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First Impressions: “My Secret Romance”

Thank-you K-drama gods. All my prayers of wanting a K-drama stock full of romantic cliches has finally been answered and I can hardly contain myself.

“My Secret Romance” is the new OCN romantic comedy starring Sung Hoon and Secret’s Song Ji Eun. This marks OCN’s first time airing a drama of this genre, and I’m all for it. Curious to know what I thought of the first two episodes of “My Secret Romance”? Keep reading!

Production value

I had overlooked the animation elements in the trailer and didn’t notice them until I started watching the first episode. I have to say, I’m loving the comic book/real world fusion computer graphics so far. The animated versions of the actors and actresses in this drama were just so cool! The effects were perfect and it definitely helped bring the fairy tale theme of the drama to life.

So very cool.

In terms of sound, there are a lot of over-the-top sound effects that tie in with the whole comedic aspect of the drama, and again, it’s really helps make the drama seem like a comic book brought to life. There’s a lot of slapstick humor and over-acting from the actors and actresses, but it’s not too distracting.

I also have to mention the first OST that was released for this drama because UGH, it’s so adorable.


Sung Hoon stars as Cha Jin Wook, the arrogant and selfish son of a wealthy business family. After getting caught up in a scandal with another woman, his father orders Jin Wook to be sent down to one of their resorts in hopes that he would reflect on his actions and change for the better. On his way to the resort, he is forced to take the bus, which is where he first meets Lee Yoo Mi (Song Ji Eun), an aspiring nutritionist.

Jin Wook is ordered to start working as a bellboy at the hotel resort. He is obviously against it and struggles to follow orders. We find out that Lee Yoo Mi is also coincidentally at the resort because her mom, who was a former erotic actress, is getting re-married. This calls for some obvious run-ins between the two leads and after some bickering, the two end up sharing a bottle of wine on a beach together, which leads to them having a one-night stand.

Scared, Yoo Mi takes off the next morning and the drama fast forwards three years into the future, when Yoo Mi has a job as a nutritionist at the underwear company that Jin Wook is the director of. We also find that Jin Wook was still thinking about the one passionate night he shared with Yoo Mi and has found it difficult to forget about her. Cue the “awwwwws.”

In terms of the plot, pretty much everything seemed like it was revealed in the previews and trailers. It’s a fairy tale story.

Although it’s a typical rom-com of a drama, I couldn’t help but feel giddy while watching it. It’s like a guilty-pleasure and I loved every second of it. The grand over-the-top gestures, over-dramatic acting, and serious cheese factors are alluring to say the least, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the story unfolds (although, I think it’s pretty predictable)!

The story moved at a great pace. Within the first 10 minutes of the second episode, it had already skipped to three years into the future where the two leads meet again. It did satisfy my anticipation and excitement for the time being, but I just really wish all the episodes were out already so I could binge watch it in its entirety. I couldn’t sit still throughout the first two episodes because I was so excited, and I had a stupid grin on my face the entire time.


I wasn’t shocked that the drama is a little risqué, because the trailer had already revealed that the two leads meet and have a one-night stand. What I was shocked about was the whole character of Yoo Mi’s mom being a former erotic actress. There are also some other elements of the drama that are racy, but hey, it’s nice to have a break from the uptight and conservative plots that all other K-dramas seem to stick to. It’s different and I don’t mind it at all.


Aside from the fact that I was hankering for a cliche and cheery rom-com, I was thrilled to find out that Sung Hoon would be starring in this drama. Ever since his badboy role in the drama “Oh My Venus,” I was eager to see him in a full series romantic role, so you can imagine my excitement. He’s undoubtedly an actor who is well deserving of this starring role and I can guarantee more starring roles ahead.

With a predictable plot comes a predictable main lead. We’ve seen this character many times before and we know him all too well. Sung Hoon as Lee Jin Wook plays the rich playboy who is self-centered and selfish; Sung Hoon even played a similar role once before in the mini-drama “Noble, My Love.” But apart from these characteristics, I was pretty quick to look past his flaws and fall in love with him as he let his guard down with the clumsy Yoo Mi; he also continues to love her during the three years that they’re apart. It’s totally swoon-worthy and I’m living for it.

Prior to the airing of this drama, I was too busy being excited about the cliche story, Sung Hoon, and Kim Jae Young that I really didn’t set any expectations for the female lead. I just really hoped that she wouldn’t be annoying and ruin it for me; so far, she’s been a delight. She’s really cute and I can see the chemistry between her and Sung Hoon! It’s still a bit early though, so we shall wait and see.

The part I’m really looking forward to is seeing the cutie model-turned-actor, Lee Jae Young, finally get a decent role in a drama. Having recently watched his crazy and creepy character in the movie “Derailed,” I’ve earned so much respect for him as an actor. He’s legit and I can’t wait to see him more in this series! Can I sense some second-lead syndrome?


Final thoughts

Cheesy? Yes. Predictable? Yes. But, I seriously live for dramas like this. Something about a woman being swept off her feet by a once playboy heir makes me excited. Plus, it’s got the added bonus of having one of my favorite K-drama elements – the epic love triangle. And when this love triangle involves two guys that are swoon-worthy, how can I resist?

There’s nothing more to really say about the drama except that if you’re not into very predictable, slapstick-type humor, then this drama might not be for you. There’s also some cheesiness, but it’s balanced out by the racy parts, and overall, it’s a light-hearted drama that doesn’t involve too much thinking.

Needless to say, I’m looking forward to the weeks to come. I’m hoping it’s not going to be too painful of a series that is filled with cliffhangers and serious anticipation, but I’m thinking it might be.

Me waiting for next week’s episodes.

Hey Soompiers, what do you think of “My Secret Romance” so far? Let me know in the comments below!

binahearts is a Soompi writer who can be most often seen singing her heart out at karaoke, walking her dog, or indulging in dessert. Her current obsessions include Song Joong Ki and BIGBANG. Make sure you follow binahearts on Instagram as she journeys through her latest Korean crazes!


My Secret Romance (Original Television Soundtrack)

by 송지은,성훈 4:17 $1.29 You Are The World Of Me
by 성훈 3:49 $1.29 술김에...
by EUN JIWON 3:55 $1.29 Everything (feat. Gilme)
by EUN JIWON (feat. GILME) 3:25 $1.29 Nothing is easy
by 송지은 3:38 $1.29 Fantasia
by 이철원 1:39 $1.29 Sunshine Melody
by 이철원 2:07 $1.29 Sweet Dreams
by 이철원 1:37 $1.29 Turtle
by 이철원 2:10 $1.29 Circus
by 이철원 1:31 $1.29 Begin
by 이철원 2:29 $1.29 Peaceful
by 이철원 1:33 $1.29 Bruce
by 이철원 1:53 $1.29 Dream On
by 이철원 1:33 $1.29 Tiger Drunken
by 이철원 1:36 $1.29 Home
by 이철원 1:49 $1.29 You are the world of me String Version
by 이철원 2:38 $1.29 Disc 2 이상해져가 (Love Song)
by EUN JIWON,Luri,Kim Eun Bi 3:44 $1.29 Love Is So Good
by 문명미 2:45 $1.29 You are the world of me
by Lee Shin Sung 3:49 $1.29 똑 같아요
by 송지은 4:17 $1.29 La Vida Loca
by The Clover 3:24 $1.29 쉬운 게 없구나
by 성훈 3:40 $1.29 Sweety
by 이철원 1:30 $1.29 Toddle
by 이철원 1:46 $1.29 Love Is So Good Bell Version
by 이철원 1:33 $1.29 Memories
by 이철원 1:40 $1.29 Kingdom Of Funk
by 이철원 2:02 $1.29 Spaghetti Western
by 이철원 1:39 $1.29 Bitter
by 이철원 1:35 $1.29 Sad Waltz
by 이철원 1:45 $1.29 Lovely
by 이철원 1:56 $1.29 Lalala song
by 이철원 3:21 $1.29
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Story 5.0

Acting/Cast 8.0

Music 4.0

Rewatch Value 5.0

This is the kind of drama you watch strictly to get a your romance fix! If you're not a romcom fan then don't even bother with this one, but If you are a a fan this could be worth watching if you keep your expectations realistic. This one is like a romcom snack. There are enough likable characters, cute moments, and a decent enough story to keep it entertaining, but there isn't really much substance. What really matters is that the 2 leads make a good pair, and that's what kept me watching.

Song Ji Eun is cute as the shy and repressed Yoo Mi, and Sung Hoon is perfect as the "sexy and he knows it" typical spoiled chaebol's son Cha Jin Wook. Of course their paths keep crossing in the expected ways, and their chemistry goes from annoyance to playfulness and then escalating quickly... VERY quickly. I think that's what initially got me hooked. Still, it was obvious pretty early on that there wouldn't be much to this story. As cute as they were as a couple this love story got repetitive pretty quickly, and towards the end was so unrealistic and overly cheesy that I stopped being interested in them at all. Their inner monologues tried so hard to be deep but they seemed really shallow, and the stakes just didn't seem as high as their reactions made them out to be. The more dramatic it got the worst their acting got.

I think the drama did have some entertaining supporting characters. I enjoyed the mom, even if she was a frustrating mess, and Nam Ki Ae is always good at playing a mess of a mother. I liked the second lead, although he didn't have much of a story to work with. My favorite was the Secretary, who's suits made him an instant scene stealer, and his boo in the kitchen staff. The supporting cast helped to make some of the most repetitive moments easier to sit through.

Even though this drama is shorter than most, I still think it was too long. It could have easily been 10 episodes, or maybe even less. I still found myself eager to watch more moments between the two characters, but in the last episodes it was like they just gave up and started to rely on flashbacks! Ugh! The flashback abuse in this drama is pretty epic. Not only does every episode end with recaps that were super literal, extra cheesy, and felt completely unnecessary, but the final episodes almost seemed like music videos strung together with fan compilations of all the cutest scenes. The last 4 episodes are almost unwatchable because it was mostly everything I already saw. They repeated scenes so much that they lost all of their previous charm, including the kiss scenes.

The music is also super cheesy, which matched the show well, but it was driving me a little nutty. There was even a moment where Yoo Mi sings for so long I though it was turning into a musical. So I give the music a 4 for simply not being my taste. Not to mention the damn sound effects. Someone got a little too happy with the sound effects machine!

Would I watch this again? Maybe. I would probably skip the last episodes 10-12, but it's entertaining enough to watch if I need another quick romcom fix. The ending is such a let down, so I'd really have to have run out of other things to watch.

Overall this is a quick romcom you can easily binge watch, but I say keep your finger on the fast forward button for those repetitive flashbacks. If the idea of literally falling into someone's arms sounds too corny, or if a boss using abuse of power to flirt with an employee sounds like a reason to visit HR not a premise for a love story, then maybe you should watch a different kind of drama instead. I really wish they would have put more effort into the story, but for what it was, I was entertained enough to keep watching. For those not scared away by these mediocre reviews I'd say lower your expectations, and enjoy this cheesy romcom snack. (get it... she makes food :( sorry! )

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My Secret Romance

South Korean 2017 TV series

My Secret Romance (Korean: 애타는 로맨스; RR: Aetaneun Romaenseu) is a 2017 South Korean television series starring Sung Hoon and Song Ji-eun. It aired on cable network OCN at 21:00 (KST) every Monday and Tuesday, from April 17 to May 30, 2017 for 14 episodes. It was also released on SK Telecom's "oksusu" mobile app.[2]

My Secret Romance was selected in the 2017 Top Creator Audition held by KOCCA. The series is the first OCN drama to air on Monday and Tuesday, as well as the first romance-themed OCN drama.


Jin-wook and Yoo-mi meet at a Gangwon-do resort and get caught up in a series of misunderstandings and accidents. Yoo-mi is there to attend her mother's second wedding while Jin-wook is there working as a bellhop (a position given to him by his Chairman father to teach him responsibility). Yoo-mi is charmed by Jin-wook's sly and playful personality, and they unexpectedly spend the night together. However, Yoo-mi disappears in the morning, leaving Jin-wook feeling perplexed and insulted.

Three years later, the two meet again when Yoo-mi becomes a nutritionist at the company cafeteria where Jin-wook works. It seems that once a playboy Jin-wook, has given up his carefree life and works at the company owned by his father. He has feelings for Yoo-mi and has kept her bra-pad as a memory of the night that they spent together. At first, he is strict toward her, though it is only because he is looking for reasons to be near her. He later confesses this to her and agrees to wait for her.

During the three years, Yoo-mi's mother has had a second child, Dong-goo, who is now three years old. Upon looking at Dong-goo, Jin-wook's father, the Chairman, mistakes him as Yoo-mi's son, not half-brother. The Chairman tells Jin-wook, admonishing him for having a child out of wedlock with a nutritionist. After finding this out, Jin-wook believes that he has wronged Yoo-mi and warms up to her, seeming to accept Dong-goo as his son. The misunderstanding is eventually cleared up but Yoo-mi gets upset at Jin-wook, accusing him of being with her only because he thought he had a child with her. Then enters a pretty girl, Joo Hye-ri (Jung Da-sol) who is deemed a "suitable" wife for Jin-wook. Yoo-mi's writer friend, Jung Hyun-tae (Kim Jae-young), is shown to have a secret crush on her. With all drama revolving around main characters' mothers, Cha Jin-wook and Lee Yoo-mi finally manage to keep their love strong, while also resolving their personal problems with their parents.

The drama ends with Hye-ri "traveling together" with Hyun-tae and Yoo-mi and Jin-wook attending Yoo-mi's mother's re-wedding and Jin-wook saying "Today is D-day. Do you know how much I've waited for this day?" and Yoo-mi replying "Me too."



A prickly second generation chaebol and director of a company owned by his dad. He was playful and loved partying. After Yoo-mi disappeared from his sight, he turned into a hard-working and serious man while taking good care of his father's company.
A nutritionist who feels insecure about other people's opinions and is also scared to wear revealing clothes due to her mother's controversial reputation on society.
A successful travel writer and the owner of a book cafe. Warm and friendly, he is Yoo-mi's best friend. He has a crush on Yoo-mi, but he never tries to show it to her.
A young and beautiful announcer who is popular with men, but has an unrequited crush on Jin-wook...


People around Jin-wook[edit]

  • Lee Kan-hee as Kim Ae-ryung, Jin-wook's mother
  • Kim Jong-goo as Cha Dae-bok, Jin-wook's father
  • Park Shin-woon as Jang Woo-jin, Jin-wook's secretary

People around Yoo-mi[edit]

  • Nam Gi-ae as Jo Mi-hee, Yoo-mi's mother
  • Joo Sang-hyuk as Dong-goo, Yoo-mi's little brother
  • Kim Si-young as Wang Bok-ja
  • Im Do-yoon as Kang Je-ni
  • Lee Hae-in as Jang Eun-bi
  • Baek Seung-heon as Lee Shin-hwa

Special appearance[edit]

Original soundtrack[edit]

Part 1[edit]

Part 2[edit]

1."You Are the World of Me" (너뿐인 세상)Sung Hoon03:49
2."You Are the World of Me" (Singer Ver.)Lee Shin-sung03:49
3."You Are the World of Me" (Inst.) 03:49
Total length:11:27

Part 3[edit]

1."Love Song" (이상해져가)Eun Ji-won (Sechs Kies)
Lee Su-hyun (I.B.I/DAYDAY)
Kim Eun-bi (DAYDAY)
2."Love Song" (Inst.) 03:46
Total length:07:32

Part 4[edit]

1."Love Is So Good"Moon Myung-mi02:45
2."Love Is So Good" (Acoustic Ver.)Moon Myung-mi02:45
3."Love Is So Good" (Inst.) 02:45
Total length:08:15

List of Episodes[edit]

Ep.Title Original broadcast date
1 The One Night Relationship (오늘만 보고 말 사이) April 17, 2017
2 You've Deeply Insulted Me (넌 나에게 모욕감을 줬어) April 18, 2017
3 My Insides Flip Like Buchimgae (부침개 뒤집히듯 내 속도 뒤집히고) April 24, 2017
4 The Secret of the Jewelry Box (보석함의 비밀) April 25, 2017
5 Playing with My Heart (들었다 놨다) May 1, 2017
6 Let's Go to Work (갑시다, 일하러) May 2, 2017
7 This Is How Business Is Done (비즈니스는 이렇게) May 8, 2017
8 You're My Paderella (그대는 나의 뽕데렐라) May 15, 2017
9 Tell Me the Truth (나에게 진실을 말해) May 16, 2017
10 A Tender Farewell (다정하게, 안녕히) May 22, 2017
11 I'm the Only One Who Can't Date (나만 안 되는 연애) May 23, 2017
12 It's Time to Wake Up from This Dream (이제는 꿈에서 깰 시간) May 29, 2017
13 You're My World, Tonight (온통 너뿐인 세상, 투나잇) May 30, 2017

International broadcast[edit]


  1. ^"DramaFever Original Co-Production MY SECRET ROMANCE Premieres 4/17". Broadway World. April 17, 2017. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  2. ^ (in Korean). POP Herald. December 26, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  3. ^ (in Korean). Sports Chosun. November 4, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  4. ^ (in Korean). Osen. November 7, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  5. ^ (in Korean). Tenasia. November 9, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  6. ^"Iflix Sri Lanka on Facebook".
  7. ^"Iflix Sri Lanka on Instagram: "The secret's out! Add My Secret Romance to your K Drama watch list. We promise you won't be disappointed #iflix #iflixlk #srilanka #kdrama…"".
  8. ^"My Secret Romance, ngayong November na!".

External links[edit]


Romance my secret

What do you get when you put a rich handsome lonely boy and a poor unsuccessful decent looking girl together? You get the plot for a short Korean drama series. Even though this may be the plot of almost 80% Korean romance dramas, I still love watching them because these Korean writers somehow manage to present the same old wine in a new bottle every time. And I am a sucker for romance. I still jump excitedly each time I see Naoki confess his feelings for Kotoko and bawl each time I see Joon Pyo cry for Jan Di. So, I still am game for this formula. However, sometimes the cliched storyline backfires and ends up disappointing audiences the way My Secret Romance disappointed me.

Though I was high on romance dramas, I hadn’t seen an out and out mushy, corny stuff in some time. My Secret Romance came as a respite for my longing. There was ‘fireworks’ in the very first episode which generated a lot of buzz for the drama. I too would wait eagerly each week to catch up on the drama. But sadly, this drama started to stagger towards the end till it fell flat in the climax.

My Secret Romance (2017) (13 Episodes)

My Secret Romance Review

Cha Jin Wook (Sung Hoon) is the son of a rich businessman and is a spoilt brat. He is not serious about anything in life and spends most of his time partying and enjoying with friends. Like life, he does not take love too seriously and has had only short-term relationships till now. One day he meets Lee Yoo Mi (Song Ji Eun) who earns his scorn at first but later on manages to strike a chord with him. They spend one night together after which she leaves him without even telling him her name. Jin Wook feels mortified after being abandoned by a woman and is unable to get her off his mind. The next three years he works toward expanding his fathers’ business leaving him no time for love until one day he sees Yoo Mi again in his office. This time he finds out that she is a nutritionist who has recently joined his company. The woman who captured his thoughts for three long years is finally in front of him and this time Jin Wook is in no mood to let her off easily.


Let’s weigh My Secret Romance on our show beam balance and see how this romantic drama fares and if it is worth a watch or no.

Good Weights

Sung Hoon: This guy has the face and body of a Greek God. He is a rare specimen of a ‘tanned’ Korean actor. Acting-wise he may be on a weaker footing but looks-wise he was just perfect for this role. This role anyway did not require him to emote a lot so it was ok.

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The show was replete with kisses and sweet moments and Sung Hoon does that like an ace player so I am happy that he was in the drama. However, even this Jack could not save the Titanic from sinking as the story failed to provide enough scope for him and the drama.

Couple Chemistry: I have said this before that, for a romance drama, the lead couple chemistry is the deal maker for the drama. Actors Sung Hoon and Song Ji Eun shared an amazing chemistry. She looked like a very naïve employee while he looked every bit of an intimidating boss.

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My Secret Romance Review

Jin Wook and Yoo Mi share several sweet moments on the show and these two actors looked very comfortable with each other which made them look convincingly in love with each other.

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Bad Weights

Lee Yoo Mi: Now I am only talking about the character Yoo Mi and not actress Ji Eun. I personally felt that Yoo Mi was not a well-developed character because she seemed one-dimensional. She feels a little awkward with Jin Wook initially because of their one-night stand and also because of his stern face. But even after he makes it clear that he likes her, she still looks wary of him. Why?

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The most annoying thing is when she stares wide-eyed at him each time he steals a kiss. She even hiccups occasionally in his presence. I know Jin Wook is HAWT and anybody would feel nervous around him but being nervous all the time is a little too much.

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Overly ClichedStoryline: Yes, I admitted at the start of this post that I don’t mind clichéd romance dramas. But trust me, this drama is toooooooooo clichéd. A one-sided lover cum best friend, a clingy girlfriend, an elitist father, and almost everything you can think of was there in this drama. There are several dramas that have all of this but the script of the show makes a drama interesting. I felt that the scripting for this drama was weak and could have been better. 

Too Much Love: Suspense shows thrive on suspenseful scenes that catch viewers off guard. Similarly, romance shows thrive on romantic moments that viewers eagerly wait for. Though I am a sucker for romance, I do not enjoy shows that constantly throw romantic scenes out of nowhere. I like to wait for the story to develop and like to cheer the leads on to finally go in for the much-awaited kiss. This drama became like a trashy romance novel that has a kiss on every alternate page.

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Where is the wait? Where is the excitement? After a point, I would yawn at the love scene despite Sung Hoon being in the frame. I wish the writers had been more judicious about the kisses, then the kisses would not have lost their impact on me so easily.

Draggy Ending: Ugh! The last four episodes make me cringe. Why!!!! Despite the predictable story, I was liking the show because of Sung Hoon and Ji Eun but then, the last four episodes were unbearably boring. I actually jumped through most of the scenes and landed straight on the last episode because so much of misunderstanding and flashbacks made no sense to me. I think the writer must have run out of ideas and was forced to drag the show till 13 episodes so he must have written these four episodes on one page by simply writing ‘recall what happened in the previous episodes’.


My Secret Romance weighs down with bad weights which mean that there were a lot of loopholes in the drama. For me, My Secret Romance is like a Mills and Boons story that is high on love and low on story and logic. I did enjoy the first nine episodes of the drama till it started to drag unnecessarily and spoilt the perfect climax of a predictable romance drama. 

I give My Secret Romance 2.5 out of 5 rating. If you like dramas with a lot of lovey-dovey scenes, a good-looking lead couple, and an exceptionally hot leading actor and do not mind a lame climax then do watch this drama, it won’t disappoint you. Also, if you like Sung Hoon then you have to watch this because he looks just so damn HOT!!!


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K-Drama Review: “My Secret Romance” Flirts With ‘One Night Encounter Turned True Love’ Promise

Capturing the right mix of a quick feel-good romantic tale, ‘My Secret Romance’ proves that love stories can happen through fated beginnings.

My Secret Romance is a pure candied story meant to just please the audience with its rom-com vibe. OCN’s first love TV story moves swiftly to capture the attention of the viewers, and seals the deal by bombarding frames of sweet moments.

My Secret Romance

Title: My Secret Romance
Distributor: OCN
Theme: Romantic Comedy
Length: 12 Episodes + 1 special
Broadcast Period: 17 April 2017 to 30 May 2017
Highlights: Love couple chemistry, feel-good vibe, sweet frames
Drawback: Cliche plot, misaligned ending
Overall Rating:
Re-watch Value:
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My Secret Romance

Sung Hoon and Song Ji Eun mark an affecting chemistry with their portrayal of two people bound by one night interlude, who meet again years after, realizing why destiny brought them together on that first time.

In a period when instant relationships and casual hook-ups are happening evidently and secretly,My Secret Romance aims to cushion this sad reality by pushing the idea of a love meant to happen even when it started awkwardly.

My Secret Romance

Quick Plot Roundup

A son of a rich household, Cha Jin Wook (Sung Hoon) enjoys the usual privilege of his affluent life, like partying and dating girls as much as he wants. To straighten up his free-spirited life, his father sends him to be trained in their hotel-resort.

Lee Yu Mi (Song Ji Eun) is left with no choice but to attend her mother’s wedding outside the city. She leads a bumpy relationship with her mother, owing to the humiliating memories she got while growing up as a daughter of an erotic film actress.

The two sit together inside a bus as Yu Mi leaves an I-am-so-not-dating-this-type-of-girl impression to playboy Jin Wook. But cupid already aimed his arrow on the young strangers as they meet in the hotel where Yu Mi’s mother’s wedding is to be held.

When he accidentally bumps her with a cake tray, the hotel gives a sorry wine bottle bribe, which Jin Wook personally delivers in her room. He forces his way in when she did not respond to his door knock due to her clumsy slip while bathing. He rushes to carry her out for a hospital trip, thinking that she fainted. But she surrenders to her silly mistake, surprising the onlookers.

Jin Wook manages to get hold of his car key for a drive. He spots Yu Mi, who had an earlier argument with her mother, and they strangely end up by the seaside, drowning in a bottle of wine while chatting about their sorry lives.

The stars, the sea waves, and the wine propel a magical moment for the two strangers, who kisses the night away in each other’s arms.

My Secret Romance

The girl he can’t forget

Three years later, Jin Wook expands his family business immensely, while Yu Mi is assigned to work in a big company as a nutritionist. In a twist of fate, she ends up working at his company. To avenge the morning-after-humiliation he got when she left after their one-night stand, he demands her to prepare the food which he eats everyday. Denying the mutual attraction they still feel for each other, the two keep sending unclear signals, inhibiting them to recognize the true feelings they have for each other.

Jin Wook falters first as he acknowledges why he has kept her bra pads inside a jewelry box after she left, and why his casanova life abruptly stopped after their encounter.

Yu Mi follows, after finding out the truth of what is inside the jewelry box, and the stolen kisses he showers her which she instinctively just accepts.

Just when they clear the misunderstandings to formally start a relationship, conflicts arise as his father disapproves their relationship.

The two also hit a misunderstanding point when she thought he does not share the same feelings she has with him. To make their situation worse, a scandal of their supposed one-night stand goes viral.

Yu Mi drowns in self pity and decides to move to another work place. But persistent Jin Wook is unfazed of everything, and just wants to be with the girl he loves. Through their mothers’ support, the two are reunited and make amends to really start their love story properly this time.

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Sweet Frames

The scattered heart-fluttering kisses fill out the 12-episode run nicely. In all honesty, the selling point of this drama is the promise to make the viewers heave a sigh of bliss from the love couple’s journey of fulfilling their romance on-screen.

Love Couple Chemistry

I want to credit the knee-melting scenes to Sung Hoon but that would be unfair to Song Ji Eun, who also worked hard in her optimistic and true love believing character. They nail the cloying scenes well, enabling the audience to stay committed in following their love story. I appreciate that both characters have equal apprehensions and vulnerabilities because it made the closure of the conflict a decision for both of them to do, and not just one person’s dilemma.

Feel Good Vibe

My Secret Romancesprints with a strong opening and smoothly sails with the love story progression presented as the story unfolds. It displays decent conflict of the couple’s uncertainty to confront their emotions. It sways to the usual heroine’s predicament of taking charge of the romance as it is the lead man who does the reassurance to take a leap of faith on their love.

Jin Wook is consistently presented carrying the burden of making his girl trust him, and believe that they are meant to be together.  It is refreshing to witness the man spinning the love web in this spectacle.

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Cliche Plot

‘My Secret Romance’ has all the predictable tropes of a standard rom-com drama. The rich-boy-poor-girl story, the you-and-me-against-my-rich-parents conflict, and the jumping-to-wrong-conclusion characters are evident in the narrative. Don’t expect something grand or mind stimulating because it is designed to simply make the hopeless romantics be happy. Period.

Weak Supporting Cast

The lackluster performance of the supporting characters did not leave a lasting impression nor help out in the development of the story. The roles they play just fit in to the already trite curves of the story without any valid motivation and growth. I wish they let the second lead put up an equal footing fight for the lead girl’s heart but he is friend-zoned from the onset till the end. I wish the hopeless second lead girl got a treatment for her obsession at the very least. But given the limited time, it could be the reason why they all end up one-dimensional, except for the scene stealers – Jin Wook’ s secretary and his lady-love who works with Yu Mi in the cafeteria.

The Misaligned Ending

The last three episodes circle to an immature conflict, rendering the lead characters on a mind reading game where no one wants to make the first move to resolve it. That is kind of frustrating because ‘My Secret Romance’ is all fan service, and finishing it with a mazelike end tail is not befitting to what the viewers sign up for. I mean an episode of misunderstanding is enough, but three are too much, especially when the love couple is projected to be dealing their problems and tackling their issues head-on.

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My Secret Romance follows the traditional make of Korean rom-coms without any embellishment.  If truth be told, on a woman’s point of view, you will really stay because of Sung Hoon’s handsome face and his vacuum kisses.*Wink  There is really not much going on as the story gives away the surprises, not with twists and turns but with predictions if they will kiss or not.

If you need a drama that will require you to just rest, and bask in honeyed moments while sipping a hot chocolate on a rainy day, then this short drama will serve the purpose.  But be warned that the barren story line is borderline cathartic that you might feel like you are watching it only because of the lip-locks.

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abbyinhallyuland reads and sleeps a lot when she is not traveling. Her calendar reminders are mostly K-Drama broadcast schedules and birthdays of her favorite Korean actors. Promoting K-Drama watching as stress therapy is her life advocacy. She is fond of Spencer Reid, Gregory House, Kenshin Himura, Starwars saga, Haruki Murakami and Hunter x Hunter.

Recommended Korean Dramas: Reply 1988, Nine, Misaeng, Gaksital, Discovery of Love, Because This is My First Life, Descendants of the Sun, My Love from the Star, Healer, Punch, You’re Beautiful, Coffee Prince, Princess Hours, The Greatest Love, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, City Hunter, and The Smile Has Left Your Eyes.

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