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SINGAPORE- Movie Review

MARRIAGE BLUE (PG13)

118 minutes

Marriage Blue, about four couples facing pre-wedding jitters, is pretty much feel-good fluff - reminiscent of Love Actually (2003).

The four couples lead separate lives, but they cross paths in unexpected or hilarious situations. And their problems run the gamut from a shotgun marriage between two very different individuals, to a long-term relationship that has gone from stable to stale.

The relationship woes of nail artist Soo Mi (Lee Yeon Hee) and her long-time boyfriend chef Won Cheol (Taecyeon of boyband 2pm, both above) pan out in typical idol drama manner, complete with a predictable ending. Mere days before their wedding, Soo Mi goes on a trip to the South Korea island of Jeju for a nail art competition. With the passion fizzled out of her seven-year relationship, Soo Mi's heart is set aflutter when she meets the carefree Kyung Soo (Joo Ji Hoon), a tour-guide and cartoonist.

Of the four story threads, the May-December romance between flower shop owner Gun Ho (Ma Dong Seok) and his modelesque fiancee Vika (Guzal Tursunova) from Uzbekistan is the most memorable. Gun Ho's insecurities cause him problems in the bedroom and he furtively seeks medical help.

The endings for the couples are pat, but this is one of those flicks die-hard romantics watch again and again to feel all warm and fuzzy.


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