Drowning in the somber, historical dramas (I love them but it's nice to have a change), I finally decided to check out Golden Bride
and so far (one ep in), it's every bit the sparkly delight I have been promised.
One word of warning: it's a pretty long drama. The original run was supposed to be 50 eps but it did really well and got extended to 64.
But if you don't mind that, then it's purely awesome. ( Look at this adorable clip of the OTP from some ep or other )
The protagonist is Nguyen Jin Joo (Lee Young Ah), a half-Korean, half-Vietnamese girl who lives in Vietnam with her mother, her Korean father having done a runner a long time ago. Jin Joo works as an interpreter in an agency which arranges marriages for Korean men with Vietnamese women (apparently an existing cultural phenomenon). Arranged marriages with Vietnamese brides are often a sort of a thing of a last resort for Korean men who might find it hard to find a bride in Korea for economic or personal reasons, as the Vietnamese ladies are more inclined to marry a problematic individual because of Korea's higher standard of living.
Jin Joo is money-fixated (she needs money because her mother's health is not good), charming, perky, cheerful, and delightful. Which is just as well because her future husband Kang Jun Woo (Song Chang Ui) is a total basketcase. Yes, Jin Joo decides to follow the steps of her clients and marry a Korean man of her own because she needs the money and because she is trying to locate her missing father. And through drama machinations, that Korean is Jun Woo.
Jun Woo is young, good-looking, and has his own hair. So why is he looking for a Vietnamese bride? Well, where do I start? Even though he was incredibly intelligent and graduated with honors from Seoul University, he's been unemployed since, for three years. Jun Woo's problem is that he is mentally ill. Oh, not insane or anything like that, but due a traumatic event in his past (his fiancee walking out on him and him receiving a pretty bad beat-down on the head during that event) he couldn't even leave the house for a long time, and even now if under stress, he will have fits and faint. Which, needless to say, precludes any form of gainful employment (there is a scene in ep 1 where he has a fit during an interview and awwwwww). Not only that, but since Korean society stigmatizes mental illness he is a pariah and no woman would ever want to marry him. So his mother, at her wits' end, arranges for him to go to Vietnam and find a bride who will be less picky. Enter Jin Joo, desperate to get to Korea...
And the story goes from there. There are a lot of other characters (this is a 64 ep story after all) and fun ensues. ( General MV, main-ship-centric )
For one, I can't wait until the harpy who ditched poor hero comes back and tries to ensnare him back. Because I bet she will!
It also promises me multiple ships! Look at this adorable MV for Hero's younger sister and the younger brother of the guy who married the harpy who ditched the Hero.( Cute MV here )