With a drama title like Marriage Contract, how can I not applaud the directness of this drama in wearing a vaulted K-drama trope so openly. Upcoming MBC drama Marriage Contract premieres this weekend after My Daughter Geum Sa Wol wrapped, but unlike that 50-episode behemoth this is just a comparatively short 16 episodes. Starring Lee Seo Jin and UEE, the age difference is built into the story as he plays an older rich bachelor while she’s the young single mom that enters into a contract marriage with him.
To pour on the K-drama trope sauce thick, this drama doesn’t just utilize one major element but adds a second one just for kicks – UEE’s character has a brain tumor and agrees to the contract marriage to find a guardian for her daughter. I hope there are additional yet unannounced tropes that join the party – Lee Seo Jin should get amnesia and go abroad (to carry luggage for grandpas), while a tumor is not enough as UEE should also cross-dress and find out that she’s the secret long lost daughter of a rival chaebol family. All joking aside, I really do like the posters for drama with its moody prettiness. Continue reading