Closer to Heaven (film)
|Closer to Heaven|
|Hangul||내 사랑 내 곁에|
|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|
Ha Ji-won |
|Music by||Park Ki-heon|
|Edited by||Kang Kyeong-hwa|
|Distributed by||CJ Entertainment|
Closer to Heaven (Hangul: 내 사랑 내 곁에; RR: Nae 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.
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. It was the first melodrama to surpass the 2 million admissions mark since Maundy Thursday in 2006. 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.
Awards and nominations
|2009||46th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actor||Kim Myung-min||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|
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