Noriko Goes To Seoul

Noriko Goes To Seoul (2011)

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Mori Noriko is a Japanese housewife with a taciturn husband, Hiroshi, and a teenage daughter, Miyuki, neither of whom can understand her interest in the Hallyu star Kim Hyun Jae. When Noriko receives the news one day that she has lung cancer, she decides to gather her courage to travel to Seoul and see Hyun Jae, who's judging a music audition. There, she meets Kim Min Ha, a young man who continually read morefails auditions despite his talent and passion for music. The two develop a friendship, with Noriko helping Min Ha overcome obstacles to achieve his dream. (Source: wiki.d-addicts)

  • Native title:

    노리코, 서울에 가다
  • Also Known as:

    No-ri-ko, Seo-wool-ae Ga-da

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31 people found this review helpful
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Oct 12, 2011
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
It may seem like I gave this one a low review number but the fact is I really enjoyed this show. I started to watch it because the story sounded interesting. Than I recognized the main guy from the ever so popular part of Jeremy(YaB). So I watched it.

It wasn't extremely well done or flashy or a "you must watch this" kind of film. In fact I was read more hesitant because someone had suggested it looked like the young guy falls for older woman scenario. But that wasn't it at all.

It was simple, sweet, and about a woman trying to live the principles she was struggling to teach her daughter. In fact from the the male character's point of view I would describe this film as 'appreciate your mother because you don't know how long your going to have her' or as a 'your lucky to have a mother - if your not going to appreciate her than I'll take her'.

I loved how the story unfolded. I truly could feel him slowly growing attached to her - as a son, with every moment she spent with his family. You could feel how much he needed her influence in his life and than suddenly you saw him have an influence on hers. "Break down the door," he said and I cheered (because I completely agreed with him).

It is an all around a good story. Easy to watch. Easy to enjoy. And something I will watch again when I am in the mood for something slow pace.

Hope that helps.
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Mar 11, 2015
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 8.5
This is no noona romance. There's no romance at all here so don't freak out.

The story is nothing extraordinary but it's touching. I've always been drawn to dream-chasing stories. For the housewives who realise after years that they can actually chase their dreams before it's too late; all my admiration and respect. Yes, it's never too late to chase your dreams.

The maternal affection that develops between Noriko and Min Ha read more is so touching. Yes people; there are more variations to relationships between men and woman!

No twists and no surprises. Touching and cool. Won't recommend it to drama newbies. If you're a Hongki fan or if you love dream-chasing themes or music-related work, then yes watch this. It's no waste of time.

I loved Hongki singing -as always-.
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Both are about housewives who realise after years that they can actually chase their dreams before it's too late. Second Time Twenty is a little more serious then Niriko I think, but they are both very sweet.
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    Mads Feb 17, 2016 - edited

    Does anybody know where I can watch this with English subtitles?

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    jay-jay Feb 7, 2015 - edited

    I enjoyed this movie, very sweet heartwarming..well done..thank the lord know sad ending...the male lead, I so love his singing and speaking voice. very sexy...And of course, the female lead was awesome, love her movies. such a great actress...

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      Blademan2 Mar 12, 2015
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      jay-jay Mar 16, 2015

      She just following her dream, for a short period of time, but comes back home...

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      Blademan2 Mar 16, 2015

      Thanks, I'll watch it, I wouldn't have watched it otherwise. I thank you kindly. :)))

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    rainecat Oct 19, 2013

    heartwarming all the way through. leaves a good impression even after it ends.

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    OhnoFan Jun 14, 2013

    I am after seeing this film, and I must say it is wonderful. Surely I come back to it a few times :)

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    TaraVIP Mar 16, 2012

    this movie is touching....lee hong ki is not famous just because he is so good looking and he obviously proved that he is not only a good singer but a good actor too..

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    SaisMY Oct 21, 2011

    a cute simple and sweet film. it's a nice watch. although what it sounds like it's not a young man falling for an older woman. it's more a supportive thing. ^^

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    akai-kitsune Sep 12, 2011

    Looks like a young man falls for old lady, but I´ll definitly watch this!

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      helloflower Mar 7, 2012


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      TaraVIP Mar 16, 2012

      it's not a romantic movie at all!even though my fave genre is romance,i enjoyed watching this movie a lot...i definitely recommend it


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    South Korea
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    Sep 10, 2011
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 29 min.


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    7.6 (scored by 953 users)
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