[K-DRAMA NEWS] Secret Garden awarded as the best Hallyu drama at ‘Seoul Drama Awards 2011’

Woot! Sega wave is still strong, it was voted as the best hallyu drama at Seoul Drama Awards 2011!

SBS drama ‘Secret Garden’, starrring Hyun Bin, Ha Ji Won, Yoon Sang Hyun and Kim Sa Rang was awarded as the best Hallyu drama voted by 5 cities in ASia. Singer Beak Ji Young performed the theme song ‘That woman’ at the event.

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[K-DRAMA NEWS] Secret Garden, the biggest winner at 47th Paeksang Arts Award

Did I miss anything? And thanks so much for all of your postings, they kept me entertained while recovering.  Great to see some new writers with insightful views 🙂 Keep going!

Good timing to make my first post after been missing in action for about 2 weeks? and it is about ‘Secret Garden’, still, 😉  What else?

On 26th of May, at 8pm, the 47th of Paeksang Arts Award was held at Kyung Hee University in Seoul.  It has the whole town there, from what I see.

‘Secret Garden’ has won the best drama and Hyun Bin has won the Daesang in the drama category for his role in Secret Garden.

Besides these two big awards, Yoo In Na has also won the best female new comer for her role in ‘Secret Garden’ and writer Kim Eun Sook has taken away the best script writer award for ‘Secret Garden’.

Though Ha Ji Won did not win any awards, she made an appearance and presented an award to Tang Wei, who has won the best actress for her role from ‘Late Autumn’.

News source: SSTV

[K-DRAMA NEWS] Secret Garden launching radio show

All the Secret Garden fans need to be well-informed of everything that is happening or going to happen to Secret Garden, 😉 one of the missions of this blog besides its other main goal to share about dramas.

We, the SG fans have gone through a lot together, I am just thrilled to see everyone here and we must say a big welcome some new voices.  Quote AnaPinay “More power” 😀

Ok, back to the news.  I was surprised to see this one, there will be a Secret Garden radio version to be aired through SBS Love FM (103.5 MHz ) starting from April 9th, according the producers on Friday 25th of March.

So it is going to be a radio show?  That is interesting. The best part is that they will keep all the voices of the original casts, including Hyun Bin, Ha Ji Won, Yoon Sang Hyun and Kim Sang Rang. and re-making it into a 16 episodes of radio program, the narrator will the actor Jeong In Ki who played Ra Im’s (Ha Ji Won) father in the drama.

I believe this is better than either musical or movie, at least this version keeps the original cast, the closest to the best, I am sure 😉

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[K-DRAMA NEWS] Secret Garden Lunar New Year Specials

I think most of us are aware of this news 🙂

At 2pm on 4th of February. SBS will air a compressed 160 minutes version of ‘Secret Garden’, the story will be told in 2 parts and 80 minutes for each part.

Part 1 will mainly about the meeting of Joo Won and Ra Im, and Part 2 will focus on the love line between Joo Won and Ra Im with the strong opposition of Joo Won’s mom and the accident.

The producers of “Secret Garden Special Edition’ mentioned these specials are put together for the fans, who want to watch the drama again.

News source: 연합뉴스 | 2011/02/03

[K-DRAMA VIDEO & NEWS] ‘Secret Bali’, fan made video with Ha Ji Won, Hyun Bin and Cho In Sung

‘Secret Bali’ or ‘What happened in Secret Garden’ is a fan made video, which has been featured in a number of news today and gained enormous popularity among netizens.

The video takes scenes from the recent SBS weekend drama ‘Secret Garden’ and combines with scenes from ‘What happened in Bali’ (2004) to create a love triangle story between Ha Ji Won, Hyun Bin and Cho In Sung. Very well made I have to say ^^

News credit: SSTV | 2011/01/23

Here it is:


JIS: If I divorce her, will you marry me?
text: The man who could do nothing but throw me away

JW: Bring your stuff/luggage. Stay by my side.
text: The man who threw everything away for me

JW: What are you trying to do now?

JW: Did he tell you come here dressed all prettily and disappear at the strike of midnight?

JIS: (voiceover) She’s the one that I played around with?
JW (voiceover) What did you say? Play around?

text: A dangerous…

JIS: I’ll go crazy if I don’t even see her for a day!

text: and a dreadful/violent (지독한) love

JW: (voiceover) Don’t say you’re hurt because of another man, and don’t ever come to me because of another man.

JW: get off.

JW: (voiceover) I will live the rest of my life as that woman’s husband.

JIS: (voiceover) I don’t need anything! So just give me that girl…

JW: (voiceover) Where are you right now?! I said, where are you?!


RI/HJW(as Bali character): Not giving you my heart is my last sense of pride…



Credit: youtube channel xStarCandii & original video made by blog.naver.com/leejaka

[ACTOR NEWS] Ha Ji Won talks about Hyun Bin

I don’t know what kind of reaction you will have after reading this post, but I seem to have my energy back after reading various news on this topic ^^  It might be the media trying to find ways to boost popularity, but for Secret Garden die-hard fans who do not want the drama to end, this helps us to ‘live’ the drama for a little while longer ^^

Actress Ha Ji-won, who just finished the successful SBS weekend drama ‘Secret Garden ‘, disclosed a frank thought that now the drama is over she seems to miss Hyun Bin during the Secret Garden specials to be aired on 22nd of January.

Ha Ji-won, mentioned ‘though Hyun Bin is actually younger but felt like an older brother, quite masculine’.  She was impressed with his good acting and did not expect him to be rather witty.  She and Hyun Bin worked very well together during the filming of the drama.

Secret Garden Special airs on SBS on 22nd at 9:50 p.m.

News source: 마이데일리 | 2011/01/21 & 이데일리 | 2011/01/21 & 서울신문NTN | 2011/01/21

[K-DRAMA NEWS & COMMENTS] Secret Garden sequel possibilities

News came out today, mentioning about the possibilities of producing a Secret Garden sequel.  At the fair-well party on the 16th, questions of whether there will be a sequel were asked.  The maker of ‘Secret Garden’ mentioned they will not produce a sequel to the drama but thinking about a movie or musical.

Representative Yun Ha Im mentioned to the media that the story is to be finalised but thinking along the story development between Joo Won and Ra Im right before giving birth to babies.

This sure sounds like a good news to me, as time travelled to 5 years later too quickly in the drama and I am sure it would be really funny to see Joo Won’s reaction when he finds out Ra Im is pregnant, not just once but 3 times!   Now the question is who will be in this movie, (my wishful thinking) I strongly and desperately wish all the original casts to be back in the sequel, but Hyun Bin is going to be away for his military service for 2 years.  That is a big challenge for the fans I believe…but Secret Garden, pleasantly surprise us like how you have always done it!

By alou from thedramascenes.com

News source: consumertimes & BNTnews

[K-DRAMA NEWS & COMMENTS] The master mind behind Secret Garden, writer Kim Eun Sook

We have enjoyed Secret Garden, fallen in love with the story like never before, besides the actors who have portrayed their characters so well, have you ever wondered who is the master mind behind the story?  She resets the rules, challenges the cliché, and comes up with the ultimate romantic scenes like sit-ups, cappuccino kiss, speak through eyes and the party kiss.  And also the lines that I think very often now, ‘Is this the best? are you sure?’ and ‘this woman to me is like Kim Tae Hee and Jeon Do Youn.’  The list just goes on and on, before we really put an end to this drama let us take a closer look at Kim Eun Sook, the writer of Secret Garden.

From not able to predict the ending to finally bring a happy ending to Kim Joo Won (by Hyun Bin) and Gil Ra Im (by Ha Ji Won) from the successful SBS weekend drama, Kim Eun Sook, 39 years of age, the author of Secret Garden, commands the emotions of the nation (the world), from when to shed tears to when to laugh for the past 3 months.

Kim Eun Sook was born in 1973, Kangwon-Do Kangnung.  Having lost her father at a very young age, with 3 brothers and sister, writer Kim Eun Sook had to work after completing her highschool from Kangil Girl’s High School.  She reads extensively, and adores the work of writer Shin Kyeong Suk, wanting to follow her footsteps to become a novelist.  In 1997, she enrolled to study Liberal Arts at Seoul Institute of the Arts at the age of 25.

But dreams did not come true that easily for Kim Eun Sook.  She failed twice in the Spring Literary Contest (direct translation).  She writes plays to make ends meet while studying in college, she stayed at a semi-underground apartment near Hansung University, and the rent was less than 300,000 won per month (~USD$270).

Her big break came in 2003, when she wrote for a SBS drama ‘South of the sun’, earning 700,000 won, a huge amount for Kim at that time.  This was also when she started her career in script writing.

And finally in 2004, she will never forget this when she wrote ‘Lovers in Paris’ featuring Kim Jeong-eun and Park Shin-yang as the leads.  The drama gained phenomenal popularity, even reached TV rating as high as 57.6%.  Kim Eun Sook became the love of the nation, and won 41st Baek Sang Arts Awards in 2005.

After the success of ‘Lovers in Paris’, Kim continued with the lovers series, wrote drama “Lovers in Prague”.  The first time she and Hyun Bin worked together was on ‘A Millionaire’s First Love’.  Kim also wrote other popular dramas such as ‘On air’ and ‘City hall’, she has now become the most popular writer in Korea.

Kim’s success did not come easily, through hard work and not giving up her dreams, it is always 99% hard work and 1% talent.

Written by alou from thedramascenes.com

New source: mydaily

[K-DRAMA NEWS & PICTORIAL] From the location of Secret Garden OST Concert

SBS weekend drama ‘Secret Garden’ held its concert on the night of 15th of January, at Children’s Grand Park.  The picture included below are from various news that have featured the concert.

Joo Won’s secretary in Secret Garden, Kim (real name Kim Seong Oh) was the MC for the concert. Hyun Bin performed ‘That man’ and mentioned during the concert, that he started filming the drama in October last year, it has been exactly 109 days.  He is grateful for all the love and attention being given to the drama and himself.  His cute expressions on the stage have attracted attention of many viewers, which you will see below ^^

During concert, both Hyun Bin and Yoon Sang Hyun showed up on the stage in the expensive Italian tracksuits, which cost 120 million won each.

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News & Photo source: tvreportdailianunionpress and mydaily

[K-DRAMA NEWS & COMMENTS] Secret Garden, top actress Son Ye Jin makes guest appearances in final episode

Wow, I am excited! Actress Son Ye Jin (Personal Taste) will make cameo appearances in the final episode of Secret Garden, even with the drama ending in 2 episodes, there is still not short of surprises!  It continues to set the bar high and bring pleasant surprises to us, the viewers until the last episode! How can it not be the gem of its era!

It was mentioned that Son has special friendship with Secret Garden script writer Kim Eun Sook, writer Kim phoned Son Ye Jin to ask her to make special appearances in the finale of Secret Garden.  Despite her busy schedule, Son decided to make it happen.

Son Ye Jin uses her own name in the drama, she participated the shoot at Gangnam in Seoul on the night of 14th, the filming finished late into the night.  The scenes will be included in episode 20 to be aired on the 16th of January.

News source: 연합뉴스 | 2011/01/15 ; 아츠뉴스 |  2011/01/15

Photo credit: 연합뉴스 | 2011/01/15

By alou from thedramascenes.com

[K-DRAMA NEWS] Singer Baek Ji Young makes guest appearance in Secret Garden

Baek Ji Young, the voice behind ‘Secret Garden’ hit OST ‘That Woman’ will make two guest appearances in the upcoming episode 13 of ‘Secret Garden’.

Singer Baek Ji Young participated filming on 22nd, she will appear as a singer and choreography instructor to Oscar.   Secret Garden OSTs including ‘That Woman’ have claimed top positions on various music charts and Baek hopes her cameo appearances will add a bit of spice to the drama. Continue reading

[K-DRAMA NEWS] Hyun Bin to sing “That Guy” for Secret Garden

This News has pleasantly surprised me, the male lead of ‘Secret Garden’, Hyun Bin will sing ‘That Man/Guy’, the male version of Baek Ji Young’s ‘That Woman’. Secret Garden has released 3 OST parts so far, and each has been very popular with its release.  With Hyun Bin involving in the music production and singing this song, it definitely adds weight and another layer of meaning to the music and story.

I have never heard Hyun Bin sing before, but I guess it is not about his singing skills, more about what the song will express for his character.  Besides, he does have a very attractive voice, so it should not be too bad 🙂  The news also mentions that Hyun Bin himself is very passionate about his role in this drama, he participated in the making of the OST despite his tight filming schedules.

Hyun Bin’s version of ‘That Man’ will be released in Part 4 of Secret Garden OST, together with a new song ‘You are my everything’ and Yoon Sang Hyun’s version of ‘Here I am’.

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[K-DRMA NEWS] Ha Ji Won and Hyun Bin melt hearts of viewers

In episode 12 of ‘Secret Garden’, Ha Ji Won and Hyun Bin melted hearts of the viewers with an affecting dialogue lying next to each other face to face, eye to eye.

At end of episode 12, Joo Won (Bin) visits Ra Im (Ha) at action school workshop, and Ra Im is already asleep.  He finds Ra Im and lies down next to her, he looks at her for a long time with love and affection. Joo Won touches Ra Im’s forehead when she frowned, Ra Im wakes up, seeing Joo Won next to her, she too looks at him without speaking for a long time.

Joo Won asks ‘What was in your dream, that made you so uncomfortable?’, Ra Im replies ‘ You were in my dream.’  Joo Won ‘I even make you uncomfortable in your dreams?’ Ra Im ‘Even that is the case, come to my dreams, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.’

I have not seen episode 12 yet, but this news has sure got my attention. I have to say I am touched by what Ra Im said in this scene, is she finally opening up to Joo Won?  I certainly hope so, after almost 12 episodes of push and pull, are they finally getting somewhere with their relationship in a more explicit manner, satisfying our craving for more lovey-dovey moments?

To be honest, I am happy with how the story is developing and going, have enjoyed whatever moments ‘Secret Garden’ throws at me.  You may say I am blinded by love for SG, and I think you are right! ^^ As long as they don’t shoot each dead like what happened in ‘Memoirs of Bali’, or everyone dies like ‘Autumn Fairy Tale’, I have faith that writer Kim will bring us a beautiful story until the end. @

News source: My Star News | 2010/12/19

[K-DRAMA NEWS] Storm kiss between Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won in Secret Garden

Are things finally progressing?  And the answer is YES, a kiss scene will be aired in 11th episode of Secret Garden on 18th of December.  Read on to feel the excitement of what is going to happen in episode 11! 🙂

If I may quote the news headline, it will be a passionate kiss between the two main leads from Secret Garden. Joo Won(Bin) appears suddenly and attempts to kiss Ra Im (Ha), although resisted at first but Ra Im later follows her feelings.

It was also mentioned in the news that this time there was no NG and done very naturally. Wow, now we are talking ^^

News source: Seoul newspaper NTN |  2010/12/18

[K-DRAMA NEWS] Secret Garden being accused of plagiarism?

Secret Garden is recently accused of plagiarism by an internet comic artist, Hwang Mina. Hwang mentions that her web comic “Botox” was getting plagiarized, she expressed frustration and wanted to give up.

Hwang claims that the popular scenes written in Secret Garden, such as bad English, fashion terrorism and the male leads look for female leads at their work are from her works. However writer Kim Eun Sook replies through her twitter “I’m so angry…Do you really think these are plagiarized?”

To be honest if this is all cartoonist Hwang argues, I don’t see anything to be plagiarized, as these are very common scenes in many dramas or movies. Don’t you think? I hope this will settle soon and will not affect the mood of the drama and its production team, Secret Garden fighting!

News source: Gwangnamilbo 2010/12/15

[K-DRAMA NEWS] Lee Jong Suk, 2 mins performance but lasting impressions

Actor Lee Jong Suk who plays the talented musician Sun has received praises for his acting in ‘Secret Garden’.

Aired on 12th of December the 10th episode of ‘Secret Garden’, Sun (Lee) was asked to sign a contract with Yoon Seul. Within that short 2 minutes, Lee was able to win the hearts of the viewers and leaving lasting impression with his intense performances.

Netizens reacted very positively towards Lee’s appearances and looking forward to see how the love line will develop between him and Oscar. (That will be interesting to watch, Oscar’s love life is getting more and more complicated…)

News source: OSEN | 2010/12/14

[K-DRAMA NEWS AND PHOTOS] Hyun Bin shows his comic side

Aired on 12th SBS in the 10th episode of ‘Secret Garden’, Hyun Bin transformed himself into a variety of extras showing off his comic side to viewers.

Hyun Bin’s character Joo Won joins Ra Im’s action school to a drama set where he turned into an extra playing policeman and bandit for 2 different scenes. Underneath his good looks, Hyun Bin can be really funny as well. Have a good laugh again 🙂

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[K-DRAMA NEWS] The cappuccino foam kiss between Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won

Oh I am so excited, we finally have a picture to see! There will be a kiss in the upcoming episode 10 of ‘Secret Garden’. It is featured in the news today that Ha Ji Won and Hyun Bin attract interests of the public with a kissing scene to be aired in episode 10.

After their first bench kiss in episode 6 when the body switching happened, Hyun Bin’s character Joo Won lifts Ha’s character Ra Im’s chin and kisses her for the second time to wipe off the foam left on her lips.

News source: Sports Today | 2010/12/26