As One

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Table tennis player Hyun Jung-Hwa (Ha Ji-Won) wins silver medals, but always comes up short in the gold medal matches against a rival Chinese table tennis player. One month prior to the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships in Chiba, Hyun Jung-Hwa hears that a single Korean table tennis will be formed from South and North Korea. The South Korean players and its coach oppose the idea. Despite the opposition, the united Korean table tennis team is formed.

Players from South and North Korea meet at a training camp in Chiba, Japan. They are forced to become one team, but from their practice routines, to how they talk and how they live all cause clashes. Top North Korean table tennis player Lee Boon-Hee (Bae Doo-Na) and Hyun Jung-Hwa enter a war of nerves. The World Table Tennis Championships is fast approaching, but the Korean team can't even get along. Finally, the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships begins ...


  1. "As One" is based on the true story of the first ever united South and North Korean table tennis team that competed at the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships in Chiba, Japan.
  2. Actress Ha Ji-Won will prepare for her role in "As One" by receiving training from ex-national team table tennis player Hyun Jung-Hwa.
  3. The scenario for "As One" was written after several lengthy interviews with Hyun Jung-Hwa, who played on the 1991 team and a coach for the Korean national team.
  4. Filming began May 3, 2011 & finished September 30, 2011.
  5. CGI and post-process will finish sometime in late April.


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Ha Ji-Won Bae Doo-Na Choi Yoon-Young Han Ye-Ri
Hyun Jung-Hwa Lee Boon-Hee Yeon-Jung Soon-Bok
As One-Oh Jung-Se .jpg As One-Park Cheol-Min.jpg As One-Lee Jong-Suk.jpg Kim Eung-Soo
Oh Jung-Se Park Chul-Min Lee Jong-Suk Kim Eung-Soo
Doo-Man Coach Lee Choi Kyung-Sub Jo Nam-Poong

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Lianpi I Love this movie very much.

tp This is just an amazing movie. I truly loved it. The cast members are superb! Thank you so much for making such a remarkable and meaningful movie.

Kika Another korean amazing movie. Love this one!

Lestibournes So basically, The King 2 Hearts as a sports movie.

Jungle fish Woah really an inspiring movie.... The story, the cast are amazing... so touched coz it's based on the true story...

Azmida Fadzi the story of the two different nations, but they fight as one~ KOREA hwaiting!

wm please get this excellent movie released on dvd soon

wix Ha Ji Won's co-star in the movie 'As One', Han Ye Ri, wins Best Rookie Actress Award presented by Suzy at the 49th Baeksang Arts Awards."

fafa A true story that will move your heart... my heart has already moved just by preview!! love for korea!!

FN the movie is so great,and i love ha ji won...

Den Very touching scene just even from this preview; the tension is so high just like some very good Korean movies about unity - such as Taegukgi and JSA. They have the special Korean spirit. If you are reading this and Korean, you should be very proud of the countless achievement in spite of hardship situation like politics.

thathiyana wow! it's based on a true story... can't even imagine!!!! it's really really hard to find this kind of frienship........

karang amazing movie.. highly recommended !

The Flowers of War Amazing film. It's a story about unity. Anyone with common sense and not trying to be wow-I-only-watched-Godard-Fellini-Kubrick-Malick-Ozu-I-don't-watch-cheesy-melodrama-films will enjoy it. It's a beautiful film. It's about humanity. Watch it. Highly recommended =)

Dianne Woaa! You really have so many movies.. I really like you. Especially the way you smile :D AND THE WAY YOU LAUGH!! It also make me laugh. Keke~

Raima great movie,......this movie was daebak. i cry, smile and so heart moving. HJW - BDN really a great act in this movie. real tennis player played by real actress. loved it so much.

Min Soo As good as it gets. I went in not knowing that it involved ping pong, and was like "wth" when I saw, but then I finally recognized what it was all about. EPIC! all 4 of my grandparents actually escaped from Korea, but I don't wanna say that I'm a North Korean cuz theres no such thing. I'm Korean. the day will come when the country stands together as one! i believe it will happen before I die. i'm 21, so theres alotta time left. I am now realllyyyy motivateddd! if u guys need another movie, Rudy is also a greatttt movieee! its a football movie but u honestly dont have to know anything about football to understand y his story is so amazing. and if u do know anything about sports, then there is no way u cannot find it inspirational.

Esther This is a great movie. I just watched that in the movie yesteday in Australia.

hana just watching the trailer giving me goosebumps…

jiwon lover i think acting ha ji won and bae doo na in this movie so wonderful...........

Ki With the first time pairing of popular Korean actresses Ha Ji-Won and Bae Doo-Na, the movie "As One" should grab the attention of lot of people. The movie follows in the footsteps of such based-on-a-true-story sports films like "Forever The Moment" and "Take Off," both films were also box-office hits and critical favorites. Personally, I eagerly went into the film with an extra large box of caramel popcorn (it gets addictive here in Korea) and the hopes of experiencing 2 hours of high adrenaline drama.

Set in the year 1991, "As One" follows two rival Korean table tennis players. Hyun Jung-Hwa (Ha Ji-Won) is the top South Korean table tennis player and Lee Boon-Hee (Bae Doo-Na) is the top North Korean table tennis player. Both players and their respective teams learn that Korea will field for the first time a "united" table tennis team at the upcoming World Table Tennis Championships in Chiba, Japan. Initially, players on both sides are against the idea and when they begin their joint training sessions they quickly realize that there are also lots of cultural differences between them. Can the Korean team even get along to compete against the world's best?

As much as "As One" follows in the paths of "Forever the Moment" and "Take Off," I actually thought more of the 2002 Japanese film "Ping Pong" directed by Fumihiko Sori. I'll say when I first watched Fumihiko Sori's "Ping Pong" I was drawn in by the story immediately and amazed by the ping pong action. Unfortunately, I didn't have the same type of reaction with "As One." I can't quite put my finger on why, but in "As One" you could tell that the women were not really playing their table tennis matches and just mimicking the motions, with later CGI effects adding the ball movement. This was more noticeable for me while watching Ha Ji-Won playing her matches. Yet, the table tennis matches isn't the movie's downfall. In fact, after the first few matches I thought less about the "realism" and enjoyed the drama theater provided by the matches.

The movie's actual downfall resides everywhere outside of the actual table tennis matches. The staff made a horrible decision in steering the film to a constant flow of forced wishy-washy melodrama. It got so bad, that by the time the scene with the South Korean team kneeling down in front of the training center rolled around I wanted to throw my caramel popcorn at the screen. Unfortunately, I ate all the popcorn by then. The movie just throws scene after scene of these types of corny moments to elicit emotions from the audition. It's like being forced fed 10 plates of cheap American style Chinese food at a $7.99 all you can eat buffet joint somewhere in Midwest America - when you're not even hungry. The logic behind this is even more surprising, when you consider the actual real life events has more than enough drama to conjure up mountains of emotions from the audience if they're just not forced fed all the excessive crud.

Making matters worse for the film, the acting is about as subpar as the script. Outside of actress Bae Doo-Na, who does a fine job, there's just not a lot to get excited by the performances. The supporting cast dials up the worst comic book like characterizations of good and evil. As an example, it was just laughable to watch Park Jung-Hak (the bad guy in "Bedevilled") portray this comic book like Satan version of a North Korean official. On the South Korea side, an emotional "teary" scene featuring Park Cheol-Min just made me want to vomit. And there's tons more like this. Ha Ji-Won did better than the supporting cast, but her heavier emotional scenes seemed to bear the same type of inauthentic moments as her action scenes.

You can quickly tell "As One" is a movie made to sell gazillions of tickets and smash every box office record known to mankind. To do this, the filmmakers probably felt they had to appeal to everyone: from hipsters in Hongdae, to the rice farmers out in the provinces, to the 5-year-olds who might nag their parents to take them to the cinema. This forced fed one-size-fits-all-approach brings down the film in a spectacularly horrid manner, with the final result a film that could very well make you upchuck whatever you had for lunch. A better title for the film might be "As If."

Gtangerine All I can say about this film, with only it’s trailer being released is WOW. Ha Ji Won and Bae Doo Na are outstanding in playing their respective *roles. I hope to watch it even if I am not in Korea!

Gtangerine All I can say about this film, with only it's trailer being released is WOW. Ha Ji Won and Bae Doo Na are outstanding in playing their respective looks. I hope to watch it even if I am not in Korea!


mlye yeaah MOVIE KOREA OR AS ONE COOMINNG SOON i cant wait this movie

ha ji won and bae doona great actress korea ...

r4ey Can't wait to see this movie. After i watch many character in all her movies. Now i'll see a fresh character in this movie. Yes uri HJW play a role as a champion table tennis player, hope this time no more received a critics again. Fighting Jiwon the way where are u HJW ssi seems that u be quiet now. Miss u.

Momo Bae Doona is known internationally whereas Ha Ji Won is very popular in Asia.

so, Ha Ji won has more fangirls whereas Bae Doona has more fanboys.

But, Both are equally good-looking and Both are very good actress equally.

So, really interested about this movie as both of them are very versatile.

i like their early dramas (before 2006) and all their movies.

Bae Doona is a very cool avid photographer whereas Ha Ji won seems sweet.

Bandi OMG~ i have always wanted to see bae doo na and ha ji won act together~~ exciting!!!!

Kim Gilbert AMAZING true story well worth documenting on film!! A very timely story to be told as well!! Good luck!!

Anonymous Very interesting. GO KOREA!

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