Scholar Who Walks the Night Korean Drama Review

Scholar Who Walks the Night Korean Drama - Lee Joon Gi and Lee Yoo Bi

Scholar Who Walks the Night is a fantasy historical about a scholar named Kim Sung Yeol (Lee Joon Gi) who becomes involved with a plot to take down the evil vampire Gwi (Lee Soo Hyuk) that results in Sung Yeol becoming a vampire himself.  He dedicates his life over the next 120 years to finding a way to destroy Gwi.

Sung Yeol has been haunted by the death of his first love Myeung Hee (Kim So Eun), and it is not until a young woman named Jo Yang Sun (Lee Yoo Bi) comes into his life that his heart begins to warm again.  Yang Sun cross dresses as a man to sell books so that she can support her family.  Things quickly become complicated as she becomes involved with Sung Yeol.

Scholar Who Walks the Night Korean Drama - Lee Joon Gi   Scholar Who Walks the Night Korean Drama - Lee Yu Bi

Scholar Who Walks the Night is a drama that I was highly anticipating, and overall I was very pleased with it.  The drama as a whole was a bit rough around the edges though.  I actually really enjoyed the unique creepy carnival music choices in some of the scenes, but many times the background music would be very abruptly cut off when transitioning between scenes.  Also, the editing sometimes felt a bit choppy in the beginning.

The first half of the drama had a slower, low key sort of feel to it too.  Some people found this boring, but I actually found it more relaxing and never felt bored.  The second half of the drama definitely picked up the pace along with smoother editing throughout.

Scholar Who Walks the Night Korean Drama - Lee Joon GiFor me, the positives far outweighed the negatives with an interesting story that moved along at a nice pace and excellent acting by everyone involved.  Lee Joon Gi immersed himself in his vampire role and really sold Sung Yeol’s character.  I’m a bit biased as a hardcore Lee Joon Gi fan, but what a convincing vampire he was!  Since he had to do a lot of brooding, of course I didn’t get to see near enough of the charming Lee Joon Gi who is full of smiles.  Oh well, there are moments scattered throughout.  Also, it was particularly fun to watch Lee Joon Gi towards the end of the drama where we get to see a new side of him as he plays the ‘evil’ version of Sung Yeol.  It was really delightful!

Scholar Who Walks the Night Korean Drama - Lee Yoo BiLee Yoo Bi was also completely adorable as Yang Sun.  I enjoyed her in Gu Family Book and Nice Guy, but her role in Pinocchio really won me over.  She was perfect at playing a sort of fan girl of the Night Scholar in the beginning with all of her cuteness.  But then she holds her own as she transitions into a more angsty role as she deals with losing her family and having to be there to support Sung Yeol.

Scholar Who Walks the Night Korean Drama - Lee Soo HyukIt was my first time seeing Lee Soo Hyuk, and he really is the perfect vampire bad guy!  He is one of those bad guys you just enjoy watching because he is so good at.  He spent a lot of time in his dungeon lair posing on his stone throne, but I loved every minute of it.  Even better was when we actually got to see some classic good verses evil battles between Gwi and Sung Yeol.

Shim Chang Min was also a new face for me.  He did well as Prince Lee Yoon trying to protect his nation while being faced with difficult choices when it came to those he cared about.  His relationship with Sung Yeol’s first love look alike Hye Ryeong added another layer to the plot.

Scholar Who Walks the Night Korean Drama - Kim So Eun   Scholar Who Walks the Night Korean Drama - Shim Chang Min

Don’t worry, there were also plenty of wonderful couple moments between Sung Yeol and Yang Sun too.  It was difficult for him to allow Yang Sun into his heart because of his hatred of the monster he felt he had become.  As he tried to push her away by revealing his true self to her, she held firm in her love.  Her devotion to him ran deep, and she was there for him when he needed her the most.

Scholar Who Walks the Night Korean Drama - Lee Joon Gi and Lee Yu Bi Kiss

All in all, I found Scholar Who Walks the Night to be a highly enjoyable drama.  It felt like an epic fairy tale, and I would love to see more stories like this in kdramas.  It wasn’t perfect, but overall Scholar Who Walks the Night hit all the right spots, and I can definitely see myself revisiting this one in the future.

My Rating: 8/10

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16 Responses to Scholar Who Walks the Night Korean Drama Review

  1. joybran2015 says:

    I agree with your review about the good and the not so good. The drama was worth watching just for Lee Jun Ki’s amazing performance, especially with his angst about falling in love and later his tour de force scenes as multiple characters. However, I was pleasantly surprised by Lee Soo Hyuk stepping up to match Jun Ki’s commitment to his character, and idol Changmin’s very competent portrayal of the Crown Prince. There was no weak link in the cast, so a story that could have turned campy or cheesy in lesser hands was well served by its dedicated cast. Even with the music and editing sometimes working against them, they made an engaging and touching drama.

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    • Kay says:

      Agreed! This could have totally been cheesy, but I was so pleased with how it was all handled by the actors. I could easily see some of the dramas flaws, but I’ve seen far worse, and with such an engaging story and cast it made for a wonderful experience for me.

      I too was surprised by Lee Soo Hyuk! His performance was so spot on, and he fully embraced the classic villain role. He had my full attention unless Lee Joon Gi was on the screen. And some of the best scenes were when they were both on screen together. Loved their interactions!

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  9. Noémi says:

    Thank you for this review! I was enamored with this drama and everything I loved about it (the acting, the ost, the main pair, the epicness) made me forgive the flaws. I have seen so many reviewers and recappers merely critisizing it and being unimpressed that I’m really glad I actually find a review that highlights all the things to be appreciated 🙂

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    • Kay says:

      You’re welcome! I too really did love this drama. I was also disappointed that so many people seemed unable to appreciate all of its wonderful qualities. It definitely had some issues, but for me they were negligible because of how amazing the acting, couple, music, and fairy tale like story was. It was just wonderful! I’m glad you loved it too 🙂

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  13. Irish says:

    I think I might have to revisit this drama, I remember stopping at episode 6 (I started watching this whilst it was airing). My sister was saying how she didn’t like the drama which really surprised me as I felt the complete opposite. I watched it with her without any expectations and knowing not much about it and that seemed to work wonders for me. I loved it and I was very excited but all the bad comments and ratings? put me off watching the remaining episodes. Still though, from what Ive seen, this drama still have my favorite scenes from all dramas that Ive watched. I loved the bathtub scene and this scene too!!

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    • Kay says:

      The drama definitely received a lot of negative comments. But there were those of us who really loved it. Like you, it had a lot of wonderful scenes that I still remember. The bathtub scene and their first kiss being at the top of the list. You should pick it back up since you seemed to be liking it. It certainly has its issues, but it has a lot of good to enjoy too 🙂


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