If you still haven't watched the romance film Always, starring So Ji Sub and Han Hyo Joo, here are five reasons you need to watch it now! The movie is centered around a love story between ex-boxer Chul Min and blind telemarketer Jung Hwa. They are inseparable, but they soon run into challenges as Jung Hwa's health deteriorates and Chul Min's troubled past comes back to haunt him. Will their love last?

1. This one's a tear-jerker... but in ways you wouldn't expect.

If you liked The Notebook, you will love this romantic drama Always. While the plot is entirely different, both films are carried by the powerful performance of the two lead actors. Despite the tragic pasts of the two characters, there are plenty of sweet and heartwarming moments throughout the film. And that's when the real tears start rolling.


2. So Ji Sub

It wouldn't be too much of a stretch to say So Ji Sub is the Ryan Gosling of Korea. Not only are they are both boyishly handsome and capable of being action stars, but they are also solid actors with numerous awards and nominations. Need more reasons? Read this.


3. Han Hyo Joo

Han Hyo Joo is an actress who seems to only make smash hits. She played the titular character in the historical drama Dong Yi, and she received acclaim for her work in the immensely popular shows Shining Inheritance, Iljimae, and feature film Heaven's Postman.

There is an undeniable charm in Han Hyo Joo's innocence and girl-next-door appeal. While she plays a blind girl in Always in a convincing fashion, she does it in a way that makes you forget about her disability and fall in love with the person she is.


4. The subtleties of the film will stay with you for a long time after it ends.

There are cinematic aspects of Always that are simply captivating, but in the subtlest ways. The director Song Il Gon is a masterful storyteller who will take into consideration the smallest nuances of each scene. In fact, there is a feeling of warmth throughout the movie, achieved by the director's use of lighting and sentimental shots.

Song Il Gon, by the way, was the first Korean filmmaker to win an award at the Cannes Film Festival. He won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film in 1999.


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5. The movie is well loved by our DramaFever viewers and many others.

Currently, Always has the highest rating of five stars on DramaFever, making it one of the most highly regarded feature films on the site. Not only do our own viewers love the film, but the general movie community does too. Always has 7.8 stars on the online movie database site IMDB.com.

BONUS REASON. [Minor spoiler alert!]

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There is a puppy in the movie who grows up and plays an important part in the ending! Who doesn't love puppies?!!


***Note this is a guest post by Tim Lee!***

About the Author:

Tim Lee is a native North Carolinian who is passionate about Korean entertainment and NC-style barbecue. After working as a management consultant for several years, he moved to NYC in 2013 to pursue an MBA and a career in the media business. Outside of school and DramaFever, Tim manages a talent agency (www.c4muscgroup.com) for creative artists. While many consider Tim to be a true New Yorker now, he secretly looks both ways before crossing a one-way street.