Review – Still, marry me
Still, marry me is a South Korean drama that lightly recounts about three successful women over thirty’s desires. It is in the genre of noona romance because the main love story develops between a mature woman and a younger boy (noona, in fact, means older sister and is commonly used to refer to older women).
Lee Shin Young (Park Jin-hee) is a reporter who put aside her love life to pursue her career.
When she is thirty she realizes that she wants to get married and to share her life with someone; unfortunately, both her professional and sentimental life are full of failures. In the TV station, she works for, she is constantly bullied because she is not married and her best services are stolen, to which she devotes most of her time, making her risks her job every time.
Desperately looking for love, she goes from one blind date to another, finding herself first with a boyfriend who leaves her because she devotes too much time to her career and then with a boyfriend who betrays her immediately after making her the proposal.
Thanks to a series of coincidences she meets Ha Min Jae (Kim Bum), a student who wants to become a musician. The age difference between the two rather than physically (the female character, in fact, from the beginning, is always dressed in a very youthful way) is represented through some boy’s attitudes that appear completely immature. Their relationship starts almost like a game but ends up turning into something deeper.
Jung Da Jung (Uhm Ji-won) is South Korea‘s biggest translator but is obsessed with the fear of being alone and not loved. She too, after a long series of dates with a negative ending, meets Na Ban Seok (Choi Chul-ho), her male counterpart. In fact, even the acupuncturist has the burning desire to find a partner and to be loved. Thanks to these two characters you have, not only, the funniest scenes of the series but also a life lesson. In fact, once married, they demonstrate how even couples who seem happily married have their problems, thus showing the flip side of the three protagonists’ desires.
Kim Bu Gi (Wang Bit-na), after a ten-year relationship with a man who only made her feel exploited and inferior, decided to make a change in her life. She decides, in fact, to dedicate herself to her career and to become stronger. Her character is forged above all thanks to martial arts lessons that lead her to become not only physically strong but also psychologically. It is she who is the comfort and support to her friends in moments of desperation and is probably the best character in the series.
I really liked the secondary story of Yoo Sang Woo (Lee Pil-mo), the former boyfriend of Shin Young who first tries to win her back, but then gets involved in a problematic relationship with the beautiful Choi Sang-mi (Park Ji-young).
The series is set in 2010 and for this reason, is a bit vintage both in terms of editing and acting. In fact, it is unconvincing and very often we are witnessing totally useless over-acting, especially when desperation needs to be shown.
The photography is quite dark despite the protagonists often wearing bright colours and the hairstyles seem more appropriate for the elderly than for the characters of the drama.
The soundtrack, fortunately, is not pressing as it happens in many other dramas. Of note is the song Confession sung by the actor Kim Bum.
Overall the drama is enjoyable even though I would have preferred a better ending. There is the happy ending but I am not convinced by the main female character’s actions in the last episodes.
This drama is appreciated because it addresses many social issues of those years in South Korea. First of all the woman who is defined only on the basis of her relationship with a man and not for her efforts and merits. And then the question of the relationship between people who have a different age or a problematic past. Indeed, even today in South Korea, many parents disagree with their children’s marriage to divorced people who have children, which is a negligible thing in other countries.
What if this drama wanted to show the beginning of a new way of thinking and relating? After all, time changes in South Korea too…
- Still, marry me meant to be the sequel to the 2004 drama entitled Women who want to marry but, as it was difficult to engage the same actresses, it was decided to reboot.
- The series is considered a sort of South Korean Sex and the city where, obviously, given the cultural differences, sex is not present.
- Park Ji-young, who plays Choi Sang-mi, is considered for her beauty the South Korean Sofia Loren.