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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Geu-ru knows everything there is to know about sea creatures. When he goes into a state of panic, he recites the scientific facts about sea animals to calm himself down.
Death is difficult, but life lessons are something to hold onto. Meaningful work can change you. People who are different may have special talents and need to be respected. Respect your family. Bring honor to your work. Your friends and your community are there to support you. Resolving issues of your past can set you free. Life is sacred.
Positive Role Models
The main character, who has neurological differences, faces challenges and is committed to his family and his work. He does difficult and honorable work cleaning the homes of dead people, helping them "make the final move." A neighbor friend is a determined young woman who helps whenever she can.
Violence & Scariness
In cleaning the apartments after people have died, the main characters encounter blood from murders, maggots feasting on human remains and other brief graphic images. A family member is in a fight club, and is shown being beaten up and is jailed for beating someone (who possibly died). Briefly graphic and implied scenes of domestic violence, one of which results in death of a young woman.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Scenes of sexual encounters don't show graphic acts or body parts, but the situations are implied. A man is tied to a bedframe by his wrists as a woman approaches him with a whip.
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Includes "s--t," "f--ck," "s--thole," "d--k," and some other cursing.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A main character smokes. People drink beer and alcohol in bar scenes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Move to Heaven is a dramatic series from Korea (dubbed into English for the U.S.) that focuses on a family who clean up people's homes after they've died. The main character, Geu-ru, is a young man on the autism spectrum who works to clean up and solve the mysteries of people's lives. Themes of death, remorse, reconcilliation, abuse, and family ties ground the plot. Some stories and job sites have graphic moments (e.g., maggots eating the jellied remains of a person who died, congealed blood where a woman was murdured). A family member is in a fight club where he beats people up and is beaten in front of an audience. Domestic violence and abusive relationships are explored. A character smokes cigarettes in many scenes.
Is It Any Good?
This poetic and haunting series from Korea asks moral questions about being valued; it flows at the pace of clouds drifting across a spring sky, until the storm gathers and sudden change arises. Each Move to Heaven episode shows Geu-Ru, a young man on the autism spectrum, approaching a new assignment. Every traumatic death holds a story, which Geu-Ru puts together like a puzzle, packing the momentos of a person's life into a single yellow, cardboard box. Because he has neurological differences, Geu-Ru processes the traumatic scenes differently than his peers and his family. But this difference gives the other characters a jumping point to explore their own challenges.
The male characters clearly enjoy a freedom of expression that their female counterparts aren't privvy to; women are narrowly portrayed as loudly opinionated, shrewish, obedient, or compassionate. But there is plenty of tenderness, devotion, and moral exploration in this series that's great for teens, especially those who already love K-dramas. Adults who enjoy a mystery will appreciate watching the characters discover their strengths as they come closer to their true natures in the face of death.
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