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Story Behind: Secret Forest (Stranger)

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Quote: No one is born a demon. They just chose to remain silent.

Inspiration: Secret Forest (Stranger) 비밀의숲

Secret Forest is a drama about power and corruption, but unlike your normal ‘fight for justice’ story where the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ people are obvious, most of the characters in it are just normal civilians like you and me. Unlike your regular hero movies, this drama is very close to reality where in front of the rich and powerful, justice is rarely served. 

One quote that stuck with me is this (cue unprofessional translation) ‘You thought they were born cruel and evil? No, they became like this because they could. They knew that people will turn a blind eye to it and remain silent. If only someone, even just one, had the courage to speak up, we could change the whole situation.’ 

Having lived my first 18 years in Hong Kong, with an increasing conflict between us and the Chinese Community Party, I’ve seen too many people saying that ‘if I don’t say a thing they’ll leave me alone’, ‘oh I’m too insignificant' and ‘it won’t affect my daily life so it’s ok’. They are not villains in fiction, and yet they have become the fuel of evil. It is of course difficult in reality to speak up against authority, for we all have family and friends that we care about / have to care for, but does it mean that we should just not care at all? 

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《秘密森林》有別於一般的韓劇,沒有高富帥,沒有灰姑娘,沒有失憶,沒有絕症。它也不是那些正反兩派分明的正義劇。《祕》裡大部分的角色都是普通人,只有少數是見錢開眼的權貴,或是從不被誘惑的正義之士。正正是因為作為普通人的我們以為自己「就只是普通市民而已」,才會認為隻眼開隻眼閉,保持沈默就能安然無恙,反正自己沒什麼影響力,做什麼也沒關係。但也正正是因為社會裡存在太多這樣的普通人,才讓種種的不公義繼續發酵。

你覺得他們是從一開始就這麼殘忍、這麼邪惡嗎?他們是久了才變成這樣,因為可以,他們才會那樣做。他們知道人們會閉上眼,保持沉默。如果有一個人瞪大眼睛大聲說出來,那樣就能改變。」

就是因為韓汝珍的一句話,啟發了我去畫這一幅畫(當然是加上我的非專業翻譯了呵呵)

所以呢,其實這韓劇裡還有很多貼地的語錄,毫無疑問我亦都是非常推薦它的。既是熱血(?)又是寫實,或者這是最能描述現實,又能給予觀眾一絲希望的「正義劇」。

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