Geu Ru is a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome. He works for his father’s company, Move To Heaven : their job is to store things left behind by deceased people. When his father dies, Geu Ru meets his uncle Sang Gu ., a cold man he had never seen before. A former martial artist who fought in underground matches, he went to jail because of what happened in his last fight. Sang Gu now becomes his nephew’s legal guardian. Both in mourning, they will evoke together their memories of the deceased, share their emotions, and understand even more the meaning of the notions of life, death and family spirit. Together they will lead Move To Heaven

Move to Heaven is inspired by the essay “Things Left Behind” by Kim Sae-byul, a former “trauma cleaner”.

  • Alternative title: Move To Heaven: I Am a Person Who Arranges Articles Left by Deceased
  • Original Title: Move To Heaven: Naneun Yupumjeongrisaipnida / 무브투헤븐: 나는 유품정리사입니다
  • Country: South Korea South Korea
  • Origin: Essay
  • Episodes: 10 x 60 min
  • Broadcast ended : 05/14/2021
  • Season: Spring 2021
  • Broadcaster: Netflix
  • Genres: Drama – Social life

The cast is headed by Tango Joon-Sang , who plays the main character of Geu Ru . Also, actor Lee Jehoon, who plays Cho Sang Gu, has an important role. The first of them is a Korean-Malaysian actor who gained recognition on Asian television for his work in the series Crash Landing on You . The K-Drama Move to Heaven is another of the great projects of his career, through which he intends to consolidate himself within the genre.

Next, we present you the main cast of this Netflix original series :

  • Tang Joon-Sang es Geu Ru
  • Lee Jehoon es Cho Sang Gu
  • Hong Seung-hee is Yoon Na Mu
  • Jiin-hee Ji es Jung Woo
  • Katie Anne Moy
  • Frank Gerrish es Mr. Kim
  • Jae-Wook Lee
  • Tessa Munro es Kang Eun-Jeong

Director Kim Sung-ho acknowledged that what caught his attention in this K-Drama was its deep and emotional subject matter. From the beginning, he was attracted to the idea of ​​showing all the situations that people who are dedicated to trauma cleansing face. Also, he really liked the chemistry that exists in the relationship of the two main characters, despite their huge differences.

Move to Heaven (Korean: 무브 투 헤븐: 나는 유품정리사입니다; RR: Mubeu tu hebeun: Naneun yupumjeongnisaimnida) is a South Korean streaming television series directed by Kim Sung-ho and written by Yoon Ji-ryeon. It is an original Netflix series, starring Lee Je-hoon, Tang Jun-sang, Ji Jin-hee, Lee Jae-wook, and Hong Seung-hee. The series follows Geu-ru (Tang Joon-sang), a young man with autism, and Sang-gu (Lee Je-hoon), his guardian. Working as trauma cleaners, they uncover untold stories. The series was released worldwide by Netflix on May 14, 2021.

Move to Heaven won 3 awards including ‘Best Creative Award’ at 3rd Asia Contents Award

MOVE TO HEAVEN is a therapeutic series that talks about sad, sometimes taboo subjects, and does so with unparalleled kindness. Yes it’s sad, we talk about tough topics like death and bereavement but we do it well and we do it with a lot of love, warmth and positivity. A touching message, endearing characters and a captivating storyline…

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THE STORY

MOVE TO HEAVEN tells the story of a young man with asperger’s syndrome who was raised by his father and who now works with him in a company called “Move to Heaven” aimed at taking care of affairs of the deceased. The particularity of Move to Heaven is that the father and the son treat this “last move” with respect, humanity and benevolence, sorting and putting things away with great care.

While everything is going well for our adorable duo, the father has a heart attack and dies in the middle of the street. It is then his little brother, just released from prison, who recovers the guardianship of our hero. Except that between the two, things seem complicated from the start…

 We will therefore follow the evolution of their relationship over the episodes and I can tell you that this duo will touch you to a point that you can not imagine. While their first days together are completely catastrophic and they find themselves unable to communicate because neither wants to listen to the other, the rest of their adventure together turns out to be magnificent. Each in his own way will help the other to heal and move forward. Their complicity shows crescendo to end up bursting the screen (and our hearts) and I watched each of their joint appearance with the greatest avidity. 

And then, what is exciting in this drama is that we will get to know each of the people whose affairs we will put away with Move To Heaven . Each object tells little by little, piece by piece, the stories of these ordinary people with extraordinary messages. Because yes, it is through faults that we will address many social issuessuch as: domestic violence (the suffering of these women who nevertheless call for help but no one listens until it is too late), family and old age (with an old lady abandoned by her son unique), homosexuality (and the difficulty of being able to love freely in a society that is still too closed-minded) or even suicide (very interesting here because we approach the right to euthanasia for medical reasons in a roundabout way). 

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Moreover, what deeply touched me was the way in which death is approached. Because yes MOVE TO HEAVEN has a very beautiful way of seeing mourning , of talking about the absence of those who leave but also the pain of those who stay. And everything is done with great delicacy and, strangely, positivity. We could clearly have fallen into melodrama, but drama knows how to heal the pain it takes us through, and that’s really very beautiful.

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CHARACTERS

GEU RU (TANG JUN SANG): is a truly touching character. Suffering from asperger’s syndrome, he has great difficulty understanding and communicating with people. He shows himself to be of great intelligence and his ability to memorize everything he sees and hears is exceptional (and rather practical). Raised with a lot of love by his dad, when he disappeared, his whole universe collapsed with him and frankly, he simply upset me.

I think he learned a lot alongside SANG GU (just like SANG GU learned a lot from him) and to see him gradually letting him take a place in this house was overwhelming ( I especially think of the first time that he allows her to eat with him at the table and made him a breakfast ).

GU BLOOD (LEE JE HOON): offers us a most detestable entrance and honestly I had some apprehensions about him because I wondered how they were going to succeed in making me like this bad guy. Well can you imagine that the bet is more than successful because I had a HUGE crush on this character. Beneath his appearance as a delinquent, his harsh words and his openly provocative behavior hides in fact a child wounded by life. And when we understand that all this anger is nothing but great suffering, we end up reading between the lines. I really liked the evolution of this character over the episodes and seeing him become attached despite himself to our hero was a real pleasure. He gently softens, layer by layer and shows his first smile, his first kind word,

And I must say that this actor, discovered in the excellent drama SIGNAL, gives us another masterful performance here. He gives his character a real personality. Everything is worked on: the approach, the intonations, the way of expressing oneself verbally and physically, the facial expressions… frankly, I am totally in awe. Besides, I plan to watch TAXI DRIVER in a few weeks to find it on my screen very quickly (but not too quickly because I really want to associate it a little more with the character of SANG GU).

NA MU (HONG SEUNG HEE): is a rambunctious and noisy young girl who sweeps away everything in her path. From the first episode, she presents herself as the only bulwark between this adult with dubious intentions (SANG GU) and will carry out a real investigation to check that he is not harming his friend. I like his patience and his understanding of our hero. They grew up together and, with the death of her father, she seems to be our hero’s only ally. 

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econdary

  • Ji Jin-hee as Jeong-woo, Han Geu-ru’s father and Sang-gu’s older half-brother, who shared the same mother with him. He was the founder and owner of Move to Heaven before his sudden death from cardiac arrest. Formerly a firefighter, he rescued an abandoned baby Geu-ru and was later adopted by him and his wife. After his death, he taught her all about his life and work as a trauma cleanser, but kept his heart condition a secret. He also treated Sang-gu like his own brother, but after Sang-gu’s father dies and Jeong-woo inadvertently leaves him, they grew apart until Sucheol tried to reunite them in the last fight. of the. Although Sang-gu refuses to see him when he tries to visit him in jail, Jeong-woo still entrusts him with the future care of his son.
  • Kim Ju-Yeon as Min Ji-Won, Jeong-woo’s wife and Geu-ru’s mother, who died of cancer when he was a child.
  • Lee Moon-sik as Park Joo-taek, a garbage truck driver and Jeong-woo’s friend. He is a close associate of Move to Heaven who helps them collect the unusable garbage left behind by the deceased. A North Korean defector, he is in awe of Move to Heaven’s work and always puts them first when they need his service.
  • Im Won-hee as Oh Hyun-chang, a lawyer and associate at Move to Heaven. Jeong-woo assigned him to contact Sang-gu when he was released from prison and explains to Geu-ru and Na-mu the guardianship arrangement with Sang-gu.
  • Hong Seung-hee as Yoon Na-mu,  Geu-ru’s best friend and neighbor who joins and helps him execute Move to Heaven after she becomes suspicious of Sang-goo’s sudden presence in Geu-ru’s life. Geu-ru. However, her mother disapproves of her working as a trauma cleanser and does so in secret. She has been loving and protective of Geu-ru since they met when they were 6 years old and is willing to take good care of him.
  • Hongseok as Park Jun-yeong,  a policeman and a friend of Han Geu-ru and Yoon Na-mu. He is usually seen attending crime scenes where Move to Heaven cleanup is required, and is his first contact when the pair needs the help of the police. Like Na-mu, he understands Geu-ru’s condition and does his best to help him. He hints that he has feelings towards Yoon Na-mu.
  • Jung Young-Joo as Oh Mi-Ran, Na-mu’s mother. She runs a small takeaway shop with her husband and disapproves of her daughter’s friendship with Geu-ru and her work for Move to Heaven.
  • Lee Jae-wook as Kim Su-cheol, Sang-gu’s friend and protégé. 10 years ago, Sang-gu helped him when he was bullied by a gangster, inspiring Sucheol to become a fighter and eventually become a boxing champion himself. After several years, he tells Sang-gu that he wants to retire and start a new life running a supply store. with his father and sister, but that he must participate in an underground rigged MMA fight against Sang-gu to get the money to do. so. During the fight, after Sucheol refuses to budge, Sang-gu violently knocks him out, leaving him in a coma, and Sang-gu is sent to jail for it. Sang-gu visits a comatose Sucheol in the hospital after he is discharged, but passes away soon after. Sang-gu later finds out that Sucheol suffered from CTE , which was the real reason for him to retire.
  • Park Jung-Won as Kim Su-Jin, Sucheol’s younger sister.
  • Jung Ae-Youn as Madam Jung, Sang-gu’s associate and an underground MMA fight organizer. She arranged the fight between him and Sucheol and after her release from jail she persuades Sang-gu to continue fighting for her.
  • Choi Soo-young as Son Woo-rim, a social worker who helps lonely citizens who have no other family. She first crosses paths with Move to Heaven when they tend to the home of an elderly couple who have committed suicide together, and then she contacts them to look after Matthew Green’s belongings. Sang-gu is in love with her.
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guest appearance

  • Shin Soo-oh as Kim Yong-woo, a man accused of murder. (episode 4)
  • Yoon Ji-hye como Lee Ju-Yeong, a fiscal. (episodio 4, 10)
  • Kwon Soo-hyun as Soo-hyun,  a doctor. (episode 5)
  • Lee Ki-young as Soo-hyun’s father. (episode 5)
  • Jung Dong-hwan as Kim In-Su, an old man who commits suicide along with his wife. (episode 6)
  • Yoon Joo-sang as President No (episode 6)
  • Yoo Sun as Kang eun-jeong, a newscaster. When she was a teenager, her parents fostered Korean children to be adopted by foreign couples. (episode 9)
  • Kevin Oh as Matthew Green / Kang Seong-min, a deportee from the United States searching for his biological mother, whom he believes to be Kang eun-jeong. (episode 9)
  • Lee Re as “butterfly girl” [12] (episode 10)

CONCLUSION

life in death

Move to Heaven is part of the already long list of kdramas that tell us about little-known themes and professions. Here, the story takes us into the daily life of Han Geu Ru (Tang Jun Sang), a post-traumatic cleaner in the places where deceased people live.

Obviously, such a profession could only introduce a reflection on death. The series approaches the subject through the people’s room, which ultimately says a lot about the tenant and carries a lot of life. Like a ritual, the post-trauma cleaners excavate layers of existence in the chamber of the departed and seek to trace their journey through what they left behind. In general, the dead are still very present in this drama, which shows us that their lives continue in the memory of those who remain.
From a script perspective, I really enjoyed seeing Han Geu Ru and Jo Sang Gu (Lee Je Hoon) fill the big yellow box every episode, with respect and curiosity.

The way death is treated inMove to Heaven is all the more interesting because the lives of the deceased are mainly presented through the eyes of Han Geu Ru, who has the distinction of having Asperger’s. For the spectator, he opens up a new possibility of seeing things and his sense of observation makes it possible to pierce the mysteries of missing persons.
Beyond his work as a cleaner, Han Geu Ru is a very endearing protagonist. Unlike his uncle, he has everything of a dedicated hero, who seeks to restore their memories and their honor to the deceased and their loved ones. He is a character full of values, which is presented to us above all through the prism of his wonderful relationship with his father.

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The family is the third central theme in this drama. The whole story revolves around how our protagonists, Han Geu Ru and Jo Sang Gu, will manage to establish an uncle-godson relationship despite everything that separates them.
In Move to Heaven , the family is both the source of the greatest suffering and the most miraculous healing. And in the end, the members of our family are above all those that we choose for ourselves.

Finally, Move to Heavenis the spokesperson for many societal themes, addressed in dotted lines. Is it still worth mentioning it, at the risk of making them pass for exceptional subjects? In view of the still timid changes, yes: the drama shows domestic violence, LGBT + sexualities, the painful questioning of old age – in short, it is part of its time and it is to its credit.
Moreover, I appreciated the way in which the adventures of the characters were part of the news of the country. I was particularly struck by the themes of the adoption of Korean children abroad and the collapse of the Sampoong department store, which are two proven facts of recent South Korean history. From a European point of view, it’s very interesting to see what has marked the Koreans in their history.

Move to Heaven is therefore a drama that addresses a wide variety of themes during its 10 episodes. All this was served by a very beautiful aesthetic, a discreet but really beautiful soundtrack, and a convincing acting.
I was particularly struck by the performance of Tang Jun Sang (Han Geu Ru), who from the top of his young age (only 18 years old!) knew how to get into the skin of an Asperger character. I had already seen him in Crash Landing on You in a less challenging role, but with this drama, I think his career is launched (by the way, he also plays in Racket Boys , released this year on Netflix).
However, I take advantage of his performance to slip in a question: when will an actor or actress who is truly suffering from autism spectrum disorders play this kind of role?
As for Lee Je Hoon (Jo Sang Gu), I initially had trouble with his acting, but he surprised me over the episodes – which is also due to a gradual thickening of his character’s background. . I saw he was also starring in Taxi Driver this year, so we’re up against some prolific actors.
Hong Seung Hee (Yun Na Mu) plays the third important role in this series and by chance I met her not long ago in Navillera . She presented two quite different faces in her two roles and brought dynamism to each of her scenes.
Finally, I was happy to find Soohyung and Lee Jae Wook in minor roles. I’m expecting the former to have a new lead role after her excellent performance in Run On , and I hope to finally enjoy a role for the latter in Search: WWW , which I just started (didn’t like either Extraordinary You or DoDoSolSolLaLaSol …)!

I truly have no fault with Move to Heaven . However, honestly, I can not help but keep a slight taste of disappointment at the end of my viewing.
In fact, I had a lot of expectations vis-à-vis this drama, as much by its synopsis as by the reviews I had read. I expected to have a phenomenal crush, which never happened.
I think it’s mainly related to the fact that although dealing with complex and painful themes, Move to Heaven did not dare to bring an additional layer of depth and sass to its message. While it could have taken the viewer to a finesse that the subject of the drama was ready to offer us, the scenario ultimately remained on fairly common paths. Whether in terms of lines or character development, I was not really surprised or moved by anything.
Han Geu Ru could have had a much more ambiguous temperament, Jo Sang Gu could have been much darker, the stories of the deceased could have been much more nuanced… good time, but above all to make me sprinkle with a lot of well-meaning and easy resolutions. Not to mention yet another dramatic turnaround that I could have done without – even if it finally made up for it by introducing an interesting theme.

This is just my feeling here. This does not come to contradict all the qualities that I found in this story, which will remain as a good series in my memory.
Regarding the end of the series, a season 2 is to be considered. I personally wouldn’t be unhappy about it, because those 10 episodes left a number of doors open for a sequel; despite everything, the main plot is in my opinion resolved and the series could just as well have ended at the end of this last episode.

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