NewsLetter DailyWeekly
My HanCinema | Sign up, Why ? Your E-mail   Password    Auto| Help
HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database, discover the South Korean cinema and drama diversity Contact HanCinema HanCinema on TwitterFaceBook HanCinema PageHanCinema on Twitter

[REVIEW] SBS TV series "Secret Garden" - Episode 1 and 2

2010/11/15 | Permalink | Source

Official poster for SBS TV series "Secret Garden" [SBS]

SBS TV series "Secret Garden" - Episode 1 & 2

After the arrogant and thoughtless department store CEO Kim Ju-won (Hyun Bin) falls for the ordinary stunt woman Gil La-im (Ha Ji-won), he even ends up confessing, "To me, this woman is Kim Tae-hee and Jeon Do-youn [top Korean actresses]". That too in just two episodes of going on air.

In "Secret Garden", the main male character's emotion develops to its peak at a pace that is extremely fast compared to the usual romantic dramas, showing that it will not be the typical love story between a rich man and poor woman. Its focus is rather on 'change' and aims to be a coming-of-age drama about a man and woman who find their true selves after their souls switch. Hence the first two episodes of "Secret Garden" served as the basis to showing how different the two's lives are currently. Ju-won is a chaebol who goes to work exactly twice a week to sign paperwork but cannot ride elevators because he has claustrophobia, while La-im is a stunt woman who doubles for the main characters of movies but is holding out with the "pride of being an action star". When the souls of these people who are entirely different in both personality and class are switched, Ju-won will learn lessons to life through the physical work he experiences, while La-im will live as someone who confidently speaks her mind but discovers Ju-won's pain.

The two main characters growing up in completely opposite environments or their souls switching may be cliche set-ups separately but fused together, present an opportunity to become quite an interesting drama about transition. On top of this, writer Kim Eun-sook's unique style of scriptwriting brings the characters to life and by having Gil La-im be a stunt woman, she is regarded a 'cool' woman who works hard every day of her life to make a living than just be the object of pity of a wealthy man. All that is left now is to see them faced with their new lives after they go into each other's bodies. The actual story has yet to start.

Reporter : Lee Ga-on
Editor : Jessica Kim jesskim@
<ⓒ10Asia All rights reserved>

Episode 1 recap on Dramabeans

Attention You're reading the news with potential spoilers, make them spoiler free, dismiss



More videos

 Previous news

Subscribe to HanCinema Pure to remove ads from the website (not for episode and movie videos) for US$0.99 monthly or US$7.99 yearly (you can cancel anytime). The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up.


Remove ads

Sign up




Visible, hide

Learn to read Korean in 90 minutes or less using visual associations