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"Battle for Happiness" Ends In A Heartfelt Finale. Plus, Reveals the Dark Side of Korean Marriages!

ENA's deep-dive look into the lives of wealthy housewives Battle for Happiness ends in a heartfelt finale! With the help of this amazing drama, we expose the dark truth behind Korean marriages! Read on to find out!


Lee El stars as Jang Mi Ho, a woman thrown into raising her sister's children through a mysterious murder (ENA)
Lee El stars as Jang Mi Ho, a woman thrown into raising her sister's children through a mysterious murder (ENA)

At times frustrating, many fans have expressed Lee El's (My Liberation Notes 2022) character, Jang Mi Ho, to be a demanding woman wanting answers, but not knowing how to go about it. Regardless of how the director wanted her character to be, Lee El was able to portray a working woman thrown into disarray as her step-sister, Oh Yoo Jin, is murdered leaving her two girls and a violent husband behind, to perfection!


Emotional and heartfelt, the finale of Battle for Happiness truly deserves recognition as one of the best-acted dramas of 2023!


The dark side of Korean marriages is exposed!


Korean society loves to put on a façade! From social media to who they hang out with, Koreans are very calculative with how they are seen, especially by other Koreans. Battle for Happiness exposes the truth behind the perfect lives of wealthy Korean housewives and we applaud them for that! Several of the women that were married either ended up in divorce or were on the verge of a divorce.


Lee Kyu Han plays a manipulative husband and father (ENA)
Lee Kyu Han plays a manipulative husband and father (ENA)

According to KOSTAT, the number of marriages in 2022 was 192,000, which dropped by 0.4% (-0.8 thousand) from 2021. In 2022, the divorce rate was 93,000, which decreased by 8.3% (-8,000) from 2021. So are Koreans getting married less than before and avoiding divorce? This could be the case since compared to 2021, the marriages of males and females aged 25 to 29 showed the highest decrease.


Song Joong Ki and Katy Louise Saunders (Lifestyle Asia)
Song Joong Ki and Katy Louise Saunders (Lifestyle Asia)

The number of marriages to foreign spouses increased by 27.2% (to 17,000) in 2022 from the previous year.

KOSTAT Marriage & Divorce Statistics of 2022


But here's one bright point! The number of marriages to foreign spouses increased by 27.2% (to 17,000) in 2022 from the previous year! The number of divorces with foreign spouses was 6,000 which was a decrease of 0.4 thousand (5.9%) from 2021.


What are your thoughts about these statistics and this drama? Did it get you thinking about what life really is like in South Korea? Comment below!



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