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Naui gyeolhon wonjeonggi (2005)

A 38-year-old single man, Hong Man-Taek is a petty farmer still living with his mother. Seeing a neighbor married to an Uzbekistan bride and frightened by the fact that his own grandson ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Soo Ae ... Kim Lala (as Su-Ae)
Kim Jee-Young Kim Jee-Young ... Man-taek's mom (as Ji-yeong Kim)
Jae-yeong Jeong ... Hong Man-taek
Eung-soo Kim
Jin-gu Kim Jin-gu Kim
Tae-won Kwon Tae-won Kwon
Eun-Kyung Shin Eun-Kyung Shin
Joon-Sang Yoo ... Hee-chul
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A 38-year-old single man, Hong Man-Taek is a petty farmer still living with his mother. Seeing a neighbor married to an Uzbekistan bride and frightened by the fact that his own grandson will never get married, Man-Taek's grandfather decides to send Man-tek to Uzbekistan to find a bride.

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Korean | Russian

Release Date:

23 November 2005 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Wedding Campaign See more »

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South Korea See more »

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1.85 : 1
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A small romantic comedy with a few charms
5 December 2008 | by refresh_daemonSee all my reviews

Wedding Campaign was a fairly popular Corean film from 2005; a story about two bachelor late 30's country bumpkins. The nice one of the two, very awkward with women, gets pressure from his mother and grandfather to get married and ends up getting set up to go to a matchmaking service in Uzbekistan, mirroring a real life issue in Corea, where young women tend to flee the country for the city, leaving the remaining (mostly male) farmer population without prospective spouses. Consequently, out-of-country matchmaking services have started popping up, setting up these farmers with women from struggling countries.

In this story, the more wily of the two convinces the nicer of the two to go to Uzbekistan to court women from the Koryo-people population there (ethnically Corean, having migrated out of Corea hundreds of years ago), from a sketchy matchmaking service there. However, our nice farmer becomes smitten by his translator, who has problems of her own. The movie from there on progresses fairly predictably, but not joylessly, so it's a watchable, even if it's not a particularly impressive affair. Not all of the character development is particularly believable and sometimes seems a little rushed, but the film is too good natured to hate either. Unfortunately, the structure of the film includes a long intro where precious little happens, but we get to learn about our characters in depth--this may turn off more Hollywood acclimated viewers as it doesn't move too quickly.

One of the things that I really liked about Wedding Campaign is its photography of Uzbekistan, having been shot on location for most of it. The actors are congenial and none of them try to be "the star", but rather play their parts well with the supporting comic characters doing well in their parts. Technically, the film works very well, as typical of Corean productions.

Overall, I wasn't impressed with Wedding Campaign, but I wasn't offended either. It's small charms are enjoyable enough for those who'd witness it, but it's not a compelling case for a "must watch." I doubt that you'd regret watching it, however, so if you're in the mood for a fairly light-hearted Uzbekistan set Corean romantic comedy, this is pretty much the only game in time. And it won't leave a bad taste in your mouth either. 7/10.


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