By now I’ve watched over 50 Korean dramas– if I only include the ones that I’ve watched from start to finish, filmed from 2004 until 2014; but, I’ve never watched a Korean drama quite like Secret Love Affair!
So, here are my favorite scenes and statements from Episodes One and Two, and be sure to follow along with me as I watch Secret Love Affair!
I instantly fell in love with Oh Hye Won after this scene, and I also admire the way that she uses her hands, face, and whole body to act out every scene.
In addition, there isn’t much that will shake Oh Hye Won– not even forgetting to put on her skirt in the middle of winter, and we get to find that out from the very beginning, which just makes me more curious about what– or who, inevitably does.
Oh Hye Won just accused Seo Young Woo of cheating on her husband without actually being in love– in real love, and this is Seo Young Woo’s cutting reply (also accompanied by a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it slap):
“What’s real love, bitch? Is the reason that you don’t cheat on YOUR husband because you’re in ‘real love’?”
At this moment we know that Seo Young Woo is not just playing around. She’s lonely and willing to both latch on to and lash out at the people around her. She’s volatile. She’s crazy. She’s honest about being all of the above– and even honest about being broken.
(I saw this actress in I Do, I Do but didn’t have a good impression of her or any impression of her beyond her flippant attitude and swollen, post-op face. I’m loving her here, though! She’s edgy.)
Here, I felt as if Oh Hye Won’s own conscience was speaking to her through Seo Young Woo, and– of course, she ignored her conscience even when it literally hit her in the face a few moments before.
“I know that your husband is useless. What’s really yours? The house where you live, your car, and even your house-keeper– it all belongs to us.”
“Us” being the company Seo Young Woo partially owns and that Oh Hye Won works at.
As for Oh Hye Won, she’s going to stick to her principles for as long as she can until something– or someone, forces her to let them go and hold onto what very well might slip right through her fingers and leave her falling over the edge and into the abyss known as the unknown.
Don’t mess with Han Seong Sook!
In the moments before she actually grabbed her step-daughter’s hair, there was this look of complete and utter insanity in her eyes, as if she would (and could) destroy her…
None of the women in this drama are weak, helpless, or looking for their Knight in Shining Armor to rescue them. They are the princesses who escaped from the Dungeon and slayed the dragon on their own…
They are The Queens.
In addition, the calm and quiet before this scene just made it all the more compelling. Behind their elegance, which isn’t feigned, is something primal and something… ugly.
This small, secretive glimpse into their private life is reflected in the cinematography as well, and it made me look forward to more of their interactions in a way that I usually don’t. There’s an unusual depth to the drama that just unfolded, and it’s deep enough to drown in!
The way Lee Seon Jae– a seemingly ordinary but less than average delivery boy, stands there gazing at the piano and the piano players from far away lets us know how passionate he is about the piano and how envious he is of the people who get to not only play but touch it.
His love for piano and music is more than a passion– it’s an obsession, one we see that will soon be projected onto his first piano teacher (and perhaps first love) Oh Hye Won.
I watched this episode again, and I noticed that he really looks at her; and, some of you who have been in love (and maybe those of you who haven’t) will know what I mean. It’s subtle, but after watching the next few episodes the way he looks AND feels about her is definitely not as subtle.
Here, I love how the focus switches from Lee Seon Jae to Oh Hye Won in another delicate, subtle use of cinematography that really adds something simple and special to each scene.
Lee Seon Jae plays the piano so well that Oh Hye Won is immobile, listening with her body and her soul. As we’ll soon see, their intimacy is spiritual… musical, and this is not going to be the typical love affair that we all expect.
I LOVE this scene. It’s subtly sexual as many of the piano scenes are, but it’s like their first time: Unexpected, surprising, and incredibly emotional.
Neither one of them wants to end what just begun.
Here, Oh Hye Won tells Seo Young Woo the following:
“You’re right, I’m resting. I haven’t been this happy in a long time, and my ears are happy, too.”
This is the first time that we see Oh Hye Won relaxed, expressive, and happy. She’s always on the phone and running errands and taking care of everyone else around her. She never has any time to herself, especially to enjoy what she loves: Music.
Lee Seon Jae will become an escape for her, but one that she might never be able to escape from…
Here, they are oblivious to the political machinations going on around them– shown to us through scenes that cuts back and forth as the day goes on, and only aware of the music as night begins to fall.
Seo Young Woo says:
“What did you say when you married Hye Won? You said that she was an empty shell, an empty fucking shell!”
Later, Oh Hye Won will hear a recording of their conversation, but her “shell” doesn’t crack when she does.
Lee Seon Jae tells her:
“I starting playing the piano because when my mom went to work she would close and lock the door… a piano that the person who used to live in our house threw away and left there.”
Here, we see how lonely his childhood must have been, but he’s still bright and boyish– still childish.
So, they play the piano together– strangers and friends at the same time, a teacher and a student, a woman and a boy.
Here, her husband leaves her to fend for herself since he’s afraid of mice, which Lee Seon Jae claims his apartment is full of. Oh Hye Won once again takes everything in stride and with a smile.
I hope you’re enjoying these scenes and statements from Secret Love Affair!
The first two episodes are full of scenes and statements that are simple on the surface but hold so much meaning underneath. By the end of them, we start to see that the relationships between Oh Hye Won and her husband, Oh Hye Won and Seo Young Woo, and Oh Hye Won and Lee Seon Jae all show signs of failure, but will any of them flower and flourish when she finally opens her heart?
And, don’t forget to stay tuned for Secret Love Affair Scenes and Statements: Episodes Three and Four.