Join Date: Jun 2008
[K-Dorama] Stairway to Heaven (Cheon-guk eui Gyedan)
Have any of you MyMMOGamers watched this before? It's really sad...
A story about Jung Suh (Choi Ji Woo) and her best friend Song Joo (Kwon Sang Woo). As childhood friends, Jung Suh and Song Joo held a special bond within their friendship that blossomed into love. They were always by each other's side even when Song Joo's father dies and when Jung Suh's mother dies. After a few months, Jung Suh's father meets an actress and, soon, falls in love with her. The twoTh get married and Jung Suh is very happy that her father is finally smiling, stating to Song Joo that she hasn't seen her father smile like that since her mother was alive. After her stepmother moves in, she brings her daughter (Yoo-Ri) and son (Tae-Hwa), but when Jung Suh's father leaves for work, her stepmother shows her true nature: a cruel woman. She thwarts Jung Suh's attempts to study abroad and so Song Joo leaves to America to study abroad, leaving a sad Jung Suh behind. Jung Suh is left alone to suffer in the silent cruelty of her step sister, Yoo-Ri, and new step mother. Jung Suh's cruel stepmother plots for her own daughter, Yoo-Ri, to win the affections of Song Joo who comes from a rich family and thwarts any attempts of Jung Suh's to be with Song Joo. All the while, Jung Suh tries to be nice to her new step brother, Tae Hwa, who in return mistakes this friendship for affection. Tae Hwa falls in love with young Jung Suh.
Song Joo is in America for three years. On the night of his return, an excited Jung Suh rushes to greet him. A jealous Yoo-Ri, consumed with rage, Yoori runs Jungsuh over drunk driving and hits Jung Suh with her car, intentionally, and when she goes to the hospital, there's a huge group of people that just died in fire, and Yoori slips Jungsuh's ID into one of the ppl that just died in the fire to exchange identity to fake Jungsuh's death, Tae Hwa, still in love with Jung Suh, finds out what Yoo-Ri has done but sees the accident as a chance to run away with Jung Suh, who would otherwise return to Song Joo. Yoo-Ri and Tae Hwa, along with their biological father, are the only ones who know what has happened, and Tae Hwa's father agrees to cover up for his daughter. Jung Suh loses her memory, and Tae Hwa moves them away and changes their names.
Five years after the accident, this also remarks the beginning of sorrow. The day before getting together with the fam's to arrange engagement, Songjoo decides that he needs to let go of Jungsuh. So he's sitting there with his couple-necklace from yearss ago and all, and he whispers "Jungsuh... I wish I can see you just one more time.. just once" and looks up, and on the carousel, he sees her on it.Jung Suh, who is now Kim Ji-soo (after being renamed by Tae Hwa), Song-joo was telling Ji-soo that she is Han Jung-Suh but she does not believe Song-joo's words and thinks that she's Kim Ji-soo, but not Han Jung-Suh. She and Tae Hwa are engaged and have been working in the clothing industry. After many close encounters with Song Joo, including being hired by his company to design a new clothing line for new mall. And finally, one day, Jung Suh regains her memory. However, by this time, Song Joo was already in Jung Suh's returning feelings for Song Joo and his own perverse actions of he start hiding her from her family for three years to get eye surgery. Jung Suh goes blind, and decides that she no longer wants Song Joo to see her, for he would surely be pained at the thought of her suffering. His step-borther,Tae Hwa, an artist, helps Jung Suh by forging real paintings to raise money for her surgery. However, Song Joo soon finds out that Jung Suh is ill, and Tae-Hwa and Song Joo team up to help Jung Suh. Tae Hwa finally gives up Jung Suh to be with Song Joo, who calls off his engagement to Yoo-Ri and marries Jung Suh. At their wedding, Tae Hwa and Yoo-Ri's father, Bil-su, revealed that it was Yoo-Ri who had hit Jung Suh, and Yoo-Ri is arrested. Jung Suh's stepmother is later renounced by Jung Suh's father and loses her sanity. She is sent to a mental institution. Jung-suh later went for platative radiotherapy to kill the cancer cells in her eyes. However, had the cancer spread, she would have faced certain death.
Over the next few weeks, Jung Suh and Song Joo spend quality time together as husband and wife; Song Joo and Tae-hwa even become good friends. Jung Suh tells Tae-Hwa that her one wish would be to see Song Joo's face again, one last time. Both Song Joo and Tae-Hwa (separately) ask a doctor to allow them to give Jung Suh one of their corneas, but the doctor informs them that they are not allowed to take corneas from live donors. Song Joo leaves the hospital disappointed, while Tae-hwa thinks pensively about Jung Suh's last wish. He decides that he wants to grant that wish at all costs and begins to set in motion his plan. He creates fake pictures of him and a girl in France, writes letters to be sent later, and tells his friends and family that he will be going to Paris, France for his art and is not sure when he will be returning. What everyone does not realize is that Tae-hwa has decided to commit suicide in order to donate his cornea to Jung-suh. He drives one night, covers his eyes, and accelerates. After his death, Jung-suh has the operation and is able to see again. However, Jung-suh later on found out that the cancer was already metastasis when she vomited in a conference. Though Song Joo wants her to pursue all chemotherapy treatments to live, she decides that she would much rather spend time with him than "die in a hospital." She also finds out about Tae-hwa's sacrifice for her and Jung Suh and Song Joo both cry. Jung-suh went to visit Yoo-Ri and her step-mother in jail and hospital respectively, shortly before her death. Jung-suh died days later at the seaside near her childhood house in the arms of Song-joo.
Song-joo played a tune which he had played with Jung-suh during their childhood days. At length, he stood up, asking Jung-suh if she could hear him.
God, I loved this drama so much! It was the first one I ever watched, and it gave me a completely different outlook on life. To treasure it above all else, to spend it with the ones you love, to live each day to the fullest, to never waste a moment, to cherish and appreciate everything--it truly was beautiful and moving. Even if you watch the entire drama 12 or more times, you aren't going to get sick of it. Its insight into human nature is, honestly, amazing.