The Korean drama remake of the 2011 Qing dynasty drama Bu Bu Jing Xin <步步驚心>, also known as Scarlet Heart, finally made its debut this week on the Korean broadcaster SBS.
The remake, titled Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo <月之戀人—步步驚心 麗>, premiered on August 29, 2016 on SBS as part of the channel’s new Monday-Tuesday prime time lineup. The first episode received a rating of 7.4 percent, while the second episode received a higher 9.3 percent, debuting at number three.
Moon Lovers’ prime time competitors include KBS2’s Love in the Moonlight and MBC’s Monster. Love in the Moonlight stayed strong with a 16 percent viewership rating, reaching number one. It is then followed by Monster, which obtained a rating of 10 percent.
Moon Lovers, adapted from Bu Bu Jing Xin, changes the Qing Dynasty backdrop to Korea’s Goryeo Dynasty. It stars singer IU as Hae Soo, a 21st century woman who gets transported back in time to the reign of King Taejo in the early 900s. She befriends Taejo’s sons, including Wang So (Lee Joon-gi) and Wang Wook (Kang Ha-neul), and gets intertwined in an intricate triangle relationship with them.
Reactions toward Moon Lovers have been mixed. While netizens gave a favorable nod to the star-studded drama and praised Lee Joon-gi’s performance, the rest of the cast received criticism for their weak acting.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.