I've decided to call my bi-weekly Asian drama recommendations "Drama Weekly." Sound good? Aces.
Switching countries from the previous post (about Kimi Wa Petto), I'm focusing on a moving film from Korea called Always. It's a recent movie, having been released in theatres in October 2011, starring So Ji-Sub and Han Hyo-Joo.
This is going in my book (conveniently stored in my noggin) as one of favorite romance movies. I was initially taken aback a bit by the slightly dark tone and violence, but if you look at the big picture, it's a timeless story of love overcoming many hardships.
Cheol-min, played by So Ji-Sub, is an ex boxer who has a dark past and has closed himself off to love. The sunshine he is desperately needing comes in the form of a spirited young lady named Jeong-Hwa, played by Han Hyo-Joo. They form perhaps a unique bond that grows into what we all need, love. Jeong-Hwa has been loosing her sight and has an opportunity to regain it before it's lost, but at what cost? Boys and girls, you will have to see for yourself. You can watch the movie here.
Consider me old fashioned, but I would not recommend this film to anyone younger than 15 or 16 due to violence and some sexual content. On another note, make sure you have a box of tissues at hand when watching this film. Han Hyo-Joo's performance is incredibly moving that I couldn't help but blubber like a baby. I have seen her in two other works, a drama from 2006 Spring Waltz and a historical drama called Dong Yi from 2010. Practice makes perfect indeed, but Han Hyo-Joo is a natural in my humble opinion.
This is the first show/film I've seen So Ji-Sub in, but I do have one of his previous works on my "to see" list; Sorry, I Love You. He's left a good impression.
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