Stairway to Heaven is a classic Korean drama starring Choi Ji Woo (from Winter Sonata, Rondo), Kwon Sang Woo (from Cinderella Man, More Than Blue, My Tutor Friend, Sad Love Story), Kim Tae Hee (from My Princess, Love Story in Harvard) and Shin Hyun Joon (from Oohlala Couple).
Childhood friends Han Jung Suh (Park Shin Hye from The Heirs, Flower Boy Next Door, Heartstrings, You’re Beautiful, Cyrano Agency) and Cha Song Joo (Baek Sung Hyun from Big, Queen Insu, Damo) shares a friendship that blossoms into puppy love. However, things turn against them when Jung Suh’s father, Han Soo Ha (Ha Jae Young from Glass Slippers) marries actress Tae Mi Ra (Lee Whee Hyang from All About Marriage) and Jung Suh adapts to a new life with her double-faced stepmother and her step siblings, Han Yoo Ri (Park Ji Mi), a manipulative and bratty girl and Han Tae Hwa (Lee Wan from Let’s Go to the Beach), a loner. Soon Yoo Ri gets jealous at Jung Suh for excelling in school and being liked by everyone but what Yoo Ri envies the most is the undivided attention Jung Suh receives from Song Joo. To get what she wants, Yoo Ri connives with her mother who jeopardizes Jung Suh’s plans of studying in the US with Song Joo. On the other hand, Jung Suh and Song Joo succeed in confessing their feelings for each other shortly before Song Joo leaves for US. Meanwhile, Tae Mi Ra and Yoo Ri hinders all communication attempts between Jung Suh and Song Joo, while Tae Hwa eventually warms up to Jung Suh but mistook her kind sisterly gestures as a sign of romantic feelings.
After completing his college education, a grown-up Song Joo (Kwon Sang Woo) returns to Korea and Jung Suh (portrayed by Choi Ji Woo) rushes to meet him. However, Yoo Ri (Kim Tae Hee) tries to intercept the reunion and out of panic, accidentally runs Jung Suh over with her car. To cover up for the accident, Yoo Ri makes it appear that Jung Suh died but actually takes Jung Suh to the house of Yoo Ri’s father and begs him to keep the accident a secret. Meanwhile, Tae Hwa (Shin Hyun Joon) rushes to Jung Suh’s side and upon knowing she sustained amnesia, Tae Hwa takes advantage of the situation and takes his father and Jung Suh to another town where Tae Hwa and Jung Suh assumed new identities as Chul Soo and Kim Ji Soo.
Five years later, Ji Soo and Chul Soo become lovers while Song Joo and Yoo Ri are soon to be engaged but Song Joo still hangs on to memories of Jung Suh. On the day of Song Joo and Yoo Ri’s supposed engagement party, Song Joo gets a glimpse of Ji Soo and goes around town to see her up close. In the following days, Song Joo succeeds at approaching Ji Soo and tries his best to make Ji Soo remember her true identity.
Majority of the scenes from Stairway to Heaven is filmed at Lotte World, known for its huge indoor amusement park.
International Promotion and Broadcast
Stairway to Heaven earned widespread popularity in several Asian countries and as far as US and Latin American countries of Chile, Peru and Ecuador.
The drama also had a Philippine adaptation similarly titled, Stairway to Heaven with localized lead characters names Cholo (Song Joo), Jodi (Jung Suh), Eunice (Yoo Ri) and Tristan (Tae Hwa), top billed by Filipinos Dingdong Dantes, Rhian Ramos, Glaiza De Castro and TJ Trinidad respectively.
Genre: melodrama, romance, tragedy
Broadcast network: Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS)
Broadcast period: December 3, 2003 to February 5, 2004
- Cha Song Joo (Kwon Sang Woo)
- Han Jung Suh/Kim Ji Soo (Choi Ji Woo)
- Han Yoo Ri (Kim Tae Hee)
- Han Tae Hwa/Han Chul Soo (Shin Hyun Joon)
- Han Soo Ha [Jung Suh’s father] (Ha Jae Young)
- Tae Mi Ra [Yoo Ri and Tae Hwa’s mother] (Lee Whee Hyang)
- Han Pil Su [Yoo Ri and Tae Hwa’s father] (Jung Han Yong)
- Director Jang (Lee Cham)
- young Song Joo (Baek Sung Hyun)
- young Jung Suh (Park Shin Hye)
- young Tae Hwa (Lee Wan)
- young Yoo Ri (Park Ji Mi)
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Stairway to Heaven Original Soundtrack
1. Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 1 Op.11 E Minor 2nd Mvt : Romanza
2. Memory of the Heaven (Jang Jung Woo)
3. Lette (Kang Woo Jin)
4. Ave Maria (Rebecca Luker)
5. Nothing But That (Jang Jung Woo)
7. Na Man Eh Nuh (Kim Hyun Ah)
9. Sad Love
10. To You the Beautiful (Moon Ji Hwan)
11. I Will Protect You
12. I Miss You (Kim Bum Soo)
13. That It Is Not the End
14. Memory of the Heaven (Park Mook Hwan)
15. Though I Am At the End of the World
17. Nothing But That (Park Mook Hwan)
18. Stairway to Heaven (taken from Led Zeppelin)