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I have a couple of reviews that you can say were at a back burner, need a refresher and to be worked on more. And this review was one of them! This is because I was working on this for a while in between other programs since it began airing in December and had just recently concluded this month, February 16, 2020.
Peace lol…Either way I apologize for being behind schedule on posting this review. But on the bright side, I was able to get a refresher, touch this review up to make sure I give all of my thoughts on this…especially since this is one of my favorite Korean dramas that I will give my review of!!! Hehe… Woohoo!!
Anyways been a long time coming and finally presenting…
Crash Landing On You Korean TV Drama Review
Disclaimer: Pictures of the show, cast are not mine. I got them online. And just add, info on the cast I got from Wikipedia, MyDramaList and Asian wiki.✌️ By the way, just to sneak in, you can find this Korean tv drama on NetFlix.
First off… please don’t take what I say seriously… just with a grain of salt, like with music. I do not have a professional degree in film, literature and television… Not at all…nada zilch degree. But I love movies books and tv shows, most especially if they capture my interest somehow. Despite the lack of degree on this area, I will still do this review as a television drama lover and a Kdrama lover… And just to clarify too, sorry if at some points I might run on with my words or have any grammatical errors… but I will definitely be honest about my thoughts and feelings in this review.
Moving on… I will first talk about bit about the main leads… Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin, Kim Jung-hyun and Seo Ji-hye …and their respective characters in the Crash Landing On You…
Hyun Bin is a South Korean actor, who is best known for his leading roles is popular tv dramas such as 2005’s My Name is Kim Sam-soon, 2009’s Worlds Within, 2010-2011’s Secret Garden and 2018-2019’s Memories of the Alhambra. He is also known for his films like in 2017’s Confidential Assignment and The Swindlers. The role the shot his to stardom was opposite Kim Sun-a in 2005’s romantic comedy My Lovely Sam Soon! This won him Top Excellence Award at the MBC Drama Awards. He then starred in a film that was a hit among teenagers in A Millionaire’s First Love. He was then casted in the drama The Snow Queen that was unsuccessful. But drew critical acclaim for his portrayal of a sociopath in the gangster saga, Friend, Our Legend. Then in 2010’s Secret Garden, he experienced a career revival! Thus, getting recognized for his performance. Following that, he started doing overseas projects which he got recognized at the 2010 SBS Drama Awards and the 47th Baeksang Arts Awards for his performance. This led to more projects for him before his career was put temporarily on hold for two years since he has to do his mandatory military service. He then upon return from his military service, he made his acting comeback in April 2014 with The Fatal Encounter…unfortunately he received criticism for his flat tone and lack of emotion while the film itself also received negative reviews. This was followed by another role as a man with a split personality disorder whose two personas both fall for the same woman in the 2015 romantic drama series Hyde, Jekyll, Me. Unfortunately, this drama too…didn’t do well…it was a commercial flop and recorded low ratings. In 2017, he had another career resurgence with his return to the silver screen in the successful action-thriller film Confidential Assignment which he received positive reviews for his action scenes and comedic performance. It was then followed by another successful film that became a box office hit for him, the crime action film The Swindler. Then in 2018, crime thriller The Negotiation, he played the villain for the first time, which was then followed by zombie blockbuster Rampant. Anyways…also in 2018, Hyun Bin made his return to the screen with fantasy suspense drama Memories of the Alhambra with Park Shin-hye, which is hailed as one of the highest rated Korean dramas in cable television history. Hyun was praised for his seemingly indifferent but humorous depiction of his character. And now in 2019, he is set to play a North Korean commission officer in romance drama Emergency Love Landing aka Crash Landing On You…which by the way is the focus of this review.
In Crash Landing On You, Hyun Bin plays Ri Jeong-hyuk. A skilled and dedicated captain in the North Korean army who hides and protects Se-ri after she accidentally crash-lands in his country. He is a piano prodigy who was studying in Switzerland, but had to return home after his elder brother died in a mysterious car crash. Thus, he had to give up his piano career, and join his father in the military.
Son Ye-jin is a South Korean actress. She rose to fame in romance-themed films and television series such as 2003’s The Classic, Summer Scent, 2004’s A Moment to Remember, and 2005’s April Snow. She has won acting recognition for her versatility in diverse genres, notably in 2006’s Alone in Love, 2008’s My Wife Got Married, 2014’s The Pirates and the 2016 films The Truth Beneath and The Last Princess. She is also known for her lead roles in romance dramas such as 2018’s Something in the Rain and 2019–2020’s Crash Landing on You, which is the focus of this review.
In Crash Landing On You, Son Ye-jin plays a rich heiress who falls in love with a North Korean commission officer, Ri Jeong-hyuk whom she meets after accidentally crash-landing in North Korea due to a paragliding accident while testing her self-founded company’s latest athletic wear. She is a South Korean heiress with a troubled family history, as she is her father’s illegitimate child making her the target of loathing from her half-brothers and step-mother. She is however a successful businesswoman who founded her own company, Seri’s Choice, and who practices intermittent fasting.
Kim Jung-hyun is a South Korean actor. He has starred in dramas such as Don’t Dare to Dream, The Rebel and is best known for his lead roles in KBS2 hit teen drama School 2017, JTBC youth series Welcome to Waikiki and MBC melodrama Time. He is currently seen in the tvN drama Crash Landing on You, which is the focus of this review.
In Crash Landing On You, Kim Jung-hyun plays Gu Seung-joon. A young and rich businessman, who is also Seri’s jilted fiancé (her brother hoped for the union via an arranged marriage). He stole money from the company run by Seri’s father, and flees to North Korea.
Seo Ji-hye is a South Korean actress. After first attracting attention in the horror film Voice, Seo has since starred in numerous television dramas, notably 2005’s Shin Don, 2006’s Over the Rainbow, 2008’s I Love You ❤, 2008’s Chunja’s Happy Events, 2011’s 49 Days, 2012’s The Moon and Stars for You and 2014’s Punch, 2016’s Don’t Dare to Dream and 2018’s Surgeons.
In Crash Landing On You, Seo Ji-hye plays Seo Dan. She is an aspiring musician who comes from a rich family in North Korea, daughter of a major department store conglomerate. She is Ri Jeong-hyuk’s fiancée through an arranged marriage. While she is hopelessly in love with Ri, he doesn’t love her in return.
Now…I will move on to the short summary and recap of Crash Landing On You Korean drama…
Crash Landing on You is a story of two star crossed lovers, a South Korean heiress and a North Korean elite who also happens to be an army officer. One day, while paragliding, Yoon Se-ri, a heiress has an accident caused by strong winds, and tornado that appeared out of nowhere to be exact…leading her to crash land in North Korea, where she meets Ri Jeong-hyuk, a North Korean army officer, who agrees to help her return to South Korea so he and troop and her all won’t get killed. Over time, both Yoon Se-ri and Ri Jeong-hyuk fall in love, despite the divide and dispute between their respective countries…and also some arranged marriages and greedy corrupt bad guys!
Finally, I will talk about my thoughts and overall review on Crash Landing On You…
First and foremost, thank you Netflix for adding this awesome show to your lineup! It is totally awesome and I love it!
I honestly haven’t been interested in a military theme drama since 2016’s Descendants of the Sun starring Song Joong-Ki and Song Hye Kyo. Which by the way is an amazing drama that I watched a while back, that I happen to plan to watch again and although really late, I plan to make a drama review of even though I’ve already watched it many times before…
Anyways as I was saying… I honestly haven’t been interested in a military theme drama since 2016’s Descendants of the Sun! And Crash Landing On You definitely caught my interest!
Although Crash Landing On You has a military-special forces theme to it and interesting drama as 2016’s Descendants of the Sun…it is definitely different! Because although it has a military-special forces theme, this time it is take on a star-crossed romance between a South Korean heiress / businesswoman and a North Korean man who is not only an army officer but he also happens to be a North Korean elite! And what makes it even more interesting, is that their romance began because she accidently landed in North Korea after a sudden tornado storm knocks her out and blows her off course while testing the latest tracksuit created by her self-run successful company as she takes a short paragliding ride in South Korea!
Both Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin, respectively as Ri Jeong-hyuk and Yoon Se-ri, have amazing chemistry and they look great and adorable together! The height difference is just perfect! They are awesome impeccable actors! Really talented! I felt that their respective roles as Ri Jeong-hyuk and Yoon Se-ri fits them well…. It’s like those roles were tailor-made for them. They are different people from different worlds with slightly similar roots in a sense that they are both elites but one is a businesswoman and the other is a solider but from opposite sides of the 38th parallel in Korea. I also love how the are connected and pretty much “fated” to be together despite all the obstacles they faced! I will not not expound too much but I found it interesting!
The second pair Gu Seung-joon and Seo Dan, respectively played by Kim Jung-hyun and Seo Ji-hye were pretty good as well. I thought they were adorable and sexy. Although of course, I still mainly looked forward to both Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin’s scenes because the chemistry is so undeniable in my opinion.
But I got to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the scenes with Ri Jeong-hyuk and his four man troupe with Pyo Chi-soo, Kim Joo-muk, Geum Eun-dong and Park Kwang-beom with the addition of the “Rat”/eavesdropper Jeong Man-bok…respectively played by Yang Kyung-won, Yoo Sun-bin, Tang Jun-sang, Lee Shin-young and Kim Young-min. Which I will call the five man troupe. These guys were amusing and hilarious! The characters all different but still they gel really well. Chi-soo skeptical and suspicious on anything or anyone South Korean. Love his banter with Yoon Se-ri. Kim Joo-muk, although a North Korean corporal is a total K-drama fanatic and a fan of South Korean actress Choi Ji-woo. Geum Eun-dong is just adorable, so innocent despite being a private in the North Korean army. Park Kwang-beom really handsome but you can tell his character gets the job done, the best of his ability and he really follows Ri Jeong-hyuk’s instructions. And Jeong Man-bok although he works and gels with Ri Jeong-hyuk and his four man troupe near the latter half of the drama, he found his true friends after redeeming himself from wronging Ri Jeong-hyuk’s bro. Anyways this five-man troupe they might not totally stand out as much as the main cast but they will really entertain you and pull your heartstrings in these drama… Their dynamics with eachother and the main pair Ri Jeong-hyuk and Yoon Se-ri is just mix of adorable and hilarious.
The women in the North Korean village as well are quite interesting and amusing too… who not knowing her predicament slowly become friends with Yoon Se-ri. Of course, our main female lead has to have female companionship because she is practically surrounded by mostly men in the drama…and the are the women in the North Korean village she befriended after her paragliding incident that led her to Ri Jeong-hyuk’s care. The women in the North Korean village are Na Wol-sook, Ma Yeong-ae, Hyeon Myeong-soon and Yang Ok-geum, respectively played by Kim Sun-young, Kim Jung-nan, Jang So-yeon and Cha Chung-hwa.
Also what I found I interesting in this drama is that I wasn’t sure at first the accuracy of how North Korea was portrayed in the drama but news reports got clarification from the shows directors saying that from the get-go that the show won’t be hundred percent accurate depiction of the North Korea since they are more focus on the creating the chemistry amongst the characters. But an actual North Korean defector who has a Youtube channel Kang Nara weighed in and said that 60% of the show is actually accurate… For instance, the average North Korean homes’ dining tables don’t come with chairs and the homes having kimchi caves since North Korea does not have electricity and refrigerators. Wealthy North Korean families show their wealth with lace curtains to their windows. North Korean soldiers look more like Ri Jeong-hyuk’s four-man troupe and the one soldier Pyo Chi-su has the North Korean dialect down to the T. And the women really have to have their hair tied…having you hair down is unacceptable and considered weird…
I also love the special appearances and cameos in this drama, I won’t mention who they are and their short roles here, but I was so excited seeing them…they either made the scenes extremely funny, adorable or both!
Overall, I totally love and enjoyed this Korean drama Crash Landing On You! It is a definite much watch!
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