The Village: Achiara"s Secret
마을 – 아치아라의 비밀 "A Tale Of Two (Different) Sisters" SBS (2015) 16 Episodes, Grade: B Korean Drama đánh giá by Jill, USA ~~~~~~~
It really pains me to lớn give actress Geun Young Moon"s newest K-drama, The Village: A
chiara"s Secret, only a B grade. I had high hopes for this drama, since I"ve loved the actress ever since I first saw her in the classic horror film A Tale Of Two Sisters (2003) where she played the tragic youngest sister so poignantly. Since we rarely see a horror-genre K-drama (they make mostly lãng mạn comedies, regular melodramas, và saqeuk), I thought this might turn out lớn be an example for others in the industry to follow; it did start out promising, with moody, sometimes scary foreboding moments, lượt thích the stalking of the main female character with the clickety-clack of walnuts heard menacingly in the background, or the surprise discovery of a pointing skeleton in the woods, but as the story progressed what happened was anything but what the producers were touting we would see: an exciting new type of suspenseful horror adventure in the K-drama genre. In my opinion it just ended up being pretty much a mess. After half the drama was over it took a turn for the worse, with convoluted writing, unsympathetic selfish characters, all with mental problems of some kind, motivations unexplored that would tài khoản for the weird behaviors of practically everyone, including a bizarre cross-dressing dude, a rapist who never seems to lớn receive his just desserts, và not enough real hints embedded in the script for the audience lớn get excited over who the serial killer in the story might be. By the last few episodes I started khổng lồ not care at all who the real killer of Geun Young Moon"s character"s sister was, and only remained watching because I liked Geun as an actress, and the young actor playing the rookie cop Park Woo Jae (cutie pie Yook Sung Jae who looked lượt thích a young Seo In Guk from Master"s Sun and The King"s Face, minus the beauty mark by the eye) was so refreshing and earnest and fun khổng lồ watch. There had been rumors that actor Jae Wook Kim (Bad Guy, Who Are You?) had been cast in the drama, but when the drama opened he was nowhere lớn be seen and no one officially announced why his name had been removed from the original cast list. Definitely a disappointment to his fans anxiously waiting for him to lớn be cast in a lead role again after completion of military service. We NEED him to lớn stop concentrating on his music career so much and come back to acting!
Leading lady Geun Young Moon
with leading man Yook Sung Jae, almost a dead ringer for Seo In Guk!
The Story: Achiara is a quiet, peaceful village many miles away from Seoul whose residents carry a lot of secrets, though outwardly the village seems calm & nonthreatening và idyllic. English teacher Han So Yoon (Geun Young Moon) arrives from America to lớn take a job as a teacher in one of their schools, but she has a hidden motive for returning khổng lồ Korea: she wants lớn track down details about her long lost sister Kim Hye Jin (Jang Hee Jin) whom she was separated from after the death of their parents in a car crash which the entire family suffered through. Is the sister dead or alive? On her first day in the town, she feels threatened by a stalker dude clicking walnuts in his hand và quickly races to lớn her new apartment, which she is later lớn learn was also rented by none other than her lost sister! Afterwards, on a walk through some woods she slips and falls and discovers a buried corpse. Could this be her sister? As the townspeople speculate on the identity of the dead person và the reason she was killed, rookie policeman Park Woo Jae (Yook Sung Jae) – who has finally accomplished his dream of becoming a policeman after failing the exam three times – teams up with So Yoon to lớn uncover the secrets hidden behind her lost sister"s whereabouts and possible death, and who could be involved. At the same time, other people are killed in mysterious ways, somehow poisoned by rare chemicals via IV, và the killer forces their mouths into smiling positions after they are dead.

Soon suspicion falls on a weird cross dresser dude named Kang Pil Seung (Choi Jae Woong who DID vì chưng a creepy job in his performance!) who lives an isolated existence in a humble building in the woods, however when first questioned he seems khổng lồ have alibis for any times that murders were committed. Later he falls under suspicion again after So Yoon bravely seeks khổng lồ get closer khổng lồ him to lớn learn things about her sister, whom he had taken secret pictures of because he thought her so pretty. There"s something definitely not right about this man whom everyone nicknamed "The Young Lady."
The Young Lady Weird cross-dresser dude alert!

Whenever he would walk the streets dressed as a woman everyone avoided him & kids would spread rumors about him, especially one disturbed teenager who is a bit of a bully, named Ga Young (Lee Yeol Eum). She in turn has a huge crush on an art teacher in her school named phái nam Gun Woo (Park Eun Seok) & comes on to him sexually, which doesn"t thrill his secret girlfriend, pharmacist Kang Joo Hee (Jang So Yeon), who is a relative of the mysterious ceramic tmec.edu.vner Yoon Ji Sook (Shin Eun Kyung). Ji Sook in turn is married to lớn cold businessman - politician Seo Chang Gwon (Jeong Seong Mo) who is so coldly aloof from his wife it causes her much unhappiness & even mental issues. She keeps thinking if she can only have another child that will help their marriage - oi vey! When will women ever learn it never does!

This unhappy couple have a disturbed psychic young daughter named Seo Yoona (Ahn Seo Hyun) who becomes close to lớn new teacher So Yoon và who desires lớn help her solve the mystery of her sister"s disappearance. The toàn thân of the dead woman in the woods is identified as her sister Hye Jin & now the case turns into a murder mystery. With so many strange folks in this sleepy village just who could have done the dirty deed? It also appears that Hye Jin"s ghost has been visiting people in the town, và leaving little clues for her sister, that sometimes even come out in her dreams.
Eun Ji Sook has perhaps the
most skeletons in her closet
Suspicion falls on pretty much everyone who had anything to vị with Hye Jin and the audience is left guessing for far too long without ample little clues about the real killer. Soon secrets are revealed about the parentage và secret relationships of people who had anything to bởi vì with Hye Jin at any time, và then an even bigger question arises: who in fact was the dead Hye Jin"s biological mother due lớn rape? Teacher So Yoon is determined lớn uncover the truth of everything to vì chưng with her sister"s murder, down lớn the last detail, even if it puts her in harm"s way. She starts to grow closer to lớn the rookie cop and even more strangely khổng lồ the older brother of little Yoona, named Seo Gi Hyun (On Joo Wan), who grows more and more upset watching his family breaking apart due lớn all the tension & conflict.
If a writer is going khổng lồ build a murder mystery effectively they have to give tiny clues as lớn the real identity of a killer much earlier than the last two lớn three episodes of a 16 episode drama, so the audience can become invested in the outcome. By bringing in new suspects at the very end the "wow" finish of a murder mystery is diluted because we barely know these characters. One has only lớn watch Hitchcock films khổng lồ understand that there can still be tension in a murder mystery even if there are strong suspicions about a certain person early in the trò chơi (think of his film Psycho, is there ever really any doubt that Anthony Perkins is the killer? Yet people were still invested in the ultimate outcome of the story & today it"s considered a classic). Also the fact that a rapist character was never really completely confirmed for certain, and the creep put in jail left me feeling unsettled in the end. This show had good bones to it but the writer didn"t succeed as well as anticipated in fleshing out the story with captivating power. So I am still waiting to see an ideal Korean drama in the horror or psychological thriller categories that can cảm ứng the power nguồn of their 2 hour horror films like A Tale Of Two Sisters, Phone, The Ghost (aka Dead Friend), Cello, etc. Maybe Korea should grab hold of one of these films" writers and have them write up a superb who-done-it murder mystery, instead of some newbie screenwriter cutting their baby teeth on dramas.

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Hey everyone. So this is first ever nhận xét I’m doing on my blog of the first ever k-dramas I’ve watched. As I’m learning Korean as my 4th language, my Korean teacher suggested me to watch k-dramas, it’ll be helpful. And she was very right, it was helpful and I also loved the drama. So let’s start the review…

Title: The Village: Achiara’s Secret (2015)Cast: Moon Geun-young và Yook Sung-jae
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Director: Lee Yong-suk (SBS)Writer: vì chưng Hyun-jung
Language: Korean
IMDb rating: 7.3/10Google users: 96% liked this show

My opinion…


Full stars. I truly think it was a masterpiece… actors, script, direction, music, suspense, thrill & mystery.. It was a full package. (I know it’s not a new drama, but I think more people should watch this)

The first scene starts in Canada.. Han So-yoon finds an old letter for her in her late grandma’s belongings. The letter was sent from Achiara, S. Korea. As So-yoon used lớn think that her family (mom, dad and elder sister) had died in a oto accident in Seoul, she has no relatives in Korea. But after her Grandma’s death she was all alone và in tìm kiếm to find who sent her that letter from Korea, she left Canada and got a job of an English teacher in the same village called Achiara. On her first day in the village, she accidentally discovers a buried corpse by the lake of Achiara. As the town people speculate on the identity of the corpse & the reason she was killed, rookie policeman Park Woo-jae team up with So-yoon to uncover the secrets hidden in the mysterious town.

And in my opinion, here’s where the story starts. Someone intentionally calls Han So-yoon back to lớn Korea where she struggles hard to reveal the village’s secret và to find about her family.

I really loved this drama, I just ended the last episode (of total 16 episodes) yesterday but I want to watch it again. There was also a topic about a rare disease and I think it was good to aware people about it. And all the actors from the kids khổng lồ the old people, their work was amazing.

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So guys hope you liked my first review. If you are interested in this drama, you can easily find the official playlist with really good and accurate subtitles on You
Tube, I’m sure you’d lượt thích it.