K-Drama Review: ‘The Package’ Tells the Love Story of a Tour Guide in Paris

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The drama The Package heals your heart with thought-provoking love lessons while also showing you the stunning sides of fascinating France. The Package top-billed by CNBLUE front man Jung Yong Hwa and Lee Yeon Hee (Reunited Worlds) is a rejuvenating romance drama that will calm your mind and warm your heart.

With picturesque France as the designated setting, you will get what you never asked for in this comforting drama about travelers who encounter each other on a premium package French tour. As the journey unfolds, they reflect on their current life and love situations resulting in overdue disappointments that need to be forgiven and new beginnings that need to be accepted.

The Package is a romantic gift that is blended with retrospective pep talks throughout its stunning screenplay. The lines of the cast cut deep into your emotions, inadvertently sending you to a pensive moment of assessing those empathizing moments pictured in the story. The Package is Jung Yong Hwa’s long-awaited present to his fans. There are actors cut to experiment on roles they want to take. But the dashing CNBLUE vocalist will get a free pass to focus on light love stories as he is tailored to nail an adorable character each time.

If you watch this drama, it will give you the feelings and point of views from every character. The supporting chronicles appear like puzzle pieces meant to complete the entire picture of the plot. It results in an excellent capture of the drama’s ultimate message – how personal relationship, romantic or otherwise, won’t reveal apprehensions due to a man’s self-sacrificing nature. If you want to know more about The Package, you must be ready for this article! Keep reading folks!

The Package: Synopsis and Casts

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  • Drama: The Package
  • Revised romanization: Deo Paekiji
  • Hangul: 더 패키지
  • Director: Jeon Chang-Geun, Kim Jin-Won
  • Writer: Chun Sung-Il
  • Network: JTBC
  • Episodes: 12
  • Release Date: October 13 – November 18, 2017
  • Runtime: Fridays & Saturdays 23:00
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea

Cast

Lee Yeon-Hee as Jung Yong-Hwa as Choi Woo-Sik as Ha Shi-Eun as Ryu Seung-Soo as
Yoon So-So San Ma-Roo Kim Gyung-Jae Han So-Ran Jung Yeon-Sung

 

Park Yoo-Na as Jeong Gyu-Su as Lee Ji-Hyun as Yoon Park as
Na Hyun Oh Gab-Soo Han Book-Ja mysterious man

 

Drama Overview

TRAVELERS’ LIFE AND LOVE STORIES

Jung Yong Hwa portrays the honest character of San Ma Ru who takes the package tour alone when his girlfriend changes her mind in supporting him against an issue he caused at work. He accidentally learns about an illegal company project and when he reports it, he earns the ire of his superiors. His girlfriend, who initially vouched for her support, sides with the company which leads to their relationship fall out.

Against her family’s wish, Yoon So So left for France with her boyfriend. Her younger brother supports her decision until he learns that his sister’s boyfriend is back in South Korea leaving his sister alone in a foreign country. So So decides to stay and has been working as a tour guide to support her living expenses and doctorate studies until the fortune readings she got of meeting her fated love at an angel’s feet happens because of Ma Ru.

The main couple transitions from whimsical to reality biting truth of how their supposed fated love needs more time and personal healing to fulfill its destined happiness. I love that waning episode scene when the heroine bravely chooses to resolve her personal issue by committing to loving herself more instead of relying on her boyfriend’s promise to complete the love and understanding she can’t give to herself.

What I like about The Package is how all the arguments and insensible actions of the characters make sense. The fleeting romance of the lead couple radiates a resonating message that you can love instantaneously, fall out of it and love more at the right time.

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GRUMPY GRANDPA AND KIND-HEARTED GRANDMA

The dying wife who patiently understands her hot-tempered husband agrees to travel when her husband forces her against her will. Not knowing that her husband is aware of her cancer illness, she struggles to enjoy her probably last vacation while calmingly calling her husband’s brusque attitude during the trip. Grandpa, who stumbled on the truth about his wife’s dying condition, chooses to brave the odds for his wife who has already relented to her eventual demise.

The sketching of the old couple’s story is painfully appealing as the audience are led to believe how grandpa is the kind of husband you don’t want to grow old with until they are confronted with the truth they are both scared of. The couple reaches an understanding to fight together, and though grandpa’s old habits are hard to die, grandma is at ease to reaffirm how she is valued by her husband.

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SEVEN YEAR ALWAYS BICKERING COUPLE

We then have three other pairings on the tour. First, we have Gyung Jae (Choi Woo Shik) and So Ran (Ha Shi Eun). This longtime boyfriend and girlfriend go through a lot of ups and downs as they work through some of their relationship issues. They were a fun couple for sure.

The long-time couple gives a lesson on how sometimes we overlook the reality that love is not there anymore in the relationship, but it goes on because both are scared to live without each other. Sometimes love fall out happens prior to a formal verbal acknowledgment. A jaded relationship can be freed only when you are strong enough to push it. Sometimes a long-time relationship goes in circles because you struggle to find the reasons why you have to break up. But the comfort and memories of spending time for a long time trump the many reasons you want to break up. At the end of the day, you only need one reason to realize why you stay in love with someone.

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THE LOVING FATHER AND REBELLIOUS DAUGHTER TANDEM

Then there’s Yeon Sung (Ryu Seung Soo) and Na Hyun (Park Yoo Na). This pair causes a lot of speculation among the other travelers as to the nature of their relationship. This was an interesting duo that was fun getting to know.

Viewers are made to believe that it is a May-December illicit love affair for the middle-aged man and young woman partner of the package tour. The unveiling of their true relationship surprised me as well. Their side story is yet another source of heartwarming lesson focusing on the eccentric relationship of a father who is willing to sacrifice his own happiness for her daughter. And a daughter who can’t express what she truly feels for her father. They reach an understanding of how they only want each other to be happy through the daughter’s sweet video letter to her father’s girlfriend.

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SPLENDID LYRICAL SCREENPLAY

What a moving drama this was! I actually really felt like I was part of this tour group in France. We visited attractions, had meals, and spent time traveling together. We also had a lot of little mini history lessons to learn about the sites.

And it makes excellent use of the gorgeous French scenery. There’s plenty of time to just kick back and enjoy the multitude of beautiful sites displayed through the fantastic cinematography.

The drama employs a main overarching story with the focus on our main couple of Ma Roo and So So while having sub stories with the other travelers. Then each episode itself took on a more episodic pattern as it would focus on one of our travelers and give us a chance to get to know them more in depth and learn about their lives and struggles. But rather than feeling episodic, each of these stories built upon each other as they progressed to deliver a beautifully woven together narrative.

When you watch this drama, you will sense how it focused on the characters. We simply get to know them on a personal level and see their life and relationship struggles. I thought the characters were very well developed being both nuanced and flawed. They felt like real people.

At the beginning of the drama, both the audience and the travelers develop certain impressions of each other. But, these changes throughout the drama as we dig deeper and get to know them. I definitely found myself more invested in the drama as it went along.

The Package is very slice of life in many ways. There aren’t any grand stories or crazy over the top scenarios. It’s not a genre that I usually gravitate towards, but I usually find myself very comfortable with these sort of stories. And this drama made me feel very comfortable while also touching my heart on a deep level.

Its unique setting freshens things up a bit while it delivers a rich character-driven story that intertwined everything quite beautifully. It’s also the perfect drama for a pleasant and contemplative experience as you enjoy the beauty of France and go on a moving journey of exploration and love.

But, unfortunately, this 12-episode drama ended up with a low rating. Although many people wrote a nice review after they watched the drama, the average rating from ep 1-12 was 1.87% from nationwide and 1.78% from TNmS ratings with the highest was only 2.1%.

However, the soundtrack was really good and it has 6 parts with 2-3 songs per part. Check this out for more about The Package soundtrack!

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OST Part 1

No. Title Lyrics Music Artists Length
1. “You Are My Baby”
  • Heo Sung-jin
  • Kaemi
  • Chang-jo
  • Heo Sung-jin
  • Ha Hyung-joo
  • Hong Sung-joon
B1A4 3:08
2. “You Are My Baby” (Inst.)
  • Heo Sung-jin
  • Ha Hyung-joo
  • Hong Sung-joon
3:08
Total length: 6:16

OST Part 2

No. Title Lyrics Music Artists Length
1. “Unreal”
  • Seo Jae-ha
  • Kim Young-sung
  • ZigZagNote
  • Seo Jae-ha
  • Kim Young-sung
  • ZigZagNote
The Ade 4:01
2. “Unreal” (Inst.)
  • Seo Jae-ha
  • Kim Young-sung
  • ZigZagNote
4:01
Total length: 8:02

OST Part 3

No. Title Lyrics Music Artists Length
1. “Fateful Love” (운명처럼)
  • Kang Tae-gyu
  • Hwang Soo-jung
  • Park Song-ah
  • Kaemi
Kaemi John Park 3:51
2. “Fateful Love” (Inst.) Kaemi 3:51
Total length: 7:42

OST Part 4

No. Title Lyrics Music Artists Length
1. “U&I”
  • earattack
    (HeavyMental)
  • Jackson
earattack

(HeavyMental)

JB, Jackson (Got7) 3:36
2. “U&I” (Inst.) earattack
(HeavyMental)
3:36
Total length: 7:12

OST Part 5

No. Title Lyrics Music Artists Length
1. “You Look Nice Today” (오늘따라 예쁘다) Crazy Gizibe
  • Idiot Park
  • Crazy Gizibe
  • Yoon Ddan Ddan
  • Eunha(GFriend)
3:12
2. “Imagine” Lim Ji-eun Kaemi Lim Ji-eun 3:01
3. “You Look Nice Today” (Inst.)
  • Idiot Park
  • Crazy Gizibe
3:12
Total length: 9:25

OST Part 6

No. Title Lyrics Music Artists Length
1. “The Package”
  • Kaemi
  • DinDin
  • Kaemi
  • Kim Se-jin
Kim Na-young, DinDin 3:56
2. “The Package” (Inst.)
  • Kaemi
  • Kim Se-jin
3:56
Total length: 7:52

 

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This heartwarming slice-of-life romance will make your day really great. Moreover, the place is in France which allows us to sightsee the romance city. And, this drama made me feel very comfortable while also touching my heart at a deep level.

What do you think about the drama? Which couple do you like the most? Share your thoughts!