[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin's Squadmates on "Crash Landing on You" Grab Fans' Attention
By William Schwartz | Published on
While Hyun Bin is the obvious male headliner for "Crash Landing on You", many of the drama's other actors have also brought out surprising interest from viewers. These side characters, North Korean soldiers in the internal continuity, have had excellent chemistry both with each other, as well as with the proper leads.
Their distinct personalities are part of what sets them apart. Yang Kyung-won, for example, is a huge talker who obsessively talks about catching a tiger, though he has had little success to date. Yang Kyung-won's chemistry with lead actress Son Ye-jin has been great, as their screentime has a strong cat-and-mouse element. Yang Kyung-won has until now worked mostly in stage performances, having debuted in "Arthdal Chronicles" earlier this year in a similarly minor role.
The younger squad members, played by Lee Sin-young, Yoo Su-bin, and Tang Jun-sang, have aroused much interest in viewers for being handsome. The casting call for "Crash Landing on You" specifically tried to avoid casting actors who look too North Korean. This reflects modern trends, wherein some Internet personalities have surprised fans by revealing that they are North Korean defectors, a fact they are often loathe to disclose because they don't consider it that important.
"Crash Landing on You" has had much success, in part by not hewing too close to political stereotypes of North Koreans. The romance has definite elements of culture shock, but for the most part its North Korean characters are portrayed sympathetically and humanly. This goes beyond just Hyun Bin in the leading role, and applies to lesser cast members as well.
Written by William Schwartz
"Crash Landing on You" is directed by Lee Jeong-hyo, written by Park Ji-eun, and features Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin, Seo Ji-hye, Kim Jung-hyun, Jeon Gook-hwan, Jung Ae-ri. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/12/14~Now airing, Sat, Sun 21:00 on tvN.
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.