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Fantasy romance Secret Garden casts leads

SBS is in the planning stages for a new weekend drama, Secret Garden, and has cast Jang Hyuk (Chuno) and Kim Sarang (Tokyo Showers) in the lead roles.

Secret Garden is described as a “fantasy melodrama”; the love between the leads develops as the story comes and goes “between game and reality.” Jang Hyuk plays a proud chaebol who runs a department store. Kim Sarang plays a skilled CF director who carries herself with confidence and haughtiness, but finds herself flustered around Jang Hyuk, who doesn’t spare her a second glance.

I find this news interesting for two reasons: First, Jang Hyuk has another project he’s busy working on, the Chinese remake of early Hallyu hit All About Eve, which hasn’t aired yet. It’s scheduled to premiere in September, and so is Secret Garden. He is going to be BUSY.

Second, writer Kim Eun-sook, who made a name for herself with fast-flying dialogue in Lovers in Paris and On Air, has already announced another drama series for this year, My Princess starring Kim Tae-hee and Song Seung-heon. My Princess doesn’t yet have a broadcast date (it was announced for “sometime later in 2010”), and as far as I know it’s still a go. In Secret Garden, writer Kim will re-team with her PD from those earlier dramas, Shin Woo-chul.

Secret Garden will be 20 episodes and replaces Life Is Beautiful on SBS.

It’ll be the first drama in two and a half years for Kim Sarang, who was 2000’s Miss Korea; she last took the lead in the joint Korea-Japan production Tokyo Showers, a short four-episode special (which was Ivy’s acting debut). Previous to that, she played a jazz singer in the movie Radio Days and was also in the sageuk King and I.

Via Segye, DongA

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Lol how it was mentioned about the stereotypical lead... another chaebol... sigh an idea which is frankly getting oooolllldddd

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yayyy!!!! I'm excited. Can't wait!!

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I'm looking forward to it. I know there are folks who don't like Kim Eun Sook's works, and I myself have vascillated between ultimate love (City Hall) to okay (On Air, Lovers in Paris).

But Jang Hyuk I will check out in anything, and I'm doubly excited because I heard Yoon Sang Hyun joined as the second male lead. And I adore YSH, his eyes can make me cry like JH's can.

I am worried that Hyukie may be headed towards exhaustion if he keeps this pace up. Frankly, after the go-for-broke performance in Chuno, if I were need, I'd need to take a 6 month vacation just to return to real life.

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yep....I'm happy about this one!!!!! Jang Hyuk!!!!! And it's SBS replacing Life is Beautiful so I hope it means it will air here in Hawaii on KBFD which airs SBS dramas!!!! Woooohoooo...... :-)

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Thanks for the news javabeans!
But the main female lead isn't Kim Sa Rang. The CF director character that Kim Sa Rang will play is the second female lead role.
The drama is still casting its female lead. The female lead character's name will be Gil Ra Im.

And for those who are thinking that it'll be another streotypical drama..there's a big catch...Jang Hyuk and the stuntwoman female lead will change bodies...and this drama is also set in both the game world and real world..yup it sure sounds crazy hehehehe.

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ummhh i don't know her but jang hyuk i liked him in thank you....sounds promising! i can't wait for song seung hyeon my princess...he's one of my faves!

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fantasy melodram??.....hmmmmm....anyways...i heard Yoon Snag Hyun and Park Jaebeom are gonna be in this too...idk if i should watch this....iv'e never watched any of this Kim Eun Sook's drama...i've heard some pretty nasty things about them..while on th eother hand others just love them

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Wasn't his second song born like a few months ago?? He must barely see his family! And poor JH's wife will be a busy busy woman!

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Also: #5, what do you mean they will change bodies?? like... he will become the stunt woman??

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I hope this isn't a bad thing to say, but Jang Hyuk has come a long way since 'A Bright Girl's Success Story.' By a long way, I mean in looks. He was very unattractive to me when he was younger and now I think he is awesome. I can only hope I age so well.

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I'm not a fangirl of this writer! :(

but this looks pure fluff and JH showing us his inner lady...me want, kinda.

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jang hyuk looks hot right there! and the drama sounds like an interesting concept!

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Kim Sarang's very underrated as an actress. I wish she got a shot at a proper lead in a drama.

"Jang Hyuk and the stuntwoman female lead will change bodies…and this drama is also set in both the game world and real world"

Ahh. So it's Freaky Friday-meets-the Matrix. And instead of the pill, Jang Hyuk have to choose between Kim Sa Rang or "Actress B."

I like it already.

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If Jang Hyuk is in it, I'm watching it. My one hard and fast K-drama rule (this also applies to Kim Gab-soo. :-D )

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As long as Jaebeom (ex-2PM member) doesn't join like it's rumored, it'll stay on my to-watch list.

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This has the same writer as City Hall? I'm suddenly interested in this drama!

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i love jang hyuk! so i'm gonna try to watch this~

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For my love of City Hall, I'll watch the next drama written by Kim Eun-sook. Then Jang Hyuk plus Yoon Sang-hyun, I am in.

@ Lucille
Yes, JH wasn't appealing to me when he was young (as in Windstruck and A Bright Girl's Success Story) but he is ageing to greatness now! He is surely one busy man as having a couple of big projects currently. A friend saw him a few days ago in the Sydney airport but wasn't fast enough (or too star-struck) to get an autograph!

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Jang Hyuk sure is busy this year....does he ever take a break?

Though, as far as drama filming goes, Chinese series tend to be done filming and editing before it airs, so Hyuk has already finished filming the chinese remake of All About Eve, even if the show doesn't air until next year.

So I think he's only occupied with Secret Garden in Sept. Still...it's a lot of work. 3 dramas (as the lead) and a bunch of CFs in one year...is he a machine?

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@ epyc
"Yes, JH wasn’t appealing to me when he was young (as in Windstruck and A Bright Girl’s Success Story) but he is ageing to greatness now! "

Here here both in terms of looks and acting. I never cared two figs (I've had figs on my mind all day due to delish fig dinner previous night) for him before "Thank You" and after TY I was like. "Whoa who is this smexy". Military service was good for JH.

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I definitely would check this drama out just JH..:)) I love him in Chuno...

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@ 15

even if jaebum does join, it'll most likely be a tiny tiny supporting role so i don't think that would affect the drama as a whole in any way..

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que bien que jang hyuk siga trabajando y sacando nuevos proyectos es un gran actor ojala que le vaya relmente bien a este dramaaaaaaaaa

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Oh, dammit! Was so hoping Jang Hyuk would somehow wind up playing the missing Lee sibling in Giant. Oh well, back to the guessing game again I guess.

*jots 'Secret Garden' down on 'shows I'm anticipating' list*

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"Jang Hyuk and the stuntwoman female lead will change bodies"

Last time I watched anything to do with body exchange was 'Please Come Back, Soon-Ae', which I thought was a very entertaining drama but unfortunately isn't discussed very often.

"and this drama is also set in both the game world and real world."

What do you mean by game world? As in the virtual world of an online video game? If that's the case then that would be very interesting, and not too surprising, considering Korea's gaming culture.

"Kim Sarang’s very underrated as an actress"

Yes, I think most guys will attest to the fact that Miss Sarang was indeed very underrated in the 2006 comedy 'Who slept with her? (aka Sexy teacher)' :D

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yay the tireless jang hyuk..
love it..

hmm.. seem looks like sidushq project.
sidusHq announced joined sidusHq lately

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I only know Kim Sarang as that actress in the movie Hot For Teacher.... I hope she won't be one of those actresses who frequently act as risque characters. And Jang Hyuk's Penthouse Elephant was just terrible. I find it hard to like Jang Hyuk in his movies and dramas... But I am curious enough to see Kim Sarang onscreen again.

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I'm actually looking forward more to Princess.....is that a sin? lol

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