Closer to Heaven (film)

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Closer to Heaven
Closer to Heaven poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Revised Romanization Nae sarang nae gyeotae
McCune–Reischauer Nae sarang nae kyŏt'e
Directed by Park Jin-pyo
Produced by Lee Eugene
Written by Park Jin-pyo
Starring Ha Ji-won
Kim Myung-min
Music by Park Ki-heon
Cinematography Kim Tae-gyeong
Edited by Kang Kyeong-hwa
Distributed by CJ Entertainment
Release date
  • 24 September 2009 (2009-09-24)
Running time
121 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Budget US$3,300,000
Box office US$13,301,443[1]

Closer to Heaven (Hangul내 사랑 내 곁에; RRNae sarang nae gyeotae; lit. "My Love by My Side") is a 2009 South Korean film written and directed by Park Jin-pyo, starring Ha Ji-won and Kim Myung-min.[2][3][4][5]


Lee Ji-soo is a twice-divorced funeral director, and no stranger to death or loss. She reunites with old friend Baek Jong-woo when he arranges for funeral services for his deceased mother. Jong-woo has been battling Lou Gehrig's disease since he was a teenager. The two fall in love and get married. As Jong-woo's symptoms continue to worsen and he begins to lose control over his body, he lashes out at Ji-soo. Despite her hurt, all Ji-soo wants is to stay by his side and hope for a cure.


  • Ha Ji-won as Lee Ji-soo
  • Kim Myung-min as Baek Jong-woo
  • Nam Neung-mi as Joo Ok-yeon
  • Im Ha-ryong as Park Geun-sook, Choon-ja's husband
  • Choi Jong-ryeol as Ok-yeon's husband
  • Shin Shin-ae as Jin-hee's mother
  • Im Jong-yoon as Bae Seok-joong
  • Im Hyung-joon as Bae Seok-won
  • Im Seong-min as Choon-ja
  • Son Ga-in as Seo Jin-hee
  • Jang Won-young as Mr. Choi
  • Hong Seok-yoo as Elder Son
  • Kim Yeo-jin as Professor Son Young-chan
  • Kim Kwang-kyu as Kook Dong-sik
  • Jung Eui-chul as Yoo Seung-wook
  • Son Young-soon as Jong-woo's mother
  • Yoo Seung-mok as Ex-husband Kim Eun-ho
  • Kim Young-pil as Jong-woo's friend, Wook-joong
  • Kim Young-hoon as Jong-woo's friend, Kwan-young
  • Choi Yo-han as Jong-woo's friend, Jae-ho
  • Jeon Soo-ji as Kim Jong-do's wife
  • Yoo Ji-yeon as Head nurse
  • Kang Shin-il as Lee Hak-cheon, Ji-soo's father (cameo)
  • Sol Kyung-gu as Kim Jong-do (cameo)
  • Song Young-chang as Therapist (cameo)
  • Seo Hyo-rim as Reporter (cameo)


Closer to Heaven was released in South Korean theaters on 24 September 2009, and it topped the box office chart for 3 consecutive weeks.[6] It was the first melodrama to surpass the 2 million admissions mark since Maundy Thursday in 2006.[7] Closer to Heaven received a total of 2,153,068 admissions at the end of its run, making it the 10th highest grossing film of 2009.[8]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2009 46th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Kim Myung-min Won
Popularity Award Won
Best Supporting Actress Nam Neung-mi Nominated
30th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Kim Myung-min Won
Best Actress Ha Ji-won Won
Popular Star Award Won
Best Music Park Ki-heon Nominated
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Ha Ji-won Won
7th Max Movie Awards Best Actor Kim Myung-min Nominated


  1. ^ "Closer to Heaven (2009)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  2. ^ Yi, Chang-ho (19 December 2008). "PARK Jin-pyo casts KIM Myung-min". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2015-01-06. 
  3. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (25 August 2009). "Kim Myung-min Sheds 20 Kilos for Role". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-11-04. 
  4. ^ "Kim Myung-min Struggles after Losing 20 kg". KBS Global. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 2015-01-06. 
  5. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (17 September 2009). "Closer Doesn't Get Close Enough". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-11-04. 
  6. ^ "Heaven tops box office for third week". 10Asia. 12 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  7. ^ "'내사랑 내곁에', 전국 200만 관객 돌파". MK News (in Korean). 19 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-11.
  8. ^ "The Best Selling Films of 2009". Retrieved 2009-11-11. 

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