I was shocked when I read a post at soompi that ‘Wedding’, a KBS Drama starring Jang Na Ra and Ryu Shi Won, is one of the worst K-dramas in 2005. I wonder what their criteria were?
I must admit that I haven’t seen a lot of 2005 dramas but I have just seen Wedding and in fairness to the people behind the production, I actually found it well-made. The story, while not exactly original (two people who got married despite not loving each other, and then their past catches up on them), was presented in a fresh way that you’ll just find yourself interested to know what will happen next. There were no dead spots, and the pacing was ok. I just think they could’ve finished it in 16 episodes instead of 18, though, but I find it admirable that they stuck to the original number of episodes instead of compromising because of ratings (yes, IJUKSA, I’m talking to you).
I was also surprised that they attributed Wedding‘s failure to ‘bad casting’. I dunno about you, guys, but if anyone mentions the term ‘Pink Princess’ to me, Jang Na Ra will certainly spring in my mind. As for the idealistic husband, Ryu Shi Won is certainly perfect. Even the supporting cast is good – especially JNR’s parents who remind me so much of Lee Young Ae’s adoptive parents in Dae Jang Geum. They are secondary characters, but they brought so much color to the drama that I cannot imagine it without them.
My gauge for declaring this to be a good drama is this: I have been a chronic nitpicker since Dae Jang Geum. Everything I’ve seen after it isn’t good enough. But with Wedding, I enjoyed it so much (this, coming from someone who loathes Jang Na Ra coz I find her annoying) that I forgot to nitpick. I even find it refreshing that it didn’t have much ‘cliched’ scenes. The only one I can think of is the airport-chase scene. Also, I find it nice that a lot of the scenes between the newly-weds involve ‘skinship’ :wink: (anyone familiar with K-dramas know that they don’t really show a lot of love scenes. In this drama, the final episode alone has three – yes, THREE – kissing scenes, and that’s just between the two leads alone), and both actors are very comfortable with it. Lastly, I never cried in dramas like the Endless Love series, I chuckled when Bi was crying his eyes (and nose) out in IJUKSA, but I bawled my eyes out in Wedding. It’s not even a tragic love story. It just shot me through the heart.
If you’re looking for a good love story, do watch Wedding. You won’t regret it.