Review: Secret Love Affair by The Fangirl Verdict



A comprehensive, meticulous and yet captivating in-depth reviews of drama Secret Love Affair that I met so far, from the element of construction, cinematography, music, story, the moral issue, characters and acting, notable scenes, to metaphors and symbolism. We get to see once again that Secret Love Affair is truly a masterpiece and Yoo Ah In is indeed mesmerizing.


Yoo Ah In is simply outstanding as Lee Sun Jae. I honestly think that he was the choice to play Sun Jae; that literally, no one else would’ve done. – The Fangirl Verdict

It’s nothing short of masterful, and it – he – is completely mesmerizing. – The Fangirl Verdict


THE SHORT VERDICT: A drama that is a lot more measured and contemplative than its title – or its poster – might suggest. To my knowledge, a good number of viewers hesitate over this show for one or several of these reasons: it’s about adultery; it probably condones adultery; it’s probably salacious, titillating audiences with an affair between a much older woman and a much younger man.

Secret Love Affair is not at all the cheap watch that some might assume it to be. Thoughtfully written, expertly directed & executed and excellently acted, Secret Love Affair is an absorbing, immersive watch that is at once the story of a man, the journey of a woman, and an uncompromising study of human nature and what it means to really live. [please continue reading the complete reviews HERE]


9 Responses to “Review: Secret Love Affair by The Fangirl Verdict”
  1. judy swierkosz says:

    Fantastic drama and acting, wonderful music, loved it all

  2. Alexandra says:

    Thank you for the review. For non-Koreans you’re only window through which we can know Yoo Ah In and his reflection as actor in Korean media. I hope YAI appreciates your work, although I think that for him it is more important to be appreciated in Korea than abroad (what I consider natural).

  3. cecile lumer says:

    An intelligent and beautiful review of Secret Love Affair. I was/am very disappointed at the lack of understanding and praise given this drama. It is definitely the best Korean drama I have seen and I have seen many. How come it has not been nominated for drama awards (writer, director, music, etc.) as well as for the amazing performances of Kim Hee Ae and Yoo Ah In. I do agree that the poster and trailer were off putting. The reaction of sites such as Drama Fever were disappointing and actually, I thought, quite stupid.

    • Laura says:

      It won Baeksang Awards for Best Director and Best Scriptwriter, actually. But even with those two ultimate awards, it’s absolutely ridiculous to me that it didn’t win the Best Drama of the year in Baeksang.

  4. saywhatnoona says:

    This drama was so gut wrenching. It was in everything, the filming, the acting — it was amazing all around. I really enjoyed watching it and I have to agree with cecile, the responses at drama fever were upsetting.

    • Furbabe says:

      I think for some people who get used to watch common Korean dramas with similar storylines, this one is totally a thought-provoking and anew, and not everyone can accept it. Ironically, the same people keep saying how bored and predictable K-dramas nowadays are, but refuse watching this one because of the title. Same with dramafever, basically their audience tends to pick romcoms and the likes which might relate to their social/educational/cultural background as well.

      • saywhatnoona says:

        I agree wholeheartedly. I started taking the comments with a grain of salt since it does come across skewed to a particular type of drama. Which is their choice, of course.

        • Laura says:

          SLA is not for everyone, but no one can deny that this is one of the best K-dramas ever produced! Maybe someday if those people are lucky, they’ll pick SLA up to watch and enjoy it as much as we did.

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