4 Contract-Marriage Themed Dramas

Marriage is based on the love and desire of both parties. But in a contract marriage, there are other intentions or terms that have been agreed upon. The relationship of marriage becomes a negotiating arena for a different reason. Typically, there is a time limit governing the length of marriage in accordance with the agreement. The idea of contract marriage is used by the director or screenwriter to produce an interesting story. Below are the dramas that have the theme of contract marriage packaged differently.

1. Full House

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In a way, Full House is the first generation Korean drama. The love story between Han Ji Eun (Song Hye Kyo) and Lee Young Jae (Rain) can be said to be the pioneer of the ‘contract marriage’ theme in Korean dramas and movies. Ji Eun is a writer who inherited a house from her father. But apparently, the house has been sold to a famous actor named Lee Young Jae. To get her house back, she must approve a contract marriage with the actor. Lee Young Jae also made use of this contract marriage to heal his feelings over the failure of his first love.

2. Marriage Contract

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From the title alone we already know the theme raised in this drama. The story in this drama is so touching. Kang Hye Soo (Uee), a young widow with one daughter. Their economic situation is very pitiable. The dead husband left them with debts. Hye Soo worked hard to support her family. Then she meets Ji Hoon (Lee Seo Jin), a wealthy bachelor. Hye Soo works at Ji Hoon’s restaurant. One day, Hye Soo hears the news that her boss is in need of a heart donor. The donor will receive a compensation if she is willing to donate her heart and marry him for the sake of legality. Hye Soo also volunteered as a donor.

3. Marriage Not Dating

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This one has a comedy genre. Joo Jang Mi (Han Groo) has a dream to get married soon. However, her boyfriend Lee Hoon Dong (Heo Jeong Min) just abandoned her. Lee Hoon Dong’s friend Gong Gi Tae (Yeon Woo Jin) does not like the idea of marriage, but constantly gets pressure from his mother to get married. Finally, to avoid his mother’s matchmaking, Gong Gi Tae makes a contract marriage deal with Jang Mi. Jang Mi agrees because she wants to take a revenge on her former lover.

4. Mary Stayed Out All Night

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This is the debut drama of Jang Geun Suk. It’s about a woman named Mary (Moon Geun Young) who wants to stop her father’s plans. Mary and her family live in the midst of being pursued by the debt collectors. Then his father’s friend came to save them. But apparently, there is a reward for paying off Mary’s father’s debt. Mary had to marry the son of her father’s friend Jung In (Kim Jae Wook). Mary asks Moo Kyul (Jang Geun Suk) to pretend to marry her.

Unlike the drama, in real life, contract marriage is not a good thing. The 4 dramas above have an entertaining purpose, so what kind of wedding drama do you like best?