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Only You (Always)

Posted: September 26, 2012 in Korean Movies
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I’m sooooo in to So Ji Sub again after watching latest drama, Ghost / 유령 / Yoo Ryung, with my fave Lee Yeon Hee.. 🙂 So I downloaded and watch this one.. Only You..

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”

It’s a predictable film, but I still LOOOOOOVE it.. I just love a guy would do anything for the sake of the gurl he loves.. I read that So Ji Sub took up boxing training for his role in this film, and you can really see all the effort he put in to prepare for this role. The choreography of the fighting is so well done, and looks completely natural.. It may be your typical Korean drama where the gurl gets helpless and here comes her knight with shining armor, but it’s still a must-watch~~ Haha. Freakin highly recommmended..!!!! ;D



Iljimae is a 2008 historical, romance drama, which stars Lee Jun Ki, Han Hyo Joo, Lee Young Ah and Park Shi Hoo. It has 20 episodes.

Set during the Joseon Dynasty, Yong acted as a hooligan in the marketplace by day but at night he was a thief who robbed corrupted government officials to give to the poor. After each robbery he left behind a painting depicting a plum tree branch to make his mark and was thus named Iljimae. His main purpose was not so much to rob but to search for the owner of a specially designed sword which he saw as a child was used to kill his father, a loyal subject of the emperor. Eun Chae is a government official’s daughter who despite her upbringing has a lot of empathy towards the poor. She met Iljimae by chance and couldn’t help admiring him for what he stood for even though she had never seen his face. <Synopsis from DramaWiki>

I’m not really into historical dramas. So when a friend recommended to me Iljimae / 일지매 (一枝梅), I was kind of hesitant. But still, told myself to give it a try. I haven’t started watching it yet but I already find myself getting bored watching this.


At first, I thought that the Yong is Rain. Haha. It was Lee Jun Ki.! OMG. Though I’ve seen his movies and I didn’t really like him in My Girl, but I love him here. Haha. He’s such a great actor. Totally awesome.!

The story of Iljimae is not really unique. It’s like he’s the village’s version of Robin Hood. But it’s rather interesting and not a bore. I find the story really wonderful and heartfelt. It’s really amazing, convincing and real. The story is exciting as it progresses.

More than its action scenes, which by the way are so realistic, it is also a drama series. There are scenes that made me cry and I love it.! It’s a tear-jerker. Too many scenes will just melt your heart away – it is that touching.

This series got everything – good story line, exciting plot,realistic actions, lively and true to life setting, great actors. I can’t find a not-so-good word to it. Haha. I find it hard to let go and was glued to it. So I watch it over and over and over and over again. 🙂 One heartfelt drama.