I’m going to be selfish this time. I don’t care if you have never watched this drama (WELL, NOW YOU HAVE TO), I’m not even going to explain the complete review and give rating like I always did in my other posts, I WILL SPOIL THE GOOD PARTS OF THE DRAMA HERE AND THERE, and no, I don’t care if my grammar confused you.
You see, I need to write this post in english – just this one – because I want everyone, from all over the world – including extraterrestrial life – to read my post and watch this drama ASAP, so I could have many friends to share the euphoria and pain of being in love with this human-written story plot and fictional characters.
I just finished the last episode of my (currently) #1 favorite korean drama of all time, and now I’m in a denial stage. I don’t want this drama to end. I want to live inside it. I want to be part of it. I want… I want….
I want to erase all of my memories from these past 3 days so I could re-watch the whole 16 episodes and be amazed by it once again.
I NEED LACUNA INC! (watch Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind).
T-T *be right back, trying to fit myself into the computer screen, just like what Sadako did in that horror movie*
Oh well, life must go on. I want to wake up tomorrow and be able to do my job properly (without clicking random episode once in a while and end up ignoring my to do list), so right now, I need to get it out of my system.
So here’s my list, 10 things that I love from “Marriage Not Dating” :
#ONE : THE PLOT.
This drama tells about about a girl named Joo Jang Mi who really wants to get married because she didn’t like to be alone and because she can’t wait to build her own family (since her parent’s marriage is a mess). She asked her boyfriend (at the time) Lee Hoon Dong to marry her, but turned out her perfect boyfriend don’t want to ties the knot just yet. Hoon Dong, with the help of his BFF, Gong Ki Tae, tried to escape from Jang Mi, unfortunately caused a big harm in Jang Mi’s feelings and life, resulted in reporting Jang Mi as a stalker.
But things happened, a bit miscommunication and a touch of fate, Gong Ki Tae’s mother thought that Jang Mi was his girlfriend (and clearly doesn’t know that Jang Mi is arrested on charges of stalking at that time), and asked Ki Tae to introduce his girlfriend to the family or he’ll have to leave the apartment that he lived at the time. Gong Ki Tae, who’s not in relationship with anyone and really not interested in getting married with anyone and wants to live alone forever in his favorite apartment (see the cute combination of couple?), have to find a way to against his hard-headed and manipulative mother.
Ki Tae, who helped Jang Mi as a witness in her ‘stalker’ trial, decided to ask Jang Mi as his fake girlfriend in return, deliberately encouraged her to show the most inappropriate behaviour in front of his mother and family so they would reject Jang Mi as daughter-in-law, so he don’t have to get married to anyone in the future (because whenever his family bring the marriage topic to the table, Ki Tae will tell them that he don’t want to marry anyone else but Jang Mi – but hey, remember? you don’t like her, you’re the one who’s being difficult, not me, so you can’t insist me to anything else and yes, I f*cking get the apartment.)
It supposed to be a one-time scheme, but apparently, their fake relationship was dragged for quite a long time because Ki Tae’s mother didn’t easily give up, she even proceed to organize his son’s wedding preparation with Jang Mi, despites Jang Mi’s crazy behaviour. The weird situation gave Ki Tae and Jang Mi enough chances to interact and know each other better, and you know, the rest is history 😉
#TWO: Yeon Woo Jin as Gong Ki Tae, the lead male character.
I’m going to be honest, Yeon Woo Jin isn’t the most handsome korean actor that you could find in the dramaland. Seriously, I’m not a big fan of Lee Min Ho or Jang Geun Suk, but I admit that those two are eye-candy and he (YWJ) isn’t quite so, but Woo Jin’s acting skill is admirable.
I first seen him in 2012’s KDrama : Arang and the Magistrate, and his role as Joo Wal, one of those villain characters that actually quite nice, but circumstances and fate and unfortunate events made him do vicious things, and how the character always had this never ending inner battle between good and evil – like, he don’t want to be a bad person , but he had no choice – made me in love with him instantly. I also read a lot of nice reviews from his (YWJ) previous roles (Ojakgyo Brothers, Secret Love, Just Friends?) and believe me, yes, he could act.
Don’t get me wrong when I said that YWJ is not an eye-candy. I mean, I fancy him (mainly his acting skill). I love how he portrays Gong Ki Tae – the introverted rich bachelor with big commitment issues and attitude problems – but he did this a lot :
Somebody please tell him to stop rolling-up his eyeballs before his eyelids are completely closed. Please?
#THREE : Han Groo as Joo Jang Mi, the lead female character.
This is my first Han Groo drama, and I must say that I’m not dissapointed. Joo Jang Mi is a typical romcom’s heroine : struggling with money, cheerful, sincere and kind. But the script made the character so strong with detailed background story, and Han Groo represents her role as Joo Jang Mi with such a bizarre expressions that I can’t seem to forget. She’s so crazy and funny, and spontaneous, this meme says it all :
This girl is very entertaining, and I couldn’t wait to see Han Groo’s next drama.
#FOUR : THE FRIENDSHIP.
Like all korean drama, Ki Tae and Jang Mi has love enemy, and in this case, they also develops as their best friends, the one who cares and help for each other, no matter how painful it is. My most memorable friendship scene in the drama is when Hoon Dong and Jang Mi crying together (eps 12). As you already know, they are former lover (and Hoon Dong been nothing but a jerk to Jang Mi before), but at that episode, Jang Mi is in fake relationship with Ki Tae (Hoon Dong’s BFF) and Hoon Dong (stupidly) impregnated Jang Mi’s BFF, Hyun Hee. Jang Mi also lost his job (because of Ki Tae), her parents want a divorce, and she’s secretly falling in love with Ki Tae but she’s being complicated about it, and Hoon Dong is a bit nervous because he’s going to marry Hyun Hee, and will become a dad in less than a year, but even he’s not sure that he would be a good father to his child (you know, with his coward trait and lousiness). They confess their problem to each other and end up crying together, even mocking and encouraging each other to be strong. AND I LOVE IT. Thank you to scriptwriter team, I love you, this scene is awesome and sweet and funny and wrapped my heart in fuzzy warmness that made me cry/laugh along with Jang Mi and Hoon Dong. They’re cute.
#FIVE : THE FAMILY and MARRIAGE!
It’s not just about love and friendship, this drama also speaks a lot about family matters, mainly about marriage, and I love how the story reveals all the flaws and benefits of marriage life without giving too much high expectations into it. The message was clear, if you get to marry a person, you can’t ask for an eternal happiness because things change, feelings could fade, money could be a problem, and gazillion sad things (that you never imagined before) could fall upon you. But if you think it’ll be worth it, give it a try, and keep trying, fix the broken part together, keep talking (even is just fighting or meaningless conversation), give your best. If you love each other, you’ll never stop trying.
At the end of story, Ki Tae’s parents divorced and Jang Mi’s parents stays together (but still fighting all the time). But Jang Mi and Ki Tae are in love with each other so much, they become more mature and realized that they are not their parents, and they know that their relationship is worth the try. They didn’t promise each other that they’ll be together forever, or none of them will betrayed each other’s trust in the future. They decided to be simple and live in the now.
I love you and I don’t know that I could trust you, but I want to trust you. I love you and I don’t know whether we’ll be happy or not if we get married, but I want to be happy with you. Those kind of things. And IT’S SWEET! T-T
#SIX : THE COMEDY!
Romantic Comedy (romcom) is one of the most common genre in KDrama. But almost every romcom korean drama starts with a hilarious opening and ends up in a more serious/mellow tone. But this drama, successfully carried the funny parts all throughout the story. I had a considerable good amount of laughs in every episodes, even the ending scene made me smile from ear to ear because is so perfect and approriate for a romantic comedy drama :D.
I mean, where you could find a drama that tells a story about a heroine that shit her pants and (accidentally) let the lead male character smell the foul odor? I don’t know about you but this is my first. And I love it. I love all the unpretentious and absurd moments of this drama :D.
#SEVEN : DRUNKEN ZUZANGMIH?
Joo Jang Mi is the daughter of small restaurant’s owner who also sells liquor. Jang Mi is also depicted as a carefree girl who loves to drink liquor. Almost all of the drama’s episodes contains liquor; beer, wine, soju, all of them, and of course, every korean drama needs drunken character that unfold the plot’s progress. You know, the accidental kisses, hugs, confessions and so on that made us can’t stop to watch even further.
One of my favorite character (when drunk) is Gong Ki Tae. He’s usually strict and rigid, but when he’s drunk, he’s the cutest human ever. He’ll call Joo Jang Mi in a very childish way that it sounds like this : ZUZANGMIH?. There are also numerous scenes that shows Joo Jang Mi carrying drunken Gong Ki Tae on her back (not the other way around). I LOVE THEM!
#EIGHT : THE SOUND EFFECTS!
This drama used so much sound effects. Like, a lot of it. There’s a special sound when they poke each other, there’s a sound when they peeking or secretly glancing, when they sending signals, there’s a sound for everything, like ‘bboing bboing’ or ‘uh oh’. But it’s not annoying (at least not for me), I think is quite appropriate for a romcom drama, and that’s what made this drama even more unique.
#NINE : NEMO.
Gong Ki Tae has an aquarium full of ornamental fishes, and there’s this scene when Jang Mi visited Ki Tae’s apartment and called one of Ki Tae’s clown fish with “Nemo” (I assume that everyone already watched ‘FINDING NEMO’ or at least known a bit about it?). At that time, Ki Tae sarcastically teased Jang Mi that not all clown fish called “Nemo”. But, on the next episode, on Jang Mi’s second visit (in her drunkest state), Jang Mi (who’s also hungry) tried to catch the clown fish (to cook and eat it), and accidentally dropped the poor fish to the ground.
At that time, Ki Tae hysterically screamed on top of his lungs : “NEMOO!!!”
And Jang Mi giggled stupidly while responding : “WOW! YOU REALLY NAMED IT ‘NEMO’!”
I never laugh that hard while watching a drama.
Best couple ever.
#TEN : GOOD MUSIC!
Almost anything with good music will stole my heart, but a superb drama with beautiful soundtracks is just beyond perfect. There’s this background sound that always pop-out whenever one of the characters about to do something crazy/silly/stupid (which is, almost all the time) and it stucked in my head from the first time I heard it :
But my favorite is this song, “Love Lane” by Mamamoo :
😀 Well, that’s all, I hope this post will inspire you to watch “Marriage Not Dating” and I wish that you will like it as much as I do ;).
*singing “Love Lane” in gibberish because I can’t speak Korean*