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[Drama 2019] Hotel Del Luna, 호텔 델루나

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Now, HDL has another meaning for me besides High-Density Lipoprotein. Annyeong fellow HDL fans.

 

I hope you enjoyed the latest offering as much as I did. Scarlet Heart Ryeo fans are still probably mooning over the Moon Lovers' reunion. And fans of Gugudan Mina must likewise be happy bec. her intriguing character finally made entry. This episode has a rich emotional terrain. It presented the vital part of Man-wol's back story while still delivering the requisite humour, spooks, mystery, and feels as backed lovely OSTs. Those who had seen the drama The Guest would enjoy the funny aspersion to it and literal moon lovers will likewise savour the reference to the anniversary of the moon landing. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that a fashion sophisticate like Man-weol will don such outfit and leggings.

 

''You're devouring my nights and dreams---how spookily romantic.'' Those interested in psychical stuff like cartomancy must have also probably noticed how accurate Chan-seung's card as ace of clubs is bec., besides his charms and smarts, in this episode it was repeatedly emphasised how impertinently curious he is. It's interesting to note as well, Chan-seung's dreams aside, that the captain of the guards was also pictured as feigning to leave the helpless Man-weol only to return in time to save her thus making the theory tenable that Chan-seung is the reincarnation of the man she held dear in her heart. It's worth recalling how the mystical moon tree, which is an extension of Man-wol's self, started blooming flowers again when Chan-seung's father came over. Life slowly started to be breathed into her being at that very juncture. She always loves to say that Chan-seung caught her fancy and this is because he represented hope and life for her living yet dead being.

 

Anyway, apologies for rambling. Thanks for all these HDL photos, vids, insights, and tidbits. Enjoy. Happy Watching (and re-watching).

 

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The story get more interesting each episode, the mix between past to present quite smooth to capture my heart.

Scene how actually MW didn't like to intrude another ghost being business and how she "provides the service " is MW way to punish the bad yet she got the benefits from the deal.

Of course the service should cost an expensive real money since She must paying the taxes and running the hotels in humans realms B)

The chasing girl spirits scene could open CS mind there's always back story in each MW action.

How JMW pondering why CS has such a dream who's supposed belong to her is worthy to shed a tears. CS narative the dreams is vivid  he wonder why that's dream live in his night ? 

Does he really MW lovers reincarnation or someone who witnessed MW life story ?

And the Room 404 why MW has such expression the mix between anger and alarmed?

Who's the guy who's check in but never check out?

Interesting. .wish the writer keep brought viewers to another meaningful story despite the parody and the horrors.

Keep in tracks  HDL...fighting.

 

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 lucky KCS she giving him permission :joy: 

 

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Woah. Today's episode was a bit dark. Did IU send the soul of that girl that killed her classmate to hell? Also, IU looks like the Devil wearing that red jacket.  

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This drama makes me laugh, cry, and spook at the same time. How can i laugh and then tear up and then get spooked out? Amazing.

 

As episodes come, I am beginning to have two theories: Either CS is the reincarnation or he is someone who received the memories into MW’s past. The old lady is the true power holder in this hotel (and the tree) as mentioned by the workers when they refer to her as a ‘crone’ and when she actually causes the flowers to bloom on the tree with her touch. She is either a God, Death, or a fairy perhaps.

 

It was such a nice touch to the moon lovers reunion. Short, funny and sweet :D LJK as a priest!

 

The ghost story was a good karma lesson too and i think this is where we will begin to see her role in the hotel. But what i am really loving is the chemistry between MW and CS! Omg! And that ending scene, I just love how MW’s chest is moving as if she is panting hard (shocked to hear that CS can see that much into her past) and he just stares and confesses in the most hauntingly romantic way by using words such as ‘devour’ and ‘paying the price’. When they begin to fall in love more, this story is going to take us on an emotional ride like this: 

 

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Its going to be a beautiful, sweet love story with all the edges of heart-wrenching emotions!

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3 hours ago, macaronsandsakuratea said:

Now, HDL has another meaning for me besides High-Density Lipoprotein. Annyeong fellow HDL fans.

 

I hope you enjoyed the latest offering as much as I did. Scarlet Heart Ryeo fans are still probably mooning over the Moon Lovers' reunion. And fans of Gugudan Mina must likewise be happy bec. her intriguing character finally made entry. This episode has a rich emotional terrain. It presented the vital part of Man-wol's back story while still delivering the requisite humour, spooks, mystery, and feels as backed lovely OSTs. Those who had seen the drama The Guest would enjoy the funny aspersion to it and literal moon lovers will likewise savour the reference to the anniversary of the moon landing. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that a fashion sophisticate like Man-weol will don such outfit and leggings.

 

''You're devouring my nights and dreams---how spookily romantic.'' Those interested in psychical stuff like cartomancy must have also probably noticed how accurate Chan-seung's card as ace of clubs is bec., besides his charms and smarts, in this episode it was repeatedly emphasised how impertinently curious he is. It's interesting to note as well, Chan-seung's dreams aside, that the captain of the guards was also pictured as feigning to leave the helpless Man-weol only to return in time to save her thus making the theory tenable that Chan-seung is the reincarnation of the man she held dear in her heart. It's worth recalling how the mystical moon tree, which is an extension of Man-wol's self, started blooming flowers again when Chan-seung's father came over. Life slowly started to be breathed into her being at that very juncture. She always loves to say that Chan-seung caught her fancy and this is because he represented hope and life for her living yet dead being.

 

Anyway, apologies for rambling. Thanks for all these HDL photos, vids, insights, and tidbits. Enjoy. Happy Watching (and re-watching).

 

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Maybe we all should ramble more about this drama:)Thank for your insight. I enjoyed reading it.

 

The word devour is an interesting choice of words coming from the writers. It is such an intense feeling as if he is dreaming about her all his life. Their love story might be 20 years in the making outside the gates of the hotel when a boy first laid eyes on her. As an adult on that empty train, he confirmed that she was indeed Jang Man Wol and he nervously picked up the primrose which he was throwing  all his life  only for the first time take the flowers home with him.

 

I am not resolved yet with the reincarnation for the simple reason that I am leaving space for a big PLOT TWIST in the story line. I have nothing against reincarnation in this drama if it is done in a tasteful unique way and deviating away from plain old makjang kdrama tropes.

 

We have seen reincarnation stories before and had been widely discussed in kdramas since the beginning that the story line became repetitive as a broken record. I feel that it might not be the case with Hotel Del Luna for this could be the case of unrequited love or we are heading towards a possible love triangle & a rivalry between a ghost and a human - the Goryeo captain, Manwol, and Chan Sung. I quite prefer Chan Sung to be an independent character and a sign of brand new beginning as noted by the growing leaves and violets. 

 

There are still many questions left unanswered. Man Wol's  tree that never bloomed which the older lady attributed to her arrogance about life. Is Man Wol just trapped in her past that she cannot see the future that is unfolding in front of her? That the man she was waiting for over a thousand years might not be meant for her after all that is why she is still stuck in this world? 

 

 The dead tree openly blooming now as Chan Sung being around it more. As always I have a weakness for characters that openly wear their hearts in their sleeves without any qualms he confessed to her in episode 3. He is destined to love her because it takes someone like Chan Sung to go through that tough bolted heart & finally break the curse of Jang Man Wol. 

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Huhuhu....never expected to see him !

The Eunuch from 100 Days Husband..

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Goes back to watching...

 

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I am looking forward to the guest cameos which would pop up in the drama.

Story pretty much reminds me of Master's Sun with the individual ghost stories intertwined with the main plot.

It's quite intriguing to see Man Weol's past coming to light.

It's too soon to tell is CS is the reincarnation of the officer... but hey, we are only in Ep 3!

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Please don't let Chan Sung be a reincarnation of Go Chung Myung, Man Wol's first love, the reincarnation plot line is repetitive in K-DRAMA now imo. A descendent may fit the plot more since his dad was also be able to make the tree bloom. 

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im going to keep my patience, persevere and wait for tomorrow when both last night and this evening episodes have the eng subs.. then i can binge 2 epi tomorrow :sweatingbullets: that way, i have 1 less day to wait to the next weekend compared to the rest of u hahaha (buried myself in self deceit..)

meantime, share more reviews and photos and spoilers! :lol:

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1 hour ago, Dramanoona said:

Huhuhu....never expected to see him !

The Eunuch from 100 Days Husband..

 

 

Who is this? I haven't seen 100 Days Husband, but he was in something else I watched recently, and it is bugging the heck out of me that I can't remember. 

 

The cameos and side characters are awesome in this one. The story is fun. I'm so curious about the main characters. 

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in joseon era.. wow!! haha the headgear of the long hair looks heavy on MW :lol:

 

 

now we get to have a sneak of how the chief attendant mdm choi died and joined HDL :D im curious what is the thing she cant let go in the past to go to the afterlife..

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Despite ManChan couple find this couple very endearing :wub:

Seriously time we knew the whole MW past we will have another lovely couple to ships 

 

Jieun had have a great chemistry with all her co star.:kiss_wink:

   

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Astronauts MW Jang is such cuties :D

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Who's Amstrong..Aldrin..clark..stark.?

Our Man Wol is another levels :lol:

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She get so faaar away just to get a manager..

 

Event the results faaar for her exception :lol:

Been kicked. !

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Wish some teachy friends subbed with IU  good day 3 octave , it would be the best gift ever..lol.

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Hi everyone! This is my first time watching IU or YJG in a drama. While I am still getting used to YJG's looks (it's his eyes that I haven't accustomed to), I think IU is pretty cool in her role and I can't resist dramas with supernatural elements, having watched Master's Sun, Arang and the Magistrate, My Love from the Star and Hwayugi. I've caught up with E3 of HDL and can't wait to watch tonight's episode. So far the first 3 episodes have got me hooked and I can't wait to read all your comments and go along this HDL journey with you all:blush:

 

@dramanoona - I had the same thought that this was like Master's Sun where each episode has a story that involves KCS solving it somehow.

 

@sadthe1st - actually Mdm Choi mentioned the 'why' in E03, where she and the other two hotel staff welcomed KCS in his room.

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15 minutes ago, SC2019 said:

 

@sadthe1st - actually Mdm Choi mentioned the 'why' in E03, where she and the other two hotel staff welcomed KCS in his room.

dun tempt me dun tempt me!! i’m trying to keep ep3 n 4 for tomorrow when the eng subs are out so that i can watch both ep together :D im being silly! hahaha

 

IG post from YJG himself haha! to me, he is still the little crown prince in Moon that Embraces the Sun.. seriously.. he is so fated to anything moon (luna) :lol: and he was in the Orange Marmalade as a high school kid too (with a female vampire).. i think, he is actually not a human.. he has the same fate as MW, frozen i swear! lolol

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It was driving me crazy as I remember seeing him somewhere before and then it hit me....

Yoo Chan's friend in Still 17!

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And he was Yoo Chan's other friend!

 

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So will Yang Se Jong or Ahn Hyo Seop make a cameo? LOL.

 

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After watching the episode for the third times (live stream, raw and subbed.. yeah, I'm totally smitten), I come to hope that the reason the "crone" granny finally put CS as the person who could see MW's past would not be about him being the reincarnation of that Captain. Ah, btw, I think there is a wrong translation as to how many human have been the manager at the hotel up to CS. The sub said Manager No was 48th and CS is the 49th. But, my logic wouldn't let me believe the sub as MW has been there for over 1000 years. So, I turned on my detective mode and rewind a few times the part MW's soliloquy where she mentioned the number. I read IU's lips saying "A-Heun" instead of "Ma-Heun", so the correct number supposed to be Manager No was the 98th human, and CS is the 99th. Well, there's always something mystical about number 9 or 99 or 999 in East Asian folklore. I wonder what do Hong Sister have in mind to present CS as the 99th human.

 

From the past works of Hong Sisters, they don't seem to give the mainstream idea like reincarnation in their plot. For example, in Hwayugi, they rather come up with the idea to just let JSM die and ended the story with Oh Gong find her in the underworld rather than writing a reincarnation plot. In My GF is a Gumiho, they wrote the rare event of celestial body to let both leads to meet again, fulfilling entirely the fancy of fantasy where they could make up about anything to reason the plot with. They never appeal to what the public want/expect/used to and to the repetitive idea such as reincarnation. When CS told MW that he's afraid that him being able to see her in his dream is because he also need to pay for something, to me it kinda foreshadow something pretty unsettling about their connection. 

 

I think there were more to MW's past life than just about her killings. She committed a sin bigger than any other sins based on the description of her character, even bigger than a murder? She was too arrogant to admit her sin, thus the punishment given to her. Rather than curious about whether CS is the reincarnation or not, I'm now more intrigue as to what kind of sin did she committed in the past. It's not like there were no other murderer in her time. She even went to find the Guesthouse of the Moon to comfort the souls (her friends? lover? other people?), but why did the "crone" found what she did as arrogant and foolish? :blink:

Did MW misunderstood the Captain and killed him and never want to admit she wrongly killed him? The princess may have chased her down to get the Captain back and maybe some misunderstanding happened along the process? Whoa, there are so many possibilities of how her past life was that leads to her being punish to stand still between life and death, and I couldn't help to wonder and fried my brain over it. LOL!:sweatingbullets:

 

That room 404, apart from portraying the fact that number 4 is being associated with death in East Asian countries, I realize that it's also seems like an IT joke. Error 404. Not found. :joy:

I wonder what's inside that room that made those guests who checked in  never checked out. That guy who insist to check in seems to be bewitched by something inside the room right when he opened the door luring him in. 

I wonder if the room actually reflect what the human guest have in mind. Like their desire, their want, their greed about the place or the world and the room is a room made specifically to feed these desires. Hence, they never want to come out and check out. Hmmm... I may be overthinking. What has this drama made me do.. starting to imagining things. LOL!:joy:

 

From the preview, it seems MW doesn't want to admit that she is waiting for someone and trying to keep CS out from "reviving" the tree and she seems afraid those past memories coming back to her. The "crone" was right about her arrogance and foolishness, but why doesn't MW ever want to admit to the fact that she is waiting for "that person"? Hmmmm.. it's only episode 3, and I'm totally enchanted by everything about this drama. 

 

Suddenly I feel like to browse online shop and buy a pair leopard print leggings. :phew:

 

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