Sunday, October 16, 2011
Drama - Secret Garden
Broadcasted: 2010-Nov-13 to 2011-Jan-16
Lead Actors: Hyun Bin, Ha Ji Won, Yoon Sang Hyun, Kim Sa Rang, Lee Phillip
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥/5
This has got to be one the most popular dramas in South Korea. There have been so many parody's and references to this drama that it is insane. If you are ever bored, you should check out BigBang's parody, Big Bang Secret Garden. It is actually done very well and is hilarious!
Even though the female lead is a kick-ass stuntwoman, she still falls into the category of "helpless girl falls in love with mean rich guy." For some reason, she can't seem to beat up this arrogant jerk. Add in social status obstacles and a unrequited love on the side and this drama follows all the other romance comedy dramas. There is one variable that's not as commonly done and that is the theme of homosexuality. Now it's just a small theme and it's not so happy of an ending for the character, Han Tae Sun, but it's none-the-less a beginning of awareness for South Korea. This is one of those dramas that made me giggle hysterically at some parts and ball my eyes out the next. It has a fantasy element that involves an amount of understanding, but not all dramas are based in "reality." Somethings you can take away with this drama: ugly tracksuits, foam kiss scene, sit up scene and the understanding of what the sacrifice of love is! ToT
Basic Synopsis: Gil Ra Im is a poor stuntwoman who is trying to make it big in the movie industry. She meets Kim Joo Won, a rich and arrogant CEO when he mistakes her for the lead actress in a movie. Slowly, Kim Joo Won starts to fall in love with Gil Ra Im, despite her status and the growing confusion within him. Their bickering relationship is put into further turmoil (and hilariousness) when they drink a magic potion that switches their souls when it rains.