Secret Love Affair

Secret Love Affair (2014)

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"Secret Love Affair" tells the story of secret romance between Oh Hye-Won, a woman in her 40's, and Lee Sun-Jae, a man in his 20's. Oh Hye-Won, works as the director of planning for the Seohan Arts Foundation. She is elegant and excels at dealing with other people. Oh Hye-Won becomes involved in a love affair with Lee Sun-Jae. He is genius like pianist in his 20's.

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Aug 20, 2014
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Once again I've confirmed my endless love for music. This drama was a true proof to that. I was blown away by the brilliance of this drama from the very first moment I saw the first episode. The great combination of amazing acting especially from Yoo Ah In, portrayal of their passion, and the most important the fantastic choice of classical music got me hooked right away.
Just to be clear about read more something, I'm not a fan of love affairs, actually I don't like them at all and usually do not watch dramas with concept like that but this one I chose because of the music theme and the main actor. And I'm glad I did that 'cause I fell in love with this drama so deeply with no cure for healing. For the record this drama and story aren't affair at all as all of us think what affair actually is and you could see that from the very start and the relationship between the married couple, they were more like business partners. Yoo Ah In and Kim Hee Ae have done the job brilliant in portraying the two people who met and simply, slowly fell in love through the piano playing, music sheets, Mozart, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, and many other classical geniuses. I was hypnotized and mesmerized with their conversations, with their playing, with their passionate chemistry, I can't remember when I've reacted like this to some couple and chemistry in drama, since MARS I haven't felt like this.
This is not some average bubbly romance drama; it's dark, complex, passionate, bittersweet, and sometimes even torturous. It's a true emotional, mature and adult romance drama where we'll cheer as hard as we can for love to win against all odds. It’s a story to show how love can change one for the best or the worst. I loved very much how they concentrate simply on development of the main characters, their constant battle inside them, their pain, their hope and most of all their passion. It had been a very long time that I had felt such complex emotions with such intensity. It was almost like I was one of them. Of course there are boring parts, for example the part about business and all those irritating female characters who were so evil, bad and gossiping around, I really hate that. But except that everything else was a masterpiece for real. Yoo Ah In as a young piano prodigy was magnificent, he once again proved to me why he's one of my favourite actors in the whole world. When he’s onscreen with Kim, they make beautiful music together, both literally and figuratively. The love story generates plenty of heat, and feels genuine and quite moving. As long as the two leads are playing duets together or sharing bowls of noodles, everything else was in the shadow, only them and their fantastic chemistry.
Unlike in the most of average dramas, the music actually added meaning and depth to the drama. They played so many beautiful pieces from so many great composers and anyone who has any appreciation for classical music is going to enjoy this drama enormously. This drama is a bit slow, but it didn't bother me at all. I loved that I could see and feel their every gaze, touch, and emotion. I was able to synchronize my emotions with them, to understand and feel how they fell for one another.

For me this drama has a deep meaning and definitely left me with so many great and honest emotions. If you're like me a person who loves a true pure romance dramas with adult and mature thinking with endless love for music in your daily life, then this drama is for you.
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May 15, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
One thing before I rave about this drama. I don't know why they called it Secret Love Affair when it wasn't a "secret". Maybe the LOVE was a secret, because the other characters were shocked at what Oh Hye Won did at the end.

This drama is excellent. Love unexpectedly blossoms through music. I can so relate to Oh Hye Won. Sometimes a person feels like they are just moving from one read more necessity to the next (even if she was a little greedy) with out really thinking about how you are living your life. Then some one walks into your life and changes everything. The way the director portrays every emotion through music is so wonderfully done. I love that the writer actually assumed we would know what the character was thinking. The music is amazing. I even cried. Crying while watching a drama is rare for me.

Yoo Ah In is combustible. His emotional portrayal of Lee Sun Jae was perfection. I don't know any actress that could have played the roll of Oh Hye Won better than Kim Hee Ae. I really don't know how she gave off a feel of innocence. I felt like she was reliving her youth. Good for her. I was totally invested in the main characters. The rest of the people were good too, but I could have cared less about their characters. I think that is what the writer wanted. There is no second male lead. No one for you to care about except the two lead actors.

The music is phenomenal.

I say watch it. Maybe younger people wouldn't really be in to it. It isn't action packed or anything. It is a real romance.
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Well both drama deal with serious issues and the way emotions are portrayed is quite similar.
Both are definitely must-watch!
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It's also a love story about a young man fell in love with an older woman
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    blg Oct 22, 2015
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    dianwk Oct 12, 2015

    beautiful drama...but not my cup of tea because i rather watch light drama without thinking to much especially after a long day at work. but, this drama and the song, how the lead actor and actress plays piano is beautiful, almost every scene is beautiful. sadly, most of the scene is to dark, i cant see it well.
    make sure to watch this drama on your day off, so u can appreciate it better.

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    Cyriatan Oct 12, 2015

    Pretentious. Behind those classical music parts and sexualized-and-almost-nothing-more passion a lack of character development ramps. The elegant execution may be charming at first, I will admit to that.

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    romcomjunkelee Oct 1, 2015

    Wonderful, but this could have been just a movie. </3 tsk tsk dragged much. Well I'd still give it a 10. :) I liked "I do, I do" and "Witch's Romance" all about age difference too.

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    fun_fun Sep 23, 2015

    wow....amazing drama....I enjoyed every ep.....very good

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    sfinx Aug 29, 2015 - edited

    Too draggy for me.

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    mali Jul 8, 2015

    a drama that is intriguing on so many levels. Those that thought this was boring oh well it was just black and white. This movie had so many layers. I don't even care for classical piano, but I was totally emotional when he played with the orchestra looking for her. Love, music, trust, betrayal, got everything in this.

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    Mo-chan May 11, 2015

    I LOVE this kind of movie/drama, where you can feel idk like the poesy of the acting and the purety of the moment they share. I found myself crying over the way they portrayed emotions in some scenes, it was AWESOME.
    I downloaded Billy Joel's Piano man, that scene got me heartbreaking too

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    beloved89 Mar 21, 2015 - edited

    Some decent parts...but the ending dropped my rating a lot.

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    bLoodYThoughtS Mar 21, 2015 - edited
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    alexk345 Jan 10, 2015 - edited

    Yoo Ah In is a worst actor. Anyone like this acting need to check their head. He just rushes everything because he can't emote much. I hate to see this guy in a drama. can't stand him. he annoys me. Great lead actress and good story

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      winterlasting Feb 14, 2015

      you can have an opinion, but you don't need to bash others. Seriously. Don't like don't watch. No one is forcing you. -.-

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    alexk345 Jan 10, 2015

    I hate the hero. He annoys me with limited acting. He was same mess in fashion king. Another limited actor get a chance by influence? bad casting director

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    anonymous1112 Jan 5, 2015 - edited

    I watched for episode 1 and tried really hard to finished it! It just toooooooo boring! IMHO

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      Mo-chan May 11, 2015

      You didn't get the feels ^^

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    Lunacordelia Dec 23, 2014

    Such a beautiful drama!


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    South Korea
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    Mar 17, 2014 to May 13, 2014
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    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


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    7.5 (scored by 1,302 users)
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