I need someone to hold me before I collapse from laughing too hard. The first teaser and stills have been released for the upcoming C-movie adaptation of the K-drama Secret Garden, and I swear this looks as bad as I expected it would. And maybe just a smidge worse. Starring Wallace Chung, Tan Wei Wei, and Korean singer-actor Kangta, the movie started filming mid-Summer and is currently in post-production scheduled for a December premiere. I’m sure everyone and their grandmothers have seen SG and know the story (rich asshole department store president falls for boyish stunt woman, hoodoo happens and their souls switch, they fall in love and get to know each other’s bodies a little too well in the process), but the movie will be condensing it all into 100 minutes so I’m sure it’ll play like a best-of highlight reel from the drama. Kangta plays the role of Oska, scene stealing over-the-hill Hallyu idol and cousin to Wallace Chung’s Kim Joo Won character. I personally like Wallace and find him cute and decent enough of an actor, but any comparison to Hyun Bin just isn’t going to work for him. I think anyone watching will have to take this production at its own face value and try to enjoy it as some sort of alternate-universe version of SG and cut ties with the K-drama. For our own sanity’s sake. I’m going in thinking that this is a slapstick comedy version of SG, and hopefully the movie will eschew that final plot twist and don’t try to milk my tears. I’d rather laugh at the silliness rather than cringe at its attempt at earnestness.
First movie teaser of Secret Garden: