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Kim So-hyun battles for Goguryeo in new teaser for River Where the Moon Rises

A new video teaser has been released for KBS’s upcoming sageuk River Where the Moon Rises, featuring actors Kim So-hyun (Tale of Nokdu), Ji-soo (When I Was the Most Beautiful, and Kang Haneul (When the Camellia Blooms).

As an adaptation of the Korean folktale, “Princess Pyeonggang and the Fool On Dal,” the drama is set during the historical period of Goguryeo with Kim So-hyun playing the central character Princess Pyeonggang while Ji-soo takes on the role of On Dal. The drama, however, deviates from the original folklore to give greater focus to the political conflict within Goguryeo. Kim So-hyun’s Princess Pyeonggang is an ambitious and trained warrior, fighting to restore the country’s greatness and become it’s next ruler.

In a supporting role, Kang Haneul plays Ji-soo’s father Onhyeop. The character is said to be an important figure in the drama’s story as one of Goguryeo’s most powerful people and will play an influential part in the early half of the drama.

The newly released teaser begins with Ji-soo first seeing Kim So-hyun in the woods; they have a classic meet-cute moment when Kim accidentally falls on top of him. They stop together at a cliffside where Kim So-hyun basks in the sun and gentle wind. Ji-soo smiles as he admires her beauty. A text screen appears introducing Ji-soo’s character, “The general who made history through his love story, On Dal.”

Cut to an older and somber Kang Haneul who scans the horizon and gives a small but sardonic smile before the camera cuts away. Elsewhere, we see Kim So-hyun racing on horseback towards a battle and fiercely takes part in the fight. The text screen introduces her as, “The princess whose life was devoted to Goguryeo, Pyeonggang.”

The teaser comes to a close as it returns back to the woods where Ji-soo is with Kim So-hyun. He sadly embraces her in a hug and confesses, “You are my Goguryeo and my country.”

Writing for the drama is Han Ji-hoon (9.9 Billion Won Woman) and directing will be helmed by PD Yoon Sang-ho (Wind and Cloud and Rain, Different Dreams).

KBS’s next Monday-Tuesday drama River Where the Moon Rises is currently set to premiere in February 2021, following Secret Royal Inspector.

Via Hankook Ilbo

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I focused way too much on the hairstyles, brows and beards.

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Ahahah xD Jisoo's juvenile beard is distracting,

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Holy crap, Kim So-hyun looks badass

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She really does and is barely recognizable. In the best possible way.

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I didn't recognize her at first. She looks so mature.

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She has matured quite a bit. Could be a combination of growing up plus having to do a lot of action scenes.

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I'm still doing double takes with her action sequence, I honestly thought it was an older actress playing a character in KHN's backstory.

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11 more days of waiting!

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Warrior princess KSH is coming.

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Are we getting Kang Haneul in a villain role again?!

Cuz while i love both Jisoo & KSH, i'm not big on sageuks... but i might just consider this for KHN

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Remember reading that he will have a small role time wise

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He's only the father. His role is a cameo.

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He could be but I have my doubts. Think his arc is only limited to flashbacks but you never know. Would have loved to see both Kim so-hyun and Kang ha-neul in a scene together.

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I think his arc will be similar to Kim So Hyun's arc in Goblin. She was credited as cameo at first, but she appeared more than half of the drama in flashbacks (there was a discussion back then, people said that she looked more like a regular character than cameo). Maybe the same will happen with Kang Ha Neul's character.

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He'll die early!

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Seeing KHN like that made me want him in a new drama in a charismatic role!

It's sad that Lee Ji Hoon doesn't appear in this teaser because he looked so handsome and charismatic on the pictures.

KHS looks beautiful. I hope she will be good in the fight scenes. It's not only the choreography but the energy and the charisma. I loved IU in Hotel del Luna but I didn't find she was convincing in the sword fights... But KHS always shines in sageuk, so it's a detail.

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KSH fight scenes are perfect. She shines in action roles as much as romance.

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I thought IU was pretty convincing in her role in Hotel Del Luna. She may be petite, but she looked so fierce in that drama.

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Kim So Hyun looks amazing! I'm curious about this take on the Ondal and Pyeonggang story. Would she be personally training Ondal to be a warrior?

I'm always surprised by how Kang Haneul sometimes looks 10 years younger than his age and sometimes 10 years older than his age.

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I've only recently come across this folklore and don't know much about it. This version looks very different from anything I've read till now.

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You've said it perfectly re: Kang Hanuel!! He has such a mature face and vibe that it's hard to picture him as young and goofy.

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Agree with KHN looking younger or older than his age. He is older in real life than the teenaged female lead in Angel Eyes but passed as a younger high school student. In The Heirs he was believable as a "senior" to Kim Tan and Young-do, yet he is younger than Kim Woo-bin and Lee Min-ho.

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I was a little surprised that Kim So-Hyun took a Sageuk role on KBS again, right after The Tale of Nokdu.
Well, this is in the Goguryeo period... Different era.
I'll definitely check it out.

It looks like several Sageuk dramas are coming up in the first quarter of 2021.
This, Jang Dong-Yoon's Joseon Exorcist, and Ahn Hyo-Seop's Red sky (Hong Chun Gi)...

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SBS is producing both JDY’s JOSEON EXORCIST and AHS’s RED SKY/HON CHUN GI. I am hoping both appear on Kocowa and are not farmed out like SRI.

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Red Sky will air in Fall. They released a teaser for it too.

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Oh in Fall? That's far away...
I saw the teaser too.
I'm curious about the story/plot since it's based on the book which was written by the same author of Sungkyunkwan Scandal and The Moon Embracing The Sun... (I read both of them in Japanese, they are way more better and fun than dramas)

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I agree! I was surprised they chose to release a teaser for a drama that is going to air in 6 months.

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I wish I could read the novels. I don't believe there are English translations.

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I think when SS was released, there was someone who translated the chapters of the novel but I don't remember where I read them...

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@kurama I did read excerpts of a fan translation of Sungkyukwan Scandal, but I don't believe there was an official translation of the book. At least, I'm not sure.

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River Where The Moon Rises and Joseon Exorcist air at the same time. 2019 lovers now 2021 rivals.

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Please KBS don’t do an end run around Kocowa with RIVER WHERE THE MOON RISES like you did with SECRET ROYAL INSPECTOR.

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I'm actually hoping it goes to Netflix. It's my go to place at the moment and easy to access.

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I hope so too but I have a feeling it will be like Tale of Nokdu and will get streamed on Wavve instead. =(((

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Maybe we'll get lucky and Netflix will pick this up.

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It will be on Viki and Viu.

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It's rare for Female leads to have a fight scenes and become warriors. My baby girl Kim So Hyun looks so fierce 😱. I hope her character is so bad ass till the last episode. KBS should promote this properly.

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She's always been fierce but this warrior look is great on her.

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I'm so excited. They had great chemistry in Page Turner.

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They did but it was too short so I'm glad we get more of their cute this time.

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I still have yet to watch a drama with Kim So-hyun in it sadly, hopefully this will be the one :)

I've always thought she would be the next big actor to dominate kdrama land for the next 10 or so years.

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I think she is on her way. She keeps landing lead roles year after year. So, she is dominating and is one of the most recognizable faces of the modern Hallyu era. Remember that she is in an era where she is not only competing her peers but also actresses who are way older than her. So, the fact that she is still in the scene is a testament that the industry trusts and supports her.

Maybe, she needs that one mega project ala DOTS, MLFTS or CLOY to launch into a new level of superstardom. Hope her alleged new agency (Jun Ji Hyun's agency) will help her achieved that considering that they are also housing Park Ji Eun, CLOY and MLFTS' writer.

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I would definitely recommend watching Page Turner. It's short but showcases some of her acting and a preview to their chemistry. Personally I feel she's doing a good job building her acting roles and experimenting. Her last two dramas were especially enjoyable and her acting has grown considerably. I do think she is still young and has plenty of time to become bigger.

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No need to wait for 10 years. She is getting out of her shell now. She only need the right people who can manage her and promote her dramas right. Also best script offers. She only need to take one step for her to catapult into stardom. That is a major big hit drama or movie that is both best acclaimed domestically and in international.

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That is right. That is the reason (I guess) why she is switching agencies. Her previous agency has no enough clout to secure a big projects for So Hyun. Maybe the switch to Culture Depot (rumoured new agency) will help her snatch big projects from industry's best. Remember that Culture Depot houses Jun Ji Hyun and Park Ji Eun. So, her future is very bright there. Hope that she confirms it soonest.

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Yeah I also hope they treat her the best. This is a great chance after all these years. Culture Depot under studio dragon which also under them is Hwa & Dam pictures housing the best directors and writers. They only need to look at her. I hope her Pyeonggang character could make them realize that she is the best young actress they could ever get. Hurry before the girl become more expensive.

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Agree. Kim So Hyun is always destined to be a superstar. So, they better signed her why she is still affordable.

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@wishfultoki I think I'm ready for sageuk pain again. Are we watching this one?

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Of course!

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Can I join? I wasn't prepared to go down with the Stabby OTP, but this looks like my jam!
The last sageuk I was obsessed with was Grand Prince, I need this πŸ˜‚

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I miss my Stabby OTP. 😭

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Happy New Year @ndlessjoie and @wishfultoki!
On Dec. 21 I started TREE WITH DEEP ROOTS (2011) (Viki-US) and was immediately sucked into the story. The performances have been outstanding and since the source material is a novel I don’t have to worry too too much about history since it is dealing with possibilities not probabilities. It is fun watching in sequence with @headsno2’s recaps. As I scan the comments I have run into a few beanies who are still around lol.
Watching TREE has impacted my live viewing of the three dramas I am currently watching so I am a bit in a catch-up mode for TUC, AWAKEN and RUN ON. I am enjoying all three.

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Happy New Year @marcusnyc20!

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Tree With Deep Roots is magnificent.

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Tree with Deep Roots is one of the best sageuk out there. Amazing from the beginning to the end. If you love Jang Hyuk's acting, then you should watch Chuno. Another sageuk gem.

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Happy New Year @marcusnyc20! I’m missing our sageuk sages @kiara and @pakalanapikake. I hope you’re all well and here’s to a great sageuk year! @ndlessjoie precious will join us too, hurrah!πŸ₯‚

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Maybe the stars will align and RIVER WHERE THE MOON RISES will be the sageuk where we all hang out together as in the past. That is assuming that it will be recapped.
All the actors look great in the stills above.

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*invites herself to this party*

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We may have to create a space if it isn't recapped.

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Definitely. It will be great! Btw. I noticed your comment on the recap for TREE’s episode 4 (I think). I am currently through episode 7.
@ndlessjoie, there is certainly precedent for going the β€˜hijack’ route but I would be surprised if RIVER was not recapped.
In 2019 @lollypip recapped both THE CROWNED CLOWN and HAECHI which was yeoman service!! Thank you again @lollypip. Both dramas were M/T and they overlapped for almost 5 weeks. Let me tell you it was a challenge just to watch both of them simultaneously for 5 weeks. HAECHI presented challenges in the way is was filmed (like dark, oh my!)
Anyway enough going down memory lane.

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@marcusnyc20 It was episode 6!! I reacted to it more on my wall but that will be a wee way back on there now, I think.

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@sicarius
You've been in the party since forever.

OT
Ahsoka is getting her own series written by yours truly (Filoni).

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@kiara OT- I know but it's ... still not Ashley. Hahah it's like the Solo movie- that was someone, but it wasn't Han. *stressed laughter*

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@sicarius OT I refused to watch the Solo movie πŸ˜‚ See you at the Goguryeo party!

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Happy New Year :). Hope you are all doing well <3.
I haven't seen @pakalanapikake in a long time. I hope she is ok.

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Happy New Year to you @kiara. I am hoping @pakalanapikake will check in when the timing is right.

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KSH is matured and badass. Long time since a female centric drama.

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Y'all warrior Kim Sohyun reminds me of Warrior Gong Yoo in Goblin jshsgsgshshs SHE WAS HIS BABY SISTER πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί

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Someone actually did do a side by side GIF on it haha!
https://twitter.com/humming__moon__/status/1344796835353751552?s=19

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the intensity of their glare tho... :o

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I know it still amazes me every time I see it. Just amazing.

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I continue to be cautiously optimistic for this drama but this teaser is definitely increasing my excitement level. It's looking quite interesting and the actors are all good so I just hope the writing doesn't let anyone down.

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Agree. I also wish for a solid script from beginning till end. The actors especially So Hyun deserves a hit for all their hard work.

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I am excited as well. And when was the last time we got a drama during the Three Kingdoms Period? It's been a while, isn't it? I miss some Silla and Baekje (though I only saw one drama each for those two periods, Queen Seon Deok for Silla and Ballad for Baekje).

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*starts her Silla Fantasy Sageuk Ritual Chant*

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Yup, based on the same historical materials as QSD.

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Hwarang is based in Silla. But Hwarang isn't worth watching. Lol. *cries*

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This might be just me but it felt like the k-pop version of a historical drama.

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I mean... you're not WRONG.
The crack videos on it were great though... ;P

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I think the writer chickened out when it comes to Silla's dirty politics.
Hwarang Segi, tell it like it is would be more fitting for a film or cable channel.

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We have to wait for this one to be good first! hahaha although I agree- an OCN Silla thriller would be dope.

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Hwarang doesn't count for me ahah xD It feels way too modern even though it was a historical drama. @firefly was right, a k-pop version of a historical drama. But it was a pretty drama, the visuals were top ;)

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It's Goguryeo. I have to at least start it.

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Was there ever any doubt? I think not...

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No promises I will finish it though...

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Did you finish Hwarang? Just wondering about your ... limits?

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I did finish Hwarang. But my limits NOW are different from what they were back THEN.
THEN I would finish most everything. NOW, I am practicing the art of dropping for my mental health. *ahem* *blame 2019*
So... we'll just see. ;P

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This is on my radar along with Jirisan and Sisyphus. I'm in the mood for historical kdramas atm because of Mr. Queen, so I hope it doesn't disappoint.

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wow, Kim so-Hyun looks so bold and mature now. Her face looks more beautiful, she looks like a lady now. Actually to me, she always looks like a high school student but now she broke that image...Kim so Hyun hwiting.

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She's been growing up beautifully.

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So excited for this and other upcoming Saeguks!

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This is why Kang Ha Neul is going to be an actor that's going to have longevity. Right after WTCB, he could just do another Yong-shik 2.0. Instead, he chose to do a cameo role which is a total 180.His ability to morph into the characters he's played makes him exciting to watch.

Sometimes, he looks his age, and other times more older. Respect his choices a lot, tons of actors his age or older tend to play it safe. So refreshing for an actor in Korea to actually stay away from the public spotlight when they're not shooting, and focus on his craft. This is basically a KHN praising post lol.

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Sharing just like that, in Mystic Pop-Up Bar its said that Princess Princess Pyong-gang transformed her dense husband and reincarnated as a successful lecturer.. lol!

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Awww, I miss that show.

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