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Premiere Watch: Doom at Your Service, Move to Heaven

by stroopwafel



Death hovers over both of our new shows, but unlike the thriller-heavy dramas of previous weeks, the newest additions to dramasphere focus on death in terms of how it can raise questions about what it means to live fully and make unexpected emotional connections.


Move to Heaven




Time slot: Friday
Broadcaster: Netflix
Genre: Human
Episode count: 10


Reasons to watch: I’ve been looking forward to this premiere since the news first broke that Lee Je-hoon would be starring, and now it’s finally here. Lee and Tang Joon-sang play an uncle and nephew duo who are in the trauma cleaning business together (i.e. they clean the homes of those who’ve died). Rocking a mini mullet, and fresh out of prison, Lee joins the business after learning his estranged hyung has passed away. His hyung’s will has a clause that Lee can become Tang’s guardian (with all the financial benefits that would entail), if he can work with Tang for three months. Though Lee doesn’t care much for family, working together gives him a new perspective on life and family. If you’re in the mood for some uncle-nephew bonding and contemplations on the things left behind when people transition to the afterlife, this one might be for you.

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Casting news


Actress Jung Young Joo has confirmed for Netflix drama Move to Heaven.





'Move to Heaven' Lee Je-hoon and Tang Jun-sang, consolation + impression through the story of a keepsake organizer

'Move to Heaven' is going to convey the impression to viewers with a warm story. On the morning of the 12th, the production presentation of Netflix's original'Move to Heaven: I am a keepsake organizer' (here in after referred to as 'Move to Heaven') was broadcast live online to prevent the spread of Corona 19. Actors Lee Je-hoon, Tang Jun-sang, Hong Seung-hee, and director Kim Seong-ho attended the scene.





Junsang Tang, “Move to Heaven,” with a warm smile






Director Kim Seung Ho said, "I'm grateful that good actors and actresses appeared with special affection and passion." The big attention comes to Move To Heaven as talented actors gather to fill the series in a richer way.




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Lee Je Hoon Shares His Thoughts About His Upcoming Drama “Move To Heaven”


May 13, 2021
by L. Kim

Lee Je Hoon is on the cover of The Big Issue Korea’s 251st issue!

Currently, the actor is starring in the hit SBS drama “Taxi Driver,” and his Netflix original series “Move to Heaven” will be released on May 14.

In the interview after the photo shoot, Lee Je Hoon talked about “Move to Heaven.”



“Move to Heaven” is about an ex-convict with a hopeless future named Jo Sang Gu (Lee Je Hoon) who suddenly becomes the guardian of Han Gu Ru (Tang Jun Sang), his nephew with Asperger’s syndrome. Together, they work as “trauma cleaners,” people who clean up crime scenes and organize the belongings of the deceased. Through the experience, they learn about the importance of life and death as well as family and communication.

Lee Je Hoon commented, “When I first read the script, I wondered if I’ve ever felt this much sympathy and shed this many tears while reading a scenario. It’s a very good human drama, so I hope many people watch it.”

For this drama, Lee Je Hoon made a drastic transformation with his hair and worked hard to portray a new character he has never portrayed before. He also learned a lot about trauma cleaners as well as Asperger’s syndrome through this heartfelt experience.

The actor added, “Various events in our society are genuinely incorporated in this drama.”



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This drama doesn't go well with a tub of ice cream or popcorn:eats2:, I will soak the popcorn wet with my tears:sad1:. Non of the mainstream tv stations is able to match the quality of this netflix drama. The film direction is more toward a movie style of telling a story. Superb.

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Move to Heaven season 1 review – a heartfelt K-Drama series raising the importance of family

May 14, 2021       by Daniel Hart

This review of the Netflix K-Drama series Move to Heaven season 1 contains no spoilers — the series was released in full on May 14, 2021. 

Only a few weeks ago, I was sat typing with a tear-soaked face after finishing the heartbreaking series Navillera — flit to today, and Netflix has released another k-drama series that persistently pulls at the heartstrings. Move to Heaven, an exclusive Netflix k-drama series, is a wonderful story that manages to raise the importance of family succinctly.


Initially, in the pilot episode, it follows young man Geu-ru (played by Tang Jun-sang) who helps his father Jeong-u (played Ji Jin-hee) run a trauma cleaning company for the deceased. The premise is morbid by nature, as the characters are continuously dealing with death and the grief that follows. Geu-ru has Asperger syndrome, and the story toyingly plays with the audience’s heart as his father finds the little moments to find ways to bond with his son. However, the series quickly takes a different direction as Geu-ru has to deal with a personal tragedy of his own, and his entire living situation changes forever.

It’s not all doom and gloom — Move to Heaven season 1 slyly pulls the audience into a false sense of security; it relies on the perspective of Geu-ru to bring defining moments; his quirky and logical approach brings light to the darkest of situations. It’s absolutely a series that can have audiences laughing one minute but then having their eyes well up the next. The characters can only be loved, despite each one of them bearing their own flaws.


If you encapsulate everything that Move to Heaven stands for, then it is most certainly family. The theme centers the story like a sore thumb, imagining moments of regret, love, despair, and every other major emotion that can involve family. And that is why this series works so incredibly well; of course, it has brilliant writing behind it, but it angles it from a “no judgment” perspective. The series understands that we are far from perfect as human beings, and the story does not try to idealize any family, friend, or acquaintance. But, unfortunately, there’s no such thing as perfect, and Move to Heaven undoubtedly relies on the success and pitfalls of human conditioning.

To expand on that notion, human behavior is the core motive in this k-drama series. Audiences will find themselves analyzing behaviors as the prop to what will happen next — it’s rarely a story that coats itself in exposition. It’s beautifully character-driven. The cast deserves all its praises for imagining this simple yet complicated world, where loss & grief are often misunderstood but are a regular everyday event.

There’s plenty of k-drama on streaming services at the moment, but Move to Heaven needs to be added to everyone’s list.







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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Move To Heaven’ On Netflix, About A Young Man On The Spectrum Who Runs A Trauma Cleaning Business With His Uncle

@joelkeller May 14, 2021 at 5:00pm


Do you know what a “trauma cleaner” is? It’s a company that comes in after someone dies, collects and disposes of their belongings, and cleans and deodorizes the space. A South Korean essay by someone who worked as one of these “trauma cleaners” sparked the idea for the unique series Move To Heaven, which layers in autism and family tension along with the spiritual business of cleaning up after the dead.


Opening Shot: A young intern enters a darkened factory to inspect a broken piece of machinery. When the machinery starts accidentally, his leg is trapped beneath it. He manages to get himself free, limps back to his dormitory, and plops into bed.

The Gist: We first see Han Geu-ru (Tang Jun-sang) at an aquarium, studying the aquatic life in the tank and telling an employee all of the little details he sees that may need attention. Geu-ru has ASD, likely Asperger’s syndrome. He has amazing attention to detail and his observational skills are top notch. His best friend, Na Moo (Hong Seung-hee), who works there, loves how his brain works.

Gen-ru lives with his father Jeong-u (Jin-hee Ji), who cooks him fried eggs the same way for every meal. Jeong-u suggests that maybe it’s time for Gen-ru to fry his own eggs, in case he’s not around. When Gen-ru dashes to the kitchen to start learning, they get a call. An intern has died in his dormitory room.

The two of them operate a business called Move To Heaven. They’re “trauma cleaners,” who go to the scene where a person has died, collects and throws away most of their possessions and cleans and deodorizes the room. But, because they have the utmost respect for those who just died, they collect the most precocious belongings in yellow boxes so they can be returned to the deceased’s families. They try to construct a story about the person’s lives from what they find.


At the dorm, they see he has a family, eats spicy ramen and goes to a convenience store every day to buy a sandwich. He keeps all the receipts. At first, they think it’s because he can’t afford any better. Fabric refresher told them he doesn’t like strong smells. But Jeong-u sees a girl at the register of the convenience store and realizes that’s why the guy went there every day and spritzed himself with the refresher.

They track down the young man’s parents at the hospital, where the funeral is being held. There, a rep from the company the guy worked for is trying to pay them off and not claim responsibility. The young man’s cell phone reveals more culpability than that. Realizing the parents are deaf, he intervenes and lets the young man’s mother tell them how reprehensible their actions are.

On the way out, Jeong-u tells Gen-ru he can look at the fish tank while he goes to the lawyer to sign some contracts. But on the way out of the lawyer’s office, he suffers a massive heart attack. Gen-ru waits as long as he can, then remembers he has a driver’s license. His panicked search for his dad goes all sorts of wrong, and Na Moo finds him in the middle of a bridge, stopped by police. She tells him the devastating news.




What Shows Will It Remind You Of? Move To Heaven is in a lot of ways a procedural, with the trauma cleaning company facing new cases every episode. It’s very spiritual in nature, reminding us of Touched By An Angel in a bunch of ways, with the character’s ASD reminding us of The Good Doctor (which was based on a Korean series, by the way).

Our Take: Directed by Kim Sung-ho and written by Yoon Ji-ryeon, Move To Heaven is equally about how Gen-ru copes with his father’s death — and the fact that his estranged uncle, Sang-gu (Lee Je-hoon), takes over the business — as it is about all of the stories people leave behind when they die. It’s based on an essay about a trauma cleaner, and the scenes where Gen-ru and his father clean up the dorm, constructing the intern’s story as they go through his stuff were fascinating to watch.


more https://decider.com/2021/05/14/move-to-heaven-netflix-review/

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‘Move To Heaven’ review: a moving portrait of life, death and humanity itself


A trauma cleaner with Asperger's syndrome offers up lessons on life, death, family and friendship in this tender K-drama

14th May 2021

Death is no stranger to the storylines in TV shows but there’s one key aspect of it that rarely gets shown on screen – or considered in our daily lives. Who sorts out our homes and belongings once we’re gone? In most cases, you’d assume the deceased’s family but, if they can’t face it or there are no relatives to take care of things, that’s when the trauma cleaners step in.

Han Geu-ru (played by Tang Jun-sang) and his dad Jeong-u (Ji Jin-hee) offer such a service with their company Move To Heaven (also the name of the drama) and they approach every room they clean with respect and care. Jeong-u believes the dead can still tell their stories through the things they leave behind, and the father-son pair use the items they sift through to build a picture of who their clients are – and sometimes solve issues surrounding their deaths or that might affect those they’ve left behind.

They make for a tender but formidable duo, but soon Geu-ru has to face his own grief when his dad dies suddenly. As if that isn’t enough to deal with, the 20-year-old is also introduced to an uncle he didn’t know existed. Sang-gu (Lee Je-hoon) is fresh out of prison and not best pleased at being signed up to be the guardian to his late, estranged brother’s kid, who he struggles to understand thanks to Geu-ru’s Asperger’s syndrome.


What follows is an incredibly moving, sweet and laugh-out-loud funny exploration of humanity itself. Over its 10 episodes, Move To Heaven slowly unravels lessons around life, death, family and friendship. It compels you to think deeper about the idea of good and bad, showing in its multi-dimensional characters that the reality isn’t as black-and-white as TV often makes things out to be.

There are plenty of sensitive storylines throughout the show, but each is handled with care. Neurological disorders like Asperger’s aren’t always treated carefully by filmmakers – as seen most recently in Sia’s Music – but the portrayal of Geu-ru feels respectfully and delicately done. While we see his struggles, we also see his brilliance: his unwavering commitment to doing right by the dead, his endless ability to care about people’s stories when even those closest to them have lost interest, his sharp and fast-working brain that keeps him three steps ahead of everybody else. He is a character who feels like he was written with love and, subsequently, is impossible not to fall in love with.




Other subjects that are still taboo in Korea are given the same tactful treatment. In one episode about an LGBTQ+ relationship, instead of dwelling too much on how society might react to the relationship, the writers focus on the love story at its core and subtly share a message of strength and courage as they do.


As Move To Heaven progresses, it begins to shine more light on Geu-ru and Sang-gu’s family, the two gradually growing closer as more details are revealed. The pair’s dynamic is one of the highlights of the show: Geu-ru’s blunt directness and penchant for order fly in the face of his “filthy” and crude uncle’s bad attitude and bad habits. Lee and Tang are the beating heart of the series, bouncing off each other brilliantly as they create a world where you’re rooting for both of them.



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Movers In K-Drama ‘Move To Heaven’ Sum Up A Life In A Single Box

Joan MacDonald

The father and son movers at Move To Heaven are called on to clean up some disturbing scenes. They are hired to clean up crime scenes and the aftermath of some deaths so upsetting no one else wants to face them. They approach such jobs with respect for the departed and try to bring a sense of closure to those left behind.


Jeong-u, played by Ji Jin-hee often gets so involved in clearing such last effects that he tries to figure out what the departed wanted and, if he can, set things straight. The movers begin every clean-up by addressing those who died, then respectfully combing through belongings, setting aside anything that might interest the heirs. Those possessions are delivered in a yellow box.

Geu-ru, his son, has Asperger’s syndrome. Played by Tang Jun-sang, Geu-ru gets easily upset if things are not in order and he’s dependent on his father to maintain that order. However, Geu-ru has plenty of strengths. He’s really good at remembering things, such as the names and characteristics of fish at the aquarium, the chemical composition of decaying items and plenty of obscure, but sometimes useful data the movers uncover.


Jeong-u is an exemplary father, working around his son’s limitations and making the most of his strengths, but his untimely death leaves Geu-ru alone. That is until his uncle arrives. His uncle Sang-gu, played by Lee Je-hoon, is fresh out of prison and looking for ways to make money without working too hard.

When he finds out that Jeong-u has asked him to be Geu-ru’s guardian, he at first balks, but then thinks how he might use the situation to his advantage. If he can spend three months living with Geu-ru and working at Move To Heaven, he can become his nephew’s guardian and get his hands on the money set aside for Geu-ru.


If Jeong-u was mature and caring, Sang-gu acts like a bratty toddler, which might make you wonder about Jeong-u’s motives. Was he hoping that Sang-gu might help take care of Geu-ru or was he hoping Geu-ru might help take care of his uncle? Jeong-u is a man who will be fondly remembered, but ex-con and ex-boxer Sang-gu has a long way to go if he wants to redeem himself.

Geu-ru’s neighbor Na-moo, played by Hong Seung-hee, is sure that Sang-gu doesn’t have what it takes to be a guardian and tags along to keep an eye on him.

Lee Je-hoon does a great job of introducing Sang-gu as such a reprehensible character he can only become more likable, but the spotlight belongs to Tang Jun-sang, whose pitch perfect performance as Geu-ru steals the show. Tang is a relative newcomer, having played a North Korean soldier in Crash Landing On You and a monk in the film The King’s Letters, but he magnetically draws attention to his performance in the 10-episode drama Move To Heaven.





Half-Malaysian Korean actor Tang Jun-sang leads new K-drama ‘Move To Heaven’



ang Jun-sang garnered the attention of global K-drama fans when he starred in last year’s hit series Crash Landing On You.

It was back then too that we discovered Tang’s father is Malaysian.


The actor had told a Korean media, his father is Malaysian Chinese and his mother is Korean born in a multi-cultural family.


During a virtual press conference held in South Korea that StarLifestyle was invited to, Tang revealed that he discussed with director Kim Sung-ho and writer Yoon Ji-ryun on how to approach this complex character.

Tang explained: “Geu-ru has difficulties in showing emotions. He experiences different emotions, but he’s unable to express them.”

To get a better understanding on how to portray Geu-ru, Tang also watched K-drama Good Doctor which saw actor Joo Won playing a doctor with autism.

While Tang simplified his acting method to play Geu-ru to the press, director Kim and actor Lee took the chance to elaborate why they think Tang is a brilliant actor.

Referring to a five-minute scene in the series where Geu-ru names all the many living aquatic animals in a public aquarium, director Kim said: “He made no mistake and we filmed that scene in just one take. He is a genius actor.”

Lee concurred: “The lines were long and difficult. If it was me, I don’t think I could have done it. When I saw Jun-sang doing it, I was in awe.”

Lee continued of his earlier impression of Tang: “I was really looking forward to working with him because I saw his other work and thought he’s a very good actor although he’s so young.

“I knew we would make a good team and he would be a good acting partner. And that really was the case, ” said Lee, 36.



Tang said that he felt honoured and happy to be cast in a leading role of a series, even though it’s not an easy character to play.

“I did feel a little bit of pressure, ” mentioned Tang.

“But when we were filming, I learned a lot from Lee Je-hoon and I had conversations with (co-star) Hong Seung-hee, so I could let go of that pressure.

Tang said: “I learned a lot from shooting Move To Heaven, and felt there was a personal growth.”





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I know the temptation with this drama (because the full 10 eps dropped all at once) is to binge watch.  But I think this drama needs to be savoured.  If you opt to just shovel it all in at the one sitting, it almost seems counterintuitive?  Trauma cleaners (at least Move to Heaven ones) take their time.  GeuRu and JeongU take pains to go through the belongings of those who passed.  Treating items with care and consideration.  Lending dignity to the person who passed.  Their lives, their hopes, their dreams, their stories are all encapsulated in the rooms/houses where they spent their last days/weeks/years. So I stopped with each “death” story.  To pause and remember.  Just like they did.   My 2 cents. :)

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This is one drama that will stay in my memory and heart for a long time. It's at the top of my list along with dear my friends, hospital playlist, and prison playbook. Too bad it's not broadcasted at korea's tv station. This kind of drama needs to reach lots of people. But then, when it comes to entertainment it goes back to the viewer's taste and choices.


Watching this drama is like having good spiritual journey to those who seek hope and enlightenment in the middle of having a daily dose of entertainment. At the end of the journey you'll come out appreciating what you have in life as well as reflecting on what you've done to help those who struggle silently unnoticed.


It's nice to find a good drama and discover new talents involved in it. Tang Joon Sang is brilliant as Han Geu Roo. He's the heart of this show. I can't wait to see more of TJS in racket boys.

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Why did Netflix upload all the episodes all at once? Difficult to keep the thread active after a fortnight.


We got to keep this thread active for as long as possible so that other Soompi fans will get to know this series.


It's not all tears......there are light-hearted moments too between uncle and nephew.  It begins when nephew makes uncle pitch a tent and camp stove right in the middle of the sitting room......And when uncle finally cooked a breakfast for nephew, nephew's first remarks were "are you dying?"....I don't understand the important of wreaths in Korean and Chinese culture until uncle tried to steal a wreath from a neighbouring parlour.!


My favourite scenes must be the aquarium......so soothing....makes me want to visit the aquarium again.


I remembered reading an article about such 'cleaners' in US but I cannot remember what they are called. The article basically covered  a day's routine of a lady cleaner who had to clean up a murder scene in a house.  I also remembered witnessing a clean-out session in my neighbourhood somewhere in the night! A tenant committed suicide in her room. The house owner got the garbage cleaners to discard everything his tenant owned ......clothes, documents, furniture, gadgets, piano, food. I didn't dare to take a second look.

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There are indeed some light hearted moments that will bring smile to your face. My favorite will be Geu Ru, out of nowhere, mimicking conversations he witnessed without any expression on his face. He's definitely one of my all time favorite fictional characters. 


I forgot to mention Lee Jae Wook. What an actor. He's shown wide range of acting that other senior more popular actors out there can't show.


I found this interesting fact. 


I am already aware that each cases in this drama is based on real life events. That leads me to cry 10 times harder when i watch the series. Even after being aware of it, i still tear up reading the fact of the case that inspires the episode.


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This drama is so beautifully written and filmed. Very seamless. It felt more like I was watching a movie than a series.


Each of the deceased’s story was tragic but Move To Heaven’s unwavering efforts to understand and fulfill their last thoughts/wishes offered hope for them to achieve closure and peace in the final steps of the afterlife. The respect and dignity they regarded for the deceased was so commendable. The last episode was exceptionally well done. I had tears in my eyes throughout. It was so moving with how it was time for things to come full circle for Geu Ru. How he was finally able to reconcile his own trauma by remembering the lessons and words his father taught him gave so much meaning to the whole story. It made me believe that a deceased loved one can speak and you can’t forget what you’ve seen - memories of them are saved in your eyes. Just because you can't see them anymore, it doesn't mean that they are not with you. As long as you remember, they are not gone.


About the cast, I really appreciated that the story focused and highlighted the strengths of Geu Ru’s condition. Even the police regarded him as their confidential informant. LOL. Tang Jun Sang perfectly portrayed Geu Ru. I will be watching Racket Boys for him. Of course, it was a pleasure to see Ji Jin Hee cameo as Geu Ru’s father. He was such an admirable man. How he unconditionally loved Geu Ru reminded me of how he regarded his son in Designated Survivor. His presence throughout Geu Ru's journey was so impactful. As for Lee Je Hoon, it took me awhile to adjust to his grunginess (and hair!), but I really enjoyed his development and transformation as Sang Gu and sam chon. I was happy he was able to reconcile his past as well and find a new outlook on life.


Butterflies have a special meaning to me so the sight of them at the end stuck out. I got the sense that there could possibly be a season 2. Hoping it could be true. I would definitely tune back in for it.

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On 5/15/2021 at 10:37 PM, bee_wannabe said:

I found this interesting fact. 


I am already aware that each cases in this drama is based on real life events. That leads me to cry 10 times harder when i watch the series. Even after being aware of it, i still tear up reading the fact of the case that inspires the episode.


@bee_wannabe Thanks for sharing this fact! I did not know this. :tears: I did notice that she tied the brothers' childhood misunderstanding to the Sampoong Department Store collapse which happened in 1995. I had first learned about the tragedy from Reply 1994 and then Just Between Lovers. So heartbreaking. I really appreciate that the writer chose to remember real life events in the story.


On 5/15/2021 at 10:37 PM, bee_wannabe said:

There are indeed some light hearted moments that will bring smile to your face. My favorite will be Geu Ru, out of nowhere, mimicking conversations he witnessed without any expression on his face. He's definitely one of my all time favorite fictional characters. 


I forgot to mention Lee Jae Wook. What an actor. He's shown wide range of acting that other senior more popular actors out there can't show.


Geu Ru totally shined in this story. One of my favorite parts was when Na Mu asked him what he thought of his uncle, he recited all of Sang Gu's gross habits and traits at first. But, Geu Ru remembered that his dad taught him what makes someone a good person is how they try to understand others. Through how he witnessed Sang Gu contributed to helping each of the cases, he deduced that his sam chon is a good person (in a perplexing way). LOL. It's really amazing how logical he is.


I really liked the story between Sang Gu and Lee Jae Wook's character, Su Cheol. I thought we got to see a deeper and softer side of Sang Gu through their relationship. Su Cheol was such a good "kid". I felt my heart clench when he found Su Cheol's note on the back of the Move To Heaven business card. LJW did an amazing job here.

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