Country bumpkin Lee Soo Ji wants to marry the best modern boy in Gyeongseong (Seoul). One day she stumbles across a flyer for a couple matching event hosted by the Gyeongseong Marriage Bureau, a matchmaking company. Debt ridden Cha Joo Oh is the owner of the company who tries to help Soo Ji find her perfect match.
Cast & Crew:
Jo Bo Ah as Lee Soo Ji
Son Ho Jun as Cha Joo Oh
Supporting cast - Baek Soo Jang, Choi Da In, Song Yong Jae, Jo Jae Ryong, Jeon Bae Soo, Choi Byung Mo, Jung Yi Rang, Kwon Soo Hyun, Kang Hee,
Director - Kang Min Kyung
Screenwriter - Kim Eun Sung
This drama special is set in a time where the world was changing at a quick pace, the chosen music does a good job representing the fusion between the past and more modern world. There were some nice tracks included in the drama special such as Henry’s Real Love and Kdrama favourite Bruno Mars’ Marry You.
This drama special is set in a time that is starting to get more coverage in dramas, in the late 1930’s, so you can imagine the backdrop is a little dark. While the drama itself mostly focuses on the romantic side of things the treatment of different classes and what the Japanese were doing to the people, especially the Joseon women is a part of the story. But mostly it is an adorable and fun story of two people meeting, misjudging one another and eventually falling in love.
This special has a pretty great cast, Son Ho Jun, Jo Bo Ah and plenty of other familiar faces. The leads have pretty good chemistry together so they are quite believable and enjoyable to watch. I really like the personalities of the main characters, especially Soo Ji and her boss who are a lot of fun. Son Ho Jun is peak Son Ho Jun, man is he such a dreamboat, my judgement may be clouded by the pretty.
The costuming and decor are nice, I especially enjoyed the scenes by the lake. My only complaint would be that they overdid it a little with Soo Ji’s poor girl make up, making her wander around with a “dirty face” to show she was a lower class.
Some of the shenanigans that happen throughout the drama special are quite unbelievable but then you think back to the introductory slide and remember, “this drama is based on imagination”. So you make yourself stop questioning and enjoy the ride as the adorable couple slowly realise they like each other. Overall, I really enjoyed this drama special and am glad I watched it.
Watch it: KBS World Youtube