Oh how I love As One!!!!! I got to also watch Ha Ji Won act XDD.
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Additional details --
Movie: As One (English title) / Korea (literal title)
Revised romanization: Korea
Director: Moon Hyun-Sung
Writer: Yoo Young-Ha, Kwon Sung-Hwi
Producer: Lee Soo-Nam, Kim Ji-Hoon, Lee Han-Seung, Byul Jong-Eun
Release Date: May 3, 2012
Runtime: 127 min.
Distributor: CJ E&M
Country: South Korea
Table tennis player Hyun Jung-Hwa (Ha Ji-Won) 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 table 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 (Bae Doo-Na) 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. Finally, the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships begins.... (Credits -- AsianWiki)
Ha Ji-Won --- Hyun Jung-Hwa
Bae Doo-Na --- Lee Boon-Hee
Choi Yoon-Young --- Yeon-Jung
Han Ye-Ri --- Soon-Bok
Oh Jung-Se --- Doo-Man
Park Cheol-Min --- Coach Lee
Lee Jong-Suk --- Choi Kyung-Sub
Kim Eung-Soo --- Jo Nam-Poong
Park Young-Seo --- Choo Il-Sung
Park Jung-Hak --- Commander Jang (North Korean)
Kim Jae-Hwa --- Chinese table tennis player
Cheon Woo-Hee --- Hyun Jung-Hwa's younger sister
Paul Stafford --- Matthew (UK announcer) (Credits -- AsianWiki)
As I've stated above I love this movie. 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 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 read she was receiving lessons from the real Hyun Jung Hwa, to be able to play as a professional and also to be able to get into role. I also love the dialect and the way they were speaking. The various casts portrayed their roles well!!!!
I also like the development of friendship between both teams of each country, how they bonded and also the determination they showed - to stay united and win for their country, even though they know that they will have to depart at the end of the match.
This movie is WORTH it!!!! After watching As One, I really wish North Korea and South Korea find a way to unify permanently. A lot of people got and are still getting hurt through this separation.
True, I shed tears while watching this, but initially my tears were that of anger...... why throw 2 rival teams together, make them practice and perform together just because of your own selfishness and just as soon as they are all getting close and all, you force them apart. It's really crueeel, disheartening....... jerks!!!