As One, Korea (2012)

Director: Moon Hyun Sung
Casts: Ha Ji Won, Bae Doo Na, Choi Yoon Young, and Han Ye Ri
Genre: Drama and Sports
Running Time: 127 minutes
Certi: 12

This is based on a true story. Table tennis player, Hyun Jung Hwa (Ha Ji Won) wins silver medal after being beaten by a rival Chinese table tennis player at the previous tournament. One month before the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships in Chiba, Jung Hwa hears that both South and North Korea are going to be formed as a team. The South Korean players and their coach oppose the idea but they have no choice but to follow the orders. Players from South and North Korea meet at a training camp in Chiba, Japan. Even though they are forced to become team, their differences about their practice routines, how they talk, and how they live clashes. Jung Hwa meets her rival North Korean table tennis player Lee Bun Hui (Bae Doo Na). As the game coming near, both sides don’t get along. Finally, the game begins. This film reflects about friendship and sportsmanship even though they are from South and North Korea.

I really love the strong friendship between Jung Hwa and Bun Hui. Both of them have gone through hard times while they are really determined to win for the gold medal. Even though they have their own differences, in the end, they get along and their friendship slowly developed. The great moments, which I enjoyed and have tears in my eyes, are when they are in the double table tennis matches and when they have to go back to their own country. Almost towards the end of the film, I nearly cried as both of them insist to keep the friendship alive. Ha Ji Won, who is my favourite actress, and Bae Doo Na have done really well in this film.

What is great about this film is the development of friendship between South and North Korea. Even though both sides have differences, but in the end, they get along and share happiness among each other. I love how they get along during the table tennis matches such as sharing their favourite things, eat ramen together, and have a fun day trip. They helped each other during hard times. Later, it breaks my heart when the baddie tries to break the team apart. Of course, thanks to Jung Hwa who cries out to the head coach on a heavy rain, both sides come together as they are determined to win at the finals. I am amazed how every player supports each other while other players tried their best to beat their opponents. A wonderful friendship, indeed.

This film has touched my heart. I hold on to my tears while watching it. Ha Ji Won and Bae Doo Na are the perfect female duo in portraying the real characters. There is a great friendship between South and North Korea. Deep in my heart, I hope that South and North Korea are together as one.

Rating: 8/10

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