The Package (더 패키지)
When you are on summer break, all you want to do is take a vacation.
Some Korean travelers go on a vacation package trip to France. Each traveler has their own stories and reasons as to why they are on vacation.
Vacations are a much-needed stress reliever. We are always busy with work and school that we forget to spoil ourselves and to spend time with the people we care about. When we go on a vacation, we forget about our problems and our daily routine for a short amount of time in order to just have some fun.
A vacation is supposed to reenergize you, but there are moments when a vacation becomes stressful. It’s a different kind of stress though. The Package illustrates the pros and cons of traveling. We see the positive outcomes of what vacationing brings to an individual, but we also see the horrors of traveling like getting lost, miscommunicating with the locals, and dealing with other cranky travelers.
This drama is set in France. While watching, it felt like I was also taking a guided tour around France. This drama shows famous landmarks in France and actually provides viewers with facts and information about France’s history and culture which felt like an educational tour. I think my favorite place that they visited was Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France. I would like to go there someday.
I really enjoyed how the story unfolds as the narrative mixes flashbacks and present-day occurrences. The flashbacks provided clues about why each traveler went on vacation. The main male lead, San Ma-roo (Jung Yong-hwa) goes on this trip to clear his head after a fallout with the company he works for. Kim Gyung-jae (Choi Woo-shik) and Han So-ran (Ha Shi-eun) are contemplating on marriage after dating for seven years. Jung Yeon-sung (Ryu Seung-soo) and Jung Na-hyun (Park Yoo-na) are taking a father-daughter trip. The last couple on this vacation package is an old couple who are taking their final trip together because Oh Gab-soo’s (Jung Kyoo-soo) wife, Han Book-ja (Lee Ji-hyun), has cancer. Aside from the travelers, the tour guide, Yoon So-So (Lee Yeon-hee), has her own secrets too. She lives in France because she feels ashamed of her failed marriage. Each character has their own backstory and reasons for going on this tour package. These backstories help shape their interactions with others and it allows them to learn more about themselves. Thus, this France vacation could be seen as a self-discovery trip.
Lastly, Paris is known to be a city of romance. The Package does not fail in expressing love and affection in the most humorous of ways!
The Package is a light-hearted and sentimental drama about family, friendships, and romantic relationships. I consider The Package to be a breakthrough drama role for Jung Yong-hwa because you can see how he matured as an actor in contrast to his other roles.
You can check out this drama on Dramafever.