‘Crash Landing On You’ Review: K

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The thắm thiết drama was a cultural phenomenon in its native South Korea, và it’s gone criminally overlooked in the States, where it’s available to stream on Netflix.

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Panning opening scenes of South Korean high-rises and spaghetti highways to the lush hills of North Korea, Crash Landing on You’s cinematography draws the viewer in before a human character appears.

The South Korean drama, released last year on Netflix, was a cultural phenomenon in its trang chính country, becoming the second-highest-rated cable drama in South Korea, with a nationwide average viewership of 21.7 percent—translating to lớn 6.3 million views, according khổng lồ Nielsen Korea. It was only beaten by 2018’s TV series SKY Castle.

Crash Landing on You follows a wealthy South Korean woman who ends up in the demilitarized zone between North Korea và South Korea after being carried over the border by a tornavì chưng while paragliding. Yoon Se-ri (played by Son Ye-jin) owns her own fashion brand và is also a chaebol heiress. She disappears a day after her father chooses her lớn be his successor, taking over a sprawling business empire. With Se-ri presumed dead, her incompetent brothers và their wives climb over each other for the chairmanship.


Across the border in North Korea, another drama is unfolding: Se-ri is discovered by Captain Ri Jeong-hyeok (Hyun Bin). The captain hides her with the help of his subordinates whose inattention at their border posting resulted in her escape further into lớn the country. While trying to avoid the attention of a corrupt officer & curious neighbors, Se-ri has khổng lồ learn khổng lồ survive sầu in reduced circumstances and without the luxuries to which she is accustomed. North Korea’s authoritarian regime is presented in the slogans on buildings & street poles. Electriđô thị is infrequent và the villagers use coupons lớn buy food. While the contrasting realities of North and South are presented, the commonalities of both countries are shown. In the absence of leadership, North Korea is seen as a place where communities, like the village women who befriend Se-ri, must help each other & look out for one another. The portrayal of the country was handled delicately và deftly by the producers, who chose to highlight the humanity of its citizens & the day-to-day living of an imagined North Korea.

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As with most Korean dramas, the two main characters initially repel each other before recognizing their shared love sầu. The more the viewer learns about the couple’s lives, the more we realize they are well-suited. Captain Ri, we discover, has his own complicated family history, hailing from a military-elite family whose position would be threatened if Se-ri’s presence và identity is known. After his brother died in suspicious circumstances, Captain Ri abandoned his dream of becoming a world-renowned pianist, leaving Switzerl& and returning to lớn North Korea lớn serve in the military. He is also engaged to lớn be married to Seo Dan (Seo Ji-hy) a department store heiress. Theirs is an arranged marriage & with the appearance of Se-ri, tension và conflict arise in the love triangle. Another subplot involves Gu Seung-jun (Kim Jung-hyun), a nhỏ artist who escapes lớn North Korea after swindling Se-ri’s brother. We learn that he once dated Se-ri và later falls for Seo Dan, complicating matters considerably.

Crash Landing on You’s popularity is owed largely khổng lồ the chemistry between its two striking leads, Son Ye-jin & Hyun Bin, whose sweeping romance is communicated via a medley of longing looks and very light friction (in many ways, it’s a foil to lớn the randy Bridgerton). Son Ye-jin’s nimbleness, toggling from caremiễn phí and comedic to lớn serious và anguished, is perfectly matched by Hyun Bin’s captivating portrait of the emotionally-repressed soldier who will risk life and family lớn save sầu the woman he cherishes.


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Fans of the show, who had shipped the actors for months, were pleased to learn that on Jan. 1, the couple confirmed they are in a real-life relationship. (They’d previously starred together in the 2018 drama The Negotiation). And Son Ye-jin, one of the shining stars of the so-called Korean Wave (or Hallyu), is on the cusp of crossing over into lớn Hollywood, with a feature role opposite Sam Worthington in the upcoming sci-fi film The Cross, helmed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca).

The expansive sầu show, comprised of 16 hour-long episodes, is rounded out by a strong cast of supporting characters, from the colorful soldiers under Captain Ri’s command, khổng lồ the selfish brothers & the village women, khổng lồ sinister military leaders and a rogue wiretapper. There’s also a rather clever metanarrative sầu involving a soldier who loses himself in South Korean dramas. While Crash Landing on You has provided a much-needed respite for KDrama fans during lockdown, it hasn’t caught on so much stateside. Which is a shame, because once you get lost in the saga of Yoon Se-ri và Captain Ri, it’s almost impossible to stop.