I haven't paid much attention to K-dramas over the past few years and the last drama I watched was probably 3 - 4 years ago. However, Crash Landing on You (CLOY) caught my interest, mainly because of Hyun Bin and I'm a sucker for romantic comedies. I was happy when I found out that it is on Netflix and ended up binge-watching all 16 episodes within 2 days. It has been more than a month since I finished watching the drama and I still can't get over it, horrible I know. I've watched all the BTS clips, interviews, and listened to the OST countless times in the past month. Yes, I'm obsessed with it but this has been a great distraction away from the whole Covid situation.
The unbelievably believable story-line and amazingly well-written script, paired with good-looking main leads with incredible chemistry and stellar acting skills, explain the show's high ratings and global popularity. Even though the heart-wrenching, heart-warming, and heart-fluttering cross-border love story between Ri Jung Hyuk, a North Korean elite army captain and Se-ri, a South Korean heiress may seem unrealistic and impossible in real life, there are parts of their story where we could relate to in our own cross-border/continent, long-distance relationship, which was also made complicated by uncertainties, geographical limitations, and cultural differences.
In an attempt to get over my withdrawal symptoms or perhaps make it worse, I decided to reflect on the first 6 years of our relationship and how it drew parallels to RiRi couple's 'crash landing' encounter:
1. She crash landed into his world
2. Love happens when you least expect it
3. To love or not to love
4. It's better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all
5. Bridging two different worlds
6. Not alone after all
7. Action speaks louder
8. The impending goodbyes
9. Reunited in her world
10. Cherish every moment
11. The happy ending
12. "Your birthday will always be a good day"
I absolutely loved this drama and I don't think any other drama will be able to live up to the high standards of CLOY any time soon, at least not for me. Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin delivered such great chemistry on and off-screen that I hope they'd be together in real-life. The scriptwriter, Park Ji-eun, needs to get an award for such a well-written script. There are so many lines/quotes that are memorable and touching, even when translated in English/Chinese. And no, they are not cheesy. =P
Anyway, pardon the PDA and I'm by no means trying to turn our story into a K-drama. I'm just thankful that CLOY gave me the opportunity to reflect on our own journey as we step into the 12th year since we 'crash-landed' into each other's world. It's a good reminder of how far we have come, how much we have overcome, and to never forget what brought us together in the first place. As the saying goes, nothing worth having comes easy.
January 2021 December 2019