As One

As One (2012)

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Table tennis player Hyun Jung Hwa wins silver medals, but always comes up short in the gold medal matches against a rival Chinese table tennis player. One month prior to the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships in Chiba, Hyun Jung Hwa hears that a single Korean table tennis will be formed from South and North Korea. The South Korean players and its coach oppose the idea. Despite the opposition, the united Korean read moretable tennis team is formed.
Players from South and North Korea meet at a training camp in Chiba, Japan. They are forced to become one team, but from their practice routines, to how they talk and how they live all cause clashes. Top North Korean table tennis player Lee Boon Hee and Hyun Jung Hwa enter a war of nerves. The World Table Tennis Championships is fast approaching, but the Korean team can't even get along.

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Oct 12, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
I've been putting As One off for a while, because I knew I was going to cry rivers. True life stories are always touching to me, a producer really needs to come up with a funny true life story or something.

I gave the story a 10, because it's a true life story, everything shown were real events and happenings......there would be additions or subtractions somewhere. During the whole time I was read more watching, I was glued to my screen, when they started chanting ''fighting'', I was chanting along. Even though I knew it wasn't a live match, but I couldn't just help it.

The cast are simply awesome, one of the main reasons I watched this, is because of Ha Ji Won. She's an awesome actress. I also love the dialect and the way they were speaking. The various casts portrayed their roles well!!!!

This movie is WORTH it!!!! After watching As One, I really wish NK and SK find a way to unify permanently. A lot of people got and are still getting hurt through this separation.
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Mar 5, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
This movie is based on true events, and I am not really into sports movie, but this one really is an awesome story!

It is mixed with hilarious scene, a little romance, friendship, overcoming fear and most of all, uniting because of one purpose. It gives lessons in life and sportsmanship.

In every scene going to the end part, it was so intensed that I am always on my toes! it's like read more watching a favorite basketball or football game where the two teams competing each other was just one point difference!

I learned a few things in this movie about the situation and laws between North and South Korea and I really appreciate it.

I like the pacing, the music, the actors were really good at their characters, there's no dull moments. I cried at the last scene especially when they are showing the "true" pictures of those "real" athletes.
I highly recommend this movie even to those no sports movie fan like me.
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Instead of Ice Hockey the sport is Table Tennis. Both North and South team up as one to bring glory to their nation; surpassing their nations painful history together. This is Story of friendship and teamwork.
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Both are completely different amazing movies. However, they leave you with the same kind of feeling.
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    Maya 8 days ago

    highly recommended!! a very beautiful movie indeed..

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    Panda Apr 30, 2017

    never been so intense over table tennis i was cheering em on
    bae doona is bae and ha ji won always plays the badass chick i love her

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    kailin Jan 26, 2017

    I am still bawling my eyes out T_T this is such a great movie and to know it's based on real events just makes it so much better

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    barney Jul 25, 2016

    i really liked that line when coach lee said "let's show them how strong we are when we are combined" :')

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    MilaKim Jul 16, 2016 - edited

    Why Lee Jong Suk is everywhere? Is he teleporting or something? xD

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    jeffrey Feb 14, 2016

    great movie

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    disabled Jan 6, 2016

    it looks King2Hearts.

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    Tsuyu Aug 30, 2015

    Great movie!!! With all the North and South went thru during that tournament, I can't see how they can easily continue the country's division. Excellent cast; Ha Ji Won is a long time favorite, but found Bae Doo Na to be an exceptionally sound character. I highly recommend this movie.

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    fallensnowflakes Mar 28, 2015

    There were some unnecessary scenes, but the movie was good. I recommend it.

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    Lorell Feb 20, 2015

    I didn't know I'd enjoyed it so much (not really into sport theme), but I wasn't bored even for a moment.

    An awesome movie about sportsmen, who were unified thanks to theirs passion, love for sport and dream to give joy and proud to all Korean people. Seeing them being apart due to political situation was really sad... Hope, one day we will be able to say "Korea" without any adjective.

    PS. I really like how they sneak in some humorous scenes ;)

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    winnie Jan 1, 2015 - edited

    Looks like I'm in the minority here compared to the very positive comments I'm seeing. I found As One slow at first and I patiently watched the first 40 minutes where there wasn't much progression then it became boring and I had to skip scenes. I didn't connect with the story or the characters. I guess it just wasn't for me. I was hoping to enjoy it the way I did with 'Take Off' another sports/friendship movie (with Ha Jeong Woo) which was also based on true events.

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      Lorell Feb 20, 2015

      Nah, it's ok. Not everybody needs to like everything ;)

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      winnie Feb 20, 2015

      I agree ;)

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    questdenied Dec 14, 2014

    Really inspiring and beautiful. The best Korea uniting movie I've seen. Made me cry through out the whole movie.

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    HuaXue Nov 25, 2014

    Touching movie. I loved it. Did feel that the pace was a little too fast at some points, but it was an overall beautiful movie of friendship.

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    LittleSwallow Aug 2, 2014

    I love this movie!


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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    May 3, 2012
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 7 min.


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    8.7 (scored by 1,571 users)
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