K-Drama Review: ‘Scholar Who Walks the Night’ Tells a Story of Vampires in the Joseon Era

Scholar Who Walks the Night: The Cast

Scholar Who Walks the Night Cast
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Main Characters:

  • Lee Joon-gi as Kim Sung-yeol
  • Shim Chang-min as Crown Prince Lee Yoon
  • Lee Soo-hyuk as Gwi
  • Lee Yu-bi as Jo Yang-sun/Seo Jin
  • Kim So-eun as Lee Myung-hee and Choi Hye-ryung

Supporting Characters:

People around Kim Sung-yeol

  • Jang Hee-jin as Soo-hyang
  • Choi Tae-hwan as Ho-jin

People around Lee Yoon

  • Yeo Eui-joo as Noh Hak-yong
  • Han Jung-soo as Baek In-ho
  • Lee Soon-jae as King Hyeonjo
  • Jang Seung-jo as Crown Prince Sadong

People around Jo Yang-sun

  • Jung Gyu-soo as Jo-saeng
  • Oh Yoon-hong as Kkot-boon
  • Park So-young as Dam-yi

Court Officials

  • Son Jong-hak as Choi Chul-joong
  • Kim Myung-gon as Noh Chang-sun
  • Kim Jong-goo

Special Appearances

  • Lee Hyun-woo as Crown Prince Junghyun (cameo, episode 1)
  • Yang Ik-june as Hae-seo (cameo, episode 1)
  • Han Ji-woo as Royal Concubine Kim (cameo, episode 1)
  • Park Ji-il as Kim Sung-yeol’s father (cameo, episode 1)
  • Kim Ye-ryeong as Kim Sung-yeol’s mother (cameo, episode 1)
  • Lee Ho-jae as King Moonjo, Crown Prince Junghyun’s father (cameo, episode 1)

Scholar Who Walks the Night: The Soundtrack

Scholar Who Walks the Night OST
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Scholar Who Walks the Night OST Part 1

  • Release Date: July 16th, 2015
  • Publisher: Vitamin Entertainment
  • Agency: Music Story Company
  • Track Listing:
No. Song Title Artist
1. “Secret Paradise” Jang Jae-in
2. “Secret Paradise (Inst.)” Jang Jae-in

Scholar Who Walks the Night OST Part 2

  • Release Date: July 23rd, 2015
  • Publisher: Vitamin Entertainment
  • Agency: Music Story Company
  • Track Listing:
No. Song Title Artist
1. “Sad Wind” Eun Ga-eun
2. “Sad Wind (Inst.)” Eun Ga-eun

Scholar Who Walks the Night OST Part 3

  • Release Date: July 30th, 2015
  • Publisher: Vitamin Entertainment
  • Agency: Music Story Company
  • Track Listing:
No. Song Title Artist
1. “Loving You Again” Yook Sung-jae of BtoB
2. “Loving You Again (Inst.)” Oh Joon-sung

Scholar Who Walks the Night OST Part 4

  • Release Date: August 20th, 2015
  • Publisher: Vitamin Entertainment
  • Agency: Music Story Company
  • Track Listing:
No. Song Title Artist
1. “Don’t Cry” G.NA
2. “Don’t Cry (Inst.)” G.NA

Scholar Who Walks the Night OST Part 5

  • Release Date: August 27th, 2015
  • Publisher: Vitamin Entertainment
  • Agency: Music Story Company
  • Track Listing:
No. Song Title Artist
1. “Without You” BEAST
2. “Without You (Inst.)” Oh Joon-sung

Scholar Who Walks the Night OST Part 6

  • Release Date: September 9th, 2015
  • Publisher: Vitamin Entertainment
  • Agency: Music Story Company
  • Track Listing:
No. Song Title Artist
1. “Addiction” Kimbo
2. “Addiction (Inst.)” Kimbo

Scholar Who Walks the Night OST

  • Release Date: September 22nd, 2015
  • Publisher: Vitamin Entertainment
  • Agency: Music Story Company
  • Track Listing:
No. Song Title Artist
1. “Without You” BEAST
2. “Don’t Cry” G.NA
3. “Loving You Again” Yook Sung-jae of BtoB
4. “Secret Paradise” Jang Jae-in
5. “Sad Wind” Eun Ga-eun
6. “Addiction” Kimbo
7. “Endless Run” Oh Joon-sung
8. “Waltz of Memory” Oh Joon-sung
9. “Flying Hero” Oh Joon-sung
10. “Hidden Heart” Oh Joon-sung
11. “Morning Dew” Oh Joon-sung
12. “Keep the Faith” Oh Joon-sung
13. “Tears of the Flower” Oh Joon-sung
14. “Inside Fighter” Oh Joon-sung
15. “Awaken Vampire” Oh Joon-sung
16. “The Dark Palace” Oh Joon-sung
17. “Night World” Oh Joon-sung
18. “Sadness of Vampire” Oh Joon-sung
19. “Trans-Vampire” Oh Joon-sung
20. “Black Cloud” Oh Joon-sung
21. “In The Forest” Oh Joon-sung
22. “Brave Hand” Oh Joon-sung
23. “Hot Tension” Oh Joon-sung
24. “Old Rival” Oh Joon-sung
25. “Broken Door” Oh Joon-sung
26. “Where Are You Going?” Oh Joon-sung
27. “Wait For You” Oh Joon-sung
28. “I Am A Prince” Oh Joon-sung
29. “Unbroken” Oh Joon-sung
30. “Walk A Night” Oh Joon-sung
31. “Too Fast” Oh Joon-sung

Why You Should Watch Scholar Who Walks the Night

Scholar Who Walks the Night is a good combination of the fantasy, romance, and historical genres. The antagonist is introduced from the very first episode and leaves the viewers wondering about how to kill him. The first episode also lets us know how Sung-yeol turns into a vampire and the events that had happened in the past and led to the present.

The encounters between Sung-yeol and Yang-sun fill out the romance bit of the show. It also touches our hearts when Sung-yeol apologizes to Myung-hee (who is actually Hye-ryung, Myung-hee’s doppelganger) for falling in love with Yang-sun. It is also interesting to see how Gwi is actually in love with Hye-ryung and how her death messes him up and he eventually embraces his death.

The actors have played their roles really well. They have embraced these roles without irony and elevated the emotional journey of the characters, making us care about evil vampire overlords and getting us to invest in a war between two metaphorical Sung-yeols. However, the Scholar Who Walks the Night has vampire violence and some torture scenes that some viewers might find disturbing or uncomfortable.

Overall, Scholar Who Walks the Night is a highly recommended drama for anyone who loves the combination of fantasy, romance, and historical drama.

So, what are you waiting for? Happy drama watching!