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[드라마] 당신 혹시 나 좋아해? “Secret Garden” Episode 3

I’m not very impressed with Episode 3. Maybe I was expecting too much since I enjoyed the first 2 episodes. I’m not saying Episode 3 is bad. No! Not at all. But it seems like not much happen on this episode.

I can’t help but remember My Name Is Kim Sam Soon with this scene though:

라임: 당신 혹시 나 좋아해? 나 좋아한냐구?!

주원: 내가 그렇게 미친놈같아? 아니 내가 어디 모자라보여? 나 같은 사람이 댁같은 여자 좋아하는거 봤어? 현실적으로 그게 말이 된다고 생각해? 착각하는거 같아 말해두는데 나랑 결혼하고 싶어 줄서있는 학벌집안외모되는 여자들 사진만 쌓아도 빌딩 하나 쌓아. 근데 그쪽은 집안학벌능력나이 뭐하나 괜찮은게 없잖아 혹시 해당사항 있음 손들고?!

아 진짜! Really! When Joo-Won raised his hand, I was half-expecting he’ll say Ra-Im’s hands are ugly! That they look like 족발.

삼순:  너 나 좋아하니? 너 나 좋아해?

진헌: 전에 얘기하지 않았나. 당신같은 여자를 누가 안고 싶어 하겠냐고. 당신… 내 타입 아냐. 왠 줄 알어? 손이 안예뻤거든. 족발이야?

Then when Joo-Won started raising his voice…

주원: 봐, 없지?

라임: 근데 왜 따라다녀

주원: 그걸 왜 나한테 물어?

라임: 그럼 누구한테 물어?

주원: 댁한테 물어야지? 자꾸 떠오르는데 어떡해! 안봐도 계속 같이 있는거나 마찬가진데 나보러 어쩌라고?! “김수한무 거북이와 두루미” 어?! 내가 이걸 밤마다 어?! 내가 오죽하면 이래? 당신대체 나한테 무슨 짓을 한거야 왜하필 난데?!

I was then expecting Ra-Im to answer, “알았어, 꺼져줄게”

진헌: 자꾸 생각나서 미치겠어! 왜 내 머릿 속에 들어와서  날 괴롭혀 왜! 차라리 꺼져버리든가!

삼순: 알았어, 꺼져줄게

It was a little bit annoying for a big My Name Is Kim Sam Soon fan like me… since they were not from the same writer. But it didn’t ruin my viewing. I am just nitpicking a little.

I still am not buying how Joo-Won can fall for Ra-Im so easily. Not that Ra-Im is not likeable. In fact she is. But it’s still so fast for me that I didn’t feel anything with the supposedly swoon-worthy sit-ups scene (that I’m sure a lot of Secret Garden fans almost died of).

But I did like it when Joo-Won pulled Ra-Im’s chair for her:

주워: 그 나이되도록 의자 빼주는 놈도 없었어?

Make’s me wonder, is Joo-Won perhaps not just Oska’s cousin but Jo Guk’s too?

조국: 이런건 남자가 하게 해야죠.차문 열어줄때까지 타지도 말고, 손수건 안깔아주면 어디 앉지도 말고,숟가락 젓가락 안놔주면 밥도먹지말고. 한번도 안그래봤죠?

I also still can’t feel anything for the characters. Joo-Won is insanely funny. And for the first time, I’m literally rolling on the floor laughing at the lead guy instead of the lead girl. But I still can’t get into him.

Nor into Ra-Im.

Which is weird. For Ra-Im seems to be a lovable and really cool character.

Now I’m trying to imagine, had Ra-Im been Kim Sun Ah, would it make any difference? I can confidently say NO. Sure I will have a bias towards Suna Unnie, but with that aside, Ha Ji-Won is actually playing Gil Ra-Im perfectly.

I just don’t understand why I still feel detached to the characters. Despite the fact that I’m enjoying this drama. Maybe I just need more time for the characters to grow into me.

Sorry if I keep comparing Secret Garden to other dramas, specifically My Name Is Kim Sam Soon and City Hall. I know it’s not very… uhm ethical? Next time I’ll make sure I’ll put a disclaimer saying that I’m not doing any reviews of this series, just simply prattling about it as I watch. 🙂

Oh, and did I mention I love THE bag?

Puberty

Puberty. The awkward stage when you are no longer a child, but is not quite an adult either. And I would like to consider my Korean is at that stage right now.

It’s been a few months since I last watched a Korean drama. And it was so much fun watching one again (especially since it’s Secret Garden!). And I was surprised with myself that I can actually understand much much more this time. I still definitely can’t get by without the aid of the subtitles and it was just too weird and uneasy too. A sentence that I can understand completely will be followed by a sentence whose grammar pattern I understand but not the vocabs, then will immediately be followed by a sentence whose words I know, but will be completely lost with the grammar pattern used. And what’s annoying is when these sentences just keeps alternating.

It also makes my drama viewing longer this time. Sometimes when things are easier to understand I get carried away that I fixed my gaze on the actors and/or the scenes and I will get caught off-guard with a sentence that I do not understand and will just realized it when the subtitles has disappeared already, thus having to rewind the scene. And sometimes I hear something familiar (or something new) that I want to confirm (or learn), thus another rewind. And sometimes I have to pause it while I consult a dictionary.

Although I’m at an annoying stage, it was really fun. In fact sometimes I get teary-eyed if I was able to unexpectedly understand something completely. Call me nuts, but it’s true! I guess I’m just a little too overwhelmed sometimes.

I can’t wait for the time when I can watch dramas without any subtitles. I know it’s going to take a lot of time, patience and hardships but this has been, and always will be, one of my motivations in learning the language.

 

WORD OF THE DAY:

사춘기 – puberty

[드라마] On “Secret Garden” Episode 2


김수한무 거북이와두루미 삼천갑자동방삭 치치카포사리사리센타 워리워리 세브리깡 무드셀라 구름이 허리케인에 담벼락

This episode drove me crazy! I watched it around 4:00 AM and it was very difficult to suppress my laughters. I didn’t know Hyun Bin could make me laugh so much!

I love the way they represent Joo-Won’s thoughts (by literally showing Ra-Im following him everywhere!).

Joon-Won is definitely a Sam-Shik when it comes to his arrogance and ignorance but a hundred times more naive. Plus a mixture of Jo Gukness – being sweet, concerned yet confused.

And doesn’t this scene…

reminds you of this scene?

I usually will be a little annoyed with these kind of close similarities had I not known that they have the same writer-director team.

The second episode was enjoyable as well. In fact more enjoyable than City Hall‘s second episode. But what I love most about City Hall is how we were able to closely and slowly look at how Jo Guk fell in love with Mi-Rae. It was a wonderful journey to follow on every episode and yet will still leave everyone unsure when did he exactly fell for Mi-Rae. I think that Joo-Won fell for Ra-Im too fast and too early. Well, it maybe necessary for there are a lot more to happen in this drama.

Creating romantic scenes and Cinderella stories are indeed Kim Eun-Sook‘s strength. The Cinderella part usually annoys me, but with her excellent romance-writing skills she can always get away with it.

Off to Episode 3 in a bit! ♥

[드라마] A first step to “Secret Garden”

재미있었어! 넘 재미있었어! I slept with a little smile plastered on my face after finishing “Secret Garden” at around 3:30 AM earlier.

It was a good start. I like the interaction of the two lead characters and I so love how cool Gil Ra-In was established. God! I would love Kim Sun-Ah on Ha Ji-Won shoes (warning: you’ll probably hear this from me over and over until the last episode of Secret Garden). But even though I would like it better had it been Kim Sun-Ah instead of Ha Ji-Won, surprisingly, I was not annoyed with Ha Ji-Won (yet?) at all. In fact she really looks so cool! And I am liking Hyun Bin‘s role too – something that I never felt for his character in Worlds Within. Was it because Joo-Won was somehow a bit closer to Sam-Shik? With a little sprinkle of Jo Guk?

It was really fun. A hundred times better than City Hall‘s pilot episode – which is probably the most boring pilot episode I have ever seen.

I can already sense the Kim Eun-Sook‘s magic wand weaving the drama as early as the first 10-minutes or so.

And of course the Kim Sun-Ah call-out was indeed a winner!

오스카: 아, 김선아 씨 대역? 오늘 찰 부탁해요.

거라임: 잘 부탁드립니다.

오스카: 내가, 커피 마실래요? 하면, 운동화 빵꾸 나는 건 아니죠?

거라임: 예?

오스카: 다음에 찍어요. 김선아 xxx 않아? xxx 머리 계속 xxx 는데.

오스카: 아닌데? 아, 맞다 맞다! 그 영화! ‘웰컴투 동작구’! 10급 공무원이 구청장 되는 얘기 그거! 거기서 김선아 씨 대역맞죠? 어- 여전히 멋지네요, 길라임 씨.

Looking forward to episode two later… after writing my paper – which is not gonna make it to the deadline! 어떡 해???

WORD OF THE DAY:

대역 – a body double (in movies, tv, etc)

Taking the Plunge

Since I have no interest in Hyun Bin (outside My Name Is Kim Sam Soon), I didn’t even bother checking Secret Garden – until I heard about the “Kim Sun-Ah call-out” on Episode 1. I immediately stopped whatever I was currently downloading and started downloading episode 1. I guess I just missed Suna Unnie so much that a simple call-out was enough to make me go nuts.

Then my jaw just dropped! It was very stupid of me not to know that this a Kim Eun-Sook drama!!! Darn! How could I miss that when, right after seeing – and falling in love with her in City Hall, I swore that I’m going to follow all her dramas from that point forward. The last I heard about her was her collaboration (guidance?) with a new writer (her former assistant) for My Princess. Was I really so busy with school that I missed something this big?

I guess so. School works just keep piling up that I just download the drama without even taking a glance at it.

As days and weeks pass by the more I hear about this drama. From blogs, facebook, twitter, classmates and friends. It gained a lot of popularity – in Korea, in the Internet (foreign fans), at school (Korean class classmates, Korean friends).

I was known as the “source” of Secret Garden in our school’s International Center (for foreign exchange students) since I always give my Korean friends copies of it yet. Earlier I even received an unwarranted cheery smile from a Korean exchange student when he was told that the copies were from me and that I brought the final episode. Ironically, I haven’t seen a single episode.

Time to give it a try?

Javabeans recapped it. She was so excited about it in the beginning despite the fact that she is not really into Kim Eun-Sook. However she doesn’t seem to enjoy it that much anymore towards the last half. She is the one who always give me chills whenever I read what she wrote about My Name Is Kim Sam Soon (poignant and funny and worth the hype). She who likes Boys Over Flower (that I will never ever like) and who never uttered a single word about City Hall.

Girlfriday, who considers My Name Is Kim Sam Soon as the closest drama to her heart was not wowed by this.

Ockoala who thinks My Name Is Kim Sam Soon is perfect and adores City Hall to the fullest doesn’t like this at all and was disappointed.

Tarits who shared my City Hall addiction, loves it but was not moved with the characters.

Elisa, another City Haller, loves just the story part.

These girls makes me think now. How about me? Me who considers My Name Is Kim Sam Soon as the best thing that ever happened in the K-drama world and holds City Hall close to my heart.

With the exception of My Name Is Kim Sam Soon, I’m not really into the popular dramas and/or young dramas. I’m not really into Hyun Bin, unless of course if he is being Sam-Shik. Ha Ji-Won is nothing to me compared to my lovely Kim Sun-Ah. But I loooove Kim Eun-Sook so much. I enjoyed On Air too (and is still trying to watch, re-watch and continue watching her earlier dramas – though I believe that City Hall is her best drama to date).

Will I like this? LOVE this? Hate this? I guess I would never find the answer until I watch it. And more than the drama itself, I’m more curious now as to what would be my reaction after watching it.

그럼, now at 2:30 AM, despite the busy crazy school schedule and with a 말하기 시험, readings, a paper and a job interview later today, I’m going to take the plunge… 하나, 둘, 셋!