Summary: Nam Young has just passed the national service exam and becomes an officer for the Saheonbu, which cracks down on people who breaks the alcohol prohibition. He comes across Kang Ro Seo, a poor girl who originally hailed from a noble family. And because of poverty, Kang Ro Seo starts brewing alcohol to make a living.
Genre: Period, Romance, King & Princes
Stars: Yoo Seung Ho as Nam Young
Hye Ri as Kang Ro Seo
Byun Woo Suk as Lee Pyo
Kang Mi Na as Han Ae Jin
Likes: I always say, I learned a lot from kdramas, in fact, I still do. Honestly, I didn’t have any idea what moonshine mean 🤔. Well, it sounded very romantic. You know Moonshine, sounds very close to The Moon that Embraces the Sun, Moon Lover – Scarlet Heart or Moonlight Drawn by Clouds 😊. And they’re all period romance dramas too! To my surprise, it means “smuggled alcohol”. There you go, another lesson learnt from my favourite vice of all times, watching kdramas! Who says, you don’t learn a thing from it, I learnt tons! Anyway, Moonshine wasn’t all about alcohol (although, there was a lot of emphasis on how sweet it tastes), there was also romance, comedy, some detective work and of course, the complex politics. It was just like a cocktail!
Very colourful too! The costumes and props were popping in colours!. I love the beautiful Hanboks, the romantic lanterns and the never-ending spring blossoms everywhere (although sometimes they already appear too fake).
Our main leads‘ chemistry wasn’t that strong but I love both actors…
Yoo Seung Ho as Nam Young – his eyes are always very charismatic, and he’s acting is always good. Here, as an upright civil servant, he appeared so cute instead of scary.
Hye Ri as Kang Ro Seo – I love Hye Ri’s simple look. I think it suited Kang Ro Seo’s character a lot. Hye Ri’s Joseon accent is commendable. She really sounded like from an old era.
Our supporting leads are cute!
Byun Woo Suk as Lee Pyo – this guy is just sooo handsome! He sort of upstaged Yoo Seung Ho from the looks department. And he was the crown prince!
Kang Mi Na as Han Ae Jin – she was just too cute! Love the character too… bold, brave and tenacious! Very admirable! No wonder the prince fell for her in the end.
There were other notable characters in the drama like Sim Heon, the merchant and Woon Sim, the gisaeng and their tragic love story. Of course, our two powerful villains, the Chief Royal Secretary and the Chief State Councilor. Our comedic reliefs, Gye Ssssang Mok and Hwang So Yoo. And I also love the young queen, who despite the age, showed maturity, wisdom and courage.
Dislikes: The story was draggy. I got really so bored. And the ending was quite cheesy too.
They tried to have some mysteries going on but they were too vague. Solving those mysteries was merely lucky guesses.