Korean Film Recommendation: Always (2011)

I’m writing this immediately after I finished watching Always, because that’s how good it was. My nose is still stuffy and my eyes are still sore from crying so much. It’s also almost 1 AM.

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Synopsis: During his shift at his job as a parking lot attendant, Cheol Min is visited by Jung Hwa, a woman who is blind. She was friends with the former parking lot attendant. Cheol Min and Jung Hwa develop a friendship, which turns into something more.

So much happens in this movie and I really cannot spoil too much. This is a romance movie and they do become a couple. That’s the focus of the first part of the film. They are in a serious relationship and they intend to have children together.

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In the second half of the film, Cheol Min and Jung Hwa’s happy life together is disrupted. Sad events ensue, and that’s when the ugly crying happens. The film has a happy ending, which I had to make sure before I even watched it. I can’t spoil what happens, so you’ll just have to watch it.

I loved this film because one, it evoked such a strong reaction out of me. Two, because I really enjoyed watching the daily life of the two together, and the simplicity of it. Three, because of how strong their love is. I think it’s inspiring to watch a story of a couple that have such an unbreakable bond. The film was really good at producing motifs and stories that only the two of them would know.

The only major thing I would have liked to be different is that I wish they gave us some more scenes in the end. I know, I’m greedy.

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9 thoughts on “Korean Film Recommendation: Always (2011)

  1. Oh man, I don’t know if I could handle this movie: I’d be crying like mad on the inside. I do like how you said that Cheol Min and Jung Hwa seemed like a normal couple, however, because that shows that people with disabilities (in this case, blindness) can have healthy relationships too.

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    • That’s not what I meant by normal couple. I mean that lots of romance movies exaggerate their love life and in anime too. Second half is not “normal” because it was dramatic haha. I was referring more to that and not about blindness. I’ll reword that, thanks!
      “Realistic” could have been a better word because it was not like one of those relationships depicted in romantic comedies. I do feel bad about it.

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    • Haha I didn’t spoil it for myself, just browsed through comments to see if anyone asked if it had a happy ending (and yes, it was!) πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I watched the entire film with English subtitles on YouTube.

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      • Lolll, same here xD I’d never wanna know any spoilers, just the gist of it is what I want. I was dreading a bit that this one would have a sad ending because they typically are ~_~ But I’m glad I was wrong!

        I prefer Viki cuz they acquire the licenses for their shows(I stopped watching pirated stuff a long time ago, hehe).

        Thanks for this recommendation!

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      • Of course, it’s always the best choice to watch it on Viki! Hopefully it’s there. πŸ™‚

        I don’t like watching movies with sad endings. I feel like I wasted my time with those movies. πŸ˜…

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      • I checked, it’s coming soon on Viki! πŸ˜„

        Hahaha, same here!! I watch stuff cuz I want an ESCAPE, not real life 😁

        I just checked out the leading lady in ‘Always’ also acted in another movie called ‘The Beauty Inside’ and it’s available on viki. I think you might like it, too 😊 I’m putting it on my to-watch list!

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