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Always (오직 그대만)

오직 그대만 (O-jik Geu-dae-man)

Directed by Song Il-gon (송일곤)

Screenplay by ,


108min | Release date in South Korea :

A fatal love story centered on ex-boxer Chul-min (So Ji-sub) and telemarketer Jung-hwa (Han Hyo-joo). He has closed his heart to the world and she remains spirited despite slowly losing her vision. Eliminating the so-called silent style of long shots and long takes and appealing to soul and spirit, this could be deemed Song Il-gon’s declaration of transformation from an auteur director to a popular director. Those who were mesmerized by Song’s "Flower Island" and "The Magicians" may be somewhat disappointed. As suggested by the trite title, the movie is full of old clichés. But what makes it extraordinary despite its clichés is the director’s characteristic unconventional directing style and dramatic twists in detail that reveals moderation and omission. [Always] takes small steps towards the climax without excessive use of words and action. Chul-min’s climactic scene trumps the explosiveness of "Rough Cut". The director also adds class to the film through the remarkable visuals and sound design, sensuous but not superficial. As a result, this film is distinct from overwhelmingly common melodramas and successfully emerges as an ‘uncommon common’ drama. So Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo are perfect in their roles. The commercial expression as ‘So-joo couple’ is no exaggeration. (JEON Chanil)
Previously known as "Only You - Movie" on HanCinema.


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  • [Guest Film Review] "Always" + Video

    One day in S. Korea, a filmmaker was wondering how he could shoot a blockbuster. Firstly, he considered which genres are the most popular and he came up with melodrama, action, and romance. Then he considered what elements usually draw crowds in a movie and he came up with well-built male protagonist, cute female one, and dogs. After all this thought he concluded: I will direct a film that will entail all of the above and I will break the box office. Although this story is fictional, it could well have been the way Song Il-gon decided to shoot this film. However, "Always" ended up being a flick rather than a commercial success, despite the fact that during the 2011 Busan International Film Festival, the 2000 online tickets for its premier were sold out in a record seven seconds,...More
  • [HanCinema's 7 Days of Giveaway] Day 1 : "Always" and "Sunny - 2010"

    HanCinema's 7 Days of Giveaway Day 1 : "Always" and "Sunny - 2010",...More
  • [HanCinema's Film Review] There is "Always" hope...

    Song Il-gon's "Always" has completely won me over. There are a lot of Korean romantic dramas out there, but only a few of them manage to stay favourites. Great Korean love stories such as "Chunhyang", "The Servant", "Bad Guy", and "My Sassy Girl" come to my mind and, after watching So Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo on screen together, I think I can safely state that I have another love-struck nugget of a film to add to that list. Cheol-min (So Ji-sub) is a hard working 30-year old labourer and part-time security guard. He is also an ex-boxer with a dark and haunting history, a past that he is desperately seeking redemption for. During his first night as a security guard Cheol-min gets serendipitously introduced to Jeong-hwa (Han Hyo-joo), a visually impaired (clinically blind) woman with an adorable persona,...More

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Showbox (쇼박스)
International sales
Showbox (쇼박스)
 Jang Hyun-sung (장현성)
 Original idea
 Yoo Yeong-ah (유영아)
 Adaptation / Dramatization
 Hong Kyung-pyo (홍경표)
 Bang Joon-seok (방준석)
 Score composer
 Nam Na-yeong (남나영)
 Kim Suk-won (김석원)
 Sound design
 Jung Do-an (정도안)
 Special effects
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108 min 
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Airing dates : 2011/10/20
🔢 South Korean Box Office
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As of 2011.11.27 : 1,027,614 Admissions (total)
As of 2011.11.20 : 1,024,014 Admissions (total)
As of 2011.11.13 : 1 005 289 Admissions (total)
As of 2011.11.06 : 932,788 Admissions (total)
As of 2011.10.30 : 766,742 Admissions (total)
As of 2011.10.23 : 414,553 Admissions (total)
As of 2011.10.16 : 48,343 Admissions (total)

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Always (오직 그대만)