Exotic foreign location shooting is nothing new for South Korean dramas. But the location shooting in Switzerland for "Crash Landing on You" has attracted unusual interest because rather than being a generic yet picturesque foreign location, Switzerland plays an important role in the story.
Successive epilogues have revealed that in their younger years the North Korean lead played by Hyun Bin and the South Korean lead played by Son Ye-jin originally met in Switzerland before the story starts.
According to screenwriter Park Ji-eun Switzerland is a critical nexus for multiple plot points. First, well-off people in North Korea frequently send their children to Switzerland in order to study. Secondly, Switzerland is a major international location that's very popular for paragliding. The fact that Son Ye-jin's character spent significant time there at least partially explains why she of all people would become involved in a paragliding accident.
The greater coincidence, which has done much to excite viewers, has been how the Switzerland scenes are slowly piecing together the past relationship between the two leads. This has helped call attention to the general consistency in characterization, explaining many of the preconceived attitudes the couple have toward one another. It's just one of many factors that has allowed "Crash Landing on You" to build itself to a strong ratings success.
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, Kim Sun-young-III, Kim Jung-nan. 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.
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