Casts: Main Leads:
- Park Seo-joon | as Lee Young-joon / Lee Sung-hyun,
Younger version by Moon Woo-jin as 9-year-old Lee Young-joon
- Park Min-young | as Kim Mi-so
Younger version by Kim Ji-yoo as 5-year-old Kim Mi-so
For more on Supporting Actors and other detail check out the Wikipedia
Based on Novel: 김비서가 왜 그럴까 | Kimbiseoga wae geureolkka by Jung Kyung-yoon, published in 2013, this was later serialized as comic in 2015
Series Aired: From June 6 To July 26, 2018, on Wednesdays and Thursdays for 16 episodes on tvN
Rating: 8 of 10 Stars
Rakuten Viki Url: What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim
My Review of the Drama
This was my first drama that I watched in the Viki Drama net entertainment space. I had started watching this drama in YouTube channel and the fourth episode was deleted due to violation of rules. Somehow it didn’t feel right to see a series without proper channel to watch.
So, I spent time to google around to find out the best way to see Asian Dramas online. Violà! Viki online drama streaming Internet channel! Surprise! Yeah I know it is outdated news. I was on cloud nine over the online stream that is allowed in India. Yoohoo!
Okay let’s get back to business. Mainly, I found this series interesting for two solid good reasons. Clean main story-line and two main leads made it real for me. I honestly do not know how I am able to find a match with my emotions with leads and supporting cast. Maybe our lives in essence are far more connected than we are willing to agree.
I liked the fact that the details of the series were well worked out. Story was a fine line trotting for the human emotional memories. Actors and entire technical team had done a good job of their roles and responsibilities. Kudos to the team! Fighting to Translation Team they have done a great work.
I did not dislike anything. I am still early watcher and Asian facial expression is still a challenge for me. I am yet to discover the difference between the various actors. They all look alike and endearingly so for me. I am still learning to figure who the actor is before the camera spans out. Those struggles were from my early days of watching Korean drama. But I am improving with each series that I watch. As Korean say fighting!
Somehow, compared to Asian Drama market Indian drama are not up to the expected mark at all. How to make dramas in my country to compete for International standards. Of course, Indian Movie industry in Bollywood and down South, on East and West of India is full of new things and specific styles. The Indian movie industry could do it to a certain extent but there is much more than Bollywood in India.
Ah! I am just wishing for high quality drama or maybe I am not able see my country men and women in their various roles in an Indian drama circle. Our stages can live up to those expectation, but can our regular serials compete that is the question. We have notoriously long serials that goes into years non-ending and the plot an endless pursuit of scheming aunts and uncles.
Getting back here, I liked “Why Secretary Kim” for its story presentation and touching upon the various aspiration of individual characters. The office felt so like my office in Singapore. I always felt as an outsider in Singapore. But I loved the Chinese co-workers for their integrity and hardworking attitude. I learned the art of working non-stop from them.
But I was crazy bug way back in my childhood and had put all nighter much to my mother’s distress. She never liked it when I did an all nighter. These days I know it is not good to be lacking from a solid eight hours of sleep. So, that is when I know the passion that one puts forth to bring out something beautiful takes time and energy with loads of patience 💪👍. One should keep at it even if the going is not great until the dream is realized.
This was my third drama of the heroine Park Min-young and I enjoyed her work in ‘City Hunter’ and really loved watching this one too. Her method of acting is a refreshing surprise. I have still not fully learned the facial expression tracking with Asian faces. I am still learning to find out when they are angry and when they are happy. Figuring out the hero and heroine in the series is also slightly difficult because my first drama was sheer torture for me. But I never intend to give up Fighting!
I would say this series is worth watching and I hope to get better at review with more relevance than merely write that I liked it or did not liked it.
Until next review! Chao!
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