Based on a Japanese novel, Be with You (2004) belongs to a unique category of fantasy romance and happens to be a really good one at that. Before a mother died, she told her son that she would return in a year when the rain season starts and stay until it ends. This really happens but the returned mother has no memory of anything, not recognizing the son, husband and not knowing even her own name.
The Korean remake (Blu-ray release 2018-12-3) stays very true to the 2004 Japanese original. It is exactly the same story, with only minor details and supporting characters changed. The story is also made more dramatic, and with some jokes added as well. Unlike the seriously blurry picture of the 2004 version, the 2018 video is sharp. Technically the new version is a minor improvement over the original in most aspects. Some changes are minor yet significant, such as the new speech by the son – it adds another tear jerking moment scene to the movie. Yet I still like the original more – I feel moved by it more and it feels more pure and innocent.
Note: after making the 2004 movie, the protagonists got married because of pregnancy. Yet the second year into their marriage, the husband is found to have an affair, causing them to divorce in the third year.