Secret Garden (South Korean TV series)
Promotional poster for Secret Garden
|Written by||Kim Eun-sook|
|Directed by||Shin Woo-chul
|Opening theme||Secret Garden opening title|
|Ending theme||Appear by Kim Bum-soo
That Woman by Baek Ji-young
That Man by Hyun Bin
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Running time||60 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays at 22:00 (KST)|
|Production company(s)||Hwa & Dam Pictures|
|Original channel||Seoul Broadcasting System|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
|Original release||13 November 2010– 16 January 2011|
|Preceded by||Life Is Beautiful|
|Followed by||New Tales of Gisaeng|
|Revised Romanization||Sikeurit Gadeun|
Secret Garden (Hangul: 시크릿 가든; MR: Sikeurit Gadeun) is a 2010 South Korean television drama, starring Ha Ji-won, Hyun Bin, Yoon Sang-hyun, and Kim Sa-rang. It aired on SBS from November 13, 2010 to January 16, 2011 on Saturdays and Sundays at 22:00 for 20 episodes.
A stuntwoman who dreams of becoming a stunt director and a department store CEO who has nothing to lose, fall in love due to crazy and hilarious circumstances. Though they live in two different worlds, Gil Ra-im (Ha Ji-Won) and Kim Joo-won (Hyun Bin) meet in a twist of fate that brings them together. Gil Ra-im just wants a modest life. Since she was left alone in the world at a young age, she gave her all to martial arts, eventually becoming an acknowledged stuntwoman. Kim Joo-won couldn't care less about romance; all he wants is a beneficial marriage that can increase his power and advantages. He's handsome, rich, and insensitive, the perfect combination for a world class jerk that women want to date. Oska is a playboy who wants to lead a hedonistic life and resume his popular status as a hallyu star. Then he reunites with his former love Yoon Seul, who has made a successful directing career for herself. But Yoon Seul wants nothing to do with Oska, rather she has her eyes set on Joo-won. The four become tangled in a love square, that becomes more confusing when Ra-im and Joo-won begin switching bodies.
- Ha Ji-won as Gil Ra-im
- Tough but secretly lonely, the spunky Gil Ra-im works as a stuntwoman for an action school run by director Im Jong-soo. As for her ideal type, she prefers men who can throw punches faster than her, and she prefers throwing men over her shoulders than awkwardly flirting with them. Due to her father dying when she was in high school, she works hard and doesn't like relying on other people. Her one obsession is Oska, a famous Hallyu star. Though she wasn't looking for romance, switching bodies with the rude CEO Kim Joo-won brings about confusing feelings.
- Hyun Bin as Kim Joo-won
- Bossy, impertinent, and quite arrogant, the handsome CEO Kim Joo-won is used to wearing a million dollar training suit and being the smartest man in the room. His habit is saying, "Is this the best? Are you sure?" and making sure everyone's lives revolve around him. This sharp and calculating man who was afraid of no one is floored when he meets Gil Ra-im. She's not an heiress with a good social status, and works as a stunt woman. In fact, he treats her like a nuisance. So why does he want to see her again and again?
- Yoon Sang-hyun as Choi Woo-young / Oska
- A famous Hallyu star who is slowly losing his popularity, Oska is not only Joo-won's cousin but his fiancée Yoon Seul's first love. He has an almost childish competition with his cousin. He used to rely on his charming looks and money, but seeing Seul again and discovering new talent in a young man named "Sun" triggers something inside him to change.
- Kim Sa-rang as Yoon Seul
- Oska's first love and Kim Joo-won's fiancée. She comes from a privileged family and is gifted with gorgeous looks and a smart brain. Unable to forgive Oska, she is bent on making him hurt as much as possible. This also includes getting engaged to his cousin Joo-won, who she finds quite attractive.
- Lee Phillip as Director Im Jong-soo
- Having studied abroad, Im Jong-soo speaks English fluently and is well connected with Hollywood. Despite his gruff and rough exterior, he cares about his stunt actors deeply and looks out for them. He holds a soft spot for Ra-im, who is oblivious to his feelings.
- Lee Jong-suk as Han Tae-sun
- A young genius musician discovered by Oska in Jeju Island. Prickly and cold, at first he rebuffs Oska's attempts to recruit him. It is later revealed that he is gay and Oska becomes his muse.
- Yoo In-na as Im Ah-young
- Ra-im's best friend who shares a loft with her. She works at the department store Joo-won owns.
- Park Joon-geum as Moon Boon-hong
- Joo-won's mother.
- Kim Ji-sook as Moon Yeon-hong
- Oska's mother.
- Kim Sung-oh as Secretary Kim
- Joo-won's long-suffering assistant who has a crush on Im Ah-young.
- Choi Yoon-so as Kim Hee-won
- Kim Sung-kyum as Moon Chang-soo
- Lee Byung-joon as Park Bong-ho
- Sung Byung-sook as Park Bong-hee
- Kim Gun as Yoo Jong-heon
- Yoon Gi-won as Choi Dong-kyu
- Jang Seo-won as Hwang Jung-hwan
- Yoo Seo-jin as Lee Ji-hyun
- Kim Dong-gyun as director
- Jung In-gi as Gil Ik-seon, Ra-im's father
- Baek Seung-hee as Park Chae-rin
- Kim Mi-kyung as guest house ajumma
- Ryu Seung-hoon as cutlassfish group
- Min Joon-hyun as smoking man
- Kevin Were as Ryan Jackson
- Nam Hyun-joo as Department head Nam
- Shim Ho-seong as 6 Gisaeng
- Choi Young-shin as assistant director
- Heo Tae-hee as Hyeong-min
- Han Ye-won as Cherry
- Lee Tae-woo as Ra-im's son
- Yoo Il-han as Hong-cheol
- Kang Chan-yang
- Min Dong-ho
- Yoon Joo-man
- Jang Ma-cheol
- Seo Ho-cheol
- Kim Bo-ri
- Baek So-mi
- Song Yun-ah as top star at giveaway event (cameo, ep 2)
- Beige (cameo)
- Lee Joon-hyuk as Joon-hyuk, Oska and Seul's friend (cameo, ep 8)
- Baek Ji-young as concert singer (cameo, ep 13)
- Son Ye-jin as herself (cameo, ep 20)
|Episode #||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|TNmS Ratings||AGB Nielsen|
|Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area||Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area|
|1||13 November 2010||16.1%||16.5%||17.2%||18.3%|
|2||14 November 2010||15.0%||15.6%||14.8%||16.0%|
|3||20 November 2010||17.9%||18.9%||18.2%||19.8%|
|4||21 November 2010||20.0%||20.8%||21.5%||24.1%|
|5||27 November 2010||25.4%||26.3%||23.6%||25.5%|
|6||28 November 2010||25.2%||25.6%||20.9%||22.9%|
|7||4 December 2010||24.2%||24.7%||22.2%||24.1%|
|8||5 December 2010||24.6%||24.8%||22.3%||24.3%|
|9||11 December 2010||27.0%||27.8%||24.7%||27.0%|
|10||12 December 2010||28.0%||28.7%||25.1%||27.5%|
|11||18 December 2010||27.0%||28.2%||23.7%||25.3%|
|12||19 December 2010||28.2%||29.2%||24.7%||27.3%|
|13||25 December 2010||24.4%||25.0%||22.1%||23.3%|
|14||26 December 2010||26.5%||27.1%||24.1%||26.1%|
|15||1 January 2011||23.0%||29.3%||26.6%||29.5%|
|16||2 January 2011||23.9%||29.9%||26.9%||29.9%|
|17||8 January 2011||23.8%||30.0%||28.1%||30.5%|
|18||9 January 2011||27.4%||34.1%||30.6%||33.0%|
|19||15 January 2011||29.1%||35.0%||33.0%||35.3%|
|20||16 January 2011||31.4%||38.6%||35.2%||37.9%|
Awards and nominations
||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special||Hyun Bin||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special||Ha Ji-won||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Special||Kim Sa-rang||Nominated|
|Netizen Popularity Award - Drama||Secret Garden||Won|
|Netizen Popularity Award - Actor||Hyun Bin||Won|
|Netizen Popularity Award - Actress||Ha Ji-won||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Hyun Bin||Won|
|Best Couple Award||Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-won||Won|
||Grand Prize (Daesang) for TV||Hyun Bin||Won|
|Best Drama||Secret Garden||Won|
|Best Actor (TV)||Hyun Bin||Nominated|
|Best Actress (TV)||Ha Ji-won||Nominated|
|Best New Actor (TV)||Kim Sung-oh||Nominated|
|Best New Actress (TV)||Yoo In-na||Won|
|Best Director (TV)||Shin Woo-chul||Nominated|
|Best Screenplay (TV)||Kim Eun-sook||Won|
||Outstanding Korean Actor||Hyun Bin||Nominated|
|Outstanding Korean Actress||Ha Ji-won||Nominated|
|Outstanding Korean Director||Shin Woo-chul||Won|
|Outstanding Korean Screenwriter||Kim Eun-sook||Won|
|Outstanding Korean Drama OST||"That Woman" - Baek Ji-young||Won|
||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Secret Garden||Won|
|Best Actress||Ha Ji-won||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Kim Sung-oh||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Park Joon-geum||Nominated|
|Best Director||Shin Woo-chul||Nominated|
|Best Writer||Kim Eun-sook||Won|
||Best OST||"That Woman" - Baek Ji-young||Won|
||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Heo Dae-sun, Lee Seung-chun
|Best Actress||Ha Ji-won||Won|
|Best Lighting Director||Park Man-chang||Won|
||Prime Minister's Award in the Field of Broadcasting||Kim Eun-sook||Won|
In January 2011, SBS Contents Hub announced that the drama had been purchased by a number of countries across Asia and the Americas: Peru and the United States. Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Indonesia.
In Malaysia, it aired on 8TV (dubbed in Mandarin with Malay subtitles); Astro Prima (in original Korean with Malay subtitles); Astro Shuang Xing (in both original Korean and dubbed in Mandarin, with Malay and Chinese subtitles); and ONE TV ASIA (in original Korean and dubbed in Mandarin or Malay, with English, Chinese and Malay subtitles).
In the United States, it was dubbed in Spanish and aired on MundoFox retitled as Jardin secreto.
In Cuba, it aired on the state-run network Canal Habana in 2014.
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