WATCH ONLINE: Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, starring Lee Joon Ki, IU, and Kang Ha Nuel
A romance that crosses the boundaries of time and space—check! An intriguing plot full of political intrigue and action—check! A cast consisting of South Korea's most beautiful and talented actors—check! If you're searching for a drama that checks all the boxes, then you need to watch Scarlet Heart: Ryeo! Starring Lee Joon Ki, IU, Kang Ha Neul, Kim Ji Soo, Nam Joo Hyuk, Hong Jong Hyun, and EXO's Baekhyun, this sweeping epic is full of beautiful costumes, sets, music, and oppas, and you can watch it online now on DramaFever.
Lee Joon Ki (Arang and the Magistrate) and Lee “IU” Ji Eun (Dream High) star in a dangerous romance across time in what sure to be one of the biggest historical epics of the year. Hae Soo (IU) is a 21st century woman who gets caught in a solar eclipse and is transported to the Goryeo Dynasty, which ruled Korea from the 10th century for nearly 500 years. Suddenly, Hae Soo finds herself in the royal palace, where she comes across Fourth Prince Wang So (Lee Joon Ki). A man as feared as he is handsome, Wang So is based on the real-life fourth king of the Goryeo Dynasty and makes others tremble but wins over Hae Soo’s heart. However, he is not the only one in the palace with eyes on the throne, and a political battle of deception, secrecy and lies ensues between Wang So and all the other princes. Adding to the drama are Eighth Prince Wang Wook (Heirs star Kang Ha Neul), who is less than willing to wait in line behind seven other members of the royal family, and Third Prince Wang Yo (Beloved alum Hong Jong Hyun), whose right to the crown actually precedes Wang So’s.
Also known as Moon Lovers -Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, the drama is based on the Chinese novel Bu Bu Jing Xin by Tong Hua, which also inspired the 2011 Chinese hit Scarlet Heart starring Cecilia Liu and Nicky Wu. The drama is directed by Kim Kyu Tae, whose previous work includes It’s Okay, That’s Love, and was adapted for the screen by Jo Yoon Young, also known for Cinderella Man. The first episode will air on August 29, 2016, with subsequent episodes airing every Monday and Tuesday on SBS at 10:00pm, overtaking the time slot vacated by Doctor Crush. The first script reading took place January 2016, with filming concluding late June. The show is expected to run for 20 episodes and is produced by YG Entertainment and NBCUniversal, whose $10M investment in the show underscores the significance of their first Korean production.