Chungmuro/Film News
So Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo’s sad romance in Only You
by | September 5, 2011 | 98 Comments

Posters and stills are out for Only You, the movie starring So Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo in a “beautiful but sad” love story, which appears to be So’s specialty. (See also: I’m Sorry, I Love You, What Happened In Bali, and Road No. 1. The man has tragic romance down to an art form.)

Han Hyo-joo plays Jung-hwa, a woman who has lost her sight in an accident but maintains a positive outlook. On the flipside is So Ji-sub as Chul-min, a former boxer with a dark past. Just once I’d like to see that dynamic flipped — nihilistic heroine paired with an optimistic hero. Just to mix things up a little, you know what I mean? Why does it always have to be the pure, sweet woman who turns around the man’s dark/cold/emotionally inaccessible worldview? I think the setup has long lost its punch, and the cliches need a little shakeup. Chungmuro, get on it!

The posters play with the whole vision concept as they cover each other’s eyes in turn. From the description and promos, it looks like this won’t necessarily be tragic melodrama (as in, death, disease, and gnashing of teeth), but I think it’s fair to expect it to come at us full-on with the melodrama.

Only You plans to release in theaters later this year.

Via Kuki News


98 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Leaf

    Wasn’t My Sassy Girl a messed up heroine and a cheerful guy?

    • 1.1 anais

      But she was hella fun! She wasn’t angsty, except for in bits here and there.

  2. Christy

    I would say Cinderella’s Sister attempted the pessimist heroine and optimist hero, don’t you think? πŸ˜‰

    But anyways, I’m definitely looking forward to the movie trailer!

    • 2.1 Steamy Bun

      Pessimistic heroine – check. But the optimistic hero turned into a weepy douchebag after just a few eps.

      • 2.1.1 estel

        Ah, so true. And such a waste.

      • 2.1.2 Jo

        how about that movie μŠˆνΌλ§¨μ΄μ—ˆλ˜ μ‚¬λ‚˜μ΄ (a man who was superman)with hwang jung min. In fact, in Accidental Couple with Hwang Jung Min, he was pretty optimistic and happy.

      • 2.1.3 Birthday Girl

        OMG yes! A pessimistic heroine is what I long for–that’s why I was crazy about CS–and then it became so lame. CS became a HUGE disappointment but I couldn’t stop watching it–like the way you watch an accident.

    • 2.2 jyyjc

      Witch Amusement had an optimistic hero and cold heroine. But I don’t think anyone remembers that drama cuz it was such a fail.

      • 2.2.1 bopbopbop

        LOL yes. sadly, it was a huge fail……but hey, at least i remember that drama!
        and it really was an optimistic hero & cold heroine…they just…didn’t play it out right..

      • 2.2.2 houstontwin

        Maybe I shouldn’t admit it, but I remember liking Witch Amusement. I think I liked the actor who was the male lead. He was in the Delightful Girl drama.

        • smashingalou

          ah yes,Jae Hee, it was such a waste though on that drama, even Han Ga In’s beauty can’t save it…

        • smashingalou

          ah yes,Jae Hee, it was such a waste though on that drama, even Han Ga In’s beauty can’t save it, but anyhow, I was able to finish it cuz of Jae Hee….

          • AC

            omg i loved that drama lol, started liking them both after it

    • 2.3 anais

      Hwang Jin Yi. Megacold heroine. Two very sweet, tender, optimistic heroes. I still miss Jang Geun Seok in that one.

      • 2.3.1 eech

        Jang Geun Seuk was really cute in Hwang Jini.. and thumbs up to cold-hearted Ha Ji Won…

        • biankoy

          but she wasn’t that cold when Jang Geun Suk was still alive. She turned ice after he died :c

          • Birthday Girl

            Is it worth watching?

      • 2.3.2 lucille

        yap… very worthy to watch… as in megacold heroine… love HJW

  3. langdon813


    That tattoo! YUM.

    • 3.1 omo

      And it’s not even Lee Minki’s.

  4. JHada

    hello, is it me you’re looking for?

    …sorry, couldn’t resist.

    • 4.1 fabkitty

      i loled because that song came to my mind when I saw the sculpture pic.

    • 4.2 pikapuffie

      LOL, i thought the exact same thing. can’t stop laughing….

    • 4.3 lafawnDUH


      brb, dying.


  5. EJ

    OOHHH looks good! Can’t wait to see it!!

  6. Danna

    damn the still are really gorgeous..of course it helps that our leads are so pretty too, especially SJS

    • 6.1 poo

      Yeah veryy pretty! Han Hyo-Joo is looking gorgeous in d 2nd pic with long hair.

      • 6.1.1 Kiara

        Agree, she looks gorgeous with long hair.

  7. annaaanguyen

    Can’t wait to watch this movieeeeeeeeee!

    • 7.1 Kamikari

      I know.
      I got 20 boxes of ice cream and a big spoon ready for its release. Oh, and some Kleenex too. πŸ˜€

  8. Marj

    Is it bad that I already got emotional just by looking at these stills?! Damn, they’re good..

  9. Yumi

    Well here we have a concept that justifies K-drama’s usual stalking without being seen.


    the need for giving another adult a piggyback.

  10. 10 Yer Vang

    She looks so pretty in the promo posters.

  11. 11 Cynthia

    This looks good – provided he doesn’t kill himself so she can have his eyes to see……

    • 11.1 Simpli

      hahahahaha. oh stairway to heaven.

      • 11.1.1 jody

        so so true! lol.

    • 11.2 YY

      I’m worried too; I’ve been worried since I first heard about this movie. So Ji Sub’s movies and dramas always worry me. No wonder he looks so unhappy all the time. If I’m him doing all these worrying movies and dramas, I’d look unhappy too.

    • 11.3 Kamikari

      … that would be depressing.

  12. 12 estel

    Here here for a nihilistic heroine! I mean, we all know that women looooooove to fix their men, albeit purely on the strength of their amazing goodness and self-lessness, but come on. Let’s shake things up!

    Wouldn’t Song Joong-ki be just a perfect hero to emanate purity and goodness at, say Ha Ji-won’s jaded ex-cop? Or something similar? Plus, there would be noona-dongsaeng love, which is a Thing right now, so it would compensate! I love it. Get right on that, Chungmuro! I’m waiting for those promo posters!

    • 12.1 ladida

      Yes. Yes. You are a genius. Perfect casting: love Song Joong Ki, love Ha Ji Won, and they would make it so good. And I’d want a 16 to 20 episode drama, not a film.

      The reason we rarely see a nihilistic heroine is because when a guy is douchey he’s “tortured” and in need of fixing, but when a girl acts the same way she’s “bitchy,” the whole virgin/whore thing. And you know, women characterize other women as this jut as much as men do. Just check out any of the comments on Vicki–they’re hilarious, but also frightening.

  13. 13 asianromance

    So Ji Sub’s looking younger! Great stills – they look so pretty together!

    “Just once I’d like to see that dynamic flipped β€” nihilistic heroine paired with an optimistic hero.”– same here! Not that they haven’t tried before (i.e. Cinderella’s Sister), but we need more examples and more solid attempts at this.

  14. 14 Noelle

    No wonder he does these movies/dramas. He has this like perpetual sad face or something. Makes me want to hug him.

  15. 15 sailoruniverse

    For someone who is blind, her fashion sense is a lot better than mine -____-

    • 15.1 bopbopbop

      LOLLL!! yeah i agree….oh the lack of realism in k-drama and movie land…

    • 15.2 heavennnnloveee

      ahahah . your post made me crack up ! ahhaa
      i think in the synopsis of the movie, it said that hyo joo’s character is from an affluent family ahhaa πŸ™‚

  16. 16 anh

    Like the stills! But the posters are so cheesy! EEK.

  17. 17 Senris

    Cheerful hero/cold, withdrawn heroine was done pretty well in Dr. Champ, I thought, but then it wasn’t straight romance and the hero got pretty angsty in the second half. Still, he was ADORABLE when he was all puppyish following her around!

  18. 18 Christy

    So ji much pathos in his eyes! Such an amazing actor. πŸ™‚

    • 18.1 supah

      IKR!? <3

  19. 19 jen

    I want him on a platter!

  20. 20 Vanessa

    Wow; the posters and stills look great! I’m anticipating this πŸ˜€

  21. 21 Cam

    Gosh, this poster seem very beautiful & these pictures are very interesting, ofc. =)

    Aigoo, I don’t understand why I’m still admiring So Ji Sub toooo much, fufufu! So Ji Sub, Fighting! =D

  22. 22 jen

    she is so beautiful

  23. 23 smashingalou

    Why do I love Ji-Sub with his messy look?! He looks so bad-ass hot everytime he has that messy sad look (reminiscent of I’m Sorry I Love You)? And damn, he didn’t look a year older at all…

    Not too many can pull off this plot, nihilistic heroine+optimistic hero, oh but anyway it got Ji Sub and Hyo Joo, so I’ll go for it….

    • 23.1 koreandramalover / kdl / kay

      Hi there my dearest Smashingalou!! πŸ˜‰

      How r u? Hope everything’s great for you! πŸ˜‰

      I can’t agree with you more abt watching this movie because of So Ji Sub and Han Hyo Joo…

      I can’t agree more with Javabeans abt So Ji Sub’s gift/talent/knack for portraying heart-breakingly, soul-crushingly, heart-wrenchingly tortured, tragic and emotional-wreck characters…

      I watched Sorry, I Love You, soooo long ago, and yet I still cannot shake off his said portrayal in it…

      As always, thank you for this information, Javabeans! πŸ˜‰

      But you know something – there is another image I can’t shake off – that of So Ji Sub’s heart-breaking tears at the funeral of his best friend, the late Park Yong-ha…
      such a tragic death of a talented actor…So Ji Sub looked simply heart-broken at the loss of his best friend…
      so reminiscence of his portrayal of similarly tragic characters in his dramas and films…

      • 23.1.1 smashingalou

        hey kaye, wow it’s been a long time!!!

        i’m currently busy in soompi satisfying my kdrama addiction hahaha!

        anyhow, yep I agree, ji-Sub must have taken something from Park Yong Ha’s death in portraying this role…Ah sad moment for K-industry at that time….

        • koreandramalover / kdl / kay

          yeah, it’s been a while πŸ˜‰

          so…you have been busy in soompi? what have you been watching? πŸ˜‰

          I watched Park Yong-ha’s funeral on YouTube and on when it was shown on tv through the Entertainment Weekly programme on KBS World…and I cried along with those present during the funeral even though I neither knew PYH personally nor was I a big fan of his but I watched him in Story of a Man and liked his portrayal and thought that he was a good actor…so sad…

  24. 24 Carinne

    *sighs* Korean hotties w/ permed hair….

  25. 25 Alvina

    For some reason, I’m getting Snow Queen flashes due to the concept…
    maybe it’s the boxing/sick girl thing? πŸ˜€

  26. 26 ksquicci

    you should watch zenkai girl. it’s japanese and adorable, and has a cold girl thawed by an adorable stay at home dad. it’s really cute!

    • 26.1 biankoy

      I agree… Japanese doramas usually expore that dark heroine domain..see Nobuta produce and Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge

  27. 27 bd

    What is up w/ his hair? (That perm has to go.)

    • 27.1 heavennnnloveee

      haha yeahh ,
      i wish he didnt have the perm.
      whats up with guys always approaching the “perm” look ever since Lee Min Ho did it in BOF .. ugh T_T

  28. 28 peony

    i think i’ll be watching this just because the pictures are so pretty.

  29. 29 tinysunbl

    Is this the cinematic interpretation of Lionel Richie’s Hello MV? I kinda have faith in the director and therefore look forward to this movie

  30. 30 aidablue

    “Just once I’d like to see that dynamic flipped β€” nihilistic heroine paired with an optimistic hero. Just to mix things up a little, you know what I mean? Why does it always have to be the pure, sweet woman who turns around the man’s dark/cold/emotionally inaccessible worldview?”

    Ha, Ha! Good Point Javabeans. I guess we will get to see that in you’re my pet. I hope. πŸ™‚

  31. 31 Rachael

    Another one calling out for some flipflops in the conventions.

    Also I’m calling it right now – someone is going to kiss the statue head. *sigh* Ever since MARS it seems to be everywhere.

  32. 32 Pat

    Not again. I cannot watch these. They make me want a drink before I start the show. Waiting for light hearted SJS to show up.

  33. 33 bananamilk

    love han hyojoo! and so jisub too but why does so ji sub have to look scruffy looking everytime!! lol

  34. 34 jyyjc

    The posters are pretty. But I wish to see him in a rom-com drama someday.

  35. 35 geanna

    “Why does it always have to be the pure, sweet woman who turns around the man’s dark/cold/emotionally inaccessible worldview?”

    you forgot Miss Ripley dear JB! well, until the happy sweet innocent energizer puppy turns into a steely dark emo baby dragon that is~ ^^

  36. 36 Isabella

    So Ji Sub in the picture with the tattoo reminds me of Cha Seung Won without the Cow-stache.

  37. 37 Suzi Q

    So Ji Sub is a hottie, but his cheap looking perm job is the pits! She’s lucky she can’t see how bad it looks. Yeech!

  38. 38 Sheryl

    I thought the dynamic was flipped pretty well in ‘You are My Sunshine’ with Hwang Jung Min and Jeon Do Yeon. =)

    I love So Ji Sub’s eyes.

  39. 39 noodles143

    i can’t wait to watch this..
    so ji sub looks so sad and loveable..
    can’t wait!

  40. 40 eech

    i used to hate him during memories in bali days… but i just couldn’t resist his hotness in cain n abel.. and he’s really hot in the promo pics.. and han hyo joo is one of my fav k-actresses ever..

  41. 41 Syreolli

    Love all the comments about the “bad” perm as I agree. I’m very devoted to Sonick (So) and I know he can pull off many images but I don’t like the perm to be truthful.

    I too would love to see him in something funny (other than Sophie’s Choice) as I don’t think his character in that movie had that many comical traits.

    He has a beautiful face that can portray the most angst of men and he’s brilliant at what he does best but for once it would be great to see him happy for 1hr and 30mins (or 20 episodes)!, Though I’ll be in the queue like everyone else to see Only You.

  42. 42 tegami

    Cold, messed up heroine and optimistic, cheerful hero? Take Care of the Young Lady was like that. And then everyone proceeded to call the main character a bitch :/

    Anyway Han Hyo-joo excels at playing this type of character. Just watch Brilliant Legacy and Dong Yi. But she’s charming and sweet so I like her anyway, lol.

  43. 43 Zoe

    check this interesting video, it’s about the same thing in hollywood – tropes vs women: the manic pixie dream girl

    i wonder if various media (from books to movies) implanted the idea of being the fairy that changes a tortured (usually) jerk into the female psyche (since apparently many women actually love it) or women are by nature vain ego maniacs who believe that they can change the cold blooded man and make him love only them which in turn will fuel their vanity (“oh i’m oh so special to have reached his soft side”).

    i really see no difference between a cold blooded bitch and a cold blooded bastard, but it is apparently believed that every jerk has a good/kind side to them, whereas every bitch is a bitch to the core. double standards. and may i say, it’s our own fault (i mean us women)

    looking forward to this though, because of so ji sub

  44. 44 Maricel

    I think in My beloved Sister , the hero is so happy,cheerful , and supporting…i belive he’s a good expample of uncommon males…also Park Yong ah’s in on air, Lee Bum Soo too, they were quite optimistic and charming, the girls were pretty bitchy…oh God, how i loved them!!!

    I don’t know So Ji Sub’s acting, but he will always remind me of PYH they were best friends-

  45. 45 Jia

    Toooooootally stunning photographs, this makes me want to watch it ‘A’ putting it on my bucket list of all-the-things-I-want-to-watch-before-I-die.

  46. 46 ella zala


  47. 47 Carry

    I am really looking forward to the “my pet”-movie… it is more or less like that, with a male lead who is cheerful and slightly ditzy and a female lead who is succesful and serious. At least the manga and the Japanese drama were like that.

    ps. First post… have spent the last few weeks reading all posts from 2007 (Coffee Prince) till now…. really enjoyed reading the recaps since it reminded me of the time I was watching them myself πŸ™‚

    Thank you! You have a new fan πŸ™‚

  48. 48 goldlilys

    So Ji Sup is definitely one of my favorite Korean actors … if only he’ll make a romcom drama one of these days. You forgot about Glass Slippers, always playing a tragic character which causes me to almost flip out because everything on the drama was going good till the end .

    One of these days, please please So Ji Sup, make a romcom drama. Miss watching your shows, but I’m getting tired of melodramas.

  49. 49 yui

    han hyo joo is one of my fave actresses, next to ha ji won and thai actress called ann… i wish this movie would be good, but so ji sub always acted in the same ‘character’…sad,dark..*sigh* life isn’t that bad..haha, but i like him as an actor..good luck!

  50. 50 Lenita

    looking down through the photos thinking this is watch-worthy, and came to the piggyback ride pic and just laughed my head off. gosh, even the stills are stereotypical.

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