I have found it, the magical unicorn of dramas.
- Historical setting – check.
- Amazing costumes – check.
- Cool brutal action scenes – check.
- Outstanding leading actors – check.
- Lots of humor – check.
- Less than 50 million episodes -check.
- Happy Ending – check.
Behold! I give you Moonlight Drawn by Clouds.
This Korean drama is available on Viki. As I mentioned before, Viki has an app, so if you have a Roku player or smart TV, you can download it. Also Viki should pay me for how much business I am giving them.
Hong Ra On is a girl who was forced by her mother to live most of her life as a boy because of some unspecified danger. After losing her mother during a festival, she is found by a troop of performers and continues to live her life as a boy named Sam Nom until she is eighteen, doing odd jobs and getting into misadventures. Her adoptive father is sick, so Sam Nom ends up borrowing money from some street thugs to buy him medicine. She is trying to pay off her debt, but money is hard to come by.
One of her odd jobs involves writing love letters for a young nobleman who is in love with someone in the palace. When the two lovers arrange to meet, the young nobleman realizes that the person he is in love with is too high in status and begs Sam Nom to go in his stand and carefully end it.
Meanwhile, in the palace the Crown Prince Lee Yeong realizes that some idiot is writing his younger sister love letters, intercepts said letter, and goes to the meeting in her stead. Hilarious misunderstanding occurs which ends with the Crown Prince being thoroughly humiliated and pissed off at what he thinks is a young noble.
The street thugs get tired of waiting for her to pay her debt so they kidnap her and sell her to the palace as a eunuch. More hilarity occurs, especially once the Crown Prince, who has a tendency to dress up as a guard, realizes that the man who offended him in now in the palace.
Here is a link to the scene where Sam Nom is desperately trying to fail the eunuch exam so she can be released from the palace and the Crown Prince dresses up as a eunuch to make sure this doesn’t happen. Unlike the actual series on viki, this clip has no subtitles, but you can figure out what’s going on. He is telling her that she isn’t going to escape. The acting is just so good. Just the facial expressions alone…
So there is a cute romance, it’s funny, it’s sad, there is grand betrayal and some politics and obligatory angst and the supercute scenes, and the sort of love triangle that never actually becomes a triangle… Anyway. Watch it. Is good. I’m going to rewatch it again for all the funnies.