Always (2011 film)

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Film poster
Revised Romanization Ohjik geudaeman
McCune–Reischauer Ochik kŭtaeman
Directed by Song Il-gon
Produced by Kim Jeong-hui
Written by Song Il-gon
Roh Hong-jin
Starring So Ji-sub
Han Hyo-joo
Music by Choe Cheol-su
Cinematography Hong Kyung-pyo
Edited by Nam Na-yeong
Distributed by Showbox/Mediaplex
Release dates
  • October 20, 2011 (2011-10-20)
Running time
106 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$6,243,557[1]

Always (Hangul: 오직 그대만; RR: Ohjik Geudaeman; MR: Ochik kŭtaeman; lit. Only You) is a South Korean film directed by Song Il-gon. Starring So Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo in the lead roles, it is about a romance between an ex-boxer who has closed his heart to the world and a telemarketer who remains spirited despite slowly going blind.[2][3][4]

With online tickets selling out a 2,000-seat outdoor movie theater in a record seven seconds,[5][6][7] Always was the opening film of the 2011 Busan International Film Festival.[8][9][10]

It was released in theaters on October 20, 2011.[11][12] The film had a total of 1,027,614 admissions nationwide.[13]


Cheol-min, a man with a dark, mysterious past, gets hired at a part-time night job as a parking lot attendant. He sits in the tiny pay booth in the parking lot and stares at the small television. A woman named Jung-hwa walks into the booth. She offers something to Cheol-min and sits next to him. Cheol-min realizes the woman is blind and she is confusing him for the parking attendant who worked there previously. Their lives change forever from this point.


  • So Ji-sub as Jang Cheol-min[14]
  • Han Hyo-joo as Ha Jung-hwa[15][16][17][18]
  • Yun Jong-hwa as Min Tae-sik
  • Kang Shin-il as Choi (boxing gym manager)
  • Park Chul-min as Coach Bang
  • Jo Sung-ha as section chief Choi
  • Jin Goo as pottery store owner
  • Oh Kwang-rok as Park Chang-soo (man wanted by loan sharks)
  • Kim Jeong-hak as team leader Ma
  • Kim Mi-kyung as Sister Joanna
  • Wie Seung-bae as marital arts champion
  • Jung Jae-jin as shift old man
  • Min Kyeong-jin as janitor
  • Yum Hye-ran as beauty parlor owner
  • Ahn Se-ho as broker
  • Choi Gyo-sik as real estate agent


  1. ^ "Box office by Country: Only You". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  2. ^ "So Ji-sub says was difficult to be romantic for new movie". 10Asia. September 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ Song Il Gon: 'So Ji Seob and Han Hyo Joo Are Excellent Actors'. KBS Global. September 21, 2011.
  4. ^ "Song Il-gon hopes Always will be a reminder of true value of love". 10Asia. October 6, 2011.
  5. ^ "BIFF Opening Film Only You Sells Out in Seven Seconds". Busan Haps. September 27, 2011.
  6. ^ "Award winners and small-budget films anchor BIFF". The Hankyoreh. October 1, 2011.
  7. ^ "Stars Align at 16th BIFF While Opening Movie Sells Out in 7 Seconds". The Chosun Ilbo. October 6, 2011.
  8. ^ "Always". Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  9. ^ "Red carpet rolls out for this year's Busan fest". Korea Joongang Daily. October 7, 2011.
  10. ^ "Busan film festival opens to star-studded fanfare, Always". Korean Film Biz Zone. October 1, 2011.
  11. ^ "So Ji-sub, Han Hyo-joo pic release date set for Oct 20". 10Asia. September 22, 2011.
  12. ^ "So Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo Promote Film Only You in Japan". KBS Global. June 11, 2012.
  13. ^ "Korean Box Office". Hancinema. Retrieved 2012-06-04
  14. ^ "Interview: Actor So Ji-sub". 10Asia. October 17, 2011.
  15. ^ "Han Hyo Joo: 'My Best Decision Ever Is Becoming Actress'". KBS Global. October 10, 2011.
  16. ^ "Han Hyo-joo Seeking More Challenging Roles in Movies". The Chosun Ilbo. October 15, 2011.
  17. ^ "Interview: Actress Han Hyo-joo - Part 1". 10Asia. October 28, 2011.
  18. ^ "Interview: Actress Han Hyo-joo - Part 2". 10Asia. October 28, 2011.

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