A rich young CEO falls for a poor stuntwoman despite class differences, cultural traditions and the man's firmly objecting mother.
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Series cast summary:
 Gil Ra Im / ... (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
 Kim Joo Won / ... (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Sang-Hyun Yoon ...
 Choi 'Oska' Woo Young (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Sa-rang Kim ...
 Yeun-Sul (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Phillip Lee ...
 Lim Jong Su (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
 Lim Ah Young (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Seong-oh Kim ...
 Kim Sung-Oh (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Joon-geum Park ...
 Moon Boon-Hong (19 episodes, 2010-2011)
Seo-won Jang ...
 Hwang Jung-hwan (19 episodes, 2010-2011)
 Han Tae sun 'Ssun' (19 episodes, 2010-2011)
Seo-Jin Yoo ...
 Lee Ji-Hyun (16 episodes, 2010-2011)
Byung-joon Lee ...
 Park Bong-Ho (16 episodes, 2010-2011)
Ki-Won Yun ...
 Choi Dong-Kyu (16 episodes, 2010-2011)
Geon Kim ...
 Yoo Jong-Hun (16 episodes, 2010-2011)
Seong-kyeom Kim ...
 Moon Chang-Soo (14 episodes, 2010-2011)
Ji-Sook Kim ...
 Moon Yeon-Hong (14 episodes, 2010-2011)
Byoung-Sook Sung ...
 Park Bong-Hee (14 episodes, 2010-2011)
Seung-hee Baek ...
 Park Jae-Rin (14 episodes, 2010-2011)
Yoon-So Choi ...
 Kim Hee-Won (14 episodes, 2010-2011)
Ju-Man Yoon ...
 Stuntman (11 episodes, 2010-2011)
Jae-Sik Min ...
 Stuntman (10 episodes, 2010-2011)
Dae Sung Choi ...
 Team Manager Choi (10 episodes, 2010-2011)
Dong-gyun Kim ...
 Director Cho (9 episodes, 2010-2011)


Kim Joo-Won (Hyun-Bin) is the dream of every woman. He is young, rich, handsome, well-educated and the C.E.O. of a big department store; however, his bossiness and arrogance can not shield his heart from an unexpected and unlikely love. Gil Ra-Im (Ha Ji-won) is a professional stunt actress. She drives, fights and talks like a man. She is exactly the opposite of what Kim Joo-Won looks for in a prospective wife: poor, under-educated, old (30-years-old), from an ordinary family, etc. When Kim Joo-Won attempts to do a small favor for his famous singing cousin Oska (Yoon Sang-Hyun) - of course in return for a profitable business deal - he mistakes Gil Ra-Im for the leading actress she's currently stunt-doubling. From that moment on, his comfortable and luxurious life unravels and the piercing love of this extra ordinary woman overtakes his life. As the story progresses, fate, love triangles, magical potions, class differences, manipulative mothers, corporate intrigue, a dead fireman and a ... Written by Funhan

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Secret Garden (2010) had it's first script reading on August 14, 2010. Filming begun in September, 2010. See more »


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All I can say is WOW
2 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really didn't think I would like this drama. I watched Boys Over Flowers and ended up really disliking the whole series because I couldn't get over how unlikeable some of the characters were. When I started Secret Garden, I thought "Oh great another story about a bratty rich guy who traumatizes his girlfriend into liking him... I bet the female lead looks like she's strong and then becomes a blubbering wimp or insensitive ice queen." I could have not been MORE WRONG. OK some may watch episode one and say...well sure looks like it to me! ...but it's not. This is how BoF should have tackled the rich boy/poor girl love story.

OK to be fair I was not a big Joo Won fan for most of the series (His character alone made me question the series as a whole). Surprisingly the one who enchanted me was Gil Ra Im, and the adorable Oska! <3 I stuck with the series because it was refreshing to see the leading lady bite back when Joo Won was being a jerk. When he hurt her she would tell him, and she never gave in to his sharp remarks, and eventually Joo Won realized the power of his own words and slowly opened himself to loving her. When you fall in love and root for a character you once disliked, that's the power of great story telling. What is more amazing about this drama, even though it followed some typical Kdrama conventions it did so in a way that you were surprised and shocked that they worked in some big revelations. It brought out the true meaning of 'destiny' and it made the series as a whole more heartfelt and touching.

The switching bodies theme...I thought "eeeeeeh this will be needless and over the top" but it was really well done! At first it took some getting used to, but it actually made for some of the more touching moments in the story, and the funniest. Joo Won swooning over Oska made me laugh to tears. Lastly, I find one of the biggest faults with many dramas is the story always feels like it tapered off without thought at the very end. I loved that Secret Garden tied up all the loose ends in the most touching of ways. It felt complete to me, and it made me feel like the love experienced in the stories was true and sincere.

Overall, those of you who watch the first couple of episodes and are not impressed, I say stick with it! You'll be glad you did. All the characters are wonderful to watch and develop into three-dimensional people that you'll root for and cheer on! It's a fantastic love story that makes you want to find your soulmate. :D

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