Movie Monday: Postman to Heaven (2009)

Starring: Kim JaeJoong as Jae-Joon and Han Hyo-Joo as Ha-Na

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 108 min

Twinkies: 4

Synopsis: A single mailbox stands alone in a wide field. It is mailbox where many people who have lost their loved ones drop in letters for those in heaven.

In this fantasy/romantic melodrama revolving around a special man and a love-lorn woman, a promising young man becomes a postman for the dead. Jae-Joon has the ability to travel between the real world and heaven, delivering mail from the grieving to the dead. He meets Ha Na by chance at the special mailbox used to hold the mail to be delivered, and she becomes interested in his work, especially since she’s the only one who can see him. So, he proposes that she help him with his work. His job is to convey letters and heal the hearts of the senders. As Ha Na spends time with him, her emotional scars are healed, and the two of them seem attracted to each other. What happens is a 14-day fantasy that occurs between Jae-joon and Ha-na. And we are left wondering, why is he working as a postman? Why can she see him?

Musings: This is one of the most beautifully shot movies I have ever watched! A cinematographer’s treat! The stark greens of the fields, the red of the mailbox, and the white of the lighthouse. Crystal clear!

Absolutely gorgeous and beautiful scenery! Most of the scenes take place in a grassy field or a coffee shop. Ha-Na has written a letter to heaven, not a nice one, to a boyfriend (who was married) who died. You get a kick out of Jae Joon chiding her on being unkind to the decease.

I originally watched this because of Han Hyo Joo from Shining Inheritance, which I personally loved. Of course, as I knew little or nothing about KPop, I did not know who Jaejoong was at the time when I first saw this movie. I laughed when she referred to him as “the super handsome postman”!

When they spend time at the coffee shop and she reads some of the letters, crying, she nearly had me crying. She actually follows some of the letter writers around and provides them with the closure they need on their questions to love ones in their letters. You literally feel her panic when, in the coffee shop in the city, he disappears from her sight; it scares her to think that she might not ever see him again. I think it’s at that point that you, the viewer, recognize along with her that he can disappear at anytime. When that fateful day does come and he disappears, you realize that he has started to disappear from the photos as she is crying; all I can say is WOAH!

So was he alive or dead? I’ll leave that to you to see.

One of my favorite translated lines is as follows:

“If a stranger you run into on the street asks, ‘Have we met somewhere?’ or says ‘You were in my long dreams,’ don’t assume that he’s just trying to flirt with you.”

Has that ever happened to you? Don’t we all wish!! Make sure you watch through the credits!! Oh, by the way, Killer OST!! Wait, let me repeat, Killer OST!!

Trailer is available here. The movie is available on DramaFever and Hulu

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7 thoughts on “Movie Monday: Postman to Heaven (2009)”

  1. This was my first k-movie (Jaejoong is my k-pop bias) and totally loved it. I really luved the interaction between Jaejoon and Ha-na, the music and cinematography are a wonder to the ears and eyes.

  2. See, as I said, I knew nothing about JJ and recommend this movie simply for its aesthetics! It is a beautifully filmed movie!

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