My Secret Romance

My Secret Romance (2017)

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Cha Jin Wook is a son from a wealthy family who runs a large company. He usually only pursues short-term love, but when he meets Lee Yoo Mi, who has never had a boyfriend before, he changes. In a dating world full of busy people who tend to flirt and chase “some” relationships rather than having meaningful connections that allow them to show their true feelings, this couple has a one-night stand. read moreThey meet again three years later, whereupon they kick off a shaky push-pull romance that’ll keep them on their toes as they fall in love.

  • Native title:

    애타는 로맨스
  • Also Known as:

    Aetaneun Romaenseu; Frustrating Romance; You Drive Me Crazy;

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manicmuse
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May 31, 2017
  • Overall 7.0
  • 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 read more 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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ShannonKFleming
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May 29, 2017
  • Overall 4.0
  • Story 4.0
  • Acting/Cast 4.5
  • Music 3.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.5
This started out cute and fluffy, but the last few episodes were miserably drawn out.
EP 10-12 were painfully slow, they could have been cut and pasted into 1.5 episodes.
13 was ehhhh.... This isn't a masterpiece, the writing is loosely constructed and poorly executed. The story has little depth or substance to hold it together for 13 hours. I can't connect with the female lead's choices (especially in the later half) read more or her pitiful deer lost in headlights expression...I was hoping it would be a drama somewhat like 1% of Something since the director is the same, but it doesn't even come close in comparison. I Liked Ep. 1-9 but Ep. 10-13.5 are a hard sell.
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Both dramas explore the impact of the past on an individual. While MSR focuses a lot more on the romance between the two leads, the other is much more touching and heartfelt in its message.
Recommended by Tenshinyan
-they both have hot kisses, the cutesy feel and heart-pounding, fluttery moments.
-have the same director and some similar cast members
-if you disliked the last 3 episodes of My Secret Romance, Something about 1% will make up for it because it stays enjoyable until the end.
-rich guy poor girl theme and one parent forbidding their relationship
Recommended by bishh

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    ParaPhrase 27 days ago

    The story had promise...the drama, acting and just the whole set up was cringe worthy. BUT it was funny.

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    jxsilicon9 28 days ago

    This is one long genric,cliche filled mess.

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    Saya 28 days ago

    My rate is 7/10 for this drama,
    Even though I enjoy it I felt like it's empty and it's missing a lot.

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    AnicsiRoscoe 28 days ago

    It is embarrassing to say that I started watching it only a couple of weeks ago and I cannot even remember if I finished it. That said, it started out pretty nice and then wasn't able to keep my attention anymore, as per usual with the cliché romance dramas. It's still a cute watch, though. I should figure out if I finished watching it lol

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    Sani 30 days ago

    My Rate is 7/10

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    Maya 30 days ago - edited

    I didn't really enjoy this drama as much as I'd expected. Main characters lacked chemistry in my opinion. But supporting cast was brilliant - especially Kim Jae Young and Park Shin Woon + I developed a second lead syndrome (for sure).

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    coolcancerian Jun 20, 2017

    The only reason I gave 8 is - Sung hoon
    The only reason to watch this drama & finish it is also - Sung hoon
    Apart from Sung hoon what is there in this drama - nothing
    Oh damn it started good but graph went down and down
    No story at all ..in my opinion it would have been a bit interesting if that child was their's
    Lead girl is cute ..matched Sung hoon & kisses are good but lack of story made them feel like fillers !!

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    Kikka Jun 19, 2017 - edited
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    dramaholic_piglet Jun 19, 2017

    My tooth ached.. It's too sweet.. >_<

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    FdRyu0201 Jun 14, 2017

    i will be thankful if they make a s2 with hyuntae and hyeri

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    steph_ravita Jun 13, 2017

    The many kisses are my favourite part of this drama. I liked it but thought it was a little too draggy especially towards the end. All in all, not bad though!

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    mickey Jun 13, 2017

    chemistry is beyond the roof. loved it except for the flashbacks in the latter episodes.

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    katherine Jun 12, 2017 - edited

    I'd say it was enjoyable - a predictable romcom drama you watch mainly for your dose of romance and relationship drama. It isn't something phenomenal but it is okay for what it is. I do agree that the last episodes had too many flashbacks. Episodes 12 and 13 could have just been one episode if you exclude all the flashbacks.
    A 7/10 in my opinion. I wouldn't recommend it to everyone i know but it's an enjoyable show.

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    Anna Jun 12, 2017

    Done watching this drama! i'm sad that other people don't like it as much as i do! i really do! Actually im not really a fan of rom coms as some of them were just too boring for me but this drama is an exception! i really enjoyed every single scene as much as i enjoyed the lovestory of Cha Jin Wook and Lee Yoo Mi! Hello! where in the world will you ever find a man who treasured his one-night-stand! I wish a have my Cha Jin Wook too! :)))

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    IritZriker Jun 11, 2017

    It was too draggy at the last episodes, too many flashbacks for a 13 episodes drama. The story was really good, loved it, if it wasn't too draggy I would give this drama a 10 or a 9.5, really.

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    13
  • Aired:

    Apr 17, 2017 to May 30, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    OCN
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    7.6 (scored by 4,281 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1236
  • Popularity:

    #28

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