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.

  • Native title:

    결혼계약
  • 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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Charming92
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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.

STORY
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.

ACTING
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!

RECOMMEND/REWATCH
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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Mody
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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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There are both a marriage contract,Also live together..
But a full house comedy more and there is no disease
Recommended by NWCDH
Same plot about contract marriage. The difference is that the female lead in MC has a child when getting married whereas Hapimari is marriage between two single.
Recommended by YunYee

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    KMR 9 days ago

    This drama has every single cliché I hate the most in melos...lol
    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 17 days ago - edited
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    heavenlene 20 days ago - edited

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

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      missraichyl 20 days ago

      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 20 days ago

      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 19 days ago

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

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    Banada6 Dec 23, 2016

    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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    Kimtan1999 Dec 8, 2016

    Beautiful drama ♡

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    INFIRES Dec 5, 2016 - edited

    My poor heart and head is getting beaten up from all the unnecessary little misunderstandings and false assumptions. It's only been 3 episodes. I can't stand it when things don't go the mains' ways. Still going to continue but oh god I just get really angry.
    UPDATE (ep 5): I. WANT. TO. KILL. EVERYONE.

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      Akaisora Dec 14, 2016

      oh my god I'm scared now :D But I love Lee Seo Jin and I will watch this even if I get a heart attack from all the anger you describe :'D (I get riled up really easily when watching dramas lol)

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      INFIRES Dec 23, 2016

      XD It's not quite the drama for me but it may just be your cup of tea! Same- I get riled up pretty easily hahaha

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    INFIRES Dec 2, 2016 - edited

    Is the ending a happy or sad one?

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      apple Dec 3, 2016

      Please, use a spoiler tag

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      NWCDH Dec 3, 2016

      Ok

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      apple Dec 4, 2016

      Thank you very much!

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      INFIRES Dec 5, 2016

      Why did the comment become arabic? Or some other language?

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      NWCDH Dec 5, 2016 - edited

      Oh sorry , i am from Saudi Arabia . I edit post

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    jez Nov 15, 2016

    This drama was awesome, so many touching and yet heart wrenching moments.
    Definitely worth watching. Uee was really awesome and played her role as a mother well.

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    RhopalocerA Oct 16, 2016 - edited

    I think 8.3 rating is too low for this amazing drama. I recommend this drama to ppl who want to watch story that will deeply touch your heart and soul, want to see some amazing acting (from adult to child actor) and great chemistry between lead, this drama is one of the few that will shows you that. Huge age difference between UE and LSJ is utterly unsignificant coz if u watch this drama ,u'll know what I meant by that.

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    NatashaThompson Oct 12, 2016

    Absolutely loved this drama.

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    Salma Oct 6, 2016

    it has been a while since I watched a drama and didn't get bored .. I loved it♥ i loved every single ep and i loved the lead actor so much it's a perfect drama for me^^

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    jinnborn Sep 18, 2016

    Finally after put it on hold for so long, I finished it. It was good, I like it. the child actress was really cute and lovely.

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    vegeJuicy Sep 7, 2016

    'miracle' can't be just happens in drama was totally fit to describe this drama

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    Taylor Aug 28, 2016

    Good drama! So sad. The leads were amazing!

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    NHK95 Aug 27, 2016

    i liked it. the ending was kind of vague, but i guess that's what they were going for.

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

    Mar 5, 2016 to Apr 24, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Saturday, Sunday
  • Network:

    MBC
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 15 min.

Statistics

  • Score:

    8.3 (scored by 2,641 users)
  • Ranked:

    #402
  • Popularity:

    #256

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