Oh my god, give me a moment here. I need to not go with my gut reaction upon seeing the very first official still from the upcoming revenge melodrama Secret, which shows male lead Ji Sung choking female lead Hwang Jung Eum around the neck and then a fist right next to where her head is. My gut reaction would be – you asshole get your hands off her! – because I find male on female violence deplorable especially since it occurs so frequently and easily due to the physical disparity and I cannot fathom watching a drama where it’s paraded as the first taste of what’s to come. RAGE. But then I calmed down and realized the visceral reaction of seeing that scene was indeed intense and it works because the two leads are acting their hearts out in it. Ji Sung’s bottled up rage, Hwang Jung Eum’s fear and sorrow, it was all captured so perfectly in a still shot already, imaging watching that scene on TV. While my visceral reaction is disgust and anger at male-female violence, this scene actually speaks of so much more. By the way, I have the same feeling against violence of any kind between any gender, but let’s not pretend the majority of violent acts aren’t committed by stronger men against weaker women because its simply an easy target and bullies take whatever is the easiest and weakest because that is how they operate. I especially sneer at the K-drama penchant for the female lead to get slapped around by other older women and sometimes her same-age rivals, as if female-female violence that might be culturally tacitly accepted is right. Back to this scene from Secret, it was filmed at a police station and involved a confrontation between Ji Sung’s character, who had just learned that his beloved love was killed in a car accident by the negligent driver who is in custody, and he rushes to the police station brimming with rage to confront that person. When he sees Hwang Jung Eum, he doesn’t see a woman, someone weaker, he sees the person who allegedly got behind a car, a 4000 pound weapon of destruction if misused, and negligently used it to plow down the person he loves. No wonder he goes ape-shit on her. This still is really something in immediately ratcheting up my interest for Secret. Good or bad, this K-drama has already got me curious enough to give it a look when it premieres in September.
Just to wash off the intensity of that still and cleanse our palate, have a cute picture of Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum modeling for their CF earlier this year. With this as the kick start of Secret promotions, I’m even more looking forward to the first look at second leads Bae Soo Bin and Lee Da Hee. Both are absolutely brimming with intensity.