As One (2012)
"Ko-ri-a" (original title)

 -  Drama | Sport  -  3 May 2012 (South Korea)
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"As One" is the cinematic retelling of the first ever post-war Unified Korea sports team, hastily formed to participate in the 41st World Table Tennis Championships in 1991. Following the ... See full summary »

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Hyun Jung Hwa
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Li Bun Hui
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Soon-bok Yoo
Yoon Yeong Choi ...
Yeon-jeon Choi
Jong-Suk Lee ...
Choi, Kyung-Sub
Cheol-min Park ...
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Eung-soo Kim ...
Jo Nam-Poong
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Wang Ming
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China Head Coach
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Deng Yao Liang
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Jeong-se Oh ...
Doo-man Oh
Cha-la Park ...
Jo Shu Ang
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"As One" is the cinematic retelling of the first ever post-war Unified Korea sports team, hastily formed to participate in the 41st World Table Tennis Championships in 1991. Following the North Korean mid-air bombing of Korean Air Flight 858 in 1987, a Summit was held between North and South Korea to defuse the extreme tension on the peninsula. The summit ended with the agreement to form a unified Korean sports team; and table tennis, being highly visible and world-class in both countries, was chosen as the symbolic unifier. Summarily, the first-ever unified North-South team under the simple aegis "KOREA" was formed to compete in the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships in Chiba, Japan. "As One" recounts these dramatic events where especially two world-class players who had only ever met across the table as die-hard opponents must suddenly become a true partners and teammates in time for the biggest stage of the World Championships. Putting aside their individual ambitions, these ... Written by Mike Meier

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Refreshingly naive
20 October 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is simple yarn about the North and South Korean table tennis teams reluctantly joining forces to beat the (evil) Chinese team.

The plot is very basic and the characters are fairly simplistic, yet it all works very well. The characters appear a bit foppish but having spent a little time in Eastern Asia I discovered that the youth (despite having more responsibilities than their Western counterparts) tend to have more of a child hood and are not afraid to be naive.

The 'kids' in this film have great energy and their uncomplicated outlook is refreshing when most young people in recent films (especially UK movies) tend to be drug dealers, murderers or possessed by an evil spirit. This was very refreshing.

It takes a stab at dealing with the division of Korea but this film is not equipped to handle such issues; like expecting 'Bring it on' to grapple with race relations in the U.S.

Don't expect too much depth but expect a few grins and a general sense of well being.


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