If you are someone who unconsciously has tried calling or text messaging a family member, friend or lover that has already passed away, you may have at least once wondered who links our world down on here on earth with the heavens. That is why Japanese writer Eriko Kitagawa -- who is more interested in the afterworld than Korea as it is now and in her dramas and films often tells stories of the living and dead meeting together -- came to write about a man who delivers letters to heaven. "Postman to Heaven", the second of the telecinema project films composed of a Korean director, Japanese writer and Hallyu stars, was revealed at a the CJ CGV theatre in Seoul on Monday. Director Lee Hyung-min and the stars of the movie, boy band TVXQ member Hero Jaejoong and Han Hyo-joo turned up at the press screening.
Jae-joon, played by Hero, is a postman who delivers letters written by the living to their loved ones in heaven. He meets with Hana, played by Han, who writes a letter full of resentment to the man she loved that passed away one day. Jae-joon proposes that Hana delivers responses which come back from heaven and the two think up various ways to give peace and happiness to those who are alive. But a human being and a postman from heaven cannot spend unlimited time together. As they start to grow feelings for each other, Jae-joon tries to pull himself away from Hana and the two, for the last time, deliver a response to an owner of a teahouse who had been agonizing for a long time over the loss of his son.
As can be seen from the title, "Postman" is a fairy tale-like boy-meets-girl comic-type fantasy. The setting of a postman who links the living with the souls in heaven may seem strange and childish and a current idol group member taking on a role which is neither an angel nor ghost may confuse the onlooker. But Gitagawa, who has a decent number of fans in Korea for her numerous hits such as "Long Vacation" and "Beautiful Life", manages to bring out the delicate emotions of the various characters. And director Lee Hyung-min, who displayed beautiful imagery in dramas "Snow Queen" and "Sorry, I Love You", shows his talent yet again to wonderfully portray unrealistic time and space. Han's character will be similar to the one she played in "Shining Inheritance" with a bright and sturdy personality, and Hero's acting, in which he refrained from putting in any unnecessary effort, surpassed expectations. Contents of letters by other people, such as the young sister who sends off magic Chinese character cards for her dead younger brother or the mother who packs a lunch box for her dead child, may seem cliche but touches one's heart directly -- making it impossible for the viewer not to shed a tear if they have been through the experience of losing a loved one.
The telecinema project, composed of a total of eight films, started opening in theatres November 5 starting with "My Love, Ugly Duckling". "Postman" will be released tomorrow, along with "19", starring boy band Big Bang members TOP and Seung-ri, followed later on by "Paradise" starring Kim Ha-neul and Ji Jin-hee. After all eight films are release in Korea, they are set to open in Japan in January next year and air on Asahi TV starting May.
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