Golden Bride

I was quite hesitant to start on this series coz it's freaking long. A total of 64 episodes. And I didnn't really know who were in it, except for Lee Young Ah coz her picture was the only one I saw whenever I came across the series on the net. Honestly, I don't remember how I got hooked on it finally. Must be total boredom that caused me to give this one a try. I downloaded the first episode and it sat on my hard drive for quite some time. Once I started, I was really curious to know more, especially since I realized that the leading actor was the cutie Song Chang Eui (Scale of Providence, Cinderella Man). But obviously Song Chang Eui became just another actor coz the story itself was the reason why I kept watching. I've never been grateful for the existence of youtube more than when watching this series. Since it's a loooong series, it would be ridiculous to download the episodes so where else could I find them? You know the answer, right?

Golden Bride is about Nguyen Jin Joo, a Vietnamese girl of mixed parentage (Vietnamese-Korean) who comes to Korea in search of his father who abandoned her and her mother 20 years ago. Her mother is steadily losing sight and may go blind within 2-3 years and Jin Joo, who knows how much her mother wants to meet her father again, decides to find the man. The circumstance which opens up opportunity for her to go to Korea is, if not extraordinary, pretty interesting. In Korea, there's a mother who's heartbreaking at seeing her son, Kang Jun Woo, cannot live a normal life due to past love experience. He is suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder that results in him unable to go into crowded places or in short, socially-challenged. If things get out of hand, he normally has difficulty breathing and fainted in unlikely places which really concerns his parents. Due to this illness, he has very low confidence and almost always stays at home.Her mother, having experience herself the betrayal of first love and knows that only a new love can heal the old one, goes to Vietnam in her desperate attempt to find her son a bride. It just so happens that Jin Joo works in a company that matchmakes Korean men with Vietnamese ladies.

Even though the story begins with Nguyen Jin Joo and Kang Jun Woo, it's fast becoming a family drama when a lot other characters are introduced and their stories evolve. Jun Woo lives with his parents, his two sisters, and his aunt, all of which get their own interesting stories for us to watch. The Kang family's fates intertwine with that of another family's, the Kim's and the series basically is about the members of these two families. Perhaps, you can also learn to appreciate the different cultures since these were addressed pretty frequently, though how accurate that would be is beyond me.

There was a nice poem at the end of the series. It's one you would love to give to your friends who just about to get married.

Now you will feel no rain
For each of you will be shelter to the other
Now you will feel no cold
For each of you will be warmth to the other
Now there will be no loneliness
For each of you will be companion to the other
Now you are two persons
But there is only one life before you
Go now to your dwelling place
To enter into the days of your life together
And may your days be good and long upon the earth.

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