Always (2011)

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Having closed himself away from the world, former boxer Chul Min starts a new job as a parking lot attendant. One night, a visually impaired young woman, Jung Hwa, walks into his tollbooth to watch television with him. Jung Hwa's bright spirit and smile in the face of adversity reach through to Chul Min's heart and shine a ray of hope into both their lives, but their love and happiness may be short-lived.

  • Native title:

    오직 그대만
  • Also Known as:

    Ojik Geudaeman ; Only You

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Feb 4, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Finally! I watched Only You with high expectations and mostly...I wasn't disappointed.

The acting and chemistry between So Ji Sub and Han Hye Joo are what make this movie great. It's no secret I am a huge fan of So Ji Sub and I am very glad to see him do such a great job as Cheol Min ~ a man with a violent past who is struggling to rise above, better read more himself and repent the mistakes of his past. But I couldn't give this movie a higher score than 8.

Only You actually has a really great story set up: The rough, bad boy boxer unexpectedly meets a spunky, upbeat, innocent and mostly blind girl and they fall madly in love. Angst ensues when he tries to raise the money for an operation for her sight. I was thrilled watching the development of their romance. The way this movie played out would have gotten a higher score from me if they wouldn't have added the recycled element of connecting fates. The totally over used plot device of fate tying two lovers together is what drops the overall score for me. Time and again I see this scenario used in Korean movies and dramas and it gets old.

But the scenes between the lovers are filled with sweetness, sizzling chemistry, humor and heart. So Ji Sub is an extremely emotive actor who portrays every emotion in his eyes, expression and body language. He's just plain good. Call me a fan girl if you will but the man is talented. Han Hye Joo is also a favorite. I really liked her in Postman to Heaven and even more in Only You. She's one to watch for I think. I'd really like to see her in a drama again.

All the technical elements are there. Gritty, harsh lighting and gloomy settings and set design are used for his world and warmer light and more lovely settings are used for her world. When they are together everything is brighter. A nice touch by the cinematographer.

The music was very nice. Memorable in the opening sequence, in the love theme and the closing credits. I gave it a 9.

The re-watch value I give a 7 because in my case, the strength of my liking for the lead actor will have me watching this again. Others may feel differently.

Only you is a typical love story: touching, filled with angst but also includes a lot of light moments as well. I recommend it highly for all of us romantics out there.
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Feb 23, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
Beautiful movie!

I was surprised to see how amazing this movie was made to be. I mean, I expected to be good, especially since the main lead is one of my favorites but the story of the movie was a tear-jerker.

It made you cry and smile at the same time because of how creatively the plot was. The actors did an amazing job and I think I've re-watched it about 3 read more times now in the same month. I don't re-watch movies, especially foreign ones, but this one was worth every single time.

If you do happen to stumble upon this, WATCH it! I promise you will not regret it!
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Both are movies, though Ruk Jub Jai is a film of a live stage-performance of a musical.

Both feature male leads who fall in love with girls who are blind/ visually impaired.

However, one is more melo in tone (Always), and the other is more upbeat (Ruk Jab Jai).
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Both movies have the same actress for the female Lead, both deal about a romance story where one of the pair has to deal with a disability/condition.
Always is more dramatic than The Beauty Inside.
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    EBN Jul 3, 2017 - edited

    Surely 10/10 . my best K-movie forever ..
    love it for beautiful & amazing scenses ~
    so emotional and sad ~_~

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    babysmurf May 26, 2017 - edited

    This movie is basically emotionally manipulative with a cliche use of a pretty disabled person attracting a love with complications, but it hits the tearjerk-romcom spot if you have a craving.

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    naccu Apr 12, 2017 - edited
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      louloudi Apr 12, 2017

      naccu its a long time since I watched it but if I remember right he did not want her to recognize him.Kalo Pasxa

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      naccu Apr 13, 2017

      ωωωωω Καλο Πασχαα :D

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      PhantomQuartz Jun 13, 2017
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    lili Mar 9, 2017

    totally 10/10!!!!!!! is a such amazing k-movie
    if u have not already watched, pls don't waste more time.

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    zuojenn Jan 29, 2017

    beautiful awesome magic
    I can't find enough words to describe this masterpiece!
    Highly recommended

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    Beautiful and touching movie :)

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    JohnGilbert Oct 3, 2016 - edited

    What started as such a gentle, warm movie just ended a bit unsatisying. I think they could have just given a bit more to the discovery of each other and definitely the exhilaration of reuniting could have made this a treasure to behold in the viewers hearts forever. However, as it is, it will simply be a very good movie. Han Hyo Joo is so breathtakingly beautiful. She was adoreable when they first met and their time in the parking hut. It is a very good movie and I recommend it...still I wish we could have been more witness to the joy of rediscovering each other. It certainly seems like a lost opportunity.

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    SailorMoonCostume Sep 20, 2016

    Great movie.

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    Marti Aug 25, 2016

    fun & romantic yet good movie to watch, i think the only problem i had was with ' Han Hyo Joo's ' acting, which could of been A LOT better :/ but yea good if not great movie to watch xD

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    Oporo Aug 6, 2016 - edited

    Can't he talk at the end ? Idgi...

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      babysmurf May 26, 2017

      I think he can, it's just he hadn't talked in a long time so his voice was probably sore and then he didn't want to talk because Junghwa would've recognized his voice.

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    DragonballMerchandise Jun 26, 2016

    It became so sad at one point that I never actually finished watching it....

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    kingsqueen May 4, 2016 - edited

    This movie was beautiful! I'd have liked a longer ending also, but beautiful nonetheless. It wasn't exciting, action packed, but a quiet type of developing romance.

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    CjRun Apr 15, 2016

    oh my, So Ji Sub with a blind woman. but isnt that a waste of those amazing expressions!

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    Amiri Apr 9, 2016 - edited

    good movie

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    Wish Mar 25, 2016

    the story is so very surprises...a little boring so


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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    Oct 20, 2011
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 46 min.


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