Kim Sun-ah prepares for revenge in SBS noir Secret Boutique
A new video teaser has been released for SBS noir drama Secret Boutique, featuring actors Kim Sun-ah (Red Moon, Blue Sun), Jang Mi-hee (Black Knight), Kim Jae-young (100 Days My Prince), and Kim Tae-hoon (Let’s Hold Hands and Watch the Sunset).
The story is set within Korea’s elite circles, where there is a constant fight for power, revenge, and survival. As the central character, Kim Sun-ah plays the role of Jenny Jang: a self-made woman who rose through the social tiers from the bottom. At 18, she left her home at the orphanage and started working at a public bath house in Gangnam (one of Seoul’s richest neighborhoods). Through her work, she familiarized herself with the faces of the most powerful and elite women in Seoul, gained their trust, learned their secrets, and became their go-to person. On the surface, she now appears to be the owner of a fancy boutique, but her real business involves performing private services for Korea’s elite and taking care of their matters discreetly. However, this is only the first part of Kim Sun-ah’s plans as her true goal is to rise higher – her next step being to usurp the queen of the Dae-oh chaebol group (played by Jang Mi-hee).
The newly released teaser starts with Kim Sun-ah walking into a church. She is lit from the back, and only her silhouette and shadow can be seen. In voice-over, Kim Tae-hoon says, “You’ll have to deal with the consequences now for staying silent that time in the past.” As he speaks, it cuts to Kim Tae-hoon and Kim Sun-ah dressed as bride and groom, and walking down the aisle in an outdoor wedding ceremony. The scene is somewhat romantic with the sun setting in the background and flower petals flying in the air. However, there is a sense of coldness with the wind blowing strong, the lighting dark, and the groom’s stoic face.
We cut to Kim Jae-young who sadly says, “I want you to be happy, Noona.” before walking away. Kim Sun-ah remains still and she responds in voice-over, “Right now, I am happier than I’ve ever been before.” In contrast to her words though, we briefly see Kim Sun-ah standing with a woman in a quickly flooding room, before cutting away to Kim Sun-ah walking barefoot down a series of hallways, dressed in a robe and soaking wet. In-between the shots of her walking, there is an intercut of Jang Mi-hee slowly turning to look askance as she says, “Endangering my position means the removal of everything along the way.”
Flashback to a bus skidding off the road and falling sideways down a hill. There are several people injured, some unconscious and presumably dead, and the camera shot transitions to focus on a young girl who survived. Cut to present-day Kim Sun-ah taking off her sunglasses as she says, “A person who’s frozen and living in the past. That person, standing right in front of you, is me.” Returning to the past again, we see someone’s hands taking a bejeweled ring from an unconscious person. Back in the present, we see a close-up of Kim Sun-ah’s hands mirroring the movements of pulling off a ring. In a wider shot, we see that Kim Sun-ah is sitting at her desk in her office and the teaser ends with her voice-over: “Regardless of how things end, I’m going to go ahead with my plans no matter what.”
Writing for SBS’s new drama is a relatively new writer, Heo Sun-hee. Directing will be done by PD Park Hyung-ki, who previously worked with Kim Sun-ah on Scent of a Woman.
SBS noir Secret Boutique is currently set to premiere next week, on September 18, and will be airing Wednesdays and Thursdays on SBS.
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