Screenwriter Park Ji Eun Got the Idea for Crash Landing on You From a South Korean Actress Accidentally Boating to North Korea

Man, no wonder tvN drama Crash Landing on You always sounded silly and like fan fiction type set up. Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying it so far two episodes in but goodness is the entire premise beyond stupid. South Korean chaebol daughter and fashion maven Son Ye Jin gets whisked away in a supernatural tornado while paragliding and ends up in North Korea where she meets her fated man in North Korean military officer Hyun Bin. Where do I even start?

Turns out screenwriter Park Ji Eun has been nursing this script since 2008 when she read a news report about a South Korean actress out boating and got lost and sailed to North Korean shores. She ended up talking to a North Korean man and had to make a quit getaway when the government officials showed up. Initially the drama was supposed to be set in a boating mishap sailing to North Korea but due to recent boating incidents she changed it to other modes of transportation, noodling over several from planes, trains, and automobiles before settling on paragliding. So there you have it, every idea always has an inspiration.


Screenwriter Park Ji Eun Got the Idea for Crash Landing on You From a South Korean Actress Accidentally Boating to North Korea — 6 Comments

  1. Right! It’s surprising how even the most seemingly outrageous and unbelievable idea might actually be inspired from pure, unfiltered reality. It’s just we are too often prone to dismiss the more outrageous premises as completely fictional, and something that could never actually happen to “real people” when–you know, oftentimes truth really is stranger than fiction. Like, with all this talk about Crash-landing love I’ve remembered an older drama, Spy Myung Wol, that also had a premise that seemed to me really silly: the heroine, a NK solider, is tasked with kidnapping the hero, and uber-famous SK Hallyu star, to bring him to NK. The drama is super campy, but I remember quite enjoying it, for its sheer entertainment value; still, I thought the premise was such a let-down for the overall story, because it was so stupid. Well, I read recently, in the 1970s, the heydays of NK kidnappings, SK movie stars were quite the favored target, for some reason. So the silly premise of Spy Myung Wol had greater basis in truth than many other “serious” dramas. Who would have thought?

  2. I am loving the show so far and hyun bin so manly in era of flower boys!!!
    Son ye jin is looking natural now which was lacking in first 2 episodes. The scene where she has to display emotional turmoil when she was talking about her family not caring, showed what a great actress she is. No wonder she is still at top. Great movie career. Though her dramas never matched her movie success, i feel this drama will!
    And olus this drama i wont watch from critical analysis. It is fun n that is what matters to me

  3. Despite its silly premise, I am loving every minute of the campiness. The tornado scene in Crash Landing reminded me of Sharknado Part 2 with all the sharks flying around inside the tornado! Hilarious. Not to be taken seriously since this is a fantasy romance drama. The key word being fantasy.

  4. This drama is so silly but it is good because it never stops poking fun at its own silliness – just came from watching ep3 and this episode cements the drama as one that will intentionally use all tropes in kdrama ever (and I mean all!) and it’s a hoot! I can’t stop laughing. If it continues this streak , this writer will have another hit on her hands. I‘M liking it!

  5. Silly or not I’m loving it so much particularly the 4 soldiers plus 1 ep10. They are hilarious!!! They are the Korean version of the US TV Friends. Anxious for the next episodes. All the best to the cast and crews. Park Ji Yun and Lee Jeong-hyo, my high respect to both of you.

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