Secret Garden (Korean: 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.
GenreRomance Comedy FantasyWritten byKim Eun-sookDirected byShin Woo-chul Kwon Hyuk-chanStarringHa Ji-won Hyun Bin Yoon Sang-hyun Kim Sa-rangOpening themeSecret Garden opening titleEnding themeAppear by Kim Bum-soo That Woman by Baek Ji-young That Man by Hyun BinCountry of originSouth KoreaOriginal language(s)KoreanNo. of episodes20ProductionCamera setupMulti-cameraRunning time60 minutesProduction company(s)Hwa&Dam PicturesReleaseOriginal networkSeoul Broadcasting SystemPicture format1080i HDTVOriginal release13 November 2010 – 16 January 2011External linksWebsite
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. But Joo-won's mother do not want them to love each other. Despite his mother's objection, they got married. 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. She is a music video director. Unable to forgive Oska, she is bent on making him hurt as much as possible. However nearing the end of the series, they decided to give each other a chance to make dreams happen.
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
Kim Ji-sook as Moon Yeon-hong
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.