A love triangle emerges when a young woman becomes romantically involved with identical twin brothers. The plot seems simple enough, but Ryoo Hoon-I's film, "Secret Love", feels more shallow than mysterious. The movie tried to be hauntingly mysterious but ended up more like a messy, tangled up ball of yarn.
Jin-wu (Yoo Ji-tae) falls into a coma from an accident just two months after getting married to his wife. His devastated wife (Yoon Jin-seo) does her best to take care of him, but things aren't easy. Yeon-i is already neglecting her work and she only has footages from their wedding video to keep her spirits up. Her hope and faith to see Jin-Wu waking up from his coma has become a fairytale concept to her. This is when Jin-ho (also played by Yoo Ji-tae), Jin-wu's twin brother, comes into the picture. Yeon-i has never met Jin-ho, nor did she know that the two brothers were identical twins. She is shocked to see an exact replica of her husband when she goes to pick up Jin-ho at the airport.
Jin-ho begins to express sympathy with Yeon-i. Yeon-i shuns Jin-ho coldly at first, but slowly begins to accept his daring advances. The inevitable attraction between Yeon-i and Jin-ho emerges. Yeon-i only starts to open up to him when she suspects that it was him, and not her husband, who had saved her from a hiking accident several years ago. Things, however, become complicated when Jin-wu miraculously wakes up from his coma. If having to learn to walk again wasn't bad enough, Jin-wu learns that his wife had been fooling around with his brother. In order to win his wife's love back, Jin-wu resorts to playing a game he and Jin-ho enjoyed playing as children – role switching. In doing so, Jin-ho tests Yeon-i by pretending to be Jin-ho.
While Yoo and Yoon, both impressive actors, did excellent job in portraying their characters, the movie falls too short and wasn't as hauntingly mysterious as I thought it would be. The movie tried to be hauntingly mysterious, but ended up more like a messy, tangled up ball of yarn. Moreover, there were still loopholes as there was no room for characters to grow or blossom.
The movie ends where one of the identical twins sends Yeon-i a postcard with a message asking, "Who did you end up loving more, Jin-ho or Jin Wu? She said, "It has always been you." By the looks of things, we still don't know who she loves. Was it always been Jin-Wu or was it Jin-ho in the end? The curious minds will have to figure it out on their own.
The only thing that I am express of the movie was when they touch base upon shared identity crises twins often experience – role switching. While you can switch roles between each other by cheating out on various situations; there always that one lesson that all of us needs to learn.
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