North Korean media outlets lashed out at the latest South Korean hit drama Crash Landing On You for being deceptive, fabricated, absurd and impure despite having a real life North Korean defector as one of the writers.
The Pyongyang state-controlled website, Uriminzokkiri said on Wednesday that South Korea’s dramas and films are insulting the reality of the bright situation of the North.
“Recently, South Korean authorities and film producers are releasing anti-republic films and TV dramas that are deceptive, fabricated, absurd and impure, putting all their efforts on making strategic propaganda,” the editorial stated. “It’s an unbearable insult against the same people and is unacceptable and atrocious provocation.”
Although without mentioning the specific titles, the criticism is believed to target the romantic drama Crash Landing On You and 2019’s blockbuster action movie Ashfall which are both dealing with North Korea.
Crash Landing On You tells the story of South Korean fashion empire owner Yoon Se-ri (Son Ye Jin) and North Korean military officer Ri Jeong-hyeok (Hyun Bin). The two crossed paths when Se-ri accidentally crash-lands on North Korean territory because of a paragliding accident. Ri Jeong-hyeok hides and protects her as they try to find a way for her to safely return to South Korea.
Meanwhile, Ashfall tells a story of an epic disaster where an ensemble cast race to save the Korean peninsula from volcanic explosion from Paektusan in the North Korea.
The propaganda even called the fans of the show and film, ”have no shame and are immoral.“
On the same day, another North Korean propaganda outlet released an article against the production of Crash Landing On You and Ashfall claiming that the productions are slandering the North Korean republic and causing outrage to their people.