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Hyun Bin, Sohn Ye-jin team up with Legend of the Blue Sea writer for tvN romance

Well, this is certainly some star-studded news on both the onscreen and offscreen fronts. Writer Park Ji-eun, best known for her mega-hit You From Another Star, is making a much-anticipated return to dramaland since 2016’s Legend of the Blue Sea. Her new drama will air on tvN and has since cast Hyun Bin (Memories of the Alhambra) and Sohn Ye-jin (Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food) to star. The show is titled Love’s Crash Landing for now, but reports indicate that it’s a working title, so I’m really hoping they switch it out for something else. (It just doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, does it?)

The synopsis of the drama has a lot of potential for opposites-attract romance, comedy, and action, which sounds like right up this writer’s alley. Sohn Ye-jin will play the heiress of a prominent chaebol family who somehow finds herself on the wrong side of the DMZ in a freak paragliding accident. I wouldn’t give her much odds of survival in North Korea if it weren’t for Hyun Bin’s special forces officer who finds himself hiding and protecting her.

I’m not exactly sure how a North Korean soldier ends up protecting a rich, South Korean heiress, but I’m looking forward to finding out. The story is certainly fresh and I foresee a lot of cute bickering between the tough special forces soldier and chaebol pair, which of course will lead to them falling in love. And there’s nothing like a good North-South divide to raise the stakes, so I’m expecting a lot of good narrative conflict thrown in there.

Directing is Lee Jung-hyo, whose credits include The Good Wife, Life on Mars, and Romance is a Bonus Book. The drama doesn’t have a set premiere date yet, but will air sometime in the latter half of this year.

Via MK Sports, Hankook Kyungje

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it sounds like a bodyguard trope? I love it
hopefully the story won’t prevail

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That would be brilliant. I am embarrassed to admit that sexy bodyguards are my catnip 😻

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I loved love My Love from another star, but couldn't get past episode 1 of legend, so we shall see. Hopefully this Sohn Ye-Jin's character is better written than her last and better written than Hyun Bob's last.

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Hyun Bin

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Laughing my head off at Hyun Bob...it has a nice ring to it, though, like Spongebob. 😁😁😁😁

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For me it was vice versa:))) I enjoyed legend of the blue sea and dropped my love from another star.
Now we just have to wait for the writer and see what she is going to do with these two gorgeous actors🙏🏻💜

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i loved My love from another star and watched legend just because. it was enjoyable but not as good as MLFAS. oh these abbreviations just rattle my brain! this sounds so good and i will put it on my patiently(not so) waiting list. i loved Hyun Bin in Alhambra and i love ye jin in anything so here we go anticipating!

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To be fair most of my dislike had to do with the fact that I find Lee Min Ho aggressively mediocre, so it may have been good, I just couldn't get past him. lol

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I don’t want to start a war, but I totally agree with you . I find Lee Min Ho rather bland and as you said “aggressively mediocre”. On the other hand I hope this drama is good , it been a while since I have become emotionally invested in a drama.

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I don’t want to start a war, but I totally agree with you . I find Lee Min Ho rather bland and as you said “aggressively mediocre”. On the other hand I hope this drama is good , its been a while since I have become emotionally invested in a drama.

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Me too. I disliked nearly every scene in YFAS. LOTBS was silly but harmlesy fun.

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While watching MLFAS I was about to die from boredom. It just didn’t work for me.

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MLFAS didn't work for me either. I just breezed through, pressing my FFW button to see Jaekyung and his shenanigans. The good guys could have worked together to easily bring Jaekyung down but they dragged it...I only remember JaeKyung's end. I can't even remember what happened to Song Yi and the alien. Hua3

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Me too!
I actually hated My Love from Another Star and loved Legend of the Blue Sea.

Cant wait for this one!

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The first time I started "Legend of the Blue Sea" I had the same experience of not getting past the first episode. Then I tried it again and loved it. I re-watched it with my wife and she loved it. In fact, it is the only K-drama that my wife has seen twice.

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The premise, if done well, is right up my alley. I have mildly positive feelings towards the writer? Never completely gotten into her dramas. I did find them fun enough, just never got emotionally engaged. That said, I'm already more drawn towards this pairing than those of her previous works.

I absolutely love Son Ye-jin and I'm interested in seeing her in something light and fun after her last drama so I'll definitely at least be checking this out.

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She's got a quite good track record and she actually manage to write a strong KBS weekend drama, which is an AWESOME thing in my opinion.

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I like the pairing!

For the writter, I liked You From Another Star but not Legend of the Blue Sea, I couldn't finish it.

For the PD, I loved Life on Mars and The Good Wife! It was really great remakes.

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@kurama,
I agree: LIFE ON MARS was terrific. One of my top dramas in last year's Bean Count. What a marvelous job of directing. It had me on the edge of my seat the whole way. I hadn't seen the original, and loved it to bits. The cast was terrific.

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i have only seen The Good Wife which is pretty decent drama but haven't check yet the Life on Mars

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You should! The casting was really great. Jung Kyoung-Ho and Park Sung-Woong are filming an another drama together "When the Devil Calls Your Name".

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thanks since you have mention it i will add Life on Mars on my list. currently im watching Abyss (pretty messy) and Voice 3 so i guess adding one more will not hurt-:)

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just read the synopsis of Life on Mars and suddenly i cannot help but think of the drama Tunnel which tell me somehow they have the same plot

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Life On Mars is based on english TV show. The korean version is a good remake, they changed the date to adapt the story to korea history. The hero tive traveled in the past.

In Tunnel the hero time traveled in the futur

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what i mean is they have similar plot in sense of time travel and they were both detective/police-:)

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@kurama, it is also the same that they are chasing the criminal when the time travel occurs the only difference is that in Tunnel drama it was in the future, then this Life on Mars is he travel on the past. Perhaps have you watch Tunnel?

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Yes, I did.
Life on Mars is more ambiguous about what happened.

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So, someone remind me, weren’t they spotted together in LA not too long ago? This looks gorgeous. I’m in. TvN knows me.

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LOL!!!!

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Yes, but both agencies denied several times the dating rumor.

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Hmmmmm, yeahhhh. I totally believe agencies....

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Some are speculating the drama is a cover up for them to announce their relationship at the end. I gotta say I'm kinda intrigued to see if this speculation is right. Hahaha

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Oohhh, I like that theory. When I was talking about being gorgeous, I was talking mainly about them. Seriously, though, My eyes will be mesmerized.

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I know the industry is insane on so many levels, but producing a drama just to lead up to dating news? Is the industry even crazier than I thought?

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Haha. It might be way crazier than we know it. We are only shown glimpses of what is happening behind the scenes.

Whatever it is going on between the two leads, lets hope it doesn't overshadow the drama entirely. Hua3

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You'll be surprised at how much power the top tier actors have. Dispatch can't even touch them unless they want their relationships to be revealed and even then they only release the most harmless pictures. People hate on idols for abusing power but the top 1% actors are the true kings of the entertainment world in Korea.

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The answer is yes. To both.

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They don't even need this for a relationship to be validated. I don't understand and I don't even want to.

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I thought it is the reverse. Like they have jumped on the idea of getting a mega hit because of the rumours and might even leak fake dating news to milk it as far as possible!

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The dating news isn't fake they've been rumored to be a couple for a long time now. The marriage news is what we will get after the drama not dating news.

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Well, if they are dating, that will give us some awesome onscreen chemistry!

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these 2 was on the movie The Negotiator right? now will be seeing them in the drama... seems like a perfect pairing for me so im gonna check this out.

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I didn't know I needed these two together in a drama. Hopefully the story is as good as the cast.
It will be interesting (and potentially controversial) since it takes place in North Korea. I'm in. The last drama with that North-South divide that I watched was King 2 Hearts.

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*Imagines Hyun bin speaking with a N Korean accent and swoons*

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ditto.. in which Seunggi's acting was really priceless

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I am unabashedly ALL IN on this...praying to the KDrama gods that all the pieces fall into place!

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yes to this!! i like all these pieces, so here's to hoping they fall together in the best way possible!

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Ooh, sounds interesting! I'll definitely be keeping my eye on this.

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This plot doesn't sound like my cup of tea, and the writer has me skeptical, but I do think the director is promising and I love Sohn Ye-jin! So I guess I'll at least be checking this out. I'm not touching Pretty Noona with a nine-foot pole, so hopefully this one will be a good one for her.

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the editing alone was such a massive fail lol like who approved the constant stand by your man i'm still mad

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I didn’t witness it myself but just hearing Beanies talk about that song made me want to bang my head against a wall.

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I hated that song long before Pretty Noona but now it's nails on a chalkboard. I watched a lot of that show with the mute button on.

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I'm with you on Stand By Your Man! At some point I dialled down the volume when it came on.

I imagine there are Korean scores as annoying and incongruous to the scenes, but I didn't understand them so I wasn't bothered. This was different.

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I’m so adamant to not hear that song anymore! It was such a nightmare!

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Not a fan of the writers. But this time the PD is solid. We will see

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He played a North Korean special forces agent in the movie Confidential Assignment that was a lot of fun. He did a great job playing a stoic tough guy who tried really really hard not to get too friendly with South Korean cop Yoo Haejin (who was hilarious and lovable) and to fend off Yoona (who was all of us). So here he's going to try to resist Sohn Yejin? I'm ready.

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Oo you've piqued my interest, I thought it was all gritty and grim, didn't know there were romantic elements in it. Should I watch it? Hm...

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No romance. She plays the cop's young sister-in-law and when he brings Hyun Bin home she's all O.O and decides she wants to marry him. Only 2 or 3 funny scenes. But definitely watch it! It Is gritty and sometimes grim but it's also a fun buddy cop movie.

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I will! Thanks. I'll just pretend he likes her back and they get married and have 10 kids.

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I'm wondering if it will be their adventure to find a place for her to paraglide back to other side of DMZ. So..two people going on a quest together. As they navigate the dark forests of North Korea, fighting off wild animals, they fall in love and decided to stay in the forest and make their own tribe.

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Segueing into Chronicles of Arthdal.... ; )

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Yes. My thoughts too..so this is how Arthdal exists. Thanks to HB and SYJ lost in NK woods~ hahaha

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~~ where, owing to a time warp caused by a tactical nuke that apparently detonates in the DMZ, they encounter Hwanung, Son of God, and later, the reincarnation of his son Dangun, Prince Dam-deok (STORY OF THE FIRST KING'S FOUR GODS). Lather, rinse, and repeat for Jumong and his grandson, Mu-Hyul (KINGDOM OF THE WINDS). And the rest is sageuk history. ;-)

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I love those two and to have them being romantically paired is a great news. But I'm torn because I'm not the biggest fan of this writer. I always found her romcom to be lacking in term of emotional beats. It just didn't grab me in the heart, no matter how hilarious yet swoony the OTP are. The only exception is The Producers which stole my heart with IU's character. So I just hope that this one will be more emotionally satisfying.

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I forgot she also wrote The Producers! Likely an unpopular opinion, but that was probably my favorite drama of hers. All because of Cindy, as you said.

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It was also mine! Gong Hyo Jin and Cha Tae Hyun got me to watch it but Cindy was my favorite character. It was my proper introduction to IU, the actress. I say ‘proper’ because Bel Ami didn’t happen and I don’t remember it 🙃
I want IU to play a character like Cindy again. She was electrifying and just such a brat!

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I loved Cindy! Pop princess with a core of steel!

That was when I realised what a great actress IU is, because she gave the 'brat girl' such a huge amount of emotional depth. That character, in lesser hands, could have become an annoying screech-fest but IU made me care for her soooo much.

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But wasn't The Producers' writer switched midway through? Which one was she, I wonder.

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I forgot that happened. I checked on asianwiki, and writer Park Ji-eun is the only one credited for it.

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i'll die lmao i love her so much it killed me i couldnt get through pretty noona because she is a force (imo, first thing i saw her in was 'the truth beneath' and that movie is insanity about latent misogyny and motherhood etc and it's sooooooo well done) so maybe i will watch this also he's hot LOL

i know barely anything abt dprk politics (relating outside of the US...sorta) so here's hoping there's no propaganda

also idk why but i could never get into MLFAS lol

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He is SIZZLING HOT, and those dimples...*DIES*

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I'm swooning here imagining Hyun bin as a "tough special forces officer" who " finds himself hiding and protecting her*...so excited about this.

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I'm not sure either you are being sarcastic or are you really excited to see imo, a damsel in distress. Haha

As of now thats all I can say about the female character, no matter how spunky she will be...I foresee her being hidden in the woods, and he will come to give her food and shelter her. She can't go around roaming the streets of North Korea...unless she wants to be caught and maybe killed for tresspassing. Hua3

I'm intrigued to what fictional world they will serve us in this drama. It could be a King 2 Hearts rehash but with a chaebol heiress instead of a king. Maybe chaebol heiress have absolute power and control over korea's economy. Hahaha

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I'm deadly serious, I'm crazy about Hyun bin, fell for him in Alhambra...so there are two hot guys in my dramaland life at the moment, SSR and Hyun bin. Can't decide who I like better, cause my heart melts when I think of Hyun bin dimpling at me leaning on the door frame in that classic scene from Alhambra... I rewound multiple times to watch and rewatch it.

Yeah, she'll be doing silly things like wearing high heels in the jungle, so he'll grab her shoes, and break off the heels...hm, think I saw that somewhere...and she'll be squealing, so he'll clamp his hand over her mouth, and pull her tight against him, as the soldiers pass, then they'll look at each other, and mwah! Or she'll see a creepy crawly, or a snake, in the tent, and she'll scream, and he'll come running in...omg, it's so deliciously romantic I can't wait, seriously

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What is the greater crime here: wearing heels in the jungle or wearing heels PARAGLIDING...

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The greatest crime is wearing white heels while paragliding if it's before Memorial Day, at least here in the USA. Tsk, tsk. Get me my smelling salts.

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I would say wearing heels while in the jungle and paragliding. They've been saying for years now that the white before Memorial Day and after Labor Day is passe. 😂😂😂

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What's a chaebol heiress doing in N Korea? Her plane crashlands in the jungle, she's doing business with a N Korean firm, but then why would he need to save her? She must have snuck in somewhere she shouldn't be.

The saddest thing is, I think they'll part ways in the end, like in The Bodyguard...

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Fyi: she will paraglide over the DMZ. She will not be in a plane crash.

Maybe she does have a business in North Korea. But it doesn't justify her trespassing a country's airspace, be it intentional or not intentional. So...she will really need Hyunbin to protect and smuggle her out of the country. And then Hyunbin will go to SK with her and becomes a NK defector.

I say they'll be in NK for maybe 2 episodes before they get to SK, Hyun Bin in tow. Then the drama will shift to Hyun Bin navigating his ways in modern SK. Wait..I think this sounds familiar. Hahaha

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Scenes we can look forward to in the sweltering, sultry jungle backdrop of N Korea

1. Hyun bin stripping to his chest, lifting a fallen log out of the way, choco abs glistening with the sheen of sweat

2. Hyun bin, stripped to his waist, riding a tiger (or wild elephant)...choco abs glistening with the sheen of sweat

3. Hyun bin, bathing in a murky stream, without a stitch on, choco abs glistening in the sun

4.Hyun bin, bathing in a waterfall, without a stitch on, choco abs ( and more) glistening in the sun

5. Hyun bin, covered with mud, battling a hippo (or crocodile, (choose), choco abs caked with damp soil

I know, I read too many romances growing up.

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@yyishere YY,
I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that your next role be Hyun Bin's dogtags -- so you can closely monitor those "choco abs glistening with the sheen of sweat." I expect you to wow us with another of your meticulous, well-researched portrayals. ;-)

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Oo dogtags on Hyun Bin's muscular chest? *SWOONS*
N KOREA HERE I COME!!!! Where's my paraglider?

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Ask and I doth receive! Thank you, @yyishere YY, for your stunning self-portrait. Your commitment to your craft never ceases to amaze me. This may edge out your portrayal of The Island in TOP STAR YOO BAEK as my favorite. It's in a 4-way photo-finish with perennial favorites Truck Of Doom and Cliff of Non-Doom. Bless you, my child. ;-)

http://www.dramabeans.com/members/yyishere/activity/784235/?nid=1927373&nidwpc=784235

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A tiger, a hippo and a crocodile walk into a North Korean Bar...

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...followed behind by a lovesick rhino, with a masked cat riding on its back...

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As much as I like the premise of a cheesy bodyguard storyline and a new drama featuring a North/South Korea romance, the set-up for this is just ridiculous. It's an international crisis if a plane flies too close to the DMZ, let alone in it, so there is no way in hell someone can accidentally cross the border paragliding. They've got radars tracking that airspace 24/7 over there. This is definitely going to be a "turn off your brain and enjoy the pretty" kind of drama.

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Thanks for the casting news, @tipsymocha. AsianWiki lists the drama as LOVE'S EMERGENCY LANDING, which I'll take any day over a crash landing. It sounds too much like "crash and burn," which is what too many dramas do without having a title that actively conjures it up. Not only is the description giving me flashbacks to THE KING 2HEARTS. It also reminds me of the film JOINT SECURITY AREA (2000), perhaps with a touch of WELCOME TO DONGMAKGOL, or HEAVEN'S SOLDIERS owing to the cross-border collaboration. On the other hand, I cannot image how anyone could enter that airspace without ending up like Swiss cheese, so my disbelief is already requiring suspension.

Sohn Ye-jin has been one of my favorite actresses since first seeing her in a dual role in THE CLASSIC with Cho Seung-woo and Zo In-sung. The OST is beautiful. She lost her memory in A MOMENT TO REMEMBER, and a philandering husband in APRIL SNOW. SYJ played a merchant in GREAT AMBITION with Jang Hyuk, and a bereaved mother in the memorable ALONE IN LOVE with Kam Woo-sung. She was Lee Min-ho's landlady in PERSONAL TASTE. Oh, and she swashed many a buckle in THE PIRATES. "Versatile" is an understatement.

As for Hyun Bin, I've only seen him in the drama MY NAME IS KIM SAM-SOON, and a couple of clips from SECRET GARDEN. I recently caught him in the sageuk film THE FATAL ENCOUNTER with Jo Jung-seok.

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Literally me when I read that premise: "is that even possible???? LMAO"

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Throw heat-seeking weapons into the mix, and there's no way this plot could get off the ground. I think we're supposed to jettison our brains before tuning in. LOL. ;-)

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the heiress of a prominent chaebol family who somehow finds herself on the wrong side of the DMZ in a freak paragliding accident

I am thoroughly amused by this premise.

Legend (LOBSTER) left me salty af, but You From the Stars remains the only drama I have cried in whilst watching, the PD has a decent resume and if there's one good thing to come out of MOA it was me wanting Hyun Bin in an action roll... lol. Guess I got that wish.
Let's just say I'll tune in for now.

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So glad the casting rumors have come true! The pretty will be blinding.

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Looking forward to this pairing but even though I love both Sohn Ye Jin and Hyun Bin, if this drama sucks, it's gonna go to the discarded drama pile.

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Story sounds weird but I love these 2 together.

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Question, does anyone know if they've acted together before?

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I believe it was only once, in last year's movie, The Negotiation.

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Dramagods answering my prayers!!!!

Months ago when I finished watching their movie The Negotiation, I silentlyToo loud tbh prayed for these two to be casted in a drama asap! My fanwall was full of prayer notes send to nowhere..

... And now HERE WE ARE!!!! I cant wait!!!! So excited.

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the only drama by hyun bin that ive seen in its entirety was hyde, jekyll and me and i'm well aware that that's one of his flops while i've only seen sohn ye jin for 15 mins in her ep of master in the house. having been watching kdramas/varieties for years now, i know these two are big names! i loved the heck out of you from another star so HERE'S ME HOPING THAT THIS DRAMA IS THE ONE THAT'LL MAKE ME SEE LIKE THEM HEHE

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when she was rumored to be dating Kim nam gil, they work in two back to back projects together "Shark" and "The Pirates". but nothing was confirmed only denied. even tough KNG seemed pretty much into her. so i guess Son Ye jin likes to works with the same co-star and they like her.

plus, KNG is much more low profile than HB and SYJ who are starpower. he (KNG) could have beneficited if the relas.. got public. rather they denied.
I guess i prefer KNG than HB who overshadow his co-star. that's why i'm not even excited about this project. i hope SYJ gets a really good role.

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I am here for both the leads. Love them both.
I don’t expect much from the drama but it might be fun. Especially if it’s recapped.
Would love to spazz on Bin’s dimples again :))

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They both acting in same movie right? and then they became real couple. I wonder how the chemistry but I've seen 2 trailers of this and it's so cute I can't wait!

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