Marriage Contract

Marriage Contract (2016)

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A woman’s husband dies by accident. Afterwards, the woman raises her little daughter alone, but she learns that she has a brain tumor. In order to leave behind something for her daughter and not leave her in debt, she enters into a contract with a man as his time-limited wife.

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  • Also Known as:

    Gyeolheun Gyeyak; 100 일 동안 아내; 100 Days Wife; Wife for 100 Days; Hundred-Day Wife;

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  • Lee Seo Jin
    Han Ji Hoon
    Main Role
  • Uee
    Kang Hye Soo
    Main Role
  • Kim Yong Gun
    Han Sung Kook [Ji Hoon's father]
    Supporting Role
  • Park Jung Soo
    Yoon Sun Yeon [Chairman Han's wife]
    Supporting Role
  • Lee Hwi Hyang
    Oh Mi Ran [Ji Hoon's mother & chairman Han's mistress]
    Supporting Role
  • Kim Young Pil
    Han Jung Hoon [Ji Hoon's half older brother]
    Supporting Role

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Apr 24, 2016
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 9.5
Romance, in kdramaland, is usually cheesy, deficient at times and often highly corny. I think it is safe to say that when you’ve watched a-few-too-many romance kdramas they tend to become repetitive as they all follow certain rules by the book. And when you think you’re done with the genre, Marriage Contract happens, and makes you completely revise all your thoughts and beliefs. It is not that MC broke any rules or read more reinvented the genre. MC actually followed all the clichés and yet managed to come out so refreshing and stimulating against all odds, and that is why Marriage Contract is a must watch.

Marriage contract is your average, predictable and cliché kdrama. We get our over-used closed and shut-down, borderline rude and arrogant rich, chaebol male lead; the younger, naïve, kind-hearted and poor girl and we see their love story develop through a very foreseeable melo plot-story. However, even if you feel you can predict everything from the first episode, MC manages to pull you in with its incredible and unique feel of raw-ness.

The characters are ordinary, and yet they are so original. The male lead is overly rough and mean on the outside, but with such a marshmallow core that makes him completely loveable from the first moment; the female lead is your average girl in need, but she is a fighter and you will root for her and her wonderful personality to be happy. Characterization and character development are commendable and one of the main reasons i would recommend this.

The drama is packed with small, simple moments of everyday life that superficially are skippable, but they ultimately make the drama what it really is. Small moments, like hugging a friend, trimming your hair, talking to your kid, playing with pets; moments that are insignificant in dramas, but mean so much for a person in real life, because they express happiness and sadness; life’s core traits. THIS is what this show is, and this is where it is unique, this is where it is extraordinary and this is where it exceeds expectations and becomes an amazing show.

Basically, what exactly is Marriage Contract? MC Is a story about how family can completely destroy you as a person, destroy your life, destroy your dreams, destroy your hopes, destroy everything you love. It depicts perfectly the bittersweet/love-hate feelings someone can have towards their family, and how these problems can be confronted. Opening up to a special someone is the key to being happy. Letting go, forgiving yourself and others, and ultimately loving and sharing your life with someone else; and when you've found that someone, live in the moment, don't spend your time restlessly thinking about the future. Be happy, in the moment!

The background of the drama is the very dysfunctional family of the male lead who desperately tries to find an organ donor for his sick and troubled mother. This is where the female lead comes into the picture, hence the marriage contract. See? Super simple, super predictable almost enough for someone to skip/drop this. And yet…. the drama is exquisite, in many ways it reminded me of It’s Ok, That’s Love.

Lastly, I would like to talk to you about the chemistry here, because it is probably the best thing this drama has to offer. I think i can safely say that real chemistry between the leads is rare in kdramas. Some people can ship any pretty faced actors together, I can’t. I need sparks; I need them to prove to me that they are worth my tears, my time and my frustration! Lee Seo Jin and Uee not only had sizzling and magnificent chemistry, not only they looked phenomenal together, not only each of their moments was heart-wrenching and mind-blowing, but they re-invented the term 'on screen chemistry' for me since they managed to actually seem like a family.

What’s more, the most astonishing thing of them all, the kid actress Shin Rin Ah managed to develop such an amazing chemistry not only with Uee (mother-daughter relationship), but with Lee Seo Jin as well (father-daughter relationship). The three of them looked so unrealistically wonderful together they will destroy and revive your feelings over and over again. One of the best overall on-set chemistries I’ve ever seen.

This drama is arguably a masterpiece, not because of an innovative plot or anything like it, but because of its raw simplicity and flawless chemistry.

I’ll be frank. I’m tired of people hating Uee’s acting. I am not completely familiar with her previous projects, I’ve watched bits and pieces of them, but she certainly gave the performance of her life here, and I pity people who couldn’t see that! She is an actress who is improving, and she should be praised for this. She puts effort in her acting, she cares! She was impeccable, exquisite and luscious in every way here, there wasn’t a single moment where I didn’t feel what she was feeling, amazing facial expressions, great body expressions, very emotional crying, really mature deliverance by Uee overall. People, who disagree, apparently need someone to hate, please hate yourselves and leave Uee alone!

As far as Lee Seo Jin is concerned, for one, he was so hot, manly and handsome I was taken by surprise. Secondly he managed pull off brilliantly, a pretty complicated character, who could have been easily hated. He delivered a great and sensuous performance; he made his character understandable from the very beginning - he apparently took the time to actually understand his character before taking the role. What I’d like to especially mention is his terrific deliverance on the emotion of happiness. His character was largely depressed, the worst kind of depression; the kind, that is not visible and seem ok on the surface. Happiness is a funny thing, everyone can imitate and say they are happy but which of us actually are? Lee Seo Jin send shivers down my spine, specific moments made, not only his character feel more raw and real, but also it enhanced the whole point of the show and helped the drama have more impact.

Lastly, I feel the need to congratulate the kid actress Shin Rih Na, she is deadly talented, best kid actor I’ve seen thus far. Her role here, wasn’t just to be cute, her role was essential for the drama to make sense and she was exquisite in it. She has a bright future in this industry. These 3 should act together in the future again!

This is a melo-romance. People who like melodramas, you’ll like it, it is not overly sentimental (although it does get increasingly depressing), people who like rom-coms, this might be too much for you, but since I know you love a good romance, this is recommended. This kind of chemistry should not be missed or ignored! I will definitely rewatch this at some point!
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Apr 24, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
This show is love. This show is life. This show is everything.
The first 2 episodes were like meh i wont be too excited for this drama next week. I might even skip it. Who the hell is that ahjussi and Uee is too young for him thats just a mood ruiner. And its like the drama told me *hold up son, we are the real deal* and it hit me from read more episode 3 to 16. The drama started killing people with its perfection, cute and beautiful moments that arent forced ( its not cheesy its bittersweet ) .
I see people talk about chemistry between acting couples. Here it wasnt chemistry it was lioe rocket science. Beauty overload and the mood of the show was just like old kdramas with the musoc and clothing and just how they value the family and love and emotions.
Best drama i finished this year. ( yes i like it more than the epic ones )
This will be my first review on this site and probably the last because my feels are all over the place.
"Promise that you'll meet me in paradise inevitably
No matter what, I'll keep your love forever with me"
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Both involve a poor woman which needs money and have ulterior motives aproaching a rich and very suspicious man. Both signs contacts for their involvements to one another.
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Ho Goo's Love similarly follows Uee as a young, single mother, except in that drama she was a national swimmer before becoming pregnant and running away on her own. It is definitely a lighter drama with more comedy, but still delves into deeper issues in society that reminded me of the way Marriage Contract went into the issue of single motherhood and illness. Basically, watch Uee's amazing crying and acting in this drama too!
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    dramaeli 14 hours ago

    I like it so far (ep 13) but I think male lead is miscast, too old to play the immature chaebol son, and not so expressive

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    emma Aug 7, 2017

    What I really loved about this was that for a kdrama melo, there was so much restraint in the execution (despite quite a few makjang elements) and tenderness to the love story. I credit this to the PD and writer. But also the main trio gave such genuine and heartfelt performances, especially Uee, who was just magnificent. This was such a challenging role for a young actress and she pulled it off flawlessly. I'm quite harsh with my ratings but there no way I couldn't give this a high rating - it really deserves it and I wish more people would give this show a chance.

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    EXOWOLFGIRL Jul 12, 2017 - edited

    is it worth to watch some of you loved it and some cant give it a high rate and not that much of my friends watch it maybe just two of them

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      RhopalocerA Jul 13, 2017

      If you're into melodrama, family theme drama I suggest you to watch this. If you still unsure if this drama is your cup of tea just try 2 or 3 eps before you decide to finish or not.

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    KarolK May 4, 2017

    Beautiful... the ending is perfect <3

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    XIIVX Apr 22, 2017 - edited

    I just rewatched it because I was feeling nostalgic and I couldn't stop the tears from flowing. It's so funny because when I watched it the first time, I didn't cry at all. But towards the end when Ji Hoon expresses his love towards Hye Soo it just got to me. Uee did amazing in this drama and Seo Jin was also wonderful. My main props go to Shin Rin Ah who had such amazing chemistry with both MC's and really brought them together. I really loved this drama from start to finish despite its flaws.

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    AmauryLindy Apr 21, 2017

    Hmm 3 eps in and wanna give up tbh the main guy is the same ol douche the main girl is still in love with the dead guy, also I'm not feeling the chemistry so far at all, lots of family problems and no romantic developments. I'll watch one more ep just to see if it get better.

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    Suicidal_Hermit Apr 18, 2017

    I absolutely loved this drama It had my eyes watering more than a few times. I put off watching this for a long time but I'm glad I finally watched it. Lee Seo Jin and Uee were simply amazing and I loved how cute and adorable Shin Rin Ah was.

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    Fortuna Mar 19, 2017

    I miss this drama. <3

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    bmore Feb 23, 2017

    This has one of the most beautiful and heartfelt confessions of love I have ever seen. Lee Seo Jin killed it...and me....with his performance. It's very sad that he has not found his own love and family yet. He seemed to connect wonderfully with that marvelous and remarkable young child in this. She was absolutely amazing and stole every scene she was in.

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    green_tokki Feb 22, 2017

    Though this didn't move me but still this deserves an 8 from me.

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    wind Feb 9, 2017 - edited

    In the plot they said that female lead inter a contracted married. Is she forced to sign it by male lead or she planed to do that contract for the sake of her own daughter ???????

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      dayidream Feb 20, 2017
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      wind Feb 20, 2017

      Thank you for reply )

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      Jaylan Mar 13, 2017 - edited

      no both of them had their reasons & they complete each others needs so they sign together

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    KMR Jan 14, 2017

    This drama has every single cliché I hate the most in
    I couldn't really enjoy it because of that, everything was sooooooooo predictable, it became too much. Still...since it doesn't end as a complete tragedy, it kinda made up a bit for my annoyance.

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    Chuu Jan 6, 2017 - edited
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    heavenlene Jan 3, 2017 - edited

    Quite hesitant to watch this. Is this a hardcore drama? like, will I be crying in most episodes?

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      missraichyl Jan 3, 2017

      Not really. It has it's sad points, but none have moved me to tears. It's actually quite upbeat for a melodrama.

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      missraichyl Jan 3, 2017

      I lied. The last 2 episodes will catch you, but not like a thousand tears gushing forth! Just a few haha, at least me anyway, but I don't cry easily. But still, it's a really good drama! I just finished it and you should give it a try!

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      heavenlene Jan 4, 2017

      Thanks @missraichyl :) I'll give it a try then :)

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    Banada6 Dec 23, 2016 - edited

    Wow really good drama uee acting was mind blowing especially the last two episodes I wasn't expecting that kind of ending but It was really beautiful drama:)


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    South Korea
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    Mar 5, 2016 to Apr 24, 2016
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    Saturday, Sunday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 15 min.


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    8.3 (scored by 3,276 users)
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