I really can’t complain that Korea only knows how to pair up older men with pretty young things, the industry has objectified its share of strapping young men and now seems quite on a roll with the older woman-young man (noona-dongsaeng) offering. I think cable does it better and the recently wrapped up tvN drama I Need Romance 3 had a much older leading lady Kim So Yeon paired with the grown up version of the little boy she used to babysit played by Sung Joon. Narratively INR3 took robbing the cradle a little too literally, but the upcoming jTBC noona-dongsaeng romance-driven Secret Love Affair will show what happens when a forty-something elegant refined and successful woman played by Kim Hee Ae meets a rebellious genius pianist in his twenties played by Yoo Ah In. I found the promotional material for this drama a little too heavy for my tastes, marinating in a baroque feel with unnecessarily over-photoshopped features of two leads who are gloriously beautiful already. The drama held a press conference this week and will premiere next Monday on the slot vacated by Can We Love. A lot of folks might be tuning in for the promise of production quality since this drama is the reunion of the PD and screenwriter from jTBC’s well-reviewed A Wife’s Credentials. I think this drama is definitely worth a look even if the premise of a taboo love affair between a much older married woman and a hotshot upstart pianist might seem wafer thin to build an entire drama around. The cast is rounded out by Park Hyuk Kwon playing the cuckolded husband, Shim Hye Jin as the frenemy rival, and Gong Soo Jin as the young girl who has a crush on the male lead. The network generously released a long 21-minute preview for the drama so check it out and get an early taste of whether this secret love affair is up your alley.
21-minute long preview for Secret Love Affair:
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