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‘Crash Landing on You’ is the Hidden Netflix Gem That Will Keep Your Swoon-y ‘Bridgerton’ High


When I was growing up, my mother would wistfully tell me about how in the year before I was born, a mini-series called The Thorn Birds captured everyone in America’s imagination like nothing before. The mini-series told the story of a forbidden love between a handsome priest and a spirited Kiwi girl named Meghann (whom I was most likely named after, no matter what my mom says).

I was often jealous of my mom for getting to be swept away in real-time by a melodramatic forbidden romance, but no more. That’s because I’ve become addicted to a Korean miniseries on Netflix called Crash Landing on You, which elicits swoons, squees, and screams from me like no other show I’ve ever seen before. The series tells the story of the only more forbidden love than that between priest and parishioner: a romance between a South Korean heiress and a North Korean officer. Crash Landing on You is an epic romance full of wit, heart, and danger, and it’s captured the imagination of my friends in the same way my mom’s generation obsessed over The Thorn Birds back in the day.

Crash Landing on You originally debuted in late 2019 — which means, yes, I am very late to it — but continues to be one of the best escapist binge-watches on Netflix. The series follows the glamorous Yoon Se-ri (Son Ye-jin), the daughter of a major Korean business clan and a self-made beauty industry titan. Se-ri has been on the outs with her cutthroat family for years, but after her father is released from jail for committing a white collar crime, she is coaxed back to the family manse for dinner. Her father shocks everyone by declaring the smart and successful Se-ri as his heir, and not either of her older brothers. For her “victory lap,” Se-ri decides to test a new paragliding suit for her company herself. The only problem? A wacky storm strikes blowing Yoon Se-ri over the DMZ and straight into the arms of a handsome North Korean officer, Captain Ri Jeong-Hyeok (Hyun Bin).

Se-ri at gunpoint in Crash Landing on You
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Captain Ri Jeong-Hyeok is as far from a North Korean boogeyman as you can imagine. Rather than hurt or report Yoon Se-ri, the outrageously beautiful Captain Ri reluctantly accepts it as his mission to protect and hide the haughty Southerner. Jeong-Hyeok isn’t just a border captain, but the son of a high-ranking North Korean official, gifting him some measure of immunity within his harsh, totalitarian society. He’s also a frustrated piano prodigy who briefly escaped the yoke of North Korean culture to study in Switzerland (which is a whole other bizarre and romantic angle to the show’s already impossible dream of a concept). Sensitive, loyal, and imbued with the kind of superhuman fighting ability of an Avenger, Captain Ri Jeong-Hyeok is the ideal protector for a woman like Se-ri.

Naturally, the two begrudgingly forge first a friendship and then a flirtation and then they fall in love. Of course, there are roadblocks to their romance, starting with the fact that their nations are at war and ending with the reality that Jeong-Hyeok is already engaged to a beautiful North Korean department store heiress. There’s a subplot involving a corrupt North Korean officer responsible for the murder of Jeong-Hyeok’s noble older brother, a South Korean swindler who winds up in said villain’s care after ripping off Se-ri’s brother, and a whole mess of gossipy small town gossip. Crash Landing on You plays with all these elements and serves up an engrossing tale of star-crossed lovers constantly tested by their conflicting feelings as much as they are by the larger geo-political conflict directing their lives.

Captain Ri in Crash Landing on You
Photo: Everett Collection

As implausible as Crash Landing on You‘s set-up sounds, it works thanks to the chemistry of its two gorgeous leads, Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin. You don’t need subtitles to understand each and every spark of attraction that flickers across their faces. As they fall harder for each other, the show’s pull on your heart only gets stronger, until you find yourself squealing at the most melodramatic needle drops and impossible coincidences. How good is Son and Hyun’s chemistry? Well, the two recently made international headlines confirming they fell in love in real life and are still going strong.

Crash Landing on You is a show unlike anything you’ve ever seen. It has insane action sequences, glorious montages of wealth porn, unblinking looks at the impoverished lives of everyday North Koreans, and one of the most heart-wrenching love stories in ages. With 16 90-minute-long episodes, it’s truly a feast to be savored and the perfect antidote to the winter quarantine blues.

Maybe it’s not entirely precise to compare Crash Landing on You to 1983’s The Thorn Birds, but the Korean show is the first mini-series that’s gotten me to wistfully stare off into the distance (of my one-bedroom apartment) and sigh about two star-crossed lovers.

Watch Crash Landing on You on Netflix



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