Na In Woo Gets His Close Up in New Star1 Pictorial Discussing His Unexpected Rise to Male Lead Status in 2021

If I grow to like K-actor Na In Woo even more than I do now after his successful parachute in male lead turn in KBS sageuk River Where the Moon Rises, I’ll always enjoy the epic takedown I did of him in a blog post announcing his casting to replace Ji Soo and how much he sucked in Queen Cheorin (Mr. Queen). The close proximity of QC finishing and him stepping into River provides an unusual side-by-side comparison of two sageuk roles and how the same actor can deliver something different. I thought Na In Woo had even better chemistry with female lead Kim So Hyun in River and his version of Ondal had more depth and gravitas rather than an overgrown man-child. He filmed an entire drama is less than 4 weeks (including re-filming the first 6 episodes worth of scenes) so now River can stream on OTT platforms and continue to recoup its costs, so he singlehandedly saved a drama much like Ondal saved a country lol. He’s already signed on for his next drama as the male lead of The Jinx’s Lover which sounds light and cute.

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Beyond Evil Wins Best Drama at 2021 Baeksang Awards with Shin Ha Kyun and Kim So Yeon Taking Home the Best Acting Awards

A nicely laudatory ceremony for the 2021 Baeksang Awards wrapped up tonight in South Korea and I’m pretty happy with the results. The Daesang went to Yoo Jae Suk for his continued exemplary work as a variety star and host, … Continue reading

KBS Sageuk Drama River Where the Moon Rises Ends with 6.8%, 8.3% Ratings, a Sweet Ending, and a Lot of What Could Have Beens

I feel like I just watched half a drama, but considering all the behind the scenes trials and tribulations that befell this production, I’ll give it as a glass half full scenario. KBS Mon-Tues sageuk River Where the Moon Rises … Continue reading

River Where the Moon Rises Releases New Stills Gearing Up for Final Two Episodes This Coming Mon-Tues

I started my K-drama journey on a sageuk, years and years ago. A good and proper sageuk, all 55-episodes that was Seodongyo full of slow and meaningful developments interspersed with cliffhanger episode endings and plenty of meat to keep me … Continue reading

The Attempted Coup in Episode 17 of River Where the Moon Rises Deflates Like a Souffle as Both Male Leads Hie Off to Angst Afterwards

Remember when what happened to KBS drama River Where the Moon Rises was like the biggest news in K-ent? Oh what a month does to keep one upping another in terms of wild news and crazy scandals. River has now … Continue reading

Episode 16 of River Where the Moon Rises Stays at 6.0%, 7.8% Ratings as the Plot Barrels Ahead into Fighting, Deaths, and a Thwarted Coup

I’ve stopped digging too deeply into the why, where, how, whats of River Where the Moon Rises, the early episodes I was super excited about and tried to analyze only to realize stuff just sorta happened and the foundations were … Continue reading

Fractures Appear in the OTP as Episode 15 of River Where the Moon Rises Shows the Price of Playing the Political Game with Ratings of 6.7%, 7.8%

It’s the final stretch for KBS Mon-Tues sageuk River Where the Moon Rises, and that hubbub of the earlier real world distractions have abated and now it’s back to the same old shallow drawing board in terms of telling a … Continue reading

A Smartly Won Battle Gets Ga Jin and Ondal Back to the Palace in Episode 13 of River Where the Moon Rises as Ratings Stay at 6.8%, 8.7%

It’s wild to think that a week ago the worst thing to befall K-dramas in 2021 was the male lead swap in River Where the Moon Rises, and then Joseon Exorcist came along and went “Hold my beer.”. Mon-Tues remains … Continue reading

The OTP Consummate Their Marriage But War is Looming in Episode 12 of River Where the Moon Rises as Ratings Stay at 6.8%, 8.1%

The verdict has to be in now with River Where the Moon Rises, as a sageuk it’s just not compelling but for weathering the real life craziness its come out stronger than before. The previews for episode 13 next week … Continue reading