Sunday, April 8, 2012

An Uncommonly Common Korean Romantic Movie ....Always / Only You


It's sooo............ true ''2 love is nothing, 2 be loved is something, 2 love and be loved is everything''. Being a romantic movie freak I happened to watch romantic movies every now and then but in a rare case the character 'stay in your mind'. Though I agree this movie is full of old cliches but it has fresh bent on an old theme. Like all other romantic movies it also shows love, life, patience and sacrifices but their romance left a ultimate soft feeling which tremble my heart and made me want to fall in love like that.


In that note, I must say that Koreans are so helplessly romantic, otherwise they won't able to produce so many wonderful break-your -heart, tear-jerking romantic drama and movies and they are not just commonly good , they are crazily fantabulasly fantastic! And you also find the special tenderness in this movie. I think, So Ji- sub, the male lead is the key factor here for which I like this movie that much. The stronger silent type, a staple character of the romance genre, suits him well. He succeeds in bringing both the physicality and vulnerability out of his character. And the female lead's (Han Jye- hyo) beauty and freshness add extra flavor in it.


The story centered on Chul-min (So Ji- sub) an ex boxer who has broken away from the murky world of debt collection and now lives a quiet life working as a parking attendant. While at work, one night he meets Jung Hwa (Han Jye- hyo), a telemarketer who lost her sight in an accident and mistakes Chul-min for the former  guard. Despite the new occupant, the girl stays to ''watch'' a soap opera on a small TV set, asking the attendant questions about the heroin's clothing and shoes. Sensing something warm, sweet and sincere in him she frequently visits him sharing his booth to watch K-dramas. Due to his shady past Chul-min has rendered him non- communicative but few more nights of such viewing draw the reclusive man out of his shell. While watching drama one day she asks what he looks like and he reluctantly concedes, ''people say I look manly''. Looking at cheerful and bright Jung Hwa (Han Jye- hyo), Chul-min
slowly starts two open his mind and Jung Hwa also lets him enter her lonely world. One day Chul min accompanies Jung-hwa to a musical. Afterwards they have dinner together. During conversation when Jung-hwa asks about Chul-min's past, he relentlessly berates Jung-hwa for asking about his past and their relation ship becomes awkward, but at her door he says sorry for his rudeness and also adds it's not her, it's him who is not worth being with because he was really bad boy in his past life and also concludes by saying he live a decent life now. She doesn't day anything and left.


Several days later when Jung Hwa's boss follows her home and tries to sexually assault her Chul-min busts through the door. He beats her boss half dead and asks her to stop working there because from now on he is going to take her responsibility. Though at first Chul-min's word does make her feel miserable but soon they move together and start to  live as a couple. Chul-min also buy her a golden retriever puppy 2 accompany her when he is not around and to lead better life with the new love, he starts boxing. But always the the good time ends soon. As Chul-min finds out that Jung-hwa might lose her eyesight forever if she doesn't receive the transplant operation soon and he himself is responsible for the accident which took her eyesight and her parents away 5 years ago, he falls into despair.

Burdened with the complex feeling mixed with guilt towards her and affection, he decides to play in the gambling fight abroad, which will make collect huge amount of money at once. He leaves her all at once without a trace or any note.
 Luckily Chul-min wins the game and surgery is done but Jung-hwa knows nothing about his sacrifices. But too bad, before Chul-min meets her, he gets an accident. After recovering Jung-hwa tries to find him but due to his changed identity she can't get him.

But two years later when he recovers and accidentally meets her, its too late, because she doesn't recognize him and once again Chul-min tries to leave her without any trace but this time Jung-hwa's golden retriever help her to get her lost love.

14 comments:

  1. May i ask you ? 2 years after Chul Min was recovers, why Jung Hwa tell her friend that she was married ?

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  2. Very easy. Cuz she loves chul min. And in her heart, she's married to him already.

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  3. I'm confused to Chul-min's final condition in the ending. He has a scar across half of his face, a cripple and is he also a mute? Cause he never really talks after 2 years and people around him also assume he is a mute.

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  4. yes can someone please clarify if he becomes mute or not?!?!?!

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    1. He was never talkative even before. And he knows that blind people have very sensitive ears, she would recognize him from his voice.
      But, at the very end he says to her "Jung Hwa, I love you". That's the ending of the film. So I assume he's not mute.

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  5. I'm pretty sure he CHOOSES not to talk because then she will absolutely recognize him, and I think he feels ashamed, and unworthy to be with her, so he keeps his mouth shut. The way I see it he doesn't have severe injuries ; his leg is in a brace, which suggests it's still healing and he has a crutch. I can only assume the scar came from the fight in Thailand, and getting hit by the car; I suppose, since he was near death, it's taken him that long to recover.At the end when they're hugging he kind of lets out this noise, as if he's been holding it all in for so long. I'm confident he's not mute. Anyone got any opinion on this?

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  6. I'm pretty sure he's not mute either. None of the injuries he received would have damaged his vocal cords. It would just be a strange and random thing for him to lose his voice - wouldn't make sense at all. I think he didn't speak because she would have recognized him immediately if he spoke. Besides, the manager lady at the hospital where Jung Ha gave Chul Min the massage knew that his real name was different which means he must have told someone at the hospital at some point before he left. He was generally a quiet person who kept to himself anyway so him not speaking much to people at the hospital is not a surprise. And I do agree that he was ashamed of the way he looked now, so disheveled, injured and his face scarred and "ugly." Seeing that she is living a seemingly "happy" life I think he wanted to let her go - like his little turtle. Also, I think the only permanent damage is to his face - when he came down on his face after getting hit by the car. Hence, goes with his comment to Jung Ha in the hospital when she jokingly asks if she should be worried that he is uglier than she imagined and he says he is uglier than that. It sort of plays into that foreshadowing. Otherwise, I agree with Dominique regarding the leg - he is clearly rehabing, I don't think the leg is a permanent thing otherwise they would have given him something more than a crutch.

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  7. There's no reason why he would be mute. Unless he got his tongue cut out - which we know didn't happen - he makes enough of a noise in the movie that lets you know he has a voice (no damage to vocal chords) and can make sound. It's not like he was Helen Keller and deaf since birth so he can't make words - so unless some crazy injury happened to his throat - which we didn't see - he wouldn't be mute. Also, he makes enough of a voice noise so it wouldn't make sense that he is mute. I agree with the others that he was simply choosing not to speak so he doesn't give himself away to Jung Ha. As for other people - he didn't strike me as talkative to other people in general throughout the movie anyway.

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  8. There's no reason why he would be mute. Unless he got his tongue cut out - which we know didn't happen - he makes enough of a noise in the movie that lets you know he has a voice (no damage to vocal chords) and can make sound. It's not like he was Helen Keller and deaf since birth so he can't make words - so unless some crazy injury happened to his throat - which we didn't see - he wouldn't be mute. Also, he makes enough of a voice noise so it wouldn't make sense that he is mute. I agree with the others that he was simply choosing not to speak so he doesn't give himself away to Jung Ha. As for other people - he didn't strike me as talkative to other people in general throughout the movie anyway.

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  9. I'm pretty sure he's not mute either. None of the injuries he received would have damaged his vocal cords. It would just be a strange and random thing for him to lose his voice - wouldn't make sense at all. I think he didn't speak because she would have recognized him immediately if he spoke. Besides, the manager lady at the hospital where Jung Ha gave Chul Min the massage knew that his real name was different which means he must have told someone at the hospital at some point before he left. He was generally a quiet person who kept to himself anyway so him not speaking much to people at the hospital is not a surprise. And I do agree that he was ashamed of the way he looked now, so disheveled, injured and his face scarred and "ugly." Seeing that she is living a seemingly "happy" life I think he wanted to let her go - like his little turtle. Also, I think the only permanent damage is to his face - when he came down on his face after getting hit by the car. Hence, goes with his comment to Jung Ha in the hospital when she jokingly asks if she should be worried that he is uglier than she imagined and he says he is uglier than that. It sort of plays into that foreshadowing. Otherwise, I agree with Dominique regarding the leg - he is clearly rehabing, I don't think the leg is a permanent thing otherwise they would have given him something more than a crutch.

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  10. No, he's not a mute. None of the injuries he sustained during and after the fight in Thailand would have left him a mute. Don't forget... 1) he wasn't a talker to begin with; 2) he hadn't really spoken in two years and 3) it was probably overwhelming to see and hold her after two years. The scar on the right side of his face is a result of the car hitting him. If you remember, when the car is coming towards him, it hits him on the left side of his body, propels him upward which causes him to spin around and land forcibly on the right side of his face. Hence, the scar. I doubt his right leg will remain permanently damaged because when she was massaging him, she said all his muscles had pretty much weakened due to the fact they hadn't been used in a while. However, after seeing her, he was able to get his left leg moving after a few months. Also, if you notice when he's walking with the crutch, he's able to bend the right leg and use the tip of the foot to help push him forward along with the crutch. So, I think the right leg just needs a couple more months to heal.

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  11. well, I'm sure in the end she would give a lot of her time to give massages for Chul Min with a really hot love..LoL

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  12. As for the scarred face, the wonderful and experienced esthetic surgeons in Korea could very easily fix that at no big cost.

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  13. Always is my favourite romantic film ever I don't no what it was in the male actors acting it touched my heart so much it made me Korean films and actors fan forever,Korean films simply ROCK

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