That is the familiar line that rings to me everytime I watched Golden Bride and I also wanted to say the same to this drama too. I like to take this opportunity to thank Anne for leading me to watch this drama. It is the first long drama I watched on a weekly basis. In the past I have done long length drama via DVD.
I was not familiar with these two young stars, although briefly I have seen Lee Young Ah in the first 20 minutes of Episode 1 of MBC’s Love Can’t Wait. Of course her name was quite close to another better known Lee (Lee Young Ae), I was curious to see who she is. She won herself a Baeksang award before beating quite popular known actresses including Yoon Eun Hye from Goong. Song Chang Ui appeared in Wedding? Well, I never noticed him in that drama at all.
The expectation of this drama for me is that Lee Young Ah is not an outright beauty which means she will have to appeal to me with her acting skills but I was pretty taken with Song Chang Ui’s looks. I like Jin Ji Hee and he reminded me of that actor. The drama started for me which there is over exaggeration in Lee Young Ah’s (Nguyen Jin Joo) acting. As I do not understand Vietnamese, I believe her Vietnamese accent came into some criticism. Hey, give her a break, it is not easy to try to speak like a naive in a short span of time. Those people should try it.
Then the whole drama somehow has a whole list of deceptions. There is a 30 years old cold war between Mrs Kim and Mrs Kang. Mrs Kim stole Mrs Kang’s first love by faking a pregnancy. I thought why Mrs Kang should fault Mrs Kim? Mr Kim must have done something that enable Mrs Kim to falsify the pregnancy. The guy should be at fault two timing between these two women. Destiny later unfolds for these two women that they have to face each other as in-laws whether they like it or not. The truth is even worse for Mrs Kim that she never been loved by Mr Kim. She hold Mr Kim for thinking of Mrs Kang and even had an illegimate daughter by another woman. Pretty sad for a woman who had loved him since she was 15 years old.
Then there is Mrs Kang going off Vietnam looking for a wife (since no women in Korea wanted to marry her mentally ill son) but does not tell the candidates that there is actually seriously wrong with her son. He is unable to function normally outside his own home as a result of rough lock-up time in the States when the ex-girlfriend (Ok Ji Young) calling the cops on him when he went to get an answer why she broke up with him. Ji Young did not explained herself and was only concerned her then rich boyfriend (Kim Young Min) should catch her with her poor ex-boyfriend. That failure resulted in her whole world collapsing when the past is all revealed. A note to Ji Young, she is selfish throughout the drama and apologising for her actions is just a mean to get herself out of a situation.
Jin Joo on hearing that her mother is going blind and wished to see her birth Korean father before she lose her sight, volunteered herself as a foreign bride to Mrs Kang. She appealed to Mrs Kang on the fact she is half Korean and could speak Korean at least. They had such a difficult time with the other candidates. Jin Joo also deceived them on her motive to marry to Korea. After all, she came ‘cheap’ so to speak, she did not asked for anything compared to the other girls.
Ji Young made a whole deception of her past, the biggest con artist of them all. She sheer panicked when she realised Mrs Kang knew Mrs Kim and made Kang Jun Woo helped her to cover her past and Jun Woo in order to help her agreed to the marriage with Jin Joo. Later she tried to ‘blackmail’ everyone else to do the same and in the end she did it to herself by blasting her mouth off. It was always be a mistake for her.
Actually, it is quite common to hear that Asian culture used a celebration like birthday or wedding to sort of boost or enlighten the ‘down’ atmosphere, so to speak. (There is a another Chinese drama really on the same parallel with Golden Bride that I noted the similarity between the two drama. I will shared it if anyone is keen to see this Chinese version of a ‘Golden Bride’)
True enough, despite a very reluctant husband/patient and the sheer endurance or stubbornness, Jin Joo make leadways in a thousand fold in Jun Woo’s health. I really loved the way she took a plant as a representation of Jun Woo and cared for it till it bloomed flowers which is said to be difficult. You always have Jun Woo standing nearby to receive Jin Joo’s care in the form of talking or singing. I am glad I did not have to wait too long as things really got better after Episode 17 when they really beginning their life as husband and wife. I must take a count of how many times our couple are in a hugging position in bed. This is one of the most affectionate couple I have in seen in my years of watching kdramas and I vote that Kang Jun Woo is k-drama’s No 1 Husband.
Jun Woo is a man now thanks to Jin Joo and was able to secure an important position in a international company. With the prejudices around them especially in the form of Hoobae who is in love with Jun Woo, Jin Joo gets her insecurities thinking herself lacking basing on the women in Jun Woo’s past. Great that she managed to overcome it when Jun Woo gave her almost a tick-off for the lack of confidence in his love.
After that is resolved, then there is the truth about Jin Joo’s father who is none other that a very rich Mr Kim linking Jin Joo with Ji Young’s husband, Young Min and Sae Mi’s boyfriend, Young Soo. Somehow, I still think that issue of family related marriage is not condone in the Korean society a little strange. I am also of the fact as there is no adverse effect on the next generation, I am all for it. In Chinese customs it is quite common for the offsprings by two sisters to be able to marry. Looked for the reference in the Chinese classics, Dream of the Red Chambers, the hero had the affections of two of his cousins and married one of them.
At least after all the objections, Mr Kim finally is man enough to tell his family that he has an illegitimate daughter. I think Jin Joo is really serious in treating Mr Kim as a stranger after he fulfilled the wish of her mother and the women were happy to leave it as that. A true women of their words, women of honour. So I will believe that she will have nothing to do with the Kim family.
I making a guess that the TV show is about Mr Kim acknowledging Jin Joo as his daughter but perhaps Mr Kim now would have passed away. Anyone care to elaborate further. Our Golden Bride found happiness with her husband and married into a loving family and the best topping she had a successful business. After all, she is a daughter of a businessman.
I loved to see the ‘after 5 years’ scene with their son, Star but has they stopped working to get Sun and Moon? I believe the Koreans considered women as patroits if they deliver more babies. I heard Korea has a low birth rate. I think that is why Byuk Soo wants to have a 3rd child quickly after the twins. Free apartment, free education, etc.
I like to thanked the people who have journeyed with us with this dramas and I found so many good friends too. I enjoyed every comments and translations made to further extending our viewing pleasure.
To all of you, Kamsahamida!