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Moon Joo Ran grew up in a wealthy family. She is now a housewife and married to Jae Ho, who works as a doctor. They live in a house with a yard. Her peaceful daily life is abruptly shaken when she notices a strange smell in her backyard. This leads to Moon Joo Ran eventually investigating her husband and meeting Chu Sang Eun. Chu Sang Eun lives a completely different life from Moon Joo Ran. She grew up in a poor environment and, even now, suffers from financial difficulties. She lives in a shabby rented apartment with her husband, Kim Yun Beom. Kim Yun Beom works for a pharmaceutical company. Sang Eun is subject to domestic violence by her husband, Kim Yun Beom. Her life is completely miserable. One day, she receives a phone call that Kim Yun Beom is dead. (Source: AsianWiki) ~~ Adapted from the novel "Lies Hidden in My Backyard" (마당이 있는 집) by Kim Jin Yeong (김진영). Edit Translation

  • English
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  • Русский
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 8
  • Aired: Jun 19, 2023 - Jul 11, 2023
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday
  • Original Network: ENA Genie TV
  • Duration: 60 min.
  • Score: 7.7 (scored by 2,642 users)
  • Ranked: #4152
  • Popularity: #1686
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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Completed
Coolforthesummer
56 people found this review helpful
Jul 11, 2023
8 of 8 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.5
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 7.5
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Dark and Eerie Atmosphere: Lies Hidden In My Garden Sets a Haunting Tone

Watching Lies Hidden In My Garden was a thrilling and engaging experience. It had a dark and eerie atmosphere that kept me hooked from beginning to end.

The plot started with Second FL committed murder, setting the stage for a series of unexpected events. The climax intensified when Main FL & her husband collaborated to kill the Second FL but Main FL ended up killing her own husband and take all the blame upon herself.
The mind boggling plot twists in Ep7&8 had me on the edge of my seat, thoroughly engrossed in the story.

The performances in the drama were brilliant. Everyone, from Seung Jae (FL's son) to the supporting characters like the neighbor lady, delivered their best. However, I must commend Lim Ji Yeon for stealing the spotlight with her incredible performance as the Second FL. She portrayed the character brilliantly.

The writing & direction were excellent. I appreciated the small details & nuances in the writing, & dialogues were impactful, especially during the confrontation between the second FL & first FL in Ep 7.

The cinematography perfectly captured the dark & thrilling nature of the story. The use of black and white color grading during the scene of the second FL killing her husband was particularly effective.

Bgms added another layer to the overall experience, enhancing the suspense & tension of the dark thriller.

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Jeana
13 people found this review helpful
Aug 9, 2023
8 of 8 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 6.0
Story 6.5
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 1.0

Lies, deceit, murder and two broken women on a mission.

I may spend 360 days out of an year complaining about draggy dramas that are slow paced and bore me to death but when the weather hits just right and the sun goes down and I am in a certain type of mood, I spend the remaining five days seeking slow burn, dark, art house kind of movies and shows that feed my soul.

The thing with dramas like this is though that they bank heavily on two things: atmosphere and characters. It’s less about what is happening and more on why it is and the psyche behind it. If done well, they can give you a delicious little mental workout while thoroughly creeping you out.

“Lies hidden in my garden” absolutely nails the atmosphere. It delivers on the eeriness, the creep under your skin kind of horror and creates a perfectly unsettling and disturbing mood.

I absolutely love the camera work in this show. Some of the shots are truly stunning cause of how beautifully they overstate or understate events in the drama.

My particular favourite is when a character has this great revelation and the camera takes a 180 degree tilt and it’s almost like you can feel the character’s world turning on its axis.

So absolutely gorgeous cinematography coupled with a decent music score that highlights the underlying tension of the show.

Now, come the characters. I don’t know what it says about me that my choice for the best and most dynamic character in The Glory was Lim Ji yeon’s bully. ? I thought she slayed the role and so, it’s no secret that I picked this show up for her.

Her character here, is again not a very likeable one. She is an extremely broken woman, a victim of domestic violence, pregnant, broke with a sick mother and a burdensome brother to deal with, who is as greedy as she is volatile and as helpless as she is tragic.

LJY steals the spotlight as she flits over her various emotions and I think she delivered the complexities of her character fairly well.

The other most promising character is of the husband- the chilling, absolutely terrifying motherfucker who gaslights and lies as a passion. The actor killed the role and proved to be a very promising villain.

Now, here comes the elephant in the room- Kim Tae Hee and her character with an awful lotta screen time. KTH is a talentless and weak actress who has built a career on face value and it shows. My words are harsh but they are true. She is very uninteresting to watch on screen and gives life to a character that’s inconsistent and hard to empathise with because of how dumb she is.

Just because of her existence, the show loses its edge and brings down its standard.

Other than that, the writing of the show is nothing to sing home about. While the suspense element is done pretty well, the twists are hardly things you can’t see coming. Moreover, some plot lines/characters are introduced only to never be properly explored, making scenes with them just pointless and leading nowhere.

It’s like you understand what the writer wanted to achieve but they didn’t do a very good job doing it.

So, overall It’s an okay-ish show that you can enjoy only when you are in a certain mood. Good thing that it caught me at the right time so I did enjoy it but in good conscience cannot praise it for the quality.

Honestly, I think shows like Anna and movies like Burning and Voice of silence are better alternatives for this show. They’ll give you the same mood and take up less time.

So that’s that.

Enjoy!

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  • Drama: Lies Hidden in My Garden
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 8
  • Aired: Jun 19, 2023 - Jul 11, 2023
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday
  • Original Network: ENA, Genie TV
  • Duration: 60 min.
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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  • Score: 7.7 (scored by 2,642 users)
  • Ranked: #4152
  • Popularity: #1686
  • Watchers: 8,922

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