The Village: Achiara's Secret

The Village: Achiara's Secret (2015)

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Achiara is a small, quiet, peaceful village with hardly any crime. But on her first day of school there, English teacher Han So Yoon discovers a buried corpse. As the townspeople speculate on the identity of the dead person and the reason she was killed, So Yoon and Police Officer Woo Jae attempt to find the truth. As they get closer, the ugliness of the village is revealed.

  • Native title:

    마을 - 아치아라의 비밀
  • Also Known as:

    Maeul - Achiaraeui bimil; The Town;

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Risingmuses
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Dec 4, 2015
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
I’m really glad I decided to start “The Village: Achiara’s Secret” which I can say it’s probably one of the best Korean dramas this year (and one of the most underrated too, sigh!). I’ve been hooked with it since the 1s° episode and I spent hours thinking about the culprits, the other character’s story etc.

PLOT:” Achiara is a small and peaceful village in the Korean countryside where nobody commits crime ; read more not other parts of Korea where a mysterious serial killer kills people on “Rainy Wednesday”. That’s what people say to Han Soo Yoon, the new English teacher, when she arrives from Canada. Unfortunately, the shy Soo Yoon discovers a corpse right away! Seeking the truth in Achiara is not simple: everyone has a secret or a reason to hate and threat someone….
One of the many things I really appreciate is the absence of romance/story line: no distractions, no useless moments or stupid parts! Also there aren’t many characters with side stories: dragging level is like 0%.

ACTING: to be honest, at first I didn’t like Moon Geun Young’s acting and way of playing Han Soo Yoon ^^” I thought she was emotionless and below average but, episode after episode, I realized that she probably is the only actress in Korea able to portray this kind of character: shy, scared, with low self-esteem. However I can’t totally say she did a great job; the other actors did WAY better than her
BTOB’s Joung Jae, for example, impressed me in a positive way (also because he’s only 20 years old…) and I read that many Koreans thought he was a professional actor, not an idol. Actresses Jang So Yeon, Shin Eun Gyeong and actor Choi Jae Woong did a wonderful job too

REWATCH VALUE: I wouldn’t rewatch it because I already know who the culprit is but I think this is a series that everyone MUST watch soon or later!
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Marooya
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Dec 3, 2015
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
This drama is the perfect example to show you how a drama with thrill, crime and msytery on its genre should be done! I've seen my share of this genre and they usually can't pull it off at least not in a way that would make me anticipate for 16 eps long and to actually work my brain out trying to find answers. The Village: Achiara's Secret promised me a thrilling journey read more and it definitely fulfilled that promise (that's a tough promise to keep considering 16 eps long).

Story
NO ROMANCE that's the best thing about it because it is fully focused on the story no distractions no useless characters or side stories or scenes. I can't really explain much about the story without spoiling it, I wouldn't say the perfect story cus it's not it actually has holes which weren't covered. However, the story wasn't just about crime, mystery, thrill it actually delivers feelings and meaning behind it all.

Acting
I gave it 9/10 because I think if it wasn't for everyone's FLAWLESS (except for one person) performance this drama wouldn't have worked out. Though all dramas require great cast with great acting skills, a drama with these genres in particular requires much more than great acting to pull it off. No matter how thrilling the storyline is without the right cast it will never work out. I personally give BIG applause to Shin Eun Gyeong, Yook Sung Jae, Jang Hee Jin and Choi Jae Woong the most. Surprisingly though in terms of performance Moon Geun Young was the weakest of them all (I don't know if it was because of the character).

Rewatch
Definitely not, the kind of category that this drama falls in makes it a none rewatchable drama. Once the mystery is solved there is no point in watching it again (at least not to me).

Overall
This drama needs to get more audience on the (currently watching) it's a good one and worth the attention. One more important point it's thanks to this drama I started to like this genre even more now. I highly recommend it
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    Angelina Mar 24, 2017 - edited

    Will I like this drama if I watch it for Sungjae? & I'm not a big fan on horror

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    Oolong Jan 25, 2017 - edited

    Is it just me that kept saying run on the first episode where the guy was walking after her after she went of the bus?
    I was like ''run, run. run, run,''
    I don't find this a spoiler since it is the first episode and pretty much the start of it.

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    Maria Jan 12, 2017 - edited

    I cried a lot at the end. World is too unfair toward women. T_T

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      Jaylan Mar 27, 2017
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      Ceki 3 days ago
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      Jaylan 3 days ago
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      Ceki 3 days ago

      Well, it is isn't tagged as romance, so there isn't obviously.
      As for ending, it is bitter-sweet.

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      Jaylan 3 days ago

      ok thank u so ^^

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    SaadoudiIbrahim Dec 10, 2016

    started up good then things got messy . the drama needs more flashback and details

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    Dieu Aug 27, 2016

    Great drama ! Love all the main leads especially yook sung jae and moon geun young! Love the mystery there are a few scary scenes!

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    Kimtan1999 Aug 24, 2016

    Beautiful drama ♡ I love this cast

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    amelia Aug 17, 2016 - edited

    This was interesting till the very end. I was especially blown away by Shin eun Gyeong' s acting.. absolutely brilliant. Also, Sung jae acted really well. Only Moon goon young felt out pf place - for a character going through so much, she seemed to have similar sort of expression throughout and I couldn't feel her suffering..

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      Ceki 3 days ago

      I agree, Shin Eun Gyeong was fabulous.

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    Kanra Aug 10, 2016

    Starting this one right now since I loved Sung Jae in Who Are You - School 2015 and love thrillers and suspense. I'm hoping it's as good as it sounds!

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    Pixiemage7 Jun 13, 2016

    I fast forwared most scenes since they made the pace of the show slow and I wanted to know what happened. Looking at the story deeply, it has a strong message to the audience. It's for you to find our what it is so I suggest for you to patiently watch it. In the end, it'll be worth it.

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    Dia Jun 5, 2016

    I think Jang Na Ra would have been more fit for the main role.
    Though.....I knew this drama will be a dissapointment after the first 2 minutes of it. Ohh....and I had some expectation reading the plot, but uhm...yeah...it wasn't thrilling as I wanted :(

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    Faith Apr 24, 2016 - edited

    This drama doesn't really do it for me. Shame, as I was expecting something more just from watching the trailer. I just can't get through Yook Sung-jae's character, not because he's a bad actor, he's far from that. Maybe this is also because I recently finished Signal, and I'm kind of comparing every single police characters that I found in other dramas to Signal's and they are usually found lacking. *sad face* Also, there are some slow parts that made me feel bored plus the fact that I felt as if the drama was trying too hard to be scary that it became the opposite of that. Aaand, that's my take on this drama.
    If you are trying to decide whether to watch this drama or not, I'd say give it a try for a few episodes. Who knows, maybe it is your type of drama. Just because it isn't mine, doesn't mean that it isn't yours, right? :)

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      KwonJaeli Oct 14, 2016

      I don't know if we'll have the same experience from this, but I somehow get your point when you talk about 'signal.' I mean I started watching crime investigatory from gap dong, hello monster, bad guys, white christmas, etc. I'm actually just following the recommendations on this site, until I bumped in to 'signal.'
      -And then after watching it, I didn't even try to watch another crime investigatory kdrama since it was really beyond best...
      -I end up watching korean crime movies though, but anyway, I still wanted to try another kdrama with this genre since I really couldn't go back to romance again.^^
      -I hope this one will work for me, and thanks for the review. :)

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    Bae Apr 11, 2016 - edited

    Is this Drama worth watching?..

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      Kristana Apr 21, 2016

      It is sometimes slow and boring but then it comes one twist after another that blows your mind. So I would say it's something worth watching if you have time and some endurance.

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      EXOWOLFGIRL Sep 14, 2016

      so when it become boring it will be for more than eposide or just while watching the episode

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      Kristana Sep 15, 2016

      No not more than an episode. I think I got bored bc it the story became so confusing and I didn't get what's going on until something obvious happened. I think it's different for everyone. There is really soo much to the story + every character has his own story that at the end leads to the main story. XD

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    ChristineDavenport Feb 29, 2016 - edited

    Finally finished. It was kinda boring and disappointing for me. Poor acting, boring story. I was expecting something more. :(

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    Fanbender Feb 19, 2016 - edited
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    dramaconnoisseur Jan 28, 2016 - edited

    Well, I originally loving this drama ever since the first episode it's just really made me curious!
    But honestly the ending/revelation is not as I expected so I'm kinda disappointed. It's not that 'wow'.
    Anyway, this drama is really creepy in some episodes...

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

    Oct 7, 2015 to Dec 3, 2015
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    SBS
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.

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    8.0 (scored by 2,392 users)
  • Ranked:

    #629
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