Moon Lovers – Scarlet Heart: Ryeo

Lee Joon Ki – IU – Kang Ha Neul

Title 달의 연인 – 보보경심: 려 Moon Lovers – Scarlet Heart: Ryeo
Chinese Title 月之戀人-步步驚心:麗

This drama is a heartbreaking story about a girl who wants to stay alive.

IU as Hae Soo

The story set up in the early of Goryeo regime. Hae Soo (IU), a 25 year old girl from modern era got transported back to Goryeo dynasty and got trapped in the conflicts and struggles between princes of Wang’s House. There, she falls in love with Wang So (Lee Joon Gi) who makes other people tremble with fear.

Trailer I

This drama is based on Chinese novel “Bu Bu Jing Xin” by Tong Hua which was originally published online in 2005 on Jinjiang Original Network. The novel also adapted into the chinese television series “Scarlet Heart” which was aired in Hunan Broadcasting System (HBS) from 2011-Sep-10 to 2011-Sep-29 and also “Scarlet Heart 2” which was aired in Zhejiang STV (ZJTV) from 2014-Apr-22 to 2014-May-07.

Trailer II

This drama was fully pre-produced before airing which is a departure from the live-shoot production format that characterizes most Korean dramas. The Filming Began on 2016-Jan and Completed on 2016-June-30. The series will be simulcast in China, Japan and Hong Kong.


Lee Joon Gi as Wang So (4th Prince)
– Choi Hyun Jin (최현진) as Wang So (young)
– Hong Dong Young as Wang So (child)
IU as Hae Soo
Kang Ha Neul as Wang Wook (8th Prince)
Hong Jong Hyun as Wang Yo (3rd Prince)


Kim San Ho as Wang Mu (Crown Prince)
Yoon Sun Woo as Wang Won (9th Prince)
Byun Baek Hyun as Wang Hyun (10th Prince)
Nam Joo Hyuk as Wang Yoo (13th Prince)
Ji Soo as Wang Jung (14th Prince)

Royal Family

Jo Min Ki as Wang Geon (King Taejo of Goryeo)
Park Ji Young as Queen Sinmyeongsunseong
Jung Kyung Soon as Queen Shin Jung
Kim Kang Il (김강일) as Lady Kang (King’s 22nd consort and Wang So’s adoptive mother)
Park Jung Hak as Wang Shik Ryum (The King’s brother)

Princes’ Lovers

Kang Han Na as Hwangbo Yeonhwa (later Queen Daemok)
Park Shi Eun as Lady Hae (principal wife of Wang Wook)
Z.Hera as Park Soon Duk (Park Soo Kyung’s daughter)
Jin Ki Joo as Chae Ryung
Seo Hyun as Woo Hee (last Princess of Baekje)

Goryeo Officials

Kim Sung Kyun as Choi Ji Mong
Sung Dong Il as General Park Soo kyung
Choi Byung Mo as Park Young Kyu (Wang Yo’s father-in-law)


Woo Hee Jin as court lady Oh Soo Yun
Nam Sung Joon
Lee Chae Mi
Seo Ga Eun as Hae Soo’s daughter
Kim Jin Seo
Lee Ho Jung as Hae Soo’s friend at present day
Byun Woo Suk as Hae Soo’s ex-boyfriend at present day

Production Credits

Genre Historical, Romance, Time-travel
Episodes 20
Broadcast network SBS
Broadcast period 2016 August – November
Production Company NBC Universal, YG Entertainment
Chief Producer Han Jung Hwan
Executive Producers Jo Jung Ho, Yang Min Suk, Kim Kyu Tae
Producer Baek Choong Hwa
Director Kim Kyu Tae
Screenwriter Jo Yoon Young


Early working title was “Moon Lovers” then changed to “Scarlet Heart: Ryeo” on 2016-Jan-04 before picking up title of “Moon Lovers – Scarlet Heart: Ryeo” on 2016-July-04.


2016 SBS Drama Awards Idol Academy Award (Best “Drudge”) – IU (Lee Ji Eun)
2016 SBS Drama Awards New Star Awards – Baekhyun
2016 SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Award – Lee Joon Gi
2016 SBS Drama Awards Best Couple Awards – Lee Joon Giand IU (Lee Ji Eun)
2016 SBS Drama Awards Hallyu Star Award – Lee Joon Gi
2016 SBS Drama Awards Special Actress (Fantasy) – Seo Hyun
2016 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Actor (Fantasy) – Kang Ha Neul
2016 Awards The Best Korean Drama of 2016

달의 연인 – 보보경심: 려 Moon Lovers – Scarlet Heart: Ryeo

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