Crash Landing on You (CLOY) rightfully garnered the public’s attention as it is an intricate masterpiece of its own.
In every aspect that one Korean Drama should excel, CLOY decided to exceed in all of it and no amount of praise can sum up all my love, thoughts and feels.
On a sunny day, Yoon Seri (Son Ye Jin), a successful businesswoman/heiress from South Korea decided to paraglide to test out for herself their upcoming line of sportswear. She unluckily gets dragged in the middle of a tornado and crash landed beyond the border. That in itself is a scary conflict already. But add in a high-ranking North Korean officer, Captain Ri Jeong Hyeok (Hyun Bin), who finds her in the middle of a forest, inside their territory – that’s when you know extreme chaos could possibly ensue.
Crash Landing on You’s premise is simple, straight-forward and unassuming. Yet you know that with just one miscalculated decision things can go south and – bloody. Right there and then, I was already subjected to a thrill I haven’t experienced before. It instantly hooked me in on how they will portray North Korea and their society. The whats, hows and what ifs that a scenario like that entails. But honestly, why didn’t we get a drama with this kind of plot prior to this? This plot and its corresponding repercussions were basically right there staring at our faces but no one dared to make the most of this reality. Thanks to CLOY team, we were now able to at least artfully explore this unknown.
I told you, the plot is pretty simple but what makes the story move in further are its pro-active characters. Having a character-driven narrative, I was fascinated to witness Seri and Jeong Hyeok moving through parallel conflicts. Same sky, different world but humanity’s greed for power remains constant. I was really amazed with how they were able to weave through a number of important characters together and use them so well in the story. Until now, my mind can’t stop churning how they seamlessly did that.
The Actors, Characters And Chemistry
I didn’t think that Son Ye Jin and Hyun Bin would hit this big as a pair. Mom and Dad, I’m so sorry. uWu
Don’t get me wrong. Even before this, I have mad respect towards them (individually) and their craft. They’ve top-billed several successful movies and dramas in the past and I know anything they do will turn out great. But as a pair, I just didn’t quite see it early on the process.