The Secret Lovers

The Secret Lovers (2005)

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Seo Young Ji (Han Ji Hye) was from a poor upbringing and worked as hard as she could to better herself. She went to see a plastic surgeon, hoping that by changing her appearance she would have a better future. The surgeon, a beautfiul young woman called Jeong Ah Mi (Song Seon Mi), asked SYJ for a favor. JAM had been set up on a blind date with Kim Jun Woo (Kim read moreSuk Hoon), but she really had no interest in going. So she asked SYJ to go under false pretense. SYJ agreed to help out with the intention to turn the guy off but the blind date was a hit and the two started dating.

Add to the equation Choi Do Kyeong (Kwon Oh Joong), a poor but ambitious social climber, who would do anything to marry rich. He rejected SYJ as she was poor and did his best to go after JAM.

Secret Lovers is the latest K-drama from MBC, which addresses the most important questions of all - is love reason enough to marry someone, or should you be looking for an equal in both social status and knowledge?


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Nov 24, 2014
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
This quote really fits this drama: "Is love reason enough to marry someone, or should you be looking for an equal in both social status and knowledge?" - Throughout the drama the cast struggled with this issue, throwing lines out there like: "I love him/her but they don't match me", "My heart is with this person but our status's don't match.", "I'm rich, she's poor.", "she's a well-known doctor, while I'm a read more bum." - they have to face the challenge "To love or to marry well."

Story: Basically about the quote above - Do you marry someone you don't love just because your statuses match well and peoples eyes are on you? or do you marry for love even if it ends up making you struggle? < That's the main point of this drama and I thought it was very well played out.

Cast: Seo Young Ji (Han Ji Hye) A poor girl who lives with an alcoholic father and her 2 siblings who also dreams of being a fairy-tale writer. She goes on a blind-date in replace of Ah-Mi with the intention of turning him off - but no matter what she tried, he just became more attracted to her & they ended up dating. I liked her for the most part - there were a few times where she talked inferior that got on my nerves. But I think she is one of the best characters that HJH has played - it really suited her. Joon Woo (Kim Suk Hoon) His parents are rich and of course he benefited from that and opened his own Art Centre, he's been going a several blind dates recently but when Young-ji shows up, he is instantly charmed and attracted to her, when he finds out her true identity - he comes to face a decision - to follow his heart or to follow the comfortable laws of society. I loved him <3 Ah-Mi (Song Sun-mi) a Plastic Surgeon with a huge reputation in the field - she's had a hard background involving a materialistic father and hateful half-sisters - in order to beat them she wants to marry someone who will make her look good - she struggles with following her heart - she thinks marriage and love are two separate things, I liked her but she did make me upset a few times. Do Kyeong (Kwon Oh Jung) "I'm going to be a male Cinderella" - that's his goal in life and he sets his sights on Ah-mi - although what happens when he really falls for her?...He was entertaining ;p

Music: The OST was beautiful <3 "I'd rather dance with you than talk with you" by The Kings of Convenience < my favorite song & "dong hwa sok eh suh" by Kwon Oh Kyung < my second favorite song^^

Re-watch Value: 9/10 - I really liked it and will re-watch it again someday.

The title: The Secret Lovers - I didn't fully understand the name except that they were all kind of hiding who they were actually dating or in love with. And at the end the cast kind of talks to the audience and says "If there is someone who you are secretly in love with then tell them." - I wish there was a little more to the ending - it was a good ending but I wanted more good stuff lol
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  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
well to make it short

good things about the drama
1. their acting appears very good to me
2. the drama started really good.
3. the music is really good
bad things about it
1. but hated how the 2nd male acts out in the story
2. but got slowly grew tired of the casts especially the 2nd male lead...
3. but felt like the music doesn't meet the some of the read more scenes.

well these are just my thoughts though... don't be discouraged and watch it. its not just my cup of tea....
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    This is a really good drama, the pacing is good, I like all the characters ;P And I LOVE the music <3

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    soumatra Oct 24, 2013

    one thing after finishing this drama, the music not fit at all, you can listen to the worst music in the worst moment

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    soumatra Oct 23, 2013
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      EJ_101 Feb 24, 2014

      l I feel the same way..


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    Aug 29, 2005 to Nov 1, 2005
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