One of These Things Are Exactly Like the Other

Posted by Stephanie on December 6, 2017


Scrolling my way through news of upcoming dramas, I came across the obvious weep-porn The Most Beautiful Goodbye in the World, which is a remake of a previously popular drama of the same name. Looking at the synopsis, I’m left saying…this seems awfully familiar.

And I never even heard of the original. 

Reading the story, a wife, mother, daughter-in-law to an ungrateful family finds out she’s got terminal cancer and family comes to realize the error of their ways just in time for her to die. First off, ouch, second off, there is no way in heck I’m ever, ever, ever watching this (part, I’m in no mood for a weepie, part, I’m a giant hypochondriac who, once I find out what sort of cancer she has will surely spend the next several months trying to convince myself out of knowing I’m gonna get it too), and third off, I don’t need to see it, I’m pretty sure I saw that movie.

I can’t remember what the name of it was, I just remember Dr Han, Ryu Deuk Hwan (dude, whatever happened to him? I see a What’s Happening With post coming) played the part of the ungrateful child. Thanks to my super sleuthing skills (aka MyDramaList) I found that the movie in question was called The Last Blossom. Let’s side by side these synopsis to see if I’m remembering correctly their similarities:

Her mother-in-law has Alzheimer’s disease, her husband is indifferent to her and their children has become wayward. For her family, the woman has devoted her life as a daughter-in-law, wife and mother. She then learns that she has cancer and is dying. A beautiful goodbye then takes place between the mother and her family.


Ordinary middle-aged woman In-Hee has a husband, a son and a daughter. One day, In-Hee learns that she has a terminal cancer. From that moment her family begins to realize how important she is to their family.

See? Not crazy. Very similar, however, this is interesting– turns out? If Mydramalist is to be believed, The Last Blossom is actually a remake of the original drama! Huh. I guess I really don’t need to see this weepfest — been there — used those tissues. The idea of it is interesting though, most Korean movies I’ve seen I do have issues with for the very reason that it seems like they try to cram so much plot into them that they would be better as a kdrama. This drama, I wonder if it being a movie is better. We get the entire story (and tears) without it being so drawn out.  I’m guessing there had to have been plots that were dropped to get it from tv to movie, I mean, there would have to or else it’s going to be a really boring drama.

Either way though, while I’m happy to see new dramas keep coming, while I’m glad to see that the old drama storytelling ways are not dead, while I’m even happy to see our favorite kdrama grandma continuing to get meaningful rolls– yes, with all this? You guys go, you go watch, and just feel free to fill me in because I’m out.

(Although don’t even try to tell me that Min-ho is better at this role than Ryu Deuk Hwan. I simply refuse to believe it.)

Awww… and doing research on this, I realize I actually wrote a post about the movie which was really a love letter to my fake Korean boyfriend–how I miss you whatever your name was!!!

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