In Korea, "Closer to Heaven" topped of the charts among romantic movies released in 2009. It earned Kim Myung-min Best Lead Actor awards at Korea's major film awards last year, the 30th Blue Dragon Film Awards and the 46th Daejong Film Awards, and Ha Ji-won won the Best Lead Actress Award at the 30th Blue Dragon Film Awards as well.
"Closer to Heaven" will be released at the Shinjuku Musashinokan and the Human-Trust Cinema Yuraku-cho in Tokyo on February 5, 2011, and will be shown in other cities around Japan thereafter.
"Closer to Heaven" is helmed by "You are my Sunshine" director, Park Jin-pyo and stars Kim Myung-min ("White Tower", 2007) and Ha Ji-won ("Haeundae", 2009). The deeper you get into their story, the more it will touch your heart.
Baek Jong-woo (Kim Myung-min) suffers from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a fatal and incurable disease with unknown cause. When his mother dies, he meets a funeral director, Lee Ji-soo (Ha Ji-won) whom he knew back from his childhood, and falls in love with her. They are married a year later. But their sweet home is a room of a hospital. Despite the worsening symptoms leaving Jong-woo barely able to hold his own spoon, he has never been happier than those moment he spends with his wife, Ji-soo, which gives him the will to fight the disease with more determination than any other. However, Jong-woo's condition continues to deteriorate. Despite his acknowledgment of the disease, he becomes increasingly anxious as he sees his body degenerate day by day. He gradually refuse Ji-soo's heartful care and tenderness. At length, the speech impediment that he so wanted to avoid begins...
Director: Park Jin-pyo
English title: "Closer to Heaven"
Korean movie, 2009
Color, Cinemascope, Dolby Digital and SRD
Running time: 121 minutes
Subtitle translation: Rie Nemoto
Sponsors: Broad Media Studios, Yamatane Entertainments and Pony/Canyon
Distribution: Broad Media studios
Written and translated by: soon and aichi
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