Despite not showing on KBS America i watched the first episode . Its not bad so far, ill watch a few more eps and see if it improves or declines . Our standards for historical dramas have dropped anyway compared to what we used to like. At least there is no fantasy stuff in this .
King Pyongwon and Queen Yeon have a daughter Princess Pyong Gang. The King is manipulated by Go Won Pyo into thinking the Queen is in love with someone else and Pyong Gang isn't really his daughter. Queen Yeon and general On Hyeop of the Sunno tribe are killed. Pyong Gang is able to escape with the help of On Hyeop's son, On Dal. Pyong Gang loses her memory and is raised by a group of assassins. On Dal and what's left of his tribe live in hiding. Pyong Gang and On Dal meet again years later. They don't recognize each other right away but discover, with time, who the other really is. On Dal helps Pyong Gang escape the assassins and hide among his tribe. She regains her memory but still has to hide from Won Pyo and others loyal to him that want her dead. Won Pyo's son, Geon, is on Pyong Gang's side and wants her to return to her rightful place. He informs the King that Pyong Gang is still alive.
Let's get the obvious part out of the way. This is a romance drama set in Goguryeo. A lot of the focus is on the romance. It's neither great nor awful so far. Will keep watching.
Pyong Gang saves 2 of her assassin friends that are about to executed with but Dal is caught. Pyong Gang is forced to reveal that she's the king's daughter and returns to the palace.
Ji Soo, actor playing the role of On Dal, is facing allegations of bullying and sexual assault. He's been dropped from the series and filming is on halt while the production team gets a new actor to play the role.
Apparently the bullying issue has turned into a huge deal in SK. This popped up on my phone feed, from a source called the South China Morning Post (based on Hong Kong, seems to be trustworthy enough). The writer is based in Seoul. _____________________________________________________________________________
Allegations of bullying from stars’ school days rock K-drama productions, with Ji Soo forced to quit River Where the Moon Rises
--Scenes of school bullying are common in Korean TV shows, a reflection of its pervasiveness in the pressure-cooker South Korean education system --Lately the issue has ensnared sports, musical and now TV stars, as they face allegations of abusive classroom behaviour. One, actor Ji Soo, has left a hit show
Pierce Conran Published: 5:45pm, 5 Mar, 2021
Over the past month, a wave of disturbing allegations of school bullying have rocked the sports and music industries in South Korea. Recently, similar allegations have been levelled against television stars, and this has begun to affect shows currently airing and others that are upcoming. Ji Soo, one of the leads of the period action drama River Where the Moon Rises, apologised for his misconduct and left the popular show after serious claims of abuse were levelled against him on Tuesday. Other K-drama actors, including Jo Byung-gyu, Park Hye-soo and Choi Ye-bin, have also faced allegations of abuse, which their agencies have denied. Depictions of school bullying are among the most common and effective storylines in Korean TV shows. One need look no further than recent series such as The Uncanny Counter (starring Jo Byung-gyu), True Beauty and The Penthouse (which features Choi Ye-bin) for instances of extreme emotional and physical cruelty that play out in the claustrophobic confines of school classrooms, bathrooms and back alleys. Not merely dramatic fabrications, these stories reflect a pervasive social problem. Social hierarchy and the demanding style of Korean education makes schools pressure-cooker environments where bullying is common and intense. In February, twin volleyball stars Lee Jae-yeong and Lee Da-yeong left their team Heungkuk Life Pink Spiders following allegations they bullied classmates while at school, which they admitted. This triggered an avalanche of similar allegations that encompassed the K-pop industry. Much like the wildfire spread of the #MeToo movement in late 2017, school bullying allegations have swollen in a matter of weeks, implicating singers such as Soojin of (G)I-DLE, Seventeen member Mingyu, Chuu from the band Loona, and Kihyun of the group Monsta X, all of whom denied the claims. Meanwhile, Hyunjin of the band Stray Kids suspended his activities after issuing an apology. On February 16, an accuser came forward to claim that Jo Byung-gyu had been verbally – but not physically – violent towards them when they attended school in New Zealand. It’s not the first time Jo has been the subject of school bullying claims – a different person accused him in 2018. Jo’s agency threatened legal action. The actor has since stepped down from the KBS variety show Come Back Home, and his replacement was officially confirmed this Wednesday. Park Hye-soo, who appeared in the films Swing Kids and Samjin Company English Class, came under fire when, on February 20, a former classmate accused someone, believed to be Park, of physical violence in school. Park’s agency denied the claim, and the accuser eventually said they were referring to someone else, but since then other classmates have supported claims that Park was a bully in school. The Korean drama Dear M, starring Park, was due to begin airing on February 27 but has been indefinitely postponed with various allegations against its star unresolved. Choi Ye-bin, who plays a school bully in the hit series The Penthouse, the second season of which is currently on air, has also been accused of verbal abuse when she was in middle school, but her agency has denied the accusation and former classmates have defended her online. Ji Soo was hit with the most serious school abuse allegations yet to affect a Korean TV star, and for him there was no escape. On Tuesday an internet user described Ji’s abusive acts in school, which included throwing food at other students and shooting them with a BB gun. Other accusers weighed in with allegations of sexual abuse; some claimed Ji filmed himself having intercourse with a middle school student in a bathroom, and then circulated the footage among friends. Ji posted a handwritten apology on Instagram on Thursday, in which he expressed his sincere apology to those who suffered because of him, the guilt he has carried with him for his past misconduct, and his desire to atone. Filming for River Where the Moon Rises was suspended on the same day. Six episodes of the show have been aired and Ji Soo has already filmed 18 of the 20 planned instalments, but on Friday it was revealed that he had left the series and would be replaced, with Mr. Queen actor Nam In-woo reportedly in negotiations to take over his role. The volume and intensity of these allegations about stars abusing fellow students when they were at school has triggered widespread discussion in South Korea. Some fans have come to the defence of the celebrities accused, citing a lack of evidence and the outsized power that internet users wield over celebrities’ careers. The allegations are unlikely to stop here, but with so many productions and careers affected by what are for the most part unsubstantiated rumours, the entertainment industry – already precarious to navigate because of the coronavirus pandemic – has become that much more complicated.
Pyong Gang begins stirring things up and the court isn't happy with her. Won Pyo wants Pyong Gang to marry Geon as a way to keep her under control. Geon is for the marriage. Pyong Gang isn't. She wants to be with Dal (shocker!).
Na In Woo was originally supposed to start playing On Dal from ep 9 but starts appearing from ep 7. His scenes were limited. Eps 7 & 8 mostly focused on Pyong Gang.
Dal tries entering the Pyong Gang marriage sweepstakes under a fake identity but Geon catches him. Dal is forced to reveal his real identity but Pyong Gang protects him by telling everyone Dal is her husband. Pyong Gang is kicked out of palace. She goes to live with Dal and the Sunno tribe in Ghost Valley. Pyong Gang wants to restore the Sunno tribe's honor and wants their help so the royal family can regain their authority. She secretly helps Dal and the rest of the Sunno tribe train.
River Where The Moon Rises is a romance historical drama about princess Pyong Gang (Kim So Hyun) and general On Dal (Na In Woo) of Goguryeo. While the series revolves around real historical figures, it's based on a folktale. The series follows the general premise of the folk tale and adds some background info about the characters based on theories/opinions about them. There are a few main differences between the folktale and the series. In the folktale, Pyong Gang lives in the palace until she's of marrying age and is kicked out for wanting to marry On Dal. Pyong Gang has only heard of Dal and doesn't actually meet him until after she gets kicked out. In River Where The Moon Rises, Pyong Gang and Dal meet as kids, Pyong Gang becomes an assassin while Dal hides in the mountains and Pyong Gang is later kicked out for marrying Dal. Another major difference is that Dal is supposed to die in battle against Shilla but he survives in the series. Pyong Gang and Dal spend the rest of their lives happily in the mountains.
I wanted to check The River Where The Moon Rises to watch a "historical" drama. The series has battles and court drama but a major focus of the series is the romance between Pyong Gang and Dal. The series is light on plot with lots of filler. While there's plenty of court drama, some of the actions taken by the competing factions make little to no sense. They set up this big showdown between Goguryeo and Shilla in the finale and don't even show viewers the battle. It's just "Goguryeo won". I understand wanting the happy ending for tv purposes but the fake death and amnesia wasn't necessary. You could easily just show the big battle, have Goguryeo win and have the happy couple ride off into the sunset. Dal's cart not moving until Pyong Gang spoke to him (like in the folktale) was a nice touch tho. The River Where The Moon Rises was neither impressive or awful. I would put it in the Meh category.
Ji Soo plays the role of On Dal from eps 1 to 6 of The River Where The Moon Rises. Na In Woo replaces him from ep 7 on. Apparently, eps 1 to 6 were reshot with Na In Woo as On Dal but, from what I've seen, Viki still has the eps with Ji Soo. Not sure about other platforms.