Dark K-dramas are having their moment in the spotlight, with Netflix’s The Glory as a prime example. But there are days when viewers simply want to bask in its roots of honest-to-goodness romances–with a dash of cheese on the side.
Fortunately, Netflix is ready to serve in that department, and viewers have been taking notice. The streaming service’s recent offering Crash Course in Romance is rom-coms at its finest, with both Korean and international viewers eyeing the drama. (It’s currently has a sustained top spot on Netflix Philippines!)
But what is the buzz all about, anyway? Here, we run down all the things you need to know about the show.
Here’s everything you need to know about K-drama “Crash Course in Romance”
In her heydays, bubbly Nam Haeong-seon (Jeon Do Yeon) was a revered national athlete. Things are different in the present time, however, as she ditches her side dish store for her current stint as a tutor for future university students. There, she meets Cho Chi-yeol (Jung Kyung Ho), a popular yet prickly instructor. As the cliché goes, polar opposites eventually attract when the animated ex-athlete and the ice-cold teacher cross paths–but not without some bumps in the road.
Stepping into the role of the high-spirited former sportswoman is Jeon Do Yeon, the 49-year-old actress who rose to international acclaim as Best Actress during the 60th Cannes Film Festival for her performance in 2006’s Secret Sunshine. This marked her as the first Korean to earn an acting nod in the prestigious film fest!
In 2014, Do Yeon was announced as a panelist for the 67th Cannes Film Festival, making her the first Korean actor to receive the honor. Outside of her diverse filmography, the acclaimed thespian also appeared in her fair share of dramas, including 2021’s Lost and 2016’s The Good Wife.
Playing opposite her is 39-year-old Jung Kyung Ho, an actor best known for his supporting roles in 2004’s I’m Sorry, I Love You and 2007’s Time Between Dog and Wolf. He later received male lead status in 2009’s Smile, You and 2013’s Heartless City. Recently, you can spot him in well-known series like Prison Playbook and Hospital Playlist!
The rest of the Crash Course in Romance cast includes familiar faces like Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha and Extraordinary Attorney Woo’s Lee Bong Ryun, True Beauty’s Oh Eui Shik, While You Were Sleeping’s Jung Seung Won, and 20th Century Girl’s Roh Yoon Seo.
At the show’s directing helm is K-drama regular Yoon Je Won, who has lent his filmmaking chops to hit series like Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha, The King: Eternal Monarch, and Hi Bye, Mama!.
Penning the series is Yang Hee Seung, best known for rom-coms favorites like Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo and Oh My Ghost.
Where to Watch
Crash Course in Romance is streaming on Netflix, with new episodes every Saturday and Sunday. For a peek, watch the trailer below!
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