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[Drama 2017] Forest of Secrets / Stranger 비밀의숲 - Baeksang 2018 Daesang Award /Best Actor / Best Writer

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On 8/8/2019 at 5:09 AM, bedifferent said:

@larus @triplem @UnniSarah @titania1000 ohmy, writer kept her words.  She did say it would happen after Life (which in itself was a nice drama).  CSW committed to musicals after his movie.  Bae Doona had few dramas in between.  Heard that she filmed Kingdom 2 a few months back.  Now both are open for season 2 :D

 

Hope Lee Joon Hyuk, Lee Kyu Hyung, Yoon Se Ah also sign on.  They went onto good things after S1, established actors/actresses now.  It would feel like a reunion, coming back to work with people whom you started with.  Many are theater people who hang out off camera together.

 

I love Signal too!

 

 

I read on twitter from the fan account that translated lately the Secret Forest BTS that he's busy on musicals until february 2020. 

Which makes me think that the cast is not secured at all. 

Would he want to do Secret Forest again after working on Life already with the same writer?

I'm sure that if he signs, Bae Doona will sign too but i'm not sure he wants to come back to Tv.   

It feels that the reunion already happened on Life. But indeed it would be nice to gather them all  3 years after and the trend lately seems to be for  multi seasons dramas. 

The ones who i want the most to return are

  • Shi Mok's assistants: i really liked their chemistry on screen.:)
  • The composers who did the BGM of the first season. They "killed" it and i'm still crying over the fact that i missed the chance to buy the ost  at the time and it's now definitely out of print. :bawling:
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30 minutes ago, titania1000 said:

I read on twitter from the fan account that translated lately the Secret Forest BTS that he's busy on musicals until february 2020.  

 It is still good . The drama could start filming in March or acording with his scredules. The production crew work long before the drama starts filming so I think they have secured the main leads.

I know they said early 2020 but they could delay the drama.

Fingers crossed that everything will be resolve on time. I don`t want to wait too much. They gave us hope so Forest of Secrets 2 must be a done deal.

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@titania1000 @larus I feel a lot depends on the script quality. CJW didn't hide his love for the series and writer or his costars.  The writer, producers know better than to not feature return of their two most important characters.  Both actors love their characters making me think they won't commit to subpar plot. 

 

Most likely S2 will be pre produced, who knows may even be picked up by Netflix (as it supports for multiseason writing for a lot of shows).  The format works for CJW who doesn't like live shoots or Bae Doona who also active in movies.  But how to tell the next story for our gang that will live up to the expectation of the reunion?  

 

Yes, i love to see how Shi Mok's assistants fare post Dong-Jae. :D

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13 minutes ago, bedifferent said:

But how to tell the next story for our gang that will live up to the expectation of the reunion?  

 I will trust the writer. In most cases, the first season is the best but she could write a good story so the reunion it will be worth it.  

There will be a new case but the writer`s job will be more difficult to surprise the audience knowing her style. I am excited to see Shi Mok and Yeo Jin not only working together but "bonding' as well.

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Bae Doona posted this several weeks ago on her IG, 2 years since S1~~

 

@larus lol... I watched Life.  If there is one weakness to writer, it's her way of writing romance outright.  She's quite good at hinting undercurrent chemistry but when she tried to add a love life to CSW's character, she couldn't do it in a believable and organic way that a lot of knets gave the show and the actress plenty of grief.  She could write strong female characters but when it comes to romance, she doesn't have the feel of a modern romance.  The way she writes the relationship between the two characters has this charming old fashion way that exists only in my parents' generation.  There's no kisses, hugs, love making.  Heck, the characters don't even hold hands.  It's all in the gaze and unspoken feel between the two.  I think it's really cute. However, for those viewers who want outright confirmation of the love story, I think you won't get from this writer. That said, I also want SM to acknowledge his feelings toward YJ, in a way that won't cause him migraine. :lol:

 

What I get from Life tells me that writernim's stories are often socially relevant.  Her characters (good and bad) are relatable to us viewers, their actions make them figures of sympathy whether we agree with their purposes.  She writes grey character well; in turn their motives are well understood.  I really like how layered the main characters are written.  BUT, I do think with Life, she needed to rein in her story, make the plot more tight to make the ending less rushed.  Her side characters sometimes suffer from not enough screen time.  What I like about Life is that the good guys didn't win, the bad turn good didn't totally changed the status quo.  They all made a little change, did their small part to make society a little better for everyone then continue to live their lives after making that difference. The ordinary people made the leap to do extraordinary things and we are better for their courage.  It's all about everyone doing something when you see things wrong.  It is almost to say we are flawed, we have vices.  We don't have all the answers, yet we have people out there in society who are willing to keep working at the solution. I also like her endings.  Both dramas are slightly open ended, definitely hopeful.  

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9 hours ago, bedifferent said:

I watched Life.  If there is one weakness to writer, it's her way of writing romance outright.  She's quite good at hinting undercurrent chemistry but when she tried to add a love life to CSW's character, she couldn't do it in a believable and organic way that a lot of knets gave the show and the actress plenty of grief.  She could write strong female characters but when it comes to romance, she doesn't have the feel of a modern romance. 

 I watched Life too and I found the romance OK. It was matching the tone of the drama. The love story was not on front.

As for Stranger/ Secret Forest, I don`t expect and I don`t want to see a love story between the leads. I still remember that Shi Mok had a medical problem. Feeling emotionally numb, I don`t think Shi Mok will have a strong and healthy romantic relationship ever. For me it was interesting to see him conecting even a little with others. When he brought the picture of his former team with him at the new office, I find it a huge step for him. :D

This second season will be a mystery, thriller drama as well. I want to see a good investigative team in Shi Mok and Yeo-Jin because they complement each other well.

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I can't believe it took me 2 years before coming across this show. I just finished and wanted to come here to simply say that it's truly an amazing story. Very well-written. Nothing over-the-top was needed because the dialogue and characters are so good. I even enjoyed the bad guys. It took me awhile to find out more about the show because Netflix has it titled as Stranger, but it appears to be known mostly as Forest of Secrets. I was extremely delighted to find out it has won awards and that there will be a season 2! I'm looking forward to more mystery and thriller (even some more shenanigans from Dong Jae). I may be in the absolute minority in this, but I am actually hoping to see more feelings and emotions from Shi Mok. Perhaps even his version of romantic ones for Yeo Jin. I know he has a medical condition that prevents him from processing emotions, but I just can't help think that it's slightly possible because of the last scene with Shi Mok smiling at Yeo Jin's drawing of him. It's true that Shi Mok may not be capable of being in "normal" relationship, but I feel that Yeo Jin does understand him and would wholeheartedly accept him. I'm not expecting any of it in season 2, but it would definitely be icing on the cake for me if something subtle does happen. But honestly, I'm just really happy that there will be a season 2.

 

Does anyone know if it's been confirmed whether or not Bae Doona and Lee Joon Hyuk will reprise their roles?

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8 hours ago, taeunfighting said:

Does anyone know if it's been confirmed whether or not Bae Doona and Lee Joon Hyuk will reprise their roles?

Bae Doona am not sure. But Lee Joon Hyuk, Cho Seung Woo and Yoon Se Ah has been confirmed as of now. Bae Doona has been offered to reprise her role. And am praying that she confirms it because it won't be same without her.

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Hello everyone :)

on my second rewatch... I'm pretty sure this show has ruined all other kdramas for me! Love the leads' natural acting, tight script, characters, the pacing, mood, and OST. Supremely satisfying! 

 

Eagerly waiting for season 2 xox

 

Love from Canada

 

 

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54 minutes ago, Xocopie88 said:

Hello everyone :)

on my second rewatch... I'm pretty sure this show has ruined all other kdramas for me! Love the leads' natural acting, tight script, characters, the pacing, mood, and OST. Supremely satisfying! 

 

Eagerly waiting for season 2 xox

 

Love from Canada

 

 

Hi, come and join us on the other thread for season 2:)

 

This show set the expectations high for other Kdramas. I can't stop comparing them lol:lol:.

 

PS. From ON, Canada:wub:.

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@lu09 Hi!! :) thank you, will do! 

 

The ruin is real! I picked up Signal right after and dropped it... it just didn't have the same feel! Would love to hear your recommendations!

 

Ps: from QC <3 it makes me feel warm to find a fellow Canadian fan of this show! 

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