Secret Garden (South Korean TV series)

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Secret Garden
Secret garden korean drama.jpg
Promotional poster for Secret Garden
Genre Romance
Comedy
Fantasy
Written by Kim Eun-sook
Directed by Shin Woo-chul
Kwon Hyuk-chan
Starring Ha Ji-won
Hyun Bin
Yoon Sang-hyun
Kim Sa-rang
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
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 20
Production
Producer(s) Lee Min-jeong
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 60 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays at 22:00 (KST)
Production company(s) Hwa & Dam Pictures
Release
Original network Seoul Broadcasting System
Picture format 1080i HDTV
Original release 13 November 2010 (2010-11-13) – 16 January 2011 (2011-01-16)
Chronology
Preceded by Life Is Beautiful
Followed by New Tales of Gisaeng
External links
Website tv.sbs.co.kr/secretgarden
Korean name
Hangul 시크릿 가든
Revised Romanization Sikeurit Gadeun
McCune–Reischauer Sik'ŭrit Katŭn

Secret Garden (Hangul시크릿 가든; MRSikeurit 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.[1][2][3][4]

Secret Garden was a huge ratings success, with an estimation of more than 20 billion won worth of economic effect.[5][6] It won a number of awards at both the 2010 SBS Drama Awards and the 47th Paeksang Arts Awards, including "Grand Prize (Daesang)" for Hyun Bin.[7][8]

Synopsis[edit]

A rationalizing Cinderella story between Gil Ra-im (Ha Ji-won), a stuntwoman, and Kim Joo-won (Hyun Bin), a high-end department store CEO. Through a misunderstanding while trying to resolve a scandal of his cousin, Oska (Yoon Sang-hyun), a famous singer, Ra-im and Joo-won meet and he finds himself stunned by her coolness. Joo-won does not understand why Ra-im is constantly on his mind, and decides to pursue her. Though she initially is repelled by him, Ra-im gradually starts reciprocating his feelings.

As two different worlds collide, Ra-im and Joo-won gradually learns about each other's worlds. Meanwhile, Oska reunites with his first love, Yoon Seul (Kim Sa-rang), who has made a successful directing career for herself. However, Yoon Seul wants nothing to do with Oska, and instead has her eyes set on Joo-won. The story gets even more complicated and dramatic when Ra-im and Joo-won magically start switching bodies.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Tough but secretly lonely, Gil Ra-im works as a stuntwoman for an action school that is run by director Im Jong-soo. Due to her father's death 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. She meets the arrogant CEO, Kim Joo-won and although she initially dislikes him, their body swap brings about confusing feelings.
The CEO of a high-end departmental store, he is good-looking but arrogant. A childhood trauma caused him to have a defective memory and claustrophobia, causing him to be unable to take lifts. As a rational person, he always seeks answers and solutions to explain things that happen to him. When he meets the spunky Gil Ra-im, he is left confused as he does not understand why she is constantly on his mind.
A famous Hallyu star who is slowly losing his popularity. He is Joo-won's cousin, as well as the first love of Yoon Seul. Frivolous and free-spirited, Oska used to rely on his charming looks and money, but seeing Seul again and discovering new talent in a young man named Tae-sun triggers something inside him, causing him to change.
Oska's first love and Kim Joo-won's fiancée. She is a music video director. Unable to forgive Oska, she is bent on making him hurt as much as possible.

Supporting[edit]

The director of an action school. 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.
A young genius musician discovered by Oska in Jeju Island. Prickly and cold, he initially rebuffs Oska's attempts to recruit him. It is later revealed that he is gay and Oska becomes his muse.
Ra-im's best friend who shares a loft with her. She works at the department store Joo-won owns.
Joo-won's long-suffering assistant who has a crush on Im Ah-young.
  • Park Joon-geum as Moon Boon-hong
Joo-won's mother.
  • Kim Ji-sook as Moon Yeon-hong
Oska's mother.

Soundtrack[edit]

Ratings[edit]

In the tables below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[9] AGB Nielsen[10]
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%
Average 24.4% 26.8% 24.3% 26.9%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2010
SBS Drama Awards[7]
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Hyun Bin Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Ha Ji-won Won
Bes 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
Ha Ji-won Won
Best Couple Award Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-won Won
2011
47th Baeksang Arts Awards[8][13]
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
6th Seoul International Drama Awards[14]
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
4th Korea Drama Awards
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
Yoo In-na Nominated
Best Director Shin Woo-chul Nominated
Best Writer Kim Eun-sook Won
13th Mnet Asian Music Awards
Best OST "That Woman" - Baek Ji-young Won
24th Grimae Awards
Grand Prize (Daesang) Heo Dae-sun, Lee Seung-chun
(camera directors)
Won
Best Actress Ha Ji-won Won
Best Lighting Director Park Man-chang Won
Korea Content Awards
Prime Minister's Award in the Field of Broadcasting Kim Eun-sook Won

International broadcast[edit]

  • 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,Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Cambodia .[15]
  • In the Philippines, it aired on GMA Network in 2011, and re-run in 2015. Then from October 17 to November 25, 2016, the series re-aired on GMA News TV replacing Coffee Prince.
  • In Indonesia, it aired on Indosiar in 2011.[16] In 2015, it was re-aired on the same network replacing the Mexican telenovela Corazón indomable, shuffled with Two Mothers. It is also available to stream on Iflix with subtitles.[17]
  • In Japan, it first aired on cable channel KNTV from August 29 to September 23, 2011.[18] Reairings followed on cable channel BS Premium in 2012,[19] and on major network NHK in 2013.[20]
  • In Malaysia, it aired on 8TV (dubbed in Mandarin with Malay subtitles) later in NTV7 in original Korean; 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). It is also available to stream on Iflix with subtitles.
  • In Vietnam, it began airing on October 29, 2012 on HTV2 under the name "Khu vườn bí ẩn".
  • In Chile, it began airing on 2012 on Etc...TV and sister station MEGA under the name "Jardín Secreto"
  • 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.[21]
  • In India, it aired on TV channel Puthuyugam TV, from 11 June 2015 dubbed in Tamil replacing To the Beautiful You.
  • In Thailand, it aired on Channel 7, from December 15, 2012 dubbed in Thai.[22] It is also available to stream on Iflix with subtitles.
  • In Sri Lanka, the drama premiered on TV One on August 15, 2016.[23] The Sinhalese language theme song, "Me Adambarakari" performed by Gayan & Shanika premiered on the network's official Facebook page on June 21, 2016.[24] It is also available to stream on Iflix with subtitles.[25]

Remake[edit]

In China, a film remake with the same title is released in 2012 starring Wallace Chung, Tan Weiwei and Korean singer Kangta.

In Thailand, a remake with the title Secret Garden Thailand is released in 2016 starring Ananda Everingham and Pimchanok Luevisadpaibul.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (9 December 2010). "Secret Garden Hyun Bin, Ha Ji-won speak on switching bodies - Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  2. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (9 December 2010). "Secret Garden Hyun Bin, Ha Ji-won speak on switching bodies - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  3. ^ Kang, Hye-ran (27 January 2011). "Ha reflects on the success of Secret Garden". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  4. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (9 January 2011). "Secret Garden soundtrack live in concert". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  5. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (26 January 2011). "Secret Garden leaves fairytale love story". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  6. ^ "Success of Secret Garden Continues to Grow". The Chosun Ilbo. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  7. ^ a b Ko, Kyoung-seok (3 January 2011). "Ko Hyun-jung wins grand prize at SBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  8. ^ a b Hong, Lucia (27 May 2011). "Hyun Bin, Lee Byung-hun win top prizes at Paeksang". 10Asia. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
  9. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2013-11-28. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  10. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2013-12-26. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  11. ^ "Secret Garden On GMA". 
  12. ^ http://www.pep.ph/news/30467/kantar-media-tns-national-household-ratings-july-29-aug-1-kapamilya-shows-dominate-primetime
  13. ^ Park, Min-young (29 May 2011). "Hyun Bin, Lee Byung-hun win Paeksang awards". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  14. ^ Hong, Lucia (1 September 2011) "Chinese series Three Kingdoms wins grand prize at Seoul Drama Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  15. ^ Hong, Lucia (19 January 2011). "Korean drama Secret Garden sold to 13 countries". 10Asia. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  16. ^ "Owen and Jamie's body swap finally happens in Secret Garden". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  17. ^ http://www.interaksyon.com/entertainment/iflix-hits-over-100000-subscribers-as-southeast-asias-fastest-growing-internet-tv-service/
  18. ^ http://www.kntv.co.jp/prog/detail/?p=20005
  19. ^ "Secret Garden goes to Japan". Korea JoongAng Daily. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  20. ^ "More Korean soap operas on Japan channels despite strained ties". Yonhap. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  21. ^ "Korean Wave Makes Splash in Cuba". The Chosun Ilbo. 5 November 2014. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  22. ^ "ละคร Secret Garden : เสกฉันให้เป็นเธอ". siamzone.com (in Thai). 5 September 2015. 
  23. ^ https://www.facebook.com/tv1lk/photos/a.1253182168044845.1073741828.1135931999769863/1411430005553393/?type=3&theater
  24. ^ https://www.facebook.com/tv1lk/photos/a.1135933853103011.1073741827.1135931999769863/1373051726057888/?type=3&theater
  25. ^ "IFLIX PREMIERES KOREA’S ‘BRIDE OF HABAEK’". Ceylon Today. Archived from the original on July 14, 2017. 
  26. ^ "ล้างตารอ!! อนันดา เปิดตัว ใบเฟิร์น ประกบคู่ลงซีรี่ส์ Secret Garden Thailand". dara.truelife (in Thai). 2016-11-25. Retrieved 2016-11-26. 

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