I read news of this upcoming SBS drama and just had to laugh. First off, it’s called Birth Secret. It’s not even trying to go for a thematic or poetic name, just layin’ it all out there, literal-style. May as well call it Makjang Drama or Conventional Melo. Dramatic Conflict also works.
Secondly, the main character — to be played by Sung Yuri (Feast of the Gods) — plays an amnesiac. Because dramaland doesn’t have enough of those. And also a genius. Can she be a Candy and an orphan and maybe also a brain cancer patient while she’s at it?
The plot is broadly outlined as said amnesiac heroine’s journey to putting together the pieces of her lost memory along with the help of our hero, “a man who seems completely unsuited for her” (what other kind of hero is there?). She has forgotten both the man she loves and her daughter — so the question is, does she know they’re together? Or is this Fifty First Dates, the K-drama version, where she has to figure her life out in reverse?
Cast as the male lead is Yoo Joon-sang (You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly), playing the uneducated and poor (but loving) father to young Kal So-won (The Gift of Room 7), who’s inherited her genius from her mother. He had met the heroine just as both were on the brink of suicide, and they’d decided to choose life together. It’s a poignant setup, as he sets out to reclaim what they once had.
Most interesting about the description, perhaps, is that it’s called both “sensitive and trendy.” Sensitive I get, but trendy not as much. Birth Secret comes from the writer of Piano and Cinderella’s Sister (so I get the emotional sensitivity line), and will be directed by the PD of Spring Days. It’ll be a weekend drama following Incarnation of Money and premieres on April 27.