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Crash Landing on You: The Defector Who Brought North-South Korean Romance to Life

24 February 2020

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Crash Landing on You: The Defector Who Brought North-South Korean Romance to Life

An implausible love story in which a (literally) high-flying South Korean heiress accidentally paraglides into North Korea, lands on a soldier and falls in love with him has become the latest Korean drama smash hit.

Crash Landing on You is in many ways a typical K-drama romance, but has been widely praised for its well-researched and nuanced portrayal of North Korea, something it achieved by having a real-life North Korean defector on its writing team, as BBC Korean’s Subin Kim explains.

With his broad shoulders and thick torso, Kwak Moon-wan has all the appearance of a bodyguard.

That’s probably because until 2004, he served with the Supreme Guard Command, the elite security force which protects North Korea’s ruling Kim family.

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Photo credits: Netflix

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