was right! Welcome back, javabeans! :)

So excited for Bo-gum. Both of them are so cute. ?

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Yea was glad that javabeans is back to write on MDBC too. MDBC needs all the love right now with scarlet heart breathing down their neck

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KYJ is breathtaking. She definitely will do more sageuks in the future. I pray one day she and YJG will reunite and lead a drama together. They're practically the prince and princess of sageuks.

Competition will be tough for PBG and KYJ. I pray this drama will do better than Entertainers and lucky romance. It would be nice if Moon lovers and Moonlight both draw the same ratings.

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I'll be tuning in without a second thought. I was so engrossed in Scarlet's 6-min long preview and my little nostalgia with the Chinese version I missed the promo for this one completely. But then the next day on Soompi when I spotted KJY and PBG's names on the title of a thread I was like, 'damn what have I missed out on all this while'. This drama might not have the epicness that Scarlet is portraying in all its teasers and previews, and it might not be an emotional ride like child- Moon Sun and I Remember You, which is what brought out the best (so far) of KJY and PBG's acting skills, but just seeing these two fav is enough for me. Can't wait for the day when KJY comes of age, because she and KSH are my two fav child actresses right now.

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