The last message that Captain Ri Jeong-hyeok (Hyun Bin) sent to Yoon Se-ri (Son Ye-jin) was an invitation to “meet in the country where those flowers bloom.”
It was a shriek-worthy scene in the drama “Crash Landing on You”. Captain Ri could not say the exact date.
“He’s so vague,” Se-ri complained. Yet, it was she who found a way so he could keep his promise.
“Those flowers” were Edelweiss. It is pronounced as “ei-duhl-vais”. It is the national flower of Switzerland. Yes, the same country where Captain Ri and Se-ri met for the first time.
One of its former name is wool flower because of its fuzzy look. The film “Sound of Music” features a song titled, “Edelweiss”. It contains the lyrics “Small and white/Clean and bright/You look happy to meet me”.
The flower signifies deep love and devotion. One of the popular stories surrounding the flower is the difficulty of its acquisition. The flowers grow mostly on rocky places at about 1,800 to 3,000 meters altitude. Men have fallen to their deaths in their efforts to pick these flowers in the Alps.
Bringing them home to their beloved is proof that they would die for them.
That’s exactly what Captain Ri did for Se-ri. He risked his life numerous times for her. So the Edelweiss is not just a clue on where they should meet.
It’s proof of how much he loved her.