On March 15th, 2012, MBC Wednesday and Thursday drama series The Moon Embracing The Sun rang down the curtain with viewership ratings of 42.2%. The highest single minute ratings of the day even hit as high as 48.1%.
Although the audience had already guessed the ending through the original novel of the same name, but people was still concerned about the tension development of the plot, until the last moment. The Moon that Embrace the Sun had been broke in in full fury since debut.
The South Korean MBC TV historical television series The Moon that Embraces the Sun recently was exported to 7 Asian countries -Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Indonesia - the TV series that fetches the highest price in the history of South Korea’s per episode export price.
This Hit series also caused the share prices of many companies involved in the production to rise sharply. Source MyDaily
The story of the love shared between Lee Hwon (a fictional king of Joseon) and Wol (a female shaman) is based on the novel by Jeong Eun Gwol. Yeon Woo (Wol), born from a noble family was selected to become the Crown Princess of Joseon, until the Dowager Queen plotted against her (political conspiracy) and secretly ordered her death.
With the help of the powerful head shaman, Yeon Woo was given a medicine to fake her death; all including Lee Hwon the Crown Prince she was to marry, believed her to be dead. Yeon-woo awaken in her grave six feet under - the shock and trauma robbed her of all past memories. She was secretly shipped away and lived as a shaman under the care of Jong Nok Young, the head shaman.
Years later Yeon Woo returns as shaman Wol. Lee Hwon notices her close resemblance to his 13yr old deceased Crown Princess. “He’s mistaken her for someone else (Yeon Woo), or that his longing for her has created such illusions and heartache”. Wol, having no memory of her past, firmly denies that she is Yeon Woo.
Confused, suspicious yet doubtful, Lee Hwon secretly begins investigations to find out the truth of the princess’s death eight years ago and broke down hysterically when he finally discovered the true identity of Shaman Wol.
Superb and exceptionally outstanding performances by these beautiful Korean actresses........
Aja aja Fighting!
Han Ga In as Heo Yeon Woo / Wol
Kim Yoo Jung as Yeon Woo (13 years old)
Kim Min Seo as Yoon Bo Kyung
Kim So Hyun as young Bo Kyung
Jun Mi Sun as Jang Nok Young
Bae Noo Ri as Jan Shil
Jo Min Ah as young Jan Shil
Kim Young Ae as Queen Dowager Jung Hui
Nam Bo Ra as Princess Min Hwa
Jin Ji Hee as young Princess Min Hwa
Yoon Seung Ah as Seol
Suh Ji Hee as young Seol