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K-Drama Review: On The Way To The Airport

On The Way To The Airport- The drama will get you many tears!

On The Way To The Airport
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KBS2 (2016) 16 Episodes, Grade: B
Romantic Melodrama
Korean Drama Review by Jill, USA

My Review about “On The Way To The Airport” (2016)

I will admit I would not have given this double marriage breakup story melodrama “On The Way To The Airport” (2016) an opportunity the least bit if this cast wasn’t made from a number of my long run, top favorite Korean actors, including Kim Ha Neul (films Ditto, Blind, and popular K-dramaA Gentleman’s Dignity“), Lee Sang Yoon (Angel Eyes, “Liar Game”, “Twenty Again”, “Jung Yi: Goddess Of Fire”), Shin Sung Rok (You Who Came From The Star, “The King’s Face”, “Thank You”, “Liar Game”, “Trot Lovers”), and Choi Yeo Jin (“I’m Sorry, I Love You”, “Beloved”). Lee Sang Yoon won Best Actor and Kim Ha Neul won Best Actress at the 2016 KBS Drama Awards for his or her performances during this drama.
I decided to require the plunge, with reservations, since I try and steer aloof from adultery stories after the likes of bombs like Temptation which earned a D grade from me and put my teeth jumpy big time! My review was so scathing for that one that I dubbed it “pig slop”. However, if a story is more like this one, with characters wrestling with their relationship decisions and feelings, concerned with how their choices will hurt others around them, and making the wisest decisions by the tip, then the drama’s story is redeemed lots in my mind. In Temptation the 2 adulterers couldn’t care less who they hurt, they were just obsessive about each other and followed their own desires with no guilt whatsoever. The cheated on the wife was left alone to steer into a bunch of bushes while the adulterers went on vacation to South America to whoop it up and have fun!!! No, no, no. Cannot tolerate that nonsense. The characters here hold intelligent conversations about the ramifications of their decisions, and therefore the story doesn’t leave you feeling dirty for having watched it, nor does one feel that you just have wasted your intellect on a drama that’s about distasteful adultery alone.
The production values for “On The Way To The Airport” were very impressive. Many wide-angle and panoramic camera shots, an exotic travel location to Malaysia, appropriate sets to reflect the characters’ workplaces and designs, and flawless costume, makeup, and hairstyles for the actors. The music was nice and understated and didn’t hit you over the top with the identical love song repeated over and another time. The drama leaves you with the sensation you have got watched a giant budget film, not a television drama.

The Story

Choi Soo Ah (Kim Ha Neul) could be a busy attender with Air Asia, with twelve years of experience on the duty. She gets married to jet pilot Park Jin Suk (Shin Sung Rok) and together they need a precocious young daughter named Park Hyo Eun (Kim Hwan Hee). because of his rigid personality, Jin Suk controls everything in their lives, which incorporates where to send their daughter to high school. He prefers to send her abroad, thinking she’s going to get an improved job later in life if she learns English as a second language; his wife prefers she stick with them in Korea, but as was common her opinion doesn’t count for much with Jin Suk. (Gotta hand it to actor Shin Sung Rok, playing heels so often like this one; he always manages to create them a touch different each time).

I could quite see his reasoning about the college decision, for with their hectic schedules as attendant and pilot they would not be around much to oversee their daughter and her education, so a private school might actually give her more stability, further as other children to play with so she wouldn’t be alone too often. In one funny scene between father and daughter, they play with a ball as a raffle on who will win: if she wins she gets to remain in Korea, if he wins she must attend a private school he has picked go in Malaysia. Little does she understand that the sport is absolutely visiting be fixed from the start by Dad.
Although Choi Soo Ah is very lonely she thinks she is content along with her lot in life, not knowing that when her husband is off on frequent flying trips he often has short affairs with the flight attendants he knows in each location. Perhaps it is a case of being willfully blind for Soo Ah, but it’s obvious to the audience there really is not any more intimacy left in their marriage. it is a shell and a farce. (This is where my very own impatience comes in: if it is a dead relationship why stick with it? Get a divorce first so find somebody else to love! Do all things in their proper timing).
When her daughter is distributed to Malaysia to the private school, Soo Ah is even more lonely; walking into an often empty apartment after an extended flight is depressing and tiresome. She has one good friend she will be able to divulge heart’s contents too, a fellow tender named Song Mi Jin (actress Choi Yeo Jin, who played So Jisub’s character’s first girlfriend in I’m Sorry, I really like You numerous years ago), but this good friend is cognizant from experience what having a private relationship with a person as rigid as Jin Suk can mean.
On The Way To The Airport
Happily, the daughter Hyo Eun makes a decent friend in her new roommate, a woman named Annie Seo (Park Seo Yeon, in a very lovely but too brief performance). However the friendship is merely to last a brief while: when Soo Ah arrives in Malaysia to go to her daughter she walks right past an upset Annie within the airport; the girl had learned that after more her own mother, an artisan named Kim Hye Won (Jang Hee Jin from The Village: Achiara’s Secret) didn’t want her to return home on a planned trip to Korea so she canceled her ticket. Upset, Annie drops a marble in her possession, which Soo Ah picks up, then Annie runs to go in the road outside of the airport, weeping, suddenly getting hit and killed by a motorist. Soo Ah has no idea at now who Annie is, and later she is heartbroken that her daughter lost such an excellent and supportive pal.
Then in an exceedingly chance meeting at the airport and flight, Soo Ah comes into contact with Annie’s step-father who had loved her abundantly, an architect professor named Seo Do Woo (Lee Sang Yoon). It takes a touch while before the 2 of them put two and two together to create the non-public connection between their two daughters and themselves. Soo Ah’s sympathies and compassion venture out to Annie’s grieving Dad. Their relationship starts as friendship and because it grows they start to become aware they may be falling infatuated. They comply with a no-touch policy … but it doesn’t last that long. When Do Woo’s mother dies it’s Soo Ah who comforts him while his prickly wife, Hye Won, could seem to worry less about the woman’s passing.
Hye Won could be a strange mystery: she never seems to grieve much over Annie’s death, she wants Annie’s remains to remain in Malaysia, she never gave the impression to want to spend time together with her when she was alive — the audience is left to wonder for several episodes why she is so strange and distant. However, when she senses Do Woo is becoming emotionally distant from her she tries to create a harder, calculated play for his affections, but it’s really deficient, too late. So too does Jin Suk become more possessive when he senses Soo Ah goes to depart him, but especially in his case, it’s really insufficient, too late? Having multiple affairs for years is not any thanks to holding on to your wife!
On The Way To The Airport
Do Woo and Soo Ah lives become intertwined even more over time. they start to look at their cold marriage partners in a new light and start to wonder if life should be quite a duty toward already dead relationships. They struggle with things for quite a while. Eventually, there’s a kiss, but what’s going to happen after that? Will Soo Ah finally study her husband’s multiple affairs and eventually make a permanent break him? and can Do Woo finally find out about the important reasons Hye Won treated Annie so cruelly while the girl was alive?
On The Way To The Airport
The ending is generally satisfying, partly sad and wistful, yet beautiful at the identical time. If anything this show should function as a warning to married folks never to require a wedding without any consideration, that it requires time and energy and honesty, likewise as affection to succeed. Once the honesty and affection are gone, the wedding is over.
If you’re up to a rather slow and pensive drama about marital relationships breaking apart then by all means check the drama out. Unlike many other dramas that were airing around the same time as this one, the pacing of this drama was slow and reflective. If you’re the kind of one who likes a fast, zippy pace in your dramas, then this melodrama is maybe not for you, as it’s really a slice-of-life drama about two people from different walks of life making a deep personal connection as soul mates. The airport they often suffer is a very important metaphor about life, the transiency of relationships, about various forms of people, and therefore the specialties that bind them together.
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