Korean Shows

SECRET GARDEN (Review)

Just finished watching this drama, I know I’m kinda behind about this but it’s all because I really tried to abstain from watching even a single episode of it before it’s done. I heard and read a lot of reviews on how great this drama is, so I thought it would be better if I can watch it continuously to maintain and hold the emotions in every scene. LOL. That’s how I like to watch Kdramas. And guess what, it worked! BIG TIME!
I can’t say I can give a very good review (based on my writing skills LOL) about this drama but I can give you an honest one and I’ll try my best to write the kind of review that it deserves. I’ve seen a lot of Korean, Japanese and even Taiwanese series so I might as well claim that I know when to say that a particular drama  is worth watching or not. Or simply, when to say it’s good or not. 
I have still continued watching and collecting dramas and sadly, since the time of “Save the Last Dance For Me”, “Full House” and “Endless Love 1-4”, for a very loooong time, I’ve not seen any new dramas which exceeded the ones mentioned. Or maybe there was a few which I liked, but I just can’t remember because it didn’t  really caught my inner thoughts and feelings —  which is very important for a drama. The connection the actors make, not only with each other, but most especially to its viewers is what makes and breaks a drama. It completes everything. If they can’t capture that, then it’s likely to say, it failed.
The ones I mentioned above are just some examples of something which up until now, if asked to watch again, I WOULD. I’ve seen them more than a couple of times and each time, the feeling still keeps coming back. That’s how great they are. And yes, if asked to watch every single episode of Secret Garden,  I’d happily say “You really don’t have to ask, I’d definitely gonna watch it over and over again —  RIGHT NOW!”. Hahaha
The latest dramas I’ve watched were Gumiho, You’re Beautiful and Sungkyunkwan Scandal. They’re good dramas especially Gumiho but still, the admiration just lasted for a few days and then…….gone. So now, let’s go to the most recent one, the one this blog’s really all about. 
SECRET GARDEN.
I’m not really into writing reviews about the dramas I’ve watched but Secret Garden made me do it. Imagine? Amazing. LOOOL. Well, it is for me since I’m really lazy writing reviews about movies or songs or whatever. Now, I’m actually doing it. Ugh, the aftershocks of this drama — unbelievable. Hahaha.
Anyway, the overflowing chemistry between Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won and their award-winning acting and character portrayal made this drama a real win. The story line’s a bit common — you know the rich-but-annoying-and-arrogant-guy-falls-for-the-poor-but-kind-hearted-girl kind of story — but the twist was very funny and interesting, their switching of souls. Thinking about their scenes during their switch makes me ROFL all over again. Hahahaha.There were also scenes which can make you cringe, hold your breath and make your heart beat faster as if you were actually there (you’ll know what I mean when you watch the sit-ups scene). And in their blackroom interviews which was revealed during their special episode, the other casts who were able to watch the shoot also felt the same way. There would also be times that you’d smile unconsciously. I swear, I caught myself many times doing this (felt like a fool). But t’was really cute. The heavy scenes, the serious ones, gained my respect for this drama. Woah. For a looooong time, another Kdrama finally made me cry — again. I admire the lead actors for being able to capture every detail of every emotion they portray — Hyun Bin for the elevator and letter scene and Ha Ji Won for the confrontation scene with Joo Won’s (Hyun Bin) mother. There are a lot more scenes to anticipate from this series. Had a good laugh and a bunch of tears with this one. A rollercoaster ride of emotions. Sooo worth watching.

There are two indicators for me to say that I fell in love with a drama:
It’s when right after I finished watching it …

1. I still go on and search for NGs, behind the scenes footages and other related videos,

and most especially, it’s definitely when …

2. I ACTUALLY PRAY (not only wish)FOR THE LEADS TO BE DATING IN REAL LIFE. 

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. And Secret Garden completed that checklist. That’s how great it is. Though we all know Hyun Bin’s dating Song Hye Gyo :|

I’ve never fangirl-ed over a drama for years now but this one really got me so much that I spend so much time looking for interesting videos on and off cam and even articles about the lead actors. Anyway, just to get you started on this drama, a video of the cutest ringtone for incoming text messages. (I am actually using that tone :P Hyun Bin’s version, that is)
SPOILER ALERT!
It’s during their soul-switching episode when Joo Won copies Ra Im’s message tone :P He did it a couple of times throughout the series. Cute act!

Disclaimer: I do not own the video below.

KUDOS TO THIS DRAMA AND ITS AWESOME WRITER. IT BROUGHT BACK THE KIND OF KOREAN DRAMA I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YEARS — TEARJERKING YET FUN AND HEARTWARMING. FINALLY, A DRAMA  WHICH MET THE STANDARDS.

Well, honestly, it surpassed my all-time favorites like the ones mentioned above. :D

DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED :D

 That’s it for now. And since, I’m so into it I’d possibly post more about it later :))))

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