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  • Drama: Secret Love Affair
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 16
  • Aired: Mar 17, 2014 - May 13, 2014
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday
  • Network: jTBC
  • Duration: 60 min.
  • Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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  • Score: 7.7 (scored by 2,419 users)
  • Ranked: #1560
  • Popularity: #404
  • Watchers: 6,644

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Sun Jae is a twenty-year-old piano genius who became a delivery man without finishing high school due to his poor background. One day, he delivers a package to a classical music concert hall, and he plays the piano positioned on stage. Sun Jae is found by Hye Won, an elite art director in the Arts Foundation and wife to a piano professor. Hye Won instantly recognizes his talent and sends him to lessons under her husband to cultivate him into a leading young musician. Born to a poor family, Sun Jae had never taken formal music lessons and is overwhelmed by Hye Won’s support. Piano lessons are his salvation and she becomes his muse. One thing leads to another and he confesses to her, “I need you more desperately than music now.” Hye Won is deeply affected by his masculine charm and pleading eyes. Yet she cannot afford to throw away everything she has worked to build. However, it would be even worse to lose this young lover. Hye Won thinks to herself, “This is my punishment, for being ignorant of my feelings and arrogant in the face of love."
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  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 16
  • Aired: Mar 17, 2014 - May 13, 2014
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday
  • Network: jTBC
  • Duration: 60 min.
  • Score: 7.7 (scored by 2,419 users)
  • Ranked: #1560
  • Popularity: #404
  • Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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Completed
wolfgirl9
65 people found this review helpful
Jun 19, 2014
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 2
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 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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Completed
purplenette
51 people found this review helpful
May 16, 2014
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 0
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 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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