Heaven: To the Land of Happiness directed by Im Sang-soo is the opening film for the 26th Busan International Film Festival which will be held from October 6 to 15, 2021.
Heaven: To the Land of Happiness is a road movie in which two men – “Inmate 203” (Choi Min-sik), who escaped from jail, and “Nam-sik” (Park Hae-il), who coincidentally joins 203’s trip – get their hands on a large amount of money by chance and embark on a journey together, dreaming of a luxurious ending to their lives.
This film, which was selected for the Official Selection 2020 of the Cannes Film Festival, is the newest feature presented by Im Sang-soo, six years after Intimate Enemies (2015).
Actor Choi Min-sik plays “Inmate No. 203,” who risks a passionate escape from the ordinary in search of his last moment of happiness, while Park Hae-il takes on the role of Nam-sik, who unwittingly tags along “203” on his special journey.
Also starring in the film are Youn Yuh-jung, who was the first Korean talent to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, along with actors Cho Han-cheul, Lim Sung-jae, and Lee El.