As One (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3
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YesAsia Editorial Description
South Korean table tennis player Hyun Jung Hwa (Ha Ji Won) and North Korean player Lee Boon Hee (Bae Doo Na) are the top players of their respective national teams, but they keep finishing behind China in international competitions. In 1991, a month before the World Table Tennis Championships in Chiba, Japan, an unprecedented unified table tennis team of South and North Korean athletes is formed. Their goal is to take home the gold, but the reluctant players barely even get along when training starts. Before they can think of winning, they must first overcome their differences and learn to play As One.
This edition comes with commentary, making-of, character featurettes, deleted scenes, teaser, and trailer.
|Product Title:||As One (DVD) (Korea Version) As One (DVD) (韓國版) As One (DVD) (韩国版) コリア (DVD) (韓国版) 코리아 (DVD) (한국판)|
|Also known as:||Korea 朝韓夢之隊 朝韩梦之队 Korea Korea|
|Artist Name(s):||Ha Ji Won (Actor) | Bae Doo Na (Actor) | Oh Jung Se | Park Cheol Min (Actor) | Han Ye Ri (Actor) | Lee Jong Suk (Actor) 河智源 (Actor) | 裴斗娜 (Actor) | 吳政世 | 朴哲民 (Actor) | 韓藝里 (金藝里) (Actor) | 李鐘碩 (Actor) 河智源 (Actor) | 裴斗娜 (Actor) | 吴政世 | 朴哲民 (Actor) | 韩艺里 (金艺里) (Actor) | 李钟硕 (Actor) ハ・ジウォン (Actor) | ペ・ドゥナ (Actor) | オ・ジョンセ | パク・チョルミン (Actor) | ハン・イェリ (Actor) | イ・ジョンソク (Actor) 하 지원 (Actor) | 배 두나 (Actor) | 오정세 | 박철민 (Actor) | 한예리 (김예리) (Actor) | 이종석 (Actor)|
|Director:||Moon Hyun Sung Moon Hyun Sung Moon Hyun Sung Moon Hyun Sung 문현성|
|Country of Origin:||South Korea|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Stone Music Entertainment (CJ E&M)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1031271241|
*Screen Format: 1.85:1 Anamorphic widescreen
*Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 5.1
-Commentary by 문현성 감독, 이두만 촬영감독, 이목원 프로덕션디자이너, 김태성 음악감독
-1991, 코리아 팀 (메이킹)
-1991년 사상 최초 남북 단일팀 실화!
46일간 펼쳐졌던 그들의 뜨거운 도전을 스크린으로 다시 만난다!
-금메달 따기보다 한 팀이 되는 것이 더 힘들었던 그들!
아무도 몰랐던, 그 날의 비하인드가 밝혀진다!
-하지원 & 배두나! 대한민국 대표 두 천만 여배우의 만남!
싱크로율 100%! 탁구 국가대표 선수로 완벽 변신!
-독특한 개성 박철민, 독보적 존재감 오정세, 강한 카리스마 김응수 등
명품 조연부터 최윤영, 한예리, 이종석 등
탄탄한 연기력의 신예 배우 총출동!
하나가 되는 것부터 우리에겐 도전이었다
1991년 대한민국에 탁구 열풍을 몰고 온 최고의 탁구 스타 ‘현정화’(하지원). 번번히 중국에 밀려 아쉬운 은메달에 머물고 말았던 그녀에게 41회 세계선수권대회를 앞두고 남북 단일팀 결성 소식이 들려온다. 금메달에 목마른 정화에겐 청천벽력 같은 결정! 선수와 코치진의 극렬한 반대에도 불구하고 강행된 초유의 남북 단일팀이 결성된다.
순식간에 ‘코리아’라는 이름의 한 팀이 된 남북의 선수들. 연습 방식, 생활 방식, 말투까지 달라도 너무 다른 남북 선수단은 사사건건 부딪히기 시작하고, 양 팀을 대표하는 라이벌 정화와 북한의 ‘리분희’(배두나)의 신경전도 날이 갈수록 심각해진다. 대회는 점점 다가오지만 한 팀으로서의 호흡은커녕 오히려 갈등만 깊어지고, 출전팀 선발은 예상치 못한 정국으로 흘러 가는데…
46일간의 뜨거운 도전이 시작된다!
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Professional Review of "As One (DVD) (Korea Version)"
As One is a Korean drama mixing two of the country's most popular cinematic themes, North-South reunification and sports. The true life story is based upon the fascinating events surrounding the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships, when for the first time ever North Korea and South Korea competed as one joint team. Directed by first time helmer Moon Hyun Sung (previously an assistant director on the daft horror Yoga), the film boasts two of Korea's finest and most popular actresses in the lead roles, namely Ha Ji Won (known for television series such as Secret Garden and recently in Sector 7) and Bae Du Na (who also cut her teeth on early hit TV roles, and who has progressed to blockbusters like The Host and Hollywood with Cloud Atlas). More importantly, the film also had the involvement of South Korean table tennis legend Hyun Jung Hwa, a Gold Medal winner who played on the 1991 team and went on to coach the national squad.
The film opens with Ha Ji Won as Hyun Jung Hwa and Bae Du Na as top North Korean player Lee Boon Hee, two rivals who are shocked to hear that the North and South are to combine their table tennis talents in an effort to defeat China. The announcement comes just a month before the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships in Chiba, Japan, leaving little time for the two mismatched teams and coaches to get used to the idea. Although things unsurprisingly start off awkwardly, soon Hyun and Lee are getting through their troubles and playing well together, only for politics and off-court issues to intervene.
As One certainly scores very highly indeed in the authenticity stakes, Moon Hyun Sung and the producers clearly having gone to considerable lengths to keep things real - on top of having Hyun Jung Hwa on board, they also enlisted several of the actual referees from the 1991 tournament, and had both Ha Ji Won and Bae Du Na undergo months of intensive training. There's a pleasing attention to detail throughout, both during matches and in general, and though 1991 obviously wasn't particularly long ago, the film still feels as if effort went into recreating the time and place. It's also helpful that both Ha Ji Won and Bae Du Na are on great form in the lead roles, not to mention being fully believable as highly competitive and talented table tennis players. The hard work was definitely worth it, and the film is one of the few sports movies to really convince, and it thankfully differs quite a bit from the usual schlocky uplifting underdog stories, sticking to events and diverging from the typical three act structure.
Of course, the film does make some concessions to the more generic elements of the sports genre, though thankfully it never pushes the inspirational or nationalistic elements too hard, the only real concession to cliché being the comically evil Chinese team (the film stopping just short of accusing them of cheating). Though there are plenty of subplots involving friendships, rivalries and relationships (including the inevitable North-South romance), the supporting cast (including Lee Jong Suk (Secret Garden), Han Ye Ri (Ordinary Days), Choi Yoon Young (Little Black Dress), Oh Jung Se (Over My Dead Body), Park Chul Min (Sector 7), and Kim Eun Soo) are all likeable enough, with only a few reasonably well-judged instances of comic relief here and there to keep things light. For the most part, all of this takes a definite back seat to the changing dynamic between Hyun Jung Hwa and Lee Boon Hee, and it's their growing friendship and respect which anchors the film emotionally, gives it depth and makes its sports scenes both dramatic and engaging, especially towards the big match climax.
As a result, As One is one of the rare Korean films to be truly about women, giving its characters and their relationship room to develop in humanistic fashion and without any of the usual patronising distractions. While still most likely to appeal to fans of the sports genre, the film shouldn't be pigeonholed with its far more clichéd and straightforward peers, Moon Hyun Sung offering something substantial and which provides a very effective look at the North-South divide.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com
Customer Review of "As One (DVD) (Korea Version)"
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February 25, 2018
Of One and All
With the present 2018 PyeongChang Winter games and watching the UK girls curling team events (I wondered if the curling ‘house’ centre symbolizes the inner citadel of Atlantis and of Atlas’s Ten kings?), I was inspired to watch this 2012 movie ‘As One’, based on a true event. I’ve mixed thoughts of competitive sport especially it meshed into politics and Big Money Power. Only recently I read, concerning an apocryphal Pythagorean theorizing, that the Olympian games epitomize humankind in three ways - those for business and profit, others with ambitions to win prizes and mostly an audience that observes the proceedings. Ethically relating to pleasure and pain, the good life and the goal of true happiness, where pure truth is deemed more profitable than ambition and desire for physical objects alone. And its distinct that competitive sport demands losers and winning for personal and cultural prestige. But surely sport skill’s vitality is for personal happiness in a specific window of experience (the acquired skill) than just objectifying temporary prizes and esteem. After the ‘win’, where next Columbus?
As One is unsurprisingly about ‘winners’, and a (quite melodramatic) theatre concerning mixed South and North Korean table tennis teams going for gold but more so a bond ship of two politically different mind sets competing together (as, too, in PyeongChang). And the characters of Jung Hwa (Ji-won Ha) and Bun Hui (Doona Bae) respectively of South and North Korea. At first certain characters from each camp don’t quite ‘hit it off’ (although begin to hit each other), but eventually bond by cultural and mutual concerns (in fact become really chummy by the end). Considering As One is a part bio-pic and of mature crucial concern, it’s also (ironically) very humorous. The sport commentators are constant comedy, the ‘ominous’ opponents caricatured like those unruly school kids you get in Korean movies like She’s On Duty. And that black background slow motion tournament scene at the centre finish...brought tears to my eyes (momentarily cured the dry eye syndrome).
Even if losing an Olympic medal, such humour in As One could help encourage endeavour. As One hopefully displays, I’m sure that even with melodrama and even a cliche of foul penalty play (invariably some ‘melodramatic’ penalty bits in Olympic Tournaments), the emotion and drama of these true life sports women encourages the love for unity towards a natural desire for peace and mutual human fortitude.
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September 4, 2012
2 amazing actress
I first knew about this movie during my trip to Korea on April-May...Back then I didn't know what the movie is all about. All I care is Ha Ji Won is in the movie and that's enough reason for me to watch it. But then, I browse and found out that this movie was based on real event. Another point for me to watch this movie even more.
This movie is touching. And both Bae Doo Na and Ha Ji Won shows their best acting. They might not speak to each other a lot in the movie, but that doesn't prevent them to show the emotion. And seeing behind the Scene, it amazed me that the 2 actress really learn to play ping pong in order to give amazing acting....