I’m so glad I didn’t skip this drama. I wasn’t willing to watch a Hwang Jung Eum melodrama that seemed like it was going to be like Nice Guy. I’ve never really liked HJE…but this drama! Like wow she was incredible. She just needs a good storyline and she can really go deep. Of course I was also hesitant to watch this because it’s a melo…and I had just finished 49 Days with Bae Soo Bin…which didn’t go too well. Well darn it, this was the best melodrama, and one of the best dramas, I have ever seen! There were definitely lots of cry scenes, but it never felt makjang. I never felt depressed because I just sensed that things were going to change. Plus there were lots of cute moments as well. It seemed realistic from beginning to end.
Song: Secret Moon – Secret OST
I love revenge dramas in general, but when the main revenge lies with the female lead, it’s even better. Actually, this drama was full of revenge storylines and secrets–all of the main characters had them. I loved the way they all developed and changed throughout the story, and allowed us to learn a bit more about their secrets. I whole-heartedly rooted for these characters to toughen up and get what they deserve. All the anticipation kept me in high suspense, and with only 16 episodes, there was never a dull moment (yes, finally a drama that goes with the 16 episode sweet spot). The drama really emphasized the role of sacrifice in love. Love is pain. Love is strength. Love is understanding that stems from curiosity.
The acting really propelled the drama with a great story to being excellent. These characters were outright twisted and crazy at times (this revenge was a mental war much more than a physical one), and the actors successfully made them believable. In a different drama, I might think “Ugh, that’s so over the top” or “That’s so strange and awkward”, but here, everything just worked and I accepted any level of mental breakdown lol.
I don’t know what it is, but Hwang Jung Eum sometimes reminds me of Han Ji Min (I think it’s the eyes), and maybe that’s why I liked this drama so much. She was brilliant–as was Ji Sung, especially considering he just got married lol. Actually, the drama was very sensual and mature, and the romantic chemistry between the leads was so hot–a level beyond most dramas. But it wasn’t just the romance–it was also the strong friendship and partnership that I really enjoyed.
Lee Da Hee was great–I never hated her character despite how evil she got–now that’s charisma. Bae Soo Bin–I really feel bad for the guy who gets these hateful characters. Yes I hated him; in fact, it was difficult to watch him. But bravo for choosing a good drama, I guess. All of the side characters were great and also contributed to the satisfaction factor. I’m pretty sure the drama crew knew how popular the cute Choi Woong was as “Kwang Soo ya!” :), since he got a lot of screen time for an assistant/bodyguard hehe. I wanted even more action from him! Hope he lands some more roles.
I wish all melodramas were done this way. A good balance of tears and laughter, pain and hope. Story and characters that will last because you go through thick and thin with them. Characters that you feel you know personally.
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“I finished the Wuthering Heights book you gave me. Revenge that started with love ended in tragedy, right? What I want to know is, if it’s the opposite…love that starts from revenge…what happens to that?” – Min Hyeok
“If I let you know everything because it’s the end, it’s no fun. I have to have a secret, so you’ll keep following me around.” – Yoo Jeong