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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wolfgirl9
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Jun 18, 2014
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Imagine all the negative prejudices possible that one can have against a drama, and then add a little more negative biases; that's exactly how I felt before watching this drama. I hate love affairs, so I thought I could never ever bring myself to watch this. Watching the first episode was a momentary insanity for me, and guess what? I was blown away by the brilliance of this drama!! The majestic combination read more of perfect acting and breathtaking portrayal of their passion, the amazing directing and cinematography, and most of all the phenomenal choice of classical music got me hooked.

I think this drama is severely underrated and in my opinion mainly because of its poor choice of title "Love affair" brings out the notion of betraying romantic emotions of someone and their trust at the deepest level. It's a dirty and unforgivable act. However, this story is about anything but love affair. Granted the female lead is married, but in this scenario, considering her marriage and how the relationship is, I don't think anyone who will watch this would think that this was a love affair, it simply doesn't fit the category!

This is not your average light and bubbly love; it's dark, complex, passionate, bitter-sweet, and even sometimes torturous. It's a battle where we'll cheer as hard as we can for love to win against all odds. It's a story of growth and maturing oneself through experiencing love, a story of how easily one can lose oneself if s/he is chasing the wrong goals, and how they can still go back to true happiness regardless of their past/bad choices. It’s a story to show how love can change one for better or the worse.

Before analyzing the rest of the drama, I just have to say that I LOVED the music in this drama!!!!! They played so many beautiful pieces that were very well integrated within the flow of the story. Also, unlike your average drama, the music actually added meaning and depth to the drama. Most of the pieces were classical music played by the main leads (and let me tell you, I still cannot believe that they are actors not professional pianists!!!) There was one song that was not classical music, and it fitted the drama better than Cinderella's glass shoe fitted her. Anyone who has any appreciation for classical music is going to enjoy this drama enormously. And I'm not overselling it by stating that it's through the music that we can truly understand their passion, their fears and their love.

The pacing is slow, but surprisingly it didn't bother me at all. I loved that I could take my time and savor their every single gaze, touch, and emotion. The slow pace allowed me to synchronize my emotions with them; to not only understand, but also feel how they felt for one another. I guess the only negative point of the drama is the business part of it, but trust me; this one is not as bad as the others out there. It’s not the strongest part of the drama and the writers try not to get very technical with it. But I think it wasn’t that poorly written/executed. In the scale of the drama as a whole, it didn’t bother me at all!

The characters are complex, and it takes time to truly understand them. There were times that I was very annoyed with the main actress because I didn't really understand her. Nevertheless, as the drama progressed, my understanding of the characters deepened and I start too feel 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.

Well I can go on and on, but I want to keep this review at a semi-reasonable length to allow ppl to read it. So if you're a fan of classical music, or if you want to go on a very emotional and bittersweet journey of love, fear and loss, I would recommend you to definitely give this a chance.
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purplenette
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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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The basic plotline (affair) is obviously similar. But also the complexity of the relationships. Both are drams that are darker, more intense romances that really challenge views and make them think about love and life.
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Secret Love Affair is an amazing show. Definitely on par with Master's Sun. So if you already watched MS 2x and would like a change of flavor. Try Secret Love Affair which also portrays a strong female lead - a very smart mature relationship that will warm your heart and brighten your days.
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    boogerbrain95 Apr 2, 2014

    For anyone confused about the whole school and company situation here is what I have gathered: the school is somewhat making sure that no "low class"/poor people are allowed in because they want to make sure that the chaebols go to that school and pay a crap load of money. So many people/government have found out about it and are checking to make sure that no bribery or special treatment has been given. The main female lead (Oh Hye Won) is using Lee Sun Jae to get rid of the suspicisons and to show that the school is just like any other university. The reason why his audition is taking so long is because they want to show that no one gets special treatment and he has to audition like anyone else. So the whole plot might center on Oh Hye Won using Lee Sun Jae and how he might find out about it. Hopefully I explained it well enough so comment if you have any questions ^^

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      Rangadeviii Apr 8, 2014

      There's politics inside the company too. I don't really understand the structure of the company, there's the School, the Arts Foundation, then... it's a but blurry...
      The school director is Dean (the actor from Man From the Stars), isn't he? The Foundation is directed by the Madam?
      If you could help me understanding it a bit more... ^^

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      boogerbrain95 Apr 8, 2014

      The Chairman (old guy) is in charge of the actual Foundation but the Chairlady (Ms Han) is in charge of the school alongside Ceo Seo (the daughter of the chairman). The Dean is kind of like the principal of the school.

      I hope this helped since it's what I got from the drama. I could be wrong too but I'll look more into it ^^

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    Peace25 Apr 2, 2014

    I need a preview for episode 7.

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      ouiama Apr 2, 2014

      Me too !!!! :(

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      Peace25 Apr 3, 2014

      Still no preview, and it's Thursday :(

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      ouiama Apr 6, 2014

      It's Sunday tomorrow episode 7 will be released i can't wait xD

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    Inyoso Apr 1, 2014

    Can someone explain to me the whole school situation/plot, i find it confusing? (I'm on ep 6.) I'm not quite following many of the other characters?

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      sam30317 Apr 1, 2014
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      sam30317 Apr 1, 2014

      I really should have just asked wut u were confused about first, but i was in too deep, lol

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      Inyoso Apr 1, 2014
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      sam30317 Apr 1, 2014

      Im so glad u see everything im confused about, too! I dont see how anyone is able to keep interest in the show with all the random, weird convo. The girl that skips music lessons is the daughter of a very wealthy woman. They're letting her pass auditions & lessons, even though she's terrible because they need her for some reason i dont know about. The chairman thing is confusing too

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    ahjumma wae??? You got me feeling things I shouldn't for you. Ugh you're too much. I want you loose control just once because I can tell you want him, woman make him yours NOW! OMG! i'm dying seriously guys I need mental stability right now >.<

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    mikachan Apr 1, 2014

    If I end up dying it's going to be fault of these writers and their NO PREVIEW! UGHHHH!

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    girl_on_fire Mar 31, 2014

    I'm slowly falling for Yoo Ah In through this drama. He's an amazing actor!!

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    sam30317 Mar 31, 2014
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      Evony Apr 1, 2014

      Imo Americans are good at showing passionate sex scenes, yes, but they suck at showing the sexual tension without showing an actual sex, they lack at being suggestive. As for j-dramas, please tell me which ones have those passionate scenes, I have to check them out! :D I love j-dramas more than k-dramas, but in the ones I've seen they're always such a prudes when it comes to such things.

      For me this drama is just what I was always looking for - so much intensity and emotions, everything they do just screams passion for me :D

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      VioletSakura Apr 1, 2014

      Let me disagree with you particularly on this drama... this one, on the contrary has a lot of intensity... Yoo Ah-In is an amazing actor, and he shows his character's desperate desire for the female lead very well, in my opinion. There is no eye contact you say? What about when they are playing the piano, it looked to me like they were making love in the scene... or the part when she was listening to him playing the piano, and her breathing suddenly started quickening when she wasn't in the room with him... still not enough? Have you seen the kiss? The amount of despair and passion in the kiss, which is not even shown normally had me biting my lips, damn, that was hot... I am holding my breath every time they are in an enclosed space... there are sparks flying all around them, how can you not see them? ^^

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    whatteverr Mar 31, 2014

    After reading the comments I cant wait to start this drama but i have so many exams dammit!!!! ; (

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    whatteverr Mar 31, 2014

    After reading the comments I cant wait to start this drama but i have so many exams dammit!!!! ; (

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    Peace25 Mar 31, 2014

    Episode 5...omg.

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    photographyphonebook Mar 30, 2014
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      xoxo Mar 31, 2014
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      xoxo Mar 31, 2014
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    nytwp Mar 30, 2014

    Eurgh the acting is just so damn good and authentic, it's going to make the acting in all other dramas a bit of a struggle to watch at times. #dramaproblems

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    sochiichi Mar 30, 2014

    i cannot believe how good this drama is.

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    ninji Mar 29, 2014

    "Makes me crazy". Just that line, so freaking hot.

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    bmore Mar 28, 2014

    just announced...this has been dropped from 20 to 16 episodes

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      prettytin Mar 29, 2014

      i was just to ask this. so it's confirmed?

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      bmore Mar 29, 2014

      According to a posting from the channel manager on viki, it has. It was in my mail posted on viki today.

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      xoxo Mar 29, 2014

      Yup, it's 16 episodes. But it wasn't lowered because of problems, the ratings are excellent and still going strong

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      propater Mar 29, 2014

      Why was it lowered? Does anyone know?

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      efflorescenteloquence Mar 31, 2014

      probably because the writer didn't want to make the mistakes of others and prolong a plot a stretch it out longer than they should. So if its reduced 4 episodes it can sum things up better. Maybe who knows. All i really know is this writer and this cast is finally doing things right :)

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

    Mar 17, 2014 to May 13, 2014
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    jTBC
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    7.6 (scored by 1,891 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1227
  • Popularity:

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