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The "Move To Heaven" Cast And Director Share Their Thoughts On This Netflix Original Series

"Move to Heaven" introduces the job of trauma cleaners while tackling topics of solitary deaths, grief, and mourning in a very heartwarming narrative

People often shy away from talking about the topic of life and death. But when the pandemic came and changed the lives of all of humanity, many have come to face the realities that come with death. This is one of the things that make the newly-released Netflix Original Series Move to Heaven relevant today and relatable to people from 190 countries where it's been made available.

Directed by Kim Song-ho and written by Yoon Ji-ryunMove to Heaven stars Lee Je-hoon as Sang-gu, Tang Jun-sang as Geu-ru, and Hong Seung-hee as Na-mu, with a special appearance by seasoned actor Ji Jin-hee as Jeong-woo. What inspired the series was an essay collection the screenwriter chanced upon, Things Left Behind (transliteration: Tteonan Hu-e Namgyeojin Geotdeul) by Kim Sae-byul, CEO of a trauma cleaning service business.

The uniqueness of this jump-off point for a heartwarming story about (solitary) death and grief was what initially appealed to the cast members as well. "It was actually the first time when I was reading the script that I knew of this job," Tang Jun-sang said during the series' press conference. This is most probably the first time you're hearing about this job called trauma cleaning as well. What do they do exactly? Trauma cleaners clear out the belongings and possessions of a deceased person, and clean the site of death for the deceased person or their bereaved family.  

"Move to Heaven" is now available on Netflix
"Move to Heaven" is now available on Netflix | Poster courtesy of netflix
5 Reasons Why You Need to Watch 'Move to Heaven'


5 Reasons Why You Need to Watch 'Move to Heaven'

Geu-ru, his uncle Sang-gu, and his friend Na-mu work at trauma cleaning business Move to Heaven, the reason for the name being that they guide the deceased to their "final move" and bring closure to their lives by clearing out their belongings. But this isn't all they do. With Geu-ru, a young man with Asperger’s syndrome, Move to Heaven also helps tell the untold stories of those who passed away from his honest perspective; by looking at and understanding the meanings behind those belongings, Geu-ru is able to put the pieces of the puzzle together, to deduce the last message the deceased may have.

The series is only made up of 10 episodes, with approximately 500 minutes of running time. Since each episode focuses on different persons and stories, it is so easy to binge-watch and isn't dragging. And even though there are only fewer episodes than the typical 16- or 20-episode K-dramas, Move to Heaven introduced us to a lot of characters that all have heartwarming, tearjerking stories that will surely resonate with many. 

"[Move to Heaven] deals with funeral culture and the topic of grief and mourning, and I really hope that this series will bring comfort to anyone who watches it," said director Kim Song-ho.

"Move to Heaven" director Kim Song-ho and cast members Lee Je-hoon, Tang Jun-sang, and Hong Seung-hee
"Move to Heaven" director Kim Song-ho and cast members Lee Je-hoon, Tang Jun-sang, and Hong Seung-hee | Photo courtesy of Netflix

Check out the gallery below to see what Move to Heaven director Kim Song-ho and cast members Lee Je-hoon, Tang Jun-sang, and Hong Seung-hee have to say about working on this series:

Move to Heaven is available for download and streaming on Netflix.

Photos courtesy of Netflix