The 2013 massive hit Secretly, Greatly tells the story of three North Korean spies sent to a small town in South Korea as sleeper agents, waiting for the call of their mission towards the reunification of Korea. One is a ruthless, genius lieutenant decoying as the village idiot, the second is the general’s son playing a wanna-be rock star, while the third is an ambitious young soldier posing as a high school student. Superstar Kim Soo Hyun leads the cast, and that usually is enough motivation for most to hit play. Let’s break it down.
Kim Soo Hyun
The last thing I won in a raffle was a kid’s size Garfield shirt from my college bowling class. Next was a free trip to Shanghai thanks to one lucky P1000 receipt worth of the Face Shop goodies. Obviously my luck takes about a decade to build and then just explodes into one big firecracker parade. No complaints here. After I was done jumping around with my (jealous, ha!) sisters and then confirming the win via TFS’s Facebook page (it ain’t real if it ain’t on social media), I settled into the truth that I was going to Shanghai. For free, with my fellow winners also then known as four complete strangers. Oh and yes, we get to see Manager Do in person. Let’s do this.
I understand the comparisons to the Ocean’s 11/12/13 movies. This is after all a heist flick. The title frankly says so. The Thieves, too, rocking an all-star cast, were robbing a casino through an intricate web of a plan that sometimes felt so effortless it must have been random. But to be fair to this blockbuster, the comparisons should end there. Continue Reading
So an alien-earthling love story is not exactly the most original plot line in the cosmos. SBS’s latest outing You Who Came From the Stars (별에서 온 그대) tread the same pseudo-scifi/romcom path as Secret Garden, and as both dramas proved, such a plotline provided a solid backbone for a hit series.