Soo Ah, before passing away makes an unbelievable promise to her husband, Woo Jin, to return one year later on a rainy day. Miraculously, she keeps the promise and reappears before her husband and son but all her memories have disappeared. Tragically, the relief at their reunion is short-lived, because it turns out that Soo Ah has to leave her family once again.
~~ Adapted from the Japanese novel "Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu" by Takuji Ichikawa.
Cast & Credits
The story provides a refreshing and heartwarming story about family, love, hardship, and a promise. The story telling of the film is set a pace that causes little confusion, if the the viewer has read the synopsis prior to watching. The opening narrative prepares the audience for what is to come and meaning behind the narrative does not fade through the film. Despite, the beginning setting the film provides light humor through the film where the audience would not be expecting. The ending of the film will leave the audience feeling satisfied and not disappointed as the are no loose ends. The choice of cast, So Ji Sub and Son Ye Jin, were great. The visuals and quality of acting both actors provided were well suited for their roles. Furthermore, their younger counterparts, Lee Yoo Jin and Kim Hyun Soo, provided admirable skills. The overall use of music throughout the film highlighted the message and importance behind each scene. In conjunction with the cinematography employed allowed an engaging and enjoyable viewing experience for the audience.
As previously stated, based on the delivery and cinematography this re-adaption of "Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu" exceeds the quality of the Japanese film. I personally highly recommend to watch this film in its entirety, as the delivery of the story is well carried out and has little to none loose ends - leaving the audience with a lingering feeling. Although, you will foresee what is to come re-watching this film a second time will provide a more in-depth understanding between each interaction.
I guess I am among the few who watched the Korean version without watching both the Japanese versions and I'm happy because I went totally clueless. The twist (if you can call it) is very good. I was totally shocked. The moment the second truck hit her I almost jumped out of my seat. I was literally shocked. I was dry eyed through the story till the concert at the end. The moment Ji Ho opened his mouth I knew I would cry. Also the end was nice. Like someone had mentioned before hand the bicycle scene after the teary moments was a good addition. The ending was bittersweet. She could have stayed but I guess if she did then they wouldn't be together in the first place.
Also there are some good cameos here. Especially from Gong Hyo Jin and man Park Seo Joon was shock for me too. When they first didn't show him and we could only hear him I was thinking that it was a familiar voice and voila. Pleasant surprise indeed.
All in all this is a sweet watch. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.