Hyun Bin + Ha Ji Won = I’m a happy camper! 🙂 The drama woke up my inability of falling in love again with a fictional character Kim Joo Won. Engaging and strong performance by the characters, amusing screenplay and a story that will linger and can work as a coping pill to boredom or heartbreak. I had high expectations about this team up, and they did not fail me. Sunny characters, a twist worth of de Maupassant, and an endearing-classic-my-mom-doesn’t-like-you-but-i-love-you love story.
The pairing of two of my favorite Korean actors does not need any effort to convince me to stay glued at it. Endearing and heart flutters can be felt everywhere. And even if there were some faulty, unnecessary plot, the acting prowess and the chemistry of the lead couple can suffice whatever there may be lacking in the story. This is a classic example of the lead couple bringing the best to one another.
This body-swapping stunt woman and chaebol love story exceeded everyone’s expectations in nailing an experimental supernatural love story. “Secret Garden” showed a heroine with unfazed attitude who fell in love with a rich man who did everything to make her love him too.
Now that I remember the “rain twist”. There’s something about rain that makes it a recurring twist in kdrama stories as projected in Goblin, My GF is a Gumiho and Secret Garden. Anyway, I loved Hyun Bin here more than his stint in Samsoon probably because I am more inclined to unusually imagined story premise.
The sparkling tracksuit, the sweet sit-up kiss and coffee kiss, the hilarious body swap, and Hyun Bin’s melting gaze were some of the things that I remember most about “Secret Garden”. It was a breather from generic romcoms with its perfect blending of fantasy and romance and with its main love couple’s reversal of roles having a strong heroine and a weak-hearted but charming lead man.
“Secret Garden” is your drama to see when you want a kdrama marathon vacation. It played well in keeping its excitement stable and hit a love progression where the viewers were left all cheering for it to happen. The fantasy body-switching plot was a brilliant addition to keep the story interesting, but the strength of how the love couple communicated or should I say bicker along the way eventually realizing they were both rendered by the love bind they threw at each other unconsciously was the hook factor that is why it was a hit when it was airing.
A rite of passage kdrama for kdrama-addicts, make sure to include this in your watchlist if you have not seen it yet.