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Falling bodies and marrying exes in My Secret Hotel

Ah, now I’m finally getting a sense for the tone of tvN’s upcoming drama My Secret Hotel, which has been touting itself as a “killing romance.” Aside from the fact that the term doesn’t actually make sense (if only they’d called it a killer romance!), I knew they meant there would be romance and also a murder mystery. But how would those meld?

Well, according to the teaser, I’m getting a very stylized vibe with a black(ish) sense of humor—sort of Master’s Sun-like, with a dash of Park Chan-wook? Or maybe a bit of the Lee Shi-young romance How to Use a Man in its quirkiness? This kind of genre-mixing humor is tough to pull off well, but my interest is piqued.

My Secret Hotel is set in a high-class hotel, where Yoo Inna works as the wedding planner. Judging from the preview, she’s the kind of uber-efficient professional who always gets the job done, falling bodies or no. She happens to run into her ex-husband (Jin Yi-han) there just as he’s getting married again, while also dealing with the murder case that arises on the premises.

Namgoong Min is also in the mix and it looks like he’ll play romantic spoiler, but it appears the drama will be another of the exes-reunite stories that seem so popular these days. Though at least this’ll be the only one with a murder mystery spicing up the proceedings.

My Secret Hotel follows High School King of Savvy and premieres on August 18.

Via MBN

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INNA, I LOVE YOUR PUFFY SWEET . . . FACE!!!!!

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Those earrings are doing it for me...tacky! I love Yoon In Though! I like her since Queen in Hyun Man's..

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Note that they are quite, quite definitely using Yoo In Na's face to sell this series.

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I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS!!
i've come to love yoo inna these days, especially from her stellar performance in queen in hyun's man ((which i can't believe i just got around to watching it two months ago!!)

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TVN I love youuuuuuuuuuuu

i don't know who's the tvn CEO, but i love him, every tvn drama its the best.

thank you TVN, fighting

this drama looks great,

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Yeah, tvN is really upping the ante and finessing its niche. This one should be hilarious. I just hope that it will be refreshing as well. Please go easy on clichés and tropes!

Not counting Gapdong from earlier this year (yuck!), I can see a line of progression between Let's Eat, Emergency Couple, Witch's Romance, King of High School, Marriage w/o Dating and beyond. Clearly, tvN is not done yet.

I can't take fakes like the Jo/Gong drama any more.

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Are you referring to It's Okay, That's Love? I'm actually really enjoying it. I think it has an interesting tone that is fresh and different. Although it certainly has a lot of melo type traumas and back stories, it remains light hearted and even comical for the majority of the episodes. There is surely heartache to come, but I am enjoying what it is so far. And what exactly do you mean be "fakes"?

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My life will be complete if TVN makes Lee Kwang Soo lead in a drama.

i don't know why, but a drama with kwang soo and Clara as leads will be great xddd, a comedy of course.

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Yay I was waiting for this trailer to post! I definitely agree that the kind of humor they're going for is super hard to pull off so here's to hoping because if they do it right, I'm definitely stoked.

I love the attitude Yoo Inna's character gives off in the preview, she seems so on it :) Love how she's the only one that didn't scream! She definitely gonna be the star of the show in this and I'm already pretty sure that I'm gonna love it just for her!

Also Namgoong Min's reaction to the body was hands-down the best!!! So funny!

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Wait...I think I'm actually referring to someone else. Does anyone know who that last guy is? His face is seriously hilarious.

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I just adore Namgoong Min. Of course he won't get the girl AGAIN but it will be good to see him.

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Did you watch him in the 2013 kdrama Unemployed Romance (aka Unemployment Benefit Romance)?

If not, [SPOILER] ahead so skip to the next post to avoid it...

Namgung Min's character Kim Jong-Dae in Unemployed Romance did get the girl in the end.

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On the one hand, I'm sad I won't get to see Lee Soo-hyuk's beautiful sculpted face or the hilariously adorkable Seo In-gook anymore after next week, on the other I'm happy that Jin Yi-han and Yoo Inna are replacing him. I'm really looking forward to this.

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Geez!! she has had sooo much work done since Secret Garden!! wow, so sad, she was so pretty before!!

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Looking carefully . . . inspecting the photos . . . checking against older photos . . .

Nope, you're mistaken. That's Yoo Inna, just the same as she's looked in her last five or six dramas, still one of the most distinctive faces on the screen, even to a foreigner like myself.

Good actresses use slightly different make-up jobs from role to role. I'm sure that's what confused you.

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Have to agree with Quiet Thought. Definitely not seeing any difference.

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I've heard many people say that but honestly I don't see it either. I think it's just the eyebrows. it's the only thing I can see that's different about her.

(never listen to internet whispers, go see it for yourself first)

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If she did anything remarkable to her face it's before Secret Garden. I remember back then I was thinking this new girl looks too good! But I hate assuming that anyone has done some kind of surgical change to their appearance... so yeah.

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I believe In Na had something done to her eyes about ten years ago, before she became noteworthy. This comes off as one of those catty things people reflexively say to poke at celebrities.

I'm pretty sure that, in this mostly civilized forum, some declared that an actor had extensive plastic surgery WHILE IN THE ARMY and that a young actress had her face done between series, even though she'd obviously gone from one job to the other over the course of several days, if not overnight.

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yes. the most crucial thing about PS surgery accusations that people tend to forget! the time it takes to heal.
yes, YIN had work done before she rose to fame, but it would be simply impossible to get anything else done since as she's the daily host of a viewable radio show and has been from one drama to the next yearly, specially last year when she did ytblss and mlfas back to back.
honestly, using ps and put down artist needs to stop, specially when they need to look their best to get jobs and when it's common in the east and west.

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I am blown away about how judgemental people can be on the internet.

Just leave them be.

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The teaser instantly reminded me of Wes Anderson's the Great Budapest Hotel! The music, the characters, murder case at the hotel, etc.

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I loved that film, and I'm pretty sure they took the song from the soundtrack, too.

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it looks silly , but gonna be checking to see if it's worth the time only because of Yi-han .

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I cannot waitttt for this drama, I love a good mystery and I love romance so this has everything for me and the fact its going to be funny too (and my kind of dark humour) yesssss give it to me nowwwwww. Everyone is so good looking too :D.

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TvN AND Yoo In Na?

/adds to watch list

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I missed Namgoong Min's quirky little smile:D

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Body falling thru ceiling? first, sue the builder.

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Yes - MULTIPLE layers of ceilings too!

I think even a bullet wouldn't go that far ... :D

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Hahaha the teaser is quirky! I like it. Excited to see Yoo Inna in this! U GO GIRL! =D

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This is what I love about TvN. They really know how to market their dramas.

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This teaser made me laugh. It was so ridiculous and unexpected.

I LOVE that solo poster of Yoo Inna even if her outfit looks a touch too french maid-y. It's so striking.

The teaser does have a bit of a Master's Sun vibe, now that you mention it. But that's not a bad thing! I liked that drama a lot.

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My favorite combo is back, TVN and Yoo In Na!
And I've always been a mystery-reader kind of girl. Can't wait for this one <3

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Here for YIN and JYH's voice

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i wont say much over a spoiler (even it indeed look amazing) because i've been fooled so much by a trailer..
but still going to check this out.. comedy with mystery, i'm in!
plus it got Yoo InNa and Jin YiHan.. i hope they're going to be an amazing duo!

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Yes, this looks so good. Yoo In Na is working her role already--love her smirk and her look for this role. I agree about the dash of Park Chan Wook vibe--it does remind me a bit of Thirst. Maybe it's the colors or the campiness/bleakness of everything.

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anyone else get a grand budapest hotel vibe here :/

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Had a similar thought! See comment 28 below :)

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INNA AND IHAN
THIS...IS...SO...PERFECT!!!

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Looks promising! Yoo Inna <3

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I can see myself falling in love with this drama!
Yoo Inna being quirky and cute is the best! I can already picture all the tragedy going around and YIN being all cute and blasé about it. XD

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After Empress Ki, I'm rooting for Jin Yi Han in this series. Nam Goong Min isn't bad, I love him in WGM but I just want a fresher face. Love Yoo In Na! :)))

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A dead body falling through each floor of a high class hotel like a rocket...sounds fun...lol...

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After watching the trailer, the tone is almost like Wes Anderson and John Carpenter got together and this show is their Korean love child.

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It's always great to see Namgoong Min.

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Given how many floors this guy crashed through, possible the trailer is a tribute to the Incredible Hulk? A visit by Thor might be in order.

This kind of darkly humor murder mystery used to be an English specialty. I hope In Na can channel her inner Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot while resolving it!

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If anyone was curious about the song after the body hits the floor it's from The Grand Budapest Hotel OST http://youtu.be/H22fZWySJ50?t=1m31s I'm getting that Wes Anderson vibe from the trailer so it fits.

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Haha glad to see someone else confirm the Grand Budapest Hotel vibe--I thought it was just me!

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my feelings for yoo in na always waver depending on which drama i last saw her in. after secret garden and queen in hyun's man she was one of my favorite k-actresses. after the greatest love and you from another star, i feel slightly annoyed when i see her. maybe that's a credit to her acting skill?

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YAY! One of my favourite k-actresses and k-actors together as leads :') so excited to see Yoo Inna and Jin Yihan in this.

Side-note: there was a KBS special at the end of 2012, possibly the 2nd last or so, that featured Jin Yihan in a similar role... As an ex-husband of a professional wedding planner, played by the ever beautiful Hong Soohyun, who is forced to plan his wedding 5 years after their divorce. I love how this is pretty much the same role again but with a massive twist in the murder mystery and all. So excited!!!

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I watched it too.. So suprised that he got a same role again... I'm fan of him since the kbs drama special... Love his deep and soothing voice kyaaa!!!

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i'll only watch coz of Nam goon, i don't think i like the other leads! sorry if i hurt their fans :(

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I guess they haven't released the full OST yet but does anyone else like the main theme song/music and happen to know the title and artist of it? The lyrics being "Secret. La la la la la la la la..."

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