My Love From The Star may be fantastical but one can’t help falling in love with the pulsating hearts and predicaments of a couple trying to unite across many, many rivers of time.
“What’s the point of having super powers?
He always passes out after a kiss.”
Trust South Koreans to come up with a plot like this that spans four centuries. Masters of romantic dramas, they are eternal believers in the power of love to transcend ages and dish out heartwarming, soppy-to-the-core melodramas.
Melodrama this one is but it is endearing, and for a sucker for romance, entirely believable. I mean it is totally, completely, absolutely possible for a man to love a girl aeons ago and then rediscover his love for her in her reincarnated form. What’s not to believe, really. More so if the man is an alien and has special powers to protect her from the many dangers she finds herself in.
So here it goes: An alien lands on earth in 1609 during the Joseon Dynasty (Korea’s longest-ruling Confucion dynasty that lasted from 1392 to 1897) and despite his best efforts to stay clear off the tricky path of amour, falls in love 400 years later with a childlike top female actor.
A tender, poignant plot and a treat for viewers who believe in the surreal magic of love. It may be fantastical but one can’t help falling in love with the pulsating hearts and predicaments of a couple trying to unite across many, many rivers of time.
Sometimes even romantic fantasies make a point. (Afterthought: don’t they always?). My Love from the Star is all about how true love transcends every boundary and is boundless. Indeed, love is a very stubborn force and when it comes to those who don’t believe in it, it is life-altering. And I am not telling more.
Interestingly, this wonderful K-drama is based on the historical Gwanghae Journal from the Veritable Records of the Joseon Dynasty that noted mysterious UFO sightings. These annual records, kept from 1413 to 1865 and comprising 1893 volumes, are believed to cover the longest continual period of a single dynasty in the world. Amazing, isn’t it?
My Love from the Star stars Jun Ji-Hyun as the loveable alien and the effervescent Kim Soo-hyun as the mercurial actor, and both protagonists deliver uplifting performances.
Strictly for incorrigible lovers of romance.
Where to Watch: Netflix
By Sanjay Trehan
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