I must admit, I was just curious about this K-Drama and jumped on the bandwagon. I am not really a fan of Hyun Bin nor Son Ye-jin but we cannot deny the fact that their chemistry is so strong, they have been the subject of dating rumors for quite some time now. Once again, they proved that their on-screen chemistry is powerful, this K-Drama has been talked of the town.
Hyun Bin as Ri Jeong-hyeo
Son Ye-jin as Yoon Se-ri
Kim Jung-hyun as Gu Seung-joon / Alberto Gu
Seo Ji-hye as Seo Dan
People around Yoon Se-ri
Nam Kyung-eup as Yoon Jeung-pyeong
Bang Eun-jin as Han Jeong-yeon
Choi Dae-hoon as Yoon Se-joon
Hwang Woo-seul-hye as Do Hye-ji
Park Hyung-soo as Yoon Se-hyung
Yoon Ji-min as Go Sang-ah
Go Kyu-pil as Hong Chang-sik
Lim Chul-soo as Park Soo-chan
People around Ri Jeong-hyeok
Jun Gook-hwan as Ri Choong-ryeol
Jung Ae-ri as Kim Yoon-hee
Ha Seok-jin as Ri Moo-hyeok
Oh Man-seok as Cho Cheol-gang
Yang Kyung-won as Pyo Chi-su
Yoo Su-bin as Kim Ju-muk
Lee Shin-young as Park Kwang-beom
Tang Joon-sang as Geum Eun-dong
Kim Young-min as Jeong Man-bok
People around Seo Dan
Jang Hye-jin as Go Myeong-eun
Park Myung-hoon as Go Myeong-sok
Hong Woo-jin as Director Cheon
People in the North Korean village
Kim Sun-young as Na Wol-sook
Kim Jung-nan as Ma Yeong-ae
Jang So-yeon as Hyeon Myeong-soon
Cha Chung-hwa as Yang Ok-geum
Crash Landing on You tells the story of two star crossed lovers, Yoon Se-ri (Son Ye-jin), a South Korean Chaebol heiress, and Ri Jeong-hyeok (Hyun Bin), a member of the North Korean elite and the Captain of the North Korean Special Forces. One day while Yoon Se-ri goes for a short paragliding ride in Seoul, South Korea, a sudden tornado knocks her out and blows her off course. She awakens to find herself up a tree in a forest in the DMZ in North Korea, a country forbidden for South Koreans. There she meets Ri Jeong-hyeok, literally falling into his arms from the tree. Ri Jeong-hyeok eventually gives Yoon Se-ri shelter, and develops plans to secretly help her return to South Korea. Over time, they fall in love, despite the divide and dispute between their respective countries.
One might have expected Se-ri’s disappearance to be national news in South Korea. However, Se-ri’s family suppresses the news for fear it will depress the stock price of the family-controlled chaebol. In particular, Se-ri’s two brothers, Se-jung and Se-hyung, are rivals to succeed their father, who just before Se-ri’s disappearance had announced he planned to anoint her because his sons are incompetent. They are supported by their equally ambitious wives, Do Hye-Ji (Hwang Woo-seul-hye) and Ko Sang-a (Yoon Ji-min). In fact, Se-hyung finds out Se-ri is in the north and tries to keep her there and then to have her killed.
Se-ri’s and Jeong-hyeok’s story is intertwined with that of Seo Dan (Seo Ji-hye) and Gu Seung-jun (Kim Jung-hyun). Dan is the beautiful daughter of a wealthy North Korean department store owner. She has been studying cello in Russia for several years but returns so that she can marry Jeong-hyeok, to whom she is engaged through an arranged marriage and whom she has only met a few times. As she returns to Pyongyang, she crosses paths, not for the first time, with Gu Seung-jun. Gu Seung-jun, who had previously been engaged to Se-ri, has come to North Korea under the protection of corrupt North Korean officers to escape from the pursuit of Se-ri’s brother Se-hyung, under whose incompetent watch he had embezzled large amounts of money. Although their initial encounters are not promising, they too eventually fall in love.
The story follows Jeong-hyeok and Se-ri as they try to get her home. They are impeded by Cho Cheol-gang (Oh Man-seok), an evil and venal State Security officer, who a number of years ago had arranged for the murder of Jeong-hyeok’s older brother, an officer who tried to expose him. The story eventually shifts to Seoul where both comedy and drama ensue for all four main characters, Se-ri’s family, and the arch-villain Cho Cheol-gang.
I love everything about this drama. From the protagonists to antagonists, supporting characters and everyone in between.
The NoKor soldiers have different charismas compared to SoKor soldiers from Descendants of the Sun. Their bubbly characters and touching friendship with Ye-Jin’s character set them apart and made every viewers love them.
Ye-Jin and Ji-Hye definitely leveled up their fashion game respectively. Both are such eye candies.
The OSTs are catchy too!
What I really love about this K-Drama is the unique love story between Ji-Hye and Jung-Hyun’s characters. My favorite scene was when Jung-Hyun’s character died.
Overall, I am very happy I gave this K-Drama a shot. I just hope Ji-Hye and Jung-Hyun’s characters had a happy ending too. I will give this 8/10 rating, a definite must watch, and recommend for K-Drama noobs.
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