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Song Il-Gon / South Korea / 2011 / 106 min / Korean, Mandarin with English subtitles / North America Premiere


A beautiful woman going blind, a tough ex-boxer, a cute puppy, and some criminal thugs add up to what The Hollywood Reporter called “one of the few contemporary movies D.W. Griffith could easily embrace.” Korean director Song Il-gon, best known for more art-house films like Flower Island and Spider Forest, here aims for the multiplex with this deliciously unabashed crowdpleaser starring Korean hunk So Ji-sub (a former male model turned actor) and television starlet Han Hyo-joo.

Blind beauty Jung-hwa (Han) meets sullen ex-boxer Chul-min (So) while he’s working as a parking-lot night watchman; their relationship soon blossoms over a shared love of TV soap operas, take-out food, and the cute Golden Retriever puppy that Chul-min buys her as a pet. When a doctor reveals that Jung-hwa’s blindness can indeed be cured, if only she had the money, Chulmin heads back into the ring for the proverbial “one last fight.” Unfortunately, this is no ordinary match, but a high-stakes, utterly lawless cage match in the Thailand criminal underground.

Shameless, sassy, and superb, Always offers a crash course in the glories of popular Korean entertainment, with one foot firmly in soap-opera land and the other in the gangster world (the film’s plot even references John Woo’s classic The Killer). In other words, it has something for everyone. It was chosen as the Opening Night Film of the prestigious Busan International Film Festival.


  • Director: Song Il-Gon
  • Producer: Bo-mi Moon, Sung-Hun Lee
  • Cinematographer: Kyung-Pyo Hong
  • Writer: Song Il-Gon, Hong-Jin No
  • Editor: Na-Young Nam
  • Cast: Ji-Sub So, Hyo-Joo Han, Shin-Il Kang, Cheol-Min Park


March 10, 2012 1:00 pm
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
Rush Only

March 15, 2012 9:45 pm
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
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