Contract Marriage, Anyone?
Let me tell you a secret little. Well, this might not be a secret to everyone, but I have a sweet tooth for contract marriages and marriage of convenience plot lines. Seeing two people entering into a fake relationship and, most times, thrust into co-habitation can make for a great story.
I don’t get to indulge in contract marriages very often, but when I do, I’m all in. That’s why I can’t wait to talk about upcoming Chinese drama Well-Intended Love.
(Feel free to share some of your favorite contract marriages/marriage of convenience dramas in the comments below. I am always looking for new dramas to add to my list.)
One of my favorite contract marriages/co-habitation stories is the Thai remake of Full House. Oh yes, I am still not over Mike and Aom. Maybe one day I’ll find a current contract marriage to trump that one, but until then, it’s all about Mike and Aom for me. They made my Lead Couples That Still Make My Heart Soar (Part 2) list back in 2016.
And let’s not forget the pairing of Lee Min Ki and Jung So Min in Because This Life Is Our First. That was my number one drama of 2017.
Before that, back in 2014, Marriage, Not Dating stole my heart completely. I need to see Han Groo in a leading role again. I’m sure she’s been enjoying married life and motherhood while raising her twins. If she ever decides to come back to dramas, I’d watch anything she’s starring in… in a heartbeat.
What’s this drama about?
Let’s forward to the upcoming contract marriage that is the star of this post. As I’m continuing to diversify and watch more and more Asian content, I’ve realized that I haven’t watched all that many Chinese dramas. This is the perfect time for a revelation as it means I can start seeking out more Chinese content going forward.
Do you want me to cover more Chinese dramas here at ISWAKD? I might talk about Flipped, which is coming soon to Viki! I am open to suggestions on what you like to see and what you don’t care for.
Chinese Title: 奈何BOSS要娶我 / Nai He BOSS Yao Qu Wo
English Title: Well-Intended Love, How Boss Wants To Marry Me
Director: Wu Qiang
Air Date: January 17th 2019
Genre: Romance, Youth
Style: Web drama
Length: 45 minutes
Synopsis: A third-rate actress with leukemia becomes entangled with CEO Ling because she needs money for treatment.
In order to receive bone marrow transplant sooner and to continue her career as an actress, Xia Lin enters into a secret marriage with Ling Yizhou, the CEO of a company. Despite the conspiracies and misunderstandings they encounter, the two find true love.
Well-Intended Love is an adaptation of My Personal Sweetheart by Chun Feng Yi Du.
Starring: Xu Kai Cheng (I’m a Pet at Dali Temple) and Simona Wang (Ban Shu Legend).
You can watch my episode one recap here. This will be a slow-going recap, so I hope you don’t mind.
The contract relationship has me intrigued. How will Xia Lin’s illness affect the terms of the contract?
I don’t know anything about the original novel that this story is based on, either. I’m curious how sick Xia Lin is and I’m wondering if this drama will really focus on her health and treatment or if it will more so be her contract marriage with Ling Yizhou. Also, what will Ling Yizhou have to benefit from this relationship?
I have no idea what to expect, so I guess that’s where a lot of my excitement lies. A lot of unknown variables and questions are up in the air. It doesn’t look like Well-Intended Love is billed as a melodrama, so I take it that the drama might have a lighter tone to it.
Where to watch?
It took some time, but Well-Intended Love is officially on Netflix with English subtitles. Yes! Remember: what’s available on Netflix tends to be regional so this may or may not be available in your area.
If you don’t have Netflix, you can find this drama at places like View Asian, DramaCool, and KissAsian just to name a few.
If you want, you can submit requests to Viki to acquire this drama legally. Good luck! For tips on submitting requests on Viki, I have put together a post on How To Help Get Dramas Licensed on Viki and how that process works.
Of course Bambu, the upcoming Chinese streaming service, is set to launch sometime in the first quarter of this year. This will be a source for American fans to have access to some Chinese dramas with English subtitles. Time will tell how that pans out as it seems like Viki is also beefing up its Chinese content.
Head over to Viki’s Coming Soon page and you will see a variety of Korean, Chinese, and Japanese content that’s been licensed. There is also a Taiwanese drama as well as two Filipino dramas I’ve noticed. I give two thumbs up to Viki for snagging more content.
Now, if only they could acquire the licensing rights to Thai/lakorn dramas, I’d be in heaven.