|Gyeolheun Gyeya / 결혼계약|
Network - MBC
Episodes - 16
Release Date - Mar - Apr, 2016
Genre - Melodrama, Romance
Cinderella Plot - Yes
Ken dolls - inconsequential
PLOTJi Hoon is the illegitimate son of a rich family. His mother needs a liver transplant, so he needs a family member for the surgery and as a last resort decides to get one through a contract marriage. Hye Soo is buried under debt left by her dead husband and lives life on the run with her daughter. When she finds out she has a brain tumor, she throws away her reservations and enters the contract with Ji Hoon. ~~DramaWiki (w/edits)
If the synopsis sounds bad to you, trust me, this sixteen-episode melodrama is worse.
The ratings for this were surprisingly high, and I fail to see why, but there you have it.
Still can't believe I actually watched this one, and am kicking myself as a result because I knew going in that it would be bad, and it was.
Selfless Love is the theme, and sentimental hogwash abounds at every turn, too.
|lots and LOTS of this|
Regardless of it being Korea or Budapest or Wisconsin, you do not get a GO pass for organ transplant by simply being married.
Does the writer actually believe that when two strangers get married that they now magically share the same blood? Are people really this stupid?
A liver transplant means the donor is already DEAD. One cannot simply offer another their liver and expect to live -- yet, the mom would die without a new liver, and UEEs character would be donating hers -- even though she's alive (for now) and not related to the patient.
A liver transplant is surgery to replace a diseased liver with a healthy liver from another person. A whole liver may be transplanted, or just part of one. In most cases the healthy liver will come from an organ donor who has just died. Sometimes a healthy living person will donate part of their liver. ~~Johns Hopkins
Blood tests. These tests are done to help find a good donor match and assess your priority on the waiting list. They can also help improve the chances that your body won’t reject the donor liver. ~~Johns Hopkins
How magically delicious is it that Hye soo ju-ust happens to have the right blood type for Ji hoon's omanee?
Speaking of UEE, not sure if she likes this kind of thing or if she's being type-cast, but this is the second time I've watched her in a similar situation and with similar plot and outcome.
Han Ji hoon was cute for all the right reasons, trying to be a hardass work-a-holic with zero tolerance for anything but deep down inside he's really a panda bear with a huge heart who loves his omanee enough to sacrifice himself again and again.
Then, when he meets a woman willing to enter into an illegal marriage with the sole intention of performing an illegal organ donation in order to save his omanee, Ji hoon ends up falling hard and fast for Kang Hye soo.
Only, Hye soo soon discovers she's got an inoperable brain tumor and hasn't much longer to live.
They used Beauty and the Beast in the drama, but this is still as Cinderella Plot as it gets.
The daughter was cute, and I thought that the two leads fit well together, making for a great couple despite UEE's inability to come off as anything other than stiff, unaffected, and robotic.
There were a lot of aside characters and the to-be-expected female nemesis, but none of them really mattered or added much essence to the story line.
Here's the thing . . .
I get that people have problems, and that life sucks, that some people are douchebags, and that a lot of people die early, making it seem unfair.
Trouble is, when you try and fit them all together to create a story that is labeled 'romance', I personally fail to see the romantic aspects even if the guy is over-the-top romantic in deed, gesture, and word.
This is silly, repetitious, predictable nonsense and the last time I watch anything of this caliber, too.
The only good thing about Marriage Contract was the soundtrack, which was actually pretty in some instances, never overpowering, and fit each scene nicely so the drawn out pregnant pauses and recaps and five-minute dwelling scenes weren't overly obnoxious to sit through.
The subs, however, were deplorable at all three viewing sites -- Aznv.tv, Dramanice, and Viki (which I'm presuming to be the culprit).
I'll leave you with a host of the issues in that regard, along with some of the Yeppeun.
The 'a' conundrum
|but, I DO like that woman from the 'second' place|
|and all this time I thought it was a liver|