Son Jae-Gon keeps making contributions to the comedy genre (The Man Who Saw Too Much, My Scary Girl, Villain and Widow), now with a trendy but beautiful message in it; in this Globalized World, there is still people with principles who believe we can coexist with Mother Nature.
Even when it has some cliches, you can find some originality in it.
It’s based on the webtoon “I Don’t Bully You” by Hun.
The film begins with Tae-soo, who works in a temp position in a very well-known law firm; he is a bottom feeder there, of course he wants to impress his boss and the opportunity comes as the new Dongsan Park Zoo Director; he has to revitalize the failed zoo in 3 months so that the firm can make more money by selling it to another client, the problem is… there are no animals and he has no budget.
He comes up with the idea of making animal costumes for the staff to wear and fool people, until they make enough money to get their animals back.
They are not doing well until a happy accident happens, a marketing strategy in real life that helps them go viral and start having hundreds of visitors; at times it feels like they are sponsored by certain brand of carbonated drinks, still is funny how people enjoy the show, even when sometimes they are rude.
It seems it would be easy but we need a villain, in this case the Law Firm, which will become greedy and reveal their true plans.
I think by now, we all know what will happen, but is still a really fun ride to see and laugh with the characters; I would see it’s 98% family friendly because it has a few “adult jokes” but nothing outrageous.
I enjoyed the performances, cast is fantastic in their characters, very charming; the animal costumes are incredible well made, they look realistic… I think the polar bear looks more realistic than “Black Nose”, the “real” polar bear (CGI) in the movie.
If you are looking for a fun movie to enjoy, I highly recommend Secret Zoo.
Cast includes: Ahn Jae-Hong, Kang So-ra, Park Yeong-gyu, Kim Sung-oh and Jeon Yeo-been
You can watch it in Korean with subtitles in English and English SDH or dubbed in English.
Secret Zoo it’s already available on VOD and DVD.
Watch the trailer here: