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
Moon Bo-mi
Written by Song Il-gon
Roh Hong-jin
Story by Jang Hyun-sung
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 date
  • October 20, 2011 (2011-10-20)
Running time
106 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$6,243,557[1]

Always (Hangul오직 그대만; RROhjik Geudaeman; MROchik 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]

With online tickets selling out a 2,000-seat outdoor movie theater in a record seven seconds,[3] Always was the opening film of the 2011 Busan International Film Festival.[4]

It was released in theaters on October 20, 2011.[5] In South Korea, the film had a total of 1,027,614 admissions nationwide.[6]

The movie was remade in 2014 in Turkey as Sadece Sen, in Kannada in 2015 as Boxer and i Hindi in 2016 as Do Lafzon Ki Kahani.[7]


Having closed himself away from the world, former boxer Cheol Min starts a new part-time job as a parking lot attendant. One night, He is sitting in the tiny pay booth in the parking lot and staring at the small television when a young woman, Jung Hwa, walks into the tollbooth. 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[8]
  • Han Hyo-joo as Ha Jung-hwa[9]
  • 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 martial 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. ^ "Ojik Geudaeman (Only You) (2011)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  2. ^ "So Ji-sub says was difficult to be romantic for new movie". 10Asia. September 20, 2011. 
    - Song Il Gon: 'So Ji Seob and Han Hyo Joo Are Excellent Actors'. KBS Global. September 21, 2011.
    - "Song Il-gon hopes Always will be a reminder of true value of love". 10Asia. October 6, 2011.
    - Ritika Handoo, "First look: Randeep Hooda, Kajal Aggarwal in 'Do Lafzon Ki Kahaani'", Z News, December 17, 2015
  3. ^ "BIFF Opening Film Only You Sells Out in Seven Seconds". Busan Haps. September 27, 2011.
    - "Award winners and small-budget films anchor BIFF". The Hankyoreh. October 1, 2011.
    - "Stars Align at 16th BIFF While Opening Movie Sells Out in 7 Seconds". The Chosun Ilbo. October 6, 2011.
  4. ^ "Always". Retrieved June 4, 2012.
    - "Red carpet rolls out for this year's Busan fest". Korea Joongang Daily. October 7, 2011.
    - "Busan film festival opens to star-studded fanfare, Always". Korean Film Biz Zone. October 1, 2011.
  5. ^ "So Ji-sub, Han Hyo-joo pic release date set for Oct 20". 10Asia. September 22, 2011.
    - "So Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo Promote Film Only You in Japan". KBS Global. June 11, 2012.
  6. ^ "Korean Box Office". Hancinema. Retrieved June 4, 2012
  7. ^ "Movie Review: Boxer", Bangalore Mirror, November 21, 2015
  8. ^ "Interview: Actor So Ji-sub". 10Asia. October 17, 2011.
  9. ^ "Han Hyo Joo: 'My Best Decision Ever Is Becoming Actress'". KBS Global. October 10, 2011.
    - "Han Hyo-joo Seeking More Challenging Roles in Movies". The Chosun Ilbo. October 15, 2011.
    - "Interview: Actress Han Hyo-joo - Part 1". 10Asia. October 28, 2011.
    - "Interview: Actress Han Hyo-joo - Part 2". 10Asia. October 28, 2011.

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