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As One (2012)

Ko-ri-a (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 3 May 2012 (South Korea)
6:52 | Trailer
"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 »


Hyeon-seong Moon


Yeong-ah Yoo (screenplay), Sung-hui Kwon (screenplay) (as Seong-hwi Kwon)
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Ha Ji-Won ... Hyun Jung Hwa
Bae Doona ... Li Bun Hui
Yeri Han ... Soon-bok Yoo (as Ye-ri Han)
Yoon-young Choi Yoon-young Choi ... Yeon-jeon Choi
Lee Jong-Suk ... Choi, Kyung-Sub
Cheol-min Park ... South Korea Head Coach
Eung-soo Kim ... Jo Nam-Poong
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Woo-hee Chun ... Hyun Jung-Hwa's younger sister
Dong Hwan Dong Hwan ... China Assistant Coach
Liu Jang Liu Jang ... Wang Ming
Oh Jeong-Se ... Doo-man Oh
Jonghoon Jyung Jonghoon Jyung ... China Head Coach
In-woo Kim In-woo Kim
Jae-hwa Kim Jae-hwa Kim ... Deng Yao Liang
Mike Meier Mike Meier ... Foreign Table Tennis Umpire


"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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It wasn't gold that brought them together See more »


Drama | Sport


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Did You Know?


The actresses started their training four months prior to the start of principal shooting. This was Ha Ji-won's first time playing table tennis, while Bae Doona played some back in her primary school days. Choi Yoon-young, Oh Jung-se and other cast members also trained together for a total of seven months of intensive training. Because of the entire cast's efforts, there were no body doubles for the tournament shots. See more »


In the movie it's the UK team that took the bronze medal, when in reality it was the French team. See more »

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Emotional Retelling of a Forgotten Reunification
10 January 2020 | by 7malligkSee all my reviews

This movie is amazing! The first half hour is a bit 'meh', but after that, the story really kicks in and it is absolutely stunning. I have to admit, I purchased this film because I love Table Tennis, but even if you don't love Table Tennis, you will enjoy this film. The acting of the main, and secondary characters is astounding. I absolutely recommend this film. Just remember to have a box of tissues handy.

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