Secret Garden (South Korean TV series)
Promotional poster for Secret Garden
|Written by||Kim Eun-sook|
|Directed by||Shin Woo-chul|
|Starring||Ha Ji-won |
|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 everyday at 22:00 (KST)|
|Production company(s)||Hwa&Dam Pictures|
|Original network||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.
Secret Garden was a huge ratings success, with an estimation of more than 20 billion won worth of economic effect. 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.
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 learn 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.
- Ha Ji-won as Gil Ra-im
- Tough but secretly lonely, Gil Ra-im works as a stunt woman 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.
- Hyun Bin as Kim Joo-won
- 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.
- Yoon Sang-hyun as Choi Woo-young (Oska)
- 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.
- Kim Sa-rang as Yoon Seul
- 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.
- Lee Phillip as Im Jong-soo
- 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.
- Lee Jong-suk as Han Tae-sun
- 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.
- 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.
- Kim Sung-oh as Secretary Kim
- 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.
- Choi Yoon-so as Kim Hee-won
- Joo-won's sister who has a crush on Jong-soo.
- Kim Sang-kyum as Moon Chang-soo
- Joo-won's grandfather. Chairman of Loel Department Store.
- Lee Byung-joon as Park Bong-ho
- Joo-won's subordinate as well as great grand uncle. He aims to overthrow Joo-won as president and take over his position.
- Sung Byung-sook as Park Bong-hee
- Moon Chang-soo's fourth wife, Park Bong-ho's sister.
- Yoon Ki-won as Choi Dong-kyu
- Oska's long-suffering manager.
- Kim Gun as Yoo Jong-hun
- Oska's assistant.
- Yoo Seo-jin as Lee Ji-hyun
- Joo-won's psychiatrist and long-term friend.
- Jang Seo-won as Hwang Jung-hwan
- Ra-im's senior (sunbae) at the action school.
- Choi Dae-sung as Department Head Choi
- Park Bong-ho's assistant.
- Moon Woong-ki as Sang-min
- Member of action school.
- Jung In-gi as Ra-im's father
- Baek Seung-hee as Park Chae-rin, an actress that Oska was involved with
- Ryu Sung-hoon as Gangster
- Kim Mi-kyung as Owner of Restaurant in Mountain
- Hwang Seok-jeong as Korean dry sauna owner
- Lee Joon-hyuk as Joon-hyuk, Oska's frenemy who has a one-sided love for Yoon Seul
- Yum Dong-hun as pervert in department store
- Heo Tae-hee as rude party guest
- Baek Ji-young as herself
- Kim Ye-won as actress in Oska's music video
- Son Ye-jin as herself
- Song Yoon-ah as Top Star in giveaway event
- Song Jae-rim as singer
In the tables below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
|Ep.||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|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
|2010||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|
|2011||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, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Cambodia .
- 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. 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.
- In Japan, it first aired on cable channel KNTV from August 29 to September 23, 2011. Reairings followed on cable channel BS Premium in 2012, and on major network NHK in 2013.
- 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.
- 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. It is also available to stream on Iflix with subtitles.
- In Sri Lanka, the drama premiered on TV One on August 15, 2016. The Sinhalese language theme song, "Me Adambarakari" performed by Gayan & Shanika premiered on the network's official Facebook page on June 21, 2016. It is also available to stream on Iflix with subtitles.
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