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Lee Je-hoon, Tang Joon-sang are trauma cleaners in Move to Heaven

Netflix series Move to Heaven: We are Trauma Cleaners has released a new poster and teaser. Lee Je-hoon (Taxi Driver) stars as the guardian of Tang Joon-sang (Crash Landing on You), a trauma cleaner who has Asperger’s syndrome.

The drama was inspired by nonfiction essay, “Things that are left behind after they leave,” by one of the first traumer cleaners, Kim Sae-byul. Going from home to home, cleaning the possessions of people who have passed away, Lee Je-hoon and Tang Joon-sang learn the stories of those possessions and help convey the messages the deceased wanted to express in their last moments. The poster shows Lee Je-hoon and Tang Joon-sang walking on a street on a bright spring day. Cherry blossom petals fall around them, as Tang Joon-sang follows behind Lee Je-hoon, carrying a box of possessions.

In the teaser, the camera zooms in on Tang Joon-sang putting on his headphones. He introduces himself as “Han Geu-ru, a trauma cleaner.” Lee Je-hoon watches him from behind, as Tang Joon-sang prepares to help the deceased with their final “move.” Item by item, Tang Joon-sang and Lee Je-hoon pack everything up, and once the camera finishes panning around the room, it’s empty.

A close-up shot of Tang Joon-sang is shown with his eyes closed. A worn watch disappears; the family in a sentimental photo disappear as copy appears onscreen:

“Every death as a story to tell
We light your untold stories so they can live on”

Tang Joon-sang’s eyes open, and Lee Je-hoon smiles as if he is proud of him. Tang Joon-sang closes up the box that contains a room with a miniature of himself doing the same thing. In the final narration, Lee Je-hoon says, “We are Move to Heaven

If that warm-hearted teaser wasn’t enough to entice you, you can also look forward to some special cameos by Ji Jin-hee (Undercover) and Lee Jae-wook (Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol).

Directed by Kim Sung-ho (How to Steal a Dog) and written by Yoon Ji-ryun (Angel Eyes), human interest drama Move to Heaven will premiere on Netflix on May 14.

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This looks good!

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I will watch this because I need to inspire 2017 nonfiction(?) book The Trauma Cleaner where Sarah Pankhurst was a trauma cleaner. I didn't believe that trauma cleaners are nothing new.

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Great trailer. I passed on Lee Je-hoon’s TAXI DRIVER but I in plan to check out his MOVE TO HEAVEN.
MISSING: THE OTHER SIDE was one of my favorite dramas of last year.
The trailer gave me a little bit of the same vibe from MISSING.

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I wanted to watch Missing: The Other Side, but I'm a little nervous about OCN dramas to be honest. I like how they pick up topics other channels are afraid to pick, but I'm not a big fan of heavy exposition and incoherent character development. Granted, I've been burned by Uncanny Counter (which started a bit shaky but had a soul, and then proceeded to go downhill for me after episode 8/9). Although, to be fair, I did love "The Guest", sheerly because the show itself was so visually stunning that I forgot to be scared (I'm afraid of the horror genre, so that's a step up for me). I did have some minor problems with The Guest though...

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Hi Moni. Thanks for letting me give a MOVE TO HEAVEN postscript: I loved it. One of my favorite dramas so far in 2021.
Re MISSING: THE OTHER SIDE. I continue to recommend it. I generally like OCN dramas (DARK HOLE being a huge exception.). MISSING is a different OCN drama. I found it quite spiritual as I did MOVE TO HEAVEN.
One reason I watched was that up to then I had not seen a Go Soo drama. He along with the rest of the cast were terrific. One young actor who was a hit with fans was Song Geon-hee in his portrayal of Thomas.
Also there are reports of a season 2 so you would be ready for that.

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i am so ready for a drama that depicts something other than constant action to fill up the hour or nonsensical people controlling the world and each other. i want it to say something!

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Except for "believing" (assuming) that when you die, you go to heaven... I really like this plot.
Personally, I believe in the resurrection, and I am sure, every resurrection will bring within a story, and maybe the angels (don't know) will help us as trauma cleaners... because dying is a traumatic experience in itself. Let alone most of the time, our lives are hard enough without dying...
Very very interesting.

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"Except for "believing" (assuming) that when you die, you go to heaven... I really like this plot." Someone had to say it. Maybe something more ambiguous like Moving might've better, lol jk. But yeah, I'm sure for agnostic or atheists, heaven doesn't exist. But that's another topic/debate lol. Hopefully this show doesn't become too overtly manipulative w/ its emotions/too preachy. Give me Six Feet Under: Korean Version!!!

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So did you watch this show? Because it truly is a gem of a show, without being religious or preachy. It's honestly just a respectful beautiful masterpiece about death, and life. Love, of all types - unconditional and even conditional. This show is a gem.

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I haven't yet. But I will, it will be interesting.

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Late comment! Yes, I watched it! It was great! Only quibble is Ep 9-10, was kinda not as immersive for me as a viewer. Also the ending too, meh. Seriously, can we please stick with a definitive ending?! A key point was how they treated sensitive/taboo topics in Korea w/o any judgement (minus Namu's mom, to a lesser extent).

Also bummed that Dramabeans didn't pick up this show to recap as a series review. I thought they would've at least recapped Move to Heaven since they did for other Netflix originals. Lee Je Hoon didn't come back with two good dramas, to not be given any reviews/recaps!! Jokes aside, but really, throw us a bone for us fans!!

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Honestly, I though episode 9 and 10 were a bit slow too. But I was happy because I really loved watching Lee Je Hoon as a street boxer, and I loved Gu Ru's concern for Uncle Sang Gu. It made me just a bit sad when Gu Ru said "Please don't love me, please don't hide anything from me." Because Gu Ru loves Sang Gu and couldn't bear the thought of losing his uncle, even if it meant he wouldn't be loved by his uncle. I thought that little gesture was so sweet. The tree hugging good bye to his father was sad, but I didn't actually connect to it.

On the topic of adoption in foreign countries, honestly I don't think that topic should have been discussed in episode 9. Maybe if they had flipped 8 and 9 it would have had more impact? I think the personal stories, esp. Sang Gu's had more impact because we learned about Sang Gu and his struggles, so when I got into Matthew's story, I wasn't really emotionally invested.

As for the cliff hanger ending - I didn't care much for it.

And dude Taxi Driver... I'm obsessed with that show. I watched it after Move to Heaven, and while I love Move to Heaven, Taxi Driver (team dynamic, action sequences, happy endings, a little comedy to dilute the grittiness) is so right up my alley. I had to watch a new show with Lee Je Hoon (because I needed more of him) and Taxi Driver was bliss! Also, the OSTs are bomb! Every time I listen to them, I smile. Widely. Too bad there's no recaps or weecaps for either of my favorite 2021 shows.

I also started watching Racket Boys, and while it's good (and I'm amazed by Tang Joon Sang's ability to switch from Gu Ru character to a hot-blooded young badminton player), it's not as engaging in my opinion. No real coherent story, but that's slice of life genre right :)

Sorry for long reply. Glad you enjoyed the drama and I could list off what I liked to you :)

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Oh hey! @Moni Hasnone

You and I are on the same boat lol! I too felt dis-engaged w/ Matthew's story line. I think while foreign adoption is a vital issue to address esp. in Korea (which knows first hand), I didn't connect. Like you said well, Sang gu and Geu ru for me were the backbone of the show. Them being in this was the strength, I wish it was more about a brother duo type of show but alas that wouldn't get greenlit.

I thought LJH was killer as usual, but here wowzers! I love how he's not afraid of looking 'ugly' or 'messy' when the role calls for it! Tang was great too, for an un-emotional role, he did well in making us sympathize w/ him. Namu (to a lesser extent) did her part as in cheery bright girl, but she was a tad too on the nose imo. A bit annoying lol.

Yeah the tree hug scene kinda flew by my head, as in well that's sad, but dunno why (maybe b/c I watched it to try to finish the last 4 episodes), that my mentality wasn't in the right mood for it? B/c Ep 9/10 didn't really click for me as much as the prior episodes. They really should've just ended it when Sang Gu hears of the case, and he cries, and boom end scene! Or a scene where Geu re hears of his uncle being his legal guardian now, and them re-uniting and hugging, dunno lol, just end it on those two. I know LJH said at 1st he thought 1 season was enough, but now S2 sounds good. But meh, I think S1 was suffice imo.

Taxi Driver was solid too, total 180! I thought LJH was a beast here. Very cool/hot lol! I do wish that the supporting/FL were given the same push (altho this was more on the cases as it was real). I wanted a more Stranger type of dynamic w/ the cast, but instead I didn't really connect to the supporting cast, even Do Gi took a while for me to get like by Ep 12 or so. I do wished that Move to Heaven at least gotten a series review, but alas...who knows when LJH will come back to dramas?

Slice of Life is a hard genre for me to like (minority I know!). It's strange for U.S Sitcoms, (b/c its short/to the point), its fine but for K-dramas, I tend to go Zzzz...They just don't do it for me unfortunately :(

Ha, np! Love your comment! Nice to see a fellow LJH fan here too! He came back w/ 2 solid dramas!

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I heard Taxi Driver is getting Season 2! Potentially :)

Hopefully they'll have a stronger writer this time around and we can be a little more emotionally vested in the team, because I agree, it took me a bit of time before I fell in love with Kim Do Ki (episode 8). I liked the Computer Hacker and the two maintenance guys grew on me by the time Voice Phishing episodes (10-11) came through.

Different note, do you have any other dramas you could recommend to me?

Right now, I'm weirdly enjoying The Witch's Diner and You are My Spring. But they're ongoing shows that I'd like to continue watching after they finish potentially. Kdramas are much more fun to "binge" watch (episode everyday). If I overbinge, I lose emotional connection (and that's kind of what I did with the last two episodes of Move to Heaven too.

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S2, hopefully goes well, and not milked to death like Penthouse ahem. Would need to see more Esom, and have her be more part of the team. Also more in-depth characterizations about the other Rainbow crew members too. Also don't fire your writer midway through too! :O I heard some rumblings that the writer was coming back(might?), since he still has a contract w/ SBS.

I echo the over-binge comment too! When that happens, it all blurs for me. So I try to not watch it all at once, 3-4 days is ok spread out for me. Of course, its harder when the show is already completed, and you've other shows you've as well. Ah, the dilemmas!

As for drama recs: For short ones, really enjoyed You Drive Me Crazy/Drama Special - My Embarrassing Days. (Both are cute/lovely!). I really enjoyed Love Affairs in the Afternoon (taboo subject but it was handled poignantly well). Chief of Staff (if you want more political dramas w/ maturity). Also some older dramas people adore: Miss Korea (Sweet romance), I Do, I Do (Really adored this one too), and Tomorrow With You (LJH!!).

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