This time on “Would I Date Him?” I reflect upon the leading man from the series Crash Landing on You.
Our candidate: Crash Landing on You’s Captain Ri Jung Hyuk, portrayed by Hyun Bin, is a knight in North Korean military armor.
Hyun Bin, though not one of my cadre of cuties, is an actor I’ve followed and enjoyed three series he has been in: Hyde, Jekyll, Me (2015), Secret Garden (2010), and My Lovely Sam Soon (2005).
Background. Captain Ri Jung Hyuk and his men patrol the border between North and South Korea. Heiress Yoon Se Ri (Son Ye Jin) literally drops from the sky after her paragliding path is blown off score by a terrible storm. Jung Hyuk decides to help her return to South Korea instead of turning her over to the authorities. It’s not as easy to achieve as he hopes. He falls in love with Se Ri and she with him. But forces work against this couple and threaten their lives and their love.
PROTECTIVE. Jung Hyuk protected Se Ri and put his life on the line many times. When she was threatened by his arch nemisis, Jung Hyuk risked everything to go to her, protect and save her. Jung Hyuk also protected his parents and his men.
LOYAL. Jung Hyuk’s devotion to his love, family and friends was often tested and unwavering.
SWOON WORTHY GESTURES. Jung Hyuk demonstrated his love in gallant gestures throughout the series. Here’s a mere sampling of the long list of swoon worth gestures: couples rings, traveling to save her, finding her with the scented candle, being bad ass on a motorcycle to save her.
PUT OTHERS NEEDS BEFORE HIS. Jung Hyuk repeatedly put his personal needs on the back burner to find justice for his brother, catch the evil villain, save the woman he loved, etc. The list of leading men willing to do this is a short one – Jung Hyuk (did this from the beginning of the series) and Eugene Cho (Mr. Sunshine grew into that level towards the end of the series). I’m betting there are more, but that’s all I can come up with right now.
BAD POST SEPARATION PLAN. It was all going so well, until they were forced to separate. Then Jung Hyuk was only able to eke out a mere 2 weeks a year to the woman he loved. In my mind, once his parents passed, he chucked it all and went to live with the woman he loved. They married, had children, and lived happily ever after.
WEIGHT OF THE WORLD ON HIS SHOULDERS. Jung Hyuk put others’s needs in front of his own. Not only is this highly unusual for a kdrama, but it created situations where Jung Hyuk was honor bound to save the woman he loved, his parents, his men, etc. when he was physically depleted, often putting himself at great risk.
Is he my next date?
👍 Yes, a thousand times yes. Jung Hyuk is the perfect leading man. He demonstrated a myriad of small acts of substantive kindness. He protected those he loved. He fought against evil. His moral code and devotion was unshakable. As long as we are colocated, he’d be the kind of many I’d happily date and see where life took us.