Upcoming KBS melodrama Secret has confirmed its leads, and finally revealed a bit more of its plot. On the upside, that means Ji Sung and Hwang Jung-eum have signed on to return to dramaland. On the downside, it sounds like another cold revenge drama about falling in love with someone you’re not supposed to fall in love with, and I’ve just about had it up to *here* with those. Okay, it’s not Secret’s fault that Shark came before it and left me cranky, but I’m also not excited either.
The new Wednesday-Thursday show is being helmed by the PD of Dream High and comes from a newbie writer who won a screenwriting contest with this story. It centers around a “bad guy” and an “innocent but tenacious woman,” in a deadly melodrama about a man who falls in love with the woman who killed his lover. Wait, doesn’t that make her the bad one? Or is this the kind of show where everyone is bad just in varying degrees? If that’s the case, at least it sounds more like Nice Guy than Shark.
Ji Sung plays a second generation chaebol who “has everything but a good personality.” I know they meant it in the He’s a bad bad boy sense, but that’s a pretty hilarious description of anybody. Hwang Jung-eum plays the heroine who never gives up, even when her life comes crashing down in one fell swoop. She sacrifices her future for love when she goes to prison in her boyfriend’s place, and then gets dumped in exchange for her devotion. But she comes out a much stronger woman, determined to make a fresh start and live differently.
Hm by my count, if the hero loses his girlfriend in the same crime that sends the heroine to jail, that means she’s not actually the killer. Not that it makes it any less complicated, right? The point will be the revenge/secret/twist of fate that brings them together, in their hurricane of a romance.
Ji Sung, who’s a month away from his wedding to real-life girlfriend Lee Bo-young (I Hear Your Voice), will be going from wedding to drama shoots without a break for a honeymoon, the poor guy. Let’s hope the drama pulls out some good melodramatic flair and makes the sacrifice worth it.
Secret follows Wednesday-Thursday drama Sword and Flower, and premieres in September.
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