Stunts in the name of love

Captain Yoo Si Jin, played by Song Joong Ki, is a stuntman of love. Lovers In Paris stars Park Shin Yang and Kim Jung Eun. The finale of Descendants Of The Sun falls flat like a fizzy drink that has been left out.
Captain Yoo Si Jin, played by Song Joong Ki, is a stuntman of love.PHOTO: KBS WORLD

Who needs to move like Jagger? To woo a girl these days, you have to move like Yoo - Captain Yoo Si Jin, that is.

The soldier played by Song Joong Ki puts his special forces training to good use in Descendants Of The Sun, almost as soon as he meets a surgeon, Dr Kang Mo Yeon, played by Song Hye Kyo.

Here are five of the most incredible stunts he pulls, in the name of love.

1 HE SEIZES HER MOBILE PHONE

At their first meeting in a hospital in South Korea, to stop her from calling the police to report him over a misunderstanding, he flicks a mobile phone out of her hand, then swoops behind her to catch it mid-air. She might not know it, but he has made the first move in a mating dance.

2 HE OUTMANOEUVRES HER IN A FIELD

They meet again in Urk, a fictional war-ravaged land, months after she dumps him. To prevent her from running away, he tells her she has stepped on a landmine, offers to die in her stead and pulls her towards him. All this, so that they can fall on a field together, she landing on his chest, and he can ask her: "How have you been?"

3 HE HOLDS A MIDDLE EASTERN LEADER'S ENTOURAGE AT GUNPOINT

In a heartbeat, Captain Yoo removes an earpiece connecting him to his superior and raises his gun.

His superior has suggested Dr Kang be made a scapegoat for a possible political disaster, if a Middle Eastern leader dies in a Korean medical centre in Urk because his entourage will not let a non-Arab operate on him. Captain Yoo is defying his superior and the entourage, to let Dr Kang save a man and to save her career.

4 HE SAYS THE MOST UNBELIEVABLE THINGS POINT-BLANK

After he kisses her and she avoids him, he asks: "Should I apologise or confess my love?"

5 HE JUMPS OUT OF A BUILDING

To chase a woman who is scampering out of a building, an average man would take the stairs.

Not Captain Yoo, who leaps out of a window and strolls to the door, so he can surprise Dr Kang - and fluster her with his proximity again.

Foong Woei Wan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2016, with the headline 'Stunts in the name of love'. Print Edition | Subscribe