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The Secret To The Korean Comedy ‘Secret Zoo’ Is Who The Wild Things Really Are


If a film character is told not to act like an animal, that usually means they’ve done something wrong, but in the film Secret Zoo, that means the character has aced the assignment. Secret Zoo is a comedy about a zoo that does not actually have any wild animals and the zookeepers who must pretend to be zoo inhabitants. 

This crazy scheme starts when a young lawyer, Tae-su, played by Ahn Jae-hong, gets an assignment to help revitalize a failing zoo in three months time. If he can pull off this assignment, it might ensure his full-time position at a prestigious law firm. But there’s one big problem. The lack of wild animals makes it unlikely the zoo will ever be revitalized. That is what people go to the zoo to see.

To help accomplish his mission, he enlists the zookeepers, played by Kang So-ra, Park Young-Gyu and Kim Sung-oh, and acquires an assortment of ratty animal costumes. The idea is to dress up as zoo animals for long enough to ace the assignment and save the zoo. Dressing up as lions and polar bears is however not enough. The crew has to learn to move like the animals they are impersonating, which they do with limited success.  


Because the so-called wild creatures in the zoo are really humans, they don’t act like the animals they are supposed to be and this attracts social media attention. While increased attention might help revitalize the zoo, it can also complicate the zookeepers’ ability to continue the charade. The zoo’s “success” also has Tae-su questioning where his loyalties lie—to the zoo or his corporate law firm.

Secret Zoo is based on the 2011-2012 webtoon series Haechijiana by Hun, which can be found on Daum. Son Jae-gon wrote the screenplay and directed. The comedy opened in Korea on Jan. 15 and quickly beat out contenders such as Bad Boys For Life, Dolittle and Ashfall to top the box office. In the U.S. the film will initially be shown on Jan. 24 at CGV Cinemas in Los Angeles and Buena Park with a further nationwide release planned for Feb. 7. The film is distributed in the U.S. by Capelight Pictures, an independent film distribution company based in Berlin


The talented cast delivers some fierce laughs. In 2020 Ahn Jae-hong can also be seen in the film Time To Hunt with co-stars Choi Woo-sik and Lee Je-hoon. Last year he appeared in the TV drama was Be Melodramatic. Kang So-ra recently appeared in the film Race To Freedom: Um Bok-dong and her last drama was Beauty Inside. Secret Zoo is Park Young-Gyu’s first film in seven years, his last being Happiness For Sale. He recently appeared in two dramas Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life and Are You Human? Kim Sung-oh can also be seen in the 2020 film King Maker and the 2020 drama Elegant Friends.


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The new film “Secret Zoo” is a hit at the box office!

On January 24, the Korean Film Council announced that “Secret Zoo” had officially surpassed 1 million moviegoers. As of 7:30 a.m. KST, the comedy film—which was released on January 15—had reached a total of 1,008,669 moviegoers, meaning that it took just 10 days to reach the milestone.

“Secret Zoo” has enjoyed a strong run thus far: after topping the box office on the day of its release, it stayed No. 1 for seven consecutive days and has been receiving positive feedback from audiences.

To commemorate the movie’s achievement, stars Ahn Jae Hong, Kang Sora, Park Young Gyu, Kim Sung Oh, and Jeon Yeo Bin posed for a cute celebratory photo together with director Son Jae Gon.   












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