Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum in Talks for KBS Drama Secret

Can someone at KBS puhlease get their act together and lock down a cast for this drama ASAP. The Blade and Petal (truly astonishingly amazing) has just finished airing episode 8 and at a scheduled 20 episodes is slated to wrap up September 5th. Which means its follow up drama Secret is airing September 12th, which is less than 6 weeks away in case anyone over at KBS needs me to count for them. With today’s news that the network is close to landing Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum as the leads, at least there is some movement on the production but sadly neither has confirmed yet. The pictures in this post showing Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum getting married are for a series of CFs they did last year for Himart, so at least we know they look good together and seem to have chemistry. One can never tell with these CF thingies. Secret will be directed by the PD who did Dream High (also a KBS drama), with a script written by a first time screenwriter that won this year’s drama script writing competition. I give it the benefit of the doubt that it must have some merit to win, but I already dock it points because it comes with the lame-O title of Secret. In the world of K-dramas, only if the drama called itself Love could it be even more obvious about its story.

Ji Sung’s character is a second generation cold chaebol who doesn’t believe in love until he meets the heroine played by Hwang Jung Eum. That was the description that went along with the news reports last week when he was being courted. Do you guys want to hear the rumored plot? Prepare for some headspinning guffaws. Apparently Hwang Jung Eum’s leading lady is a woman who takes the rap for the second male lead when he causes a traffic accident that kills a guy. She goes to prison for him because she luuurves him. Whatever. The guy that is killed is the leading man’s younger brother. He seeks out the leading lady when she gets out of prison to exact more vengeance on her, except he falls in love with her and then finds out she did not cause the accident. While the leading lady is in prison, the second male lead falls for the second female lead and marries her rather than waiting for his girlfriend who is in prison on his behalf. Sterling dude, I see. The second female lead happens to be the ex-girlfriend of the leading man and is still nursing a broken heart that he never loved her back. Seriously? This script won an award? Imma definitely checking it out just to see how the executed product stacks up against what reads like the successor to all the lame makjang love quadrangles that have gone before it.

Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum are both alright with me. I like them when I like their characters (Protect the Boss) or the drama they are starring in is good (Giant), otherwise I have no desire to watch a drama just because they are in it. With his real life girlfriend Lee Bo Young starring in successive hit dramas, I think Ji Sung is due for a hit of his own just to balance things out at home.


Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum in Talks for KBS Drama Secret — 17 Comments

  1. Completely agree with you. Script with this many cliches and makjang won the competition. How? Either the writer got connections or there are no good upcoming writers.
    And the second lead guy is so hateful. I hope they don’t cast an actor that i love for this role.

  2. “She goes
    to prison for him because she
    luuurves him.”
    ‘Sangdoo, Lets go to school’ with gender reversal.

  3. May i ask where do they find their writer? I could write a story way better. And i’m not a pro at all. This is so boring. I like theses two leads though

  4. If I were an actor, I’d run away from this plot faaaaast.

    This is one tangled web of makjang that can only end up in one tight knot (the kind you need scissors for, no matter how hard you try).

    I’m generally suspicious of awards in Korea, certainly all the acting ones have to do more with popularity than talent.

  5. lmao @ dismissing this drama simply because of the plot. Old wine in a new bottle can be satisfying on its own depending on the skill of the writer.

  6. I’m… Kind of… Interested… As cliched as it sounds, I’m interest in within the story unfold with these two leads (but Hwan Jung Eum better have a decent hairstyle if she chooses this drama!)

  7. Well, how many times already dramas with big buzz or extraordinary plot at the start, turned out to be a failure? I’m amused with all of you who already moaning and complaining even before anything even begin. Some even already critizing the writer and script competition with just only initial plot, which probably isn’t even 100% true. LOL. It’s a pleasure to root for underdog, you know, so If this drama turns out to be a huge success later, remind me to come back here just to laugh at everyone prejudice.

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