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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26 days ago
  • 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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28 days ago
  • 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
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    Poia May 17, 2017 - edited

    This drama is really just a simple romantic comedy, enjoyable, the best part are the epilogue, LOL

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    B_ann1 May 17, 2017 - edited

    Honestly speaking, Hyeri is the type of female character that I could see myself liking. She's ambitious, straightforward and unapologetic. The only reason she annoys me is because she tries to get in between the main couple. Once she snaps out of that childish mindset and (hopefully) gets together with Hyuntae, I'll gladly start rooting for her :)

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      Haru May 17, 2017

      Cannot agree more <3

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    coolcancerian May 17, 2017 - edited

    Ahh so that little boy is their son or not...I'm reading lots of opinion but nothing is conclusive..even in the drama it's not clear yet ...oh this curiosity is killing me !!

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      Haru May 17, 2017

      But she was confused why he treats Dong Gu that way...

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      gendobie May 18, 2017

      Omahgawd. It's clearly her moms, the kid is her half-bro from her moms recent broken marriage. If it's her, why would she be distant toward her child especially in drama? XD

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      Haru May 18, 2017

      Exactly! Which mother would treat her own child like this?! She treats him definitely like a little annoying brother >D

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      TeleriFerchNyfain May 18, 2017

      Is this a pre-filmed drama? Just saying. The writers have left this rather open - I've seen less ambiguous scenarios turned upside down. They could easily go either way. It WAS said that the kid is her brother, tho.

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      Haru May 18, 2017

      It is pre-filmed.

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    min-young May 17, 2017 - edited

    Lmao "I'm your father"

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    Benedict May 16, 2017 - edited

    I just don't understand K-dramas and parents choosing specific suitors for their children over other suitors. The reporter's background is nothing special and it makes no sense whatsoever for the Chairman to support her in the first place. If the suitor was from a well-to-do family with money it would make sense, but not his son's teacher's child.

    Yoo Mi faces an uphill battle due to her mother's background, but it isn't like Joo Hye Ri is much better of a choice speaking realistically. We see this happen all the time in K-dramas. Parents favoring or choosing specific suitors, that generally don't even match the parents' standards to begin with, over the one the lead is interested in. I'd be more satisfied believing the K-trope if the suitor the parents were choosing was actually up to their standards. Maybe it is just the writers' fault for not realizing their own pitfalls.

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      3ngin33r May 17, 2017

      In some Asian regions a Teacher(Professor) and TV Announcer(Anchor) are considered good choices as a bride even if they dont come from chaebol families

      Luckily for the male lead he is in the underwear business so mother in law's profession should not affect his business in a negative way :D

      I am watching a Thai series where the mother of the female lead is a prostitute

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    Lovely May 16, 2017 - edited

    Though I still really like it, judging from the preview it seems it'll turn into the typical early 2000 to 2010 makjang plot that I learned to hate.

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      gendobie May 18, 2017

      Me too. I hate this kinds of plot but I like to torture myself

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      Kawaitanee May 18, 2017

      Yes, unfortunately angst is coming...

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    Kdramerzzz May 16, 2017 - edited

    Too much fan service.... Not that I am complaining... Love both main male and second lead male... The leading lady is meh....

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      TeleriFerchNyfain May 18, 2017

      She's adorable. You want a meh leading lady for him, try Noble My Love. The SECOND lead female is not very interesting, however.
      Oh, & there is NO such thing as too much Sung Hoon fan service, LOL

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    Panda May 16, 2017

    Its okay
    Its fun sometimes
    Sometimes its just there

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    gabby May 16, 2017

    I really didn't like Haein in Produce 101, I hope she only has a small part in this :((

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    BeiAnn May 16, 2017

    The first 3 episodes are kinda ok. But the latter ones are becoming boring and dragging. I'm still in ep 9 and still waiting for the next episodes to be redeemed. Although in fairness some scenes cracked me up because i found them hilarious but my problem is the story. I know this romcom is another collected cliche serie but i still would watch it because i'm a sucker for cinderella type of story. I can't decide yet whether i love MSR or not. As for the character, the male lead is A-ok for me but the girl needs more workshop to be able to deliver her lines well.

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      nour May 16, 2017 - edited
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      Kroxy May 16, 2017

      Righto... that's relief

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    annazabc May 16, 2017 - edited

    Ep 9 and still only watching this for Sung Hoon... kinda feels like the drama was written by a fan of his and the whole thing is just like a promotional series for him lol... some of the scenes are like so "obvious"... Otherwise, plot's kinda meh to be honest...

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    Major May 16, 2017 - edited

    This drama was on life support with me up until the last two eps. Then the doc came in and gave the chemistry a dinosaur sized shot of epi.

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    dramaworld May 16, 2017 - edited

    is there three episodes this week or is ep 9 just had an early online release?????????????????

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      mrnnprls May 16, 2017 - edited

      2 episodes only. the sub of ep 9 is released faster than we expected because the episodes of this drama are released (i think) around two or three days early on oksusu app(only used in korea) before the broadcast on OCN.

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  • Country:

    South Korea
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  • Aired:

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

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


  • Score:

    7.6 (scored by 3,646 users)
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