This is an excellent news. Uri Park Bo Gum has finally gotten a heroine. It’s so bad for my heart, worrying which actress with zero acting skills may be cast against him. I could not be any happier 16 soon to be 17 years old Kim Yoo Jung has confirmed to play the female lead of upcoming KBS drama, Moonlight Drawn by Clouds.
She is not my number one preference (Kim So Hyun is and also because Bo Gum openly said he wants to work with her), but she is my second—YES! I believe they will make a cute and beautiful couple, and most importantly, Kim Yoo Jung is a veteran in sageuk. I like that this character will be challenging for her since she is playing a man, which is different to her previous roles, where the lasting impression I have of her is the pretty, graceful or elegant young lady.
To be honest, I did not object to the news of Kim Go Eun as Ra On, but I understand why the negative feedback, since Ra On is not supposed to look manly. On several occasions, the characters in the novel have doubted that she is too beautiful to be a man. But most importantly, she has big eyes in which Crown Prince Hyomyeong is attracted to. Hence, if the scriptwriter is to stick to these conditions, then Kim Go Eun is a no-go, and Kim Yoo Jung will be perfect. I like that Yoo Jung is younger than Bo Gum, and she is of the right age as Ra On, as they are both 17 years old. It is just a pity that So Hyun and Bo Gum once again miss out on working together, but both have long years ahead of them, so I do not believe they will never ever get a chance to work together.
Kim Yoo Jung plays Hong Ra On, a girl who disguises as a man and gives out love advice. One day, a client (whom she helps writing love letters) tells her the lady he admire requested to meet. In fear of his lies getting exposed, he begs Ra On to reject the lady in his stead. Turns out it was Crown Price Hyomyeong who asked for the meeting; he is curious of the man capable of conquering the heart of his sister—who is cold and difficult to impress. Pffft~ like brother like sister. Hyomyeong knows right away that Ra On is not the man who likes his sister; however, did not expose her. He asks her to become his person, to which she misunderstood as being his lover. Bwahaha.
Somehow two trusted old eunuchs of Crown Prince Hyomyeong got wind of his interest on Ra On, and they plotted together to lure Ra On into the palace. They meant well and are worried for the prince since they are retiring and can no longer serve the prince. One of the eunuchs approaches Ra On and offers her money, which she desperately needs to cure her younger sister’s illness. I am quite disappointed that there is nothing refreshing about Ra On’s background, or the reason of the how or why she enters the palace.
Once inside the palace, she is immediately targeted by the higher rank eunuch, who tries to bully her. However, our heroine is cheerful and optimistic, and she has a friend named Kim Byeong Yeong looking out for her. He is Hyomyeong’s best friend, and is also intrigued by Ra On. He is a man with very few words, and his motto about Ra On is always along the lines of “this troublesome dude.” I wonder who will be playing him.
Hyomyeong and Ra On eventually bump into each other in the palace, and he introduces himself as Lee Yeong (his birth name), concealing his true identity because he knows once she finds out he is a prince, she will not dare to look straight into his eyes and speak boldly as she has been anymore. They become friends, but Ra On tries to keep a distance since she still thinks he is homosexual. After an accidental kiss between the two, Hyomyeong begins to avoid visiting his best friend and Ra On, but he misses her a lot when he does not see her.
I love it, even though the story is not something new. Some parts come across like the sageuk version of Coffee Prince, but I think it will be better. Bo Gum can emote really well with his eyes, so it will be enjoyable watching him being torn and confused by this feelings for a eunuch. Plus I love the idea of seeing him play the strict, cold and authoritative prince, which he hasn’t played a character like this before—and the closest would probably be his character in Wonderful Days. I can see him nailing it 80% in my head, and I am dying to see him/them in sageuk costumes. Can’t they release the official poster now, or tomorrow?
I suppose with Kim Yoo Jung as Ra On, the drama adaptation will take on a PG-13 classification, so we may not get to see hot kisses from Bo Gum le Taekie-style, but surely Yoo Jung will agree to innocent pecks or lips-touching-lips kiss with Bo Gum? I don’t know if she has ever done kiss scenes (since I haven’t seen all her works), but if I have to lose my first onscreen kiss to an actor, I won’t hesitate losing it to Bo Gum—at least I can be 100% sure that he will be a complete gentleman and not kiss me with bad breath. Wait, I just remember Moorim School is catered for younger audiences, but they have steamy kisses… okay, I don’t buy the young excuse now, LOL!
Now what’s left is who will play Kim Yoon Sung, the second male lead, and the one who completes the love triangle. AsianWiki has put Yook Sung Jae’s name down as Kim Yoo Sung, does AsianWiki knows something we don’t yet? Will I see the news tomorrow that Yook Sung Jae also confirm?
Moonlight Drawns by Clouds is slated to air on August 1.