Moonlight Drawn by Clouds (구르미 그린 달빛) is about a Crown Prince falling in love with his eunuch, who turns out, wasn’t castrated at all. Because he is actually a she. Watching her dodge the physical exams is half the fun. The other half, of course, is the lovey-dovey, tearful, angst of falling for someone they shouldn’t.
Raise your hand if you thought Park Bo Gum is awesome as the Crown Prince. The man got every emotion on the human spectrum down packed. He even managed to squeeze in micro-expressions, the ones that you’ll miss if you blink but provide the nuance to make a scene pop. Like the look of triumph before his empathy mode. Or, the subtle display of loathing.
Micro-expression aside, it’s the interactions between the characters that truly make the drama stand out. Here are the top scenes that touch me; whether they tickle my funny bones, tug my heartstrings, or flame my indignation.
The back and forth between the attendant and the prince as to why the princess can’t meet with her secret admirer.
From the dragging tilt in the prince’s voice, to Eunuch Hong’s evasive maneuvers, to the puppy cry. What’s not to love?
Who knew a puppet show could make me cry so hard?
Glad to know he got a dark side.
When you are in love with someone you shouldn’t, it will never be puppies and rainbows forever. Heartache is just around the corner.
Prince surreptitiously glances at Hong when he is accused of being a homosexual, then bitterly recognizes his feelings only troubles her.
Forcing a smile must be painful to do. It was certainly painful to watch. But the chilling expression at the end makes up for everything.
Confusion, love struck, anger, relief and joy in under a minute. Wow.
He looks so helpless. It hurts.
From his expressionless face to her melancholy expression.
Friendship is strong with this one. But there are times you really don’t know where you should stand.
The prince’s “you are the one I trust” is echoed in a later episode but it is in this scene that really made the impact because it puts Byung Yun’s ambivalent feelings front and center.
It weights on Byung Yun’s mind to know both his friends have feelings for the same girl. A girl neither should be with. It’s better to leave it unsaid.
Between actually being saved by an enemy and imagining being killed by a friend, the world suddenly isn’t so black and white.