No Breathing

No Breathing (2013)

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Woo Sang is a national swimmer who's always pursuing the number one spot. Won Il is a swimming prodigy who stopped participating in the sport, and now wants to make a comeback. Not only do they become rivals, but they also fall for the same girl, Jung Eun, an aspiring musician who is their childhood friend. The three lifelong friends suddenly find themselves having to juggle love, friendship, and competition, as they read moreundergo the rite of passage of growing up.

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Jan 13, 2014
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
I have been waiting to watch this movie for several months because come ON! It's Seo In Guk and Lee Jong Suk together! And after watching it, I can definitely say that it was more and less than I had hoped for at the same time.
Story- I love sport movies, and this one was no exception. I loved both main characters, one who was very talented but didn't wamt to swim read more and the other one who was less talented but trained a lot and was pressured by his dad. I specially liked the bromance between Wu Sang and Won Il, it was my favorite part of the movie. The weakest part of the story for me was the romantic part. The female lead was shallow and poorly written so I could never understand how they would fall in love with her? What did they see in her?
Acting - I already knew both SIG and LJS could act really well, they have proven it before, and this movie was no exception. Seo In Guk nailed his performance of an orphan rebel kid, bringing life and joy to a character who could've been very tragic and Lee Jong Suk also excelled in his role of a pressured kid who doesn't know how to have fun. Sadly, I can't say the same thing about Yuri. Saying that I suffered watching her acting was an understatement. I understand that the producers were trying to attract a younger audience and that's why they chose an idol for the love interest, but why did it have to be Yuri? She barely knows the basics about acting and her character seemed too plastic, taking credibility from the love story.
Music- Again, it was a weak part of the movie, way too mellow and pop-ish.
Rewatch value- I will definitely rewatch this again because it's the kind of movie that you enjoy watching several times
Overall, if you're looking for a good sports movie about friendship and bromance, this is your movie! PLUS! Lee Jong suk and Seo In Guk shirtless 95% of the movie! :D
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Nov 9, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
A brief disclaimer before starting the review: I watched this movie in a theater with two of my girl friends without English subtitles. Why did we do this? Because we thought that seeing wet, half-naked man-boys would be able to sustain our interest for two hours despite our mediocre Korean skills. Imagine then how surprised we were to have reached the end to the movie and realizing that we had laughed, we read more had teared up a bit, and we had thoroughly enjoyed this movie.

The story is not a complicated one to follow: Seo In Guk plays an orphaned teenager who once was a competitive swimmer but who quit after experiencing a trauma. This trauma left him unwilling, and perhaps unable, to enter the water. Lee Jong Suk, on the other hand, plays an Olympic-bound swimmer with the typical rich, overbearing, and distant father. Rounding out the main cast is SNSD's Kwon Yuri who doubles as the boy's mutual childhood friend and current "love interest" (in scare quotes because the romance was hollow and weak). The soundtrack of the film is most provided by Yuri, whose character is a hopeful on a Superstar K-like show, meaning that the music is bland pop-rock carried by Yuri's weak vocals. For someone in such a renowned pop group, Yuri's music moments were extremely awkward.

Acting-wise, the cast did their job well. Yuri did her best to pretend to be an actress. Lee Jong Suk was his typical angst-ridden teenager (is there a single role this kid has where he isn't moodily listening to music through oversized headphones?). Who really blew me away was Seo In Guk. Yes, his character was a little over the top, but he committed to every moment, making for a hilarious and lovable portrayal of Won Il.

As we were walking out of the theater, my friends and I all agreed that this is one movie we would watch again when released with subtitles. It was fun, a dollop of drama to add the right amount weight to the story without bogging it down, and a bit unpredictable, which is a rare thing in the wold of formulaic Korean dramas and light films. A definite watch, with or without subs.
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    Belmani Mar 13, 2017 - edited

    Could be better >.<

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    HAMEX Mar 26, 2016

    Jo Won Il's character is cute, funny and cool sometimes.
    Kwon Yu Ri's voice sounds like dubbed.

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    LoveAsianWorld Jan 6, 2016

    OMG OMG! I had watched this 2 times already but when I watched it yesterday for the 3rd time, I noticed that that one minion of the Sunbae is Yoon Gyun Sang!! How could I not recognize him before??

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    jullian Oct 28, 2015 - edited

    how to watch this movie?

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    kpopx3lover Aug 13, 2015

    I like this movie!! It's cute, lighthearted, and did I mention cute? Seo In Guk is so freaking adorable in this movie I just want him for myself! But anyways, it's a nice, adorable, and fun movie to watch.

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    mkatefrancisco Jul 23, 2015

    I love you both seo in guk and lee jong suk!!

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    KdramaNess Jul 8, 2015 - edited
    Reveal Spoiler »
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    Cupcake May 23, 2015

    seo in guk is the best !!

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    zazajunior03 May 8, 2015

    That was fun but more watchable for me. I didn't like Yuri's character at all. But Seo In Guk' s acting is really great!! =D And Lee JOng Suk for the eye candy :)

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    faithinme Apr 4, 2015

    wow. they shot some scenes in the Philippines? nice!

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    Betty20 Mar 21, 2015

    Nice movie, not very deep but very enjoyable. I think it's a nice movie when you don't want to watch something heavy.

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    Frederica Jan 25, 2015

    reminds me of Free/Iwatobi Swim Club

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    Aya97 Nov 9, 2014 - edited

    You have Lee Jong Syk and Seo In Guk together thinking nothing could go wrong...then you add a character like Jeong Eun(Yuri) in the equation and everything collapses...she had no role in there!

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      Banana-chan Jan 3, 2015

      I totally agree. Movie was great, but I can't see Yuri's purpose in it. Would be better without her.

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    mei-255 Nov 2, 2014

    wow, i got to say I'm surprised! I didn't expect much from this movie, but then I really enjoyed watching it! :) I especially loved Seo In Guk's character. :3

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    blueaoichan Oct 26, 2014

    i didn't expect the movie to be good bcs the rating is not that high
    love the story and it's extremely funny. and i can't help but drool over seo in guk and lee jong suk *Q*
    totally recommend this !


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    Oct 31, 2013
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 58 min.


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