Filipino Remake of Korean Comedy Keys to the Heart Strikes a Heartfelt Chord

Filipino and Korean content are among the most-watched titles on Netflix in the Philippines. When these two worlds collide and a great story comes our way, we become completely engrossed. Keys to the Heart, a 2018 Korean film starring Lee Byung Hun and Park Jung Min, has now been adapted for a Filipino audience. Troubled and alone, a down-on-his-luck boxer moves in with his long-lost mother and autistic pianist brother. But he must fit in with a family he hasn't known for years. 

This dramedy boasts an outstanding cast led by Zanjoe Marudo (366) and Elijah Canlas (Gameboys Level-Up Edition, Kalel, 15), taking on the roles of brothers who have nothing in common. Dolly de Leon, a nominee for both BAFTA and Golden Globe awards, portrays their beloved mother. 

The talented Cebuano director Kerwin Go (Mina-Anud) is passionate about this retelling and its important message. “It’s a celebration of family, unconventional families, blended families. It could be a family that you adopt and friends who become family and neighbors who actually become just as important,” he said at the See What’s Next: Philippines 2023 local titles launch. 

In the newly released key art for the Filipino adaptation of Keys to the Heart, three people are shown walking hand in hand toward a series of open and closed doors, set against a backdrop of piano keys, beautifully capturing the hopes and dreams of a simple but extraordinary family reunited by love and music, looking forward to the future. 

Keys to the Heart premieres on October 4, only on Netflix.

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