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Lee Jong-seok and Seo In-gook headline sports movie
by | April 18, 2013 | 88 Comments

Flower boy swimmers? Why is this not a drama? There’s a new sports movie about competitive swimming gearing up for production, and School 2013′s Lee Jong-seok and Answer Me 1997′s Seo In-gook have been cast to headline. *Waits for you to picture them shirtless.* I think I’m going to like this movie.

The latest project from the writer of the hit movie The Gift of Room 7 and the ping-pong movie Korea (or As One) is called No Breathing, and stars the pair of young actors as national athletes and up-and-coming star swimmers. Lee Jong-seok’s character is the golden boy, always chasing first place. He lives to win, while Seo In-gook’s character is… wait for it… a genius swimmer who purposely stays as far away from swimming as possible. Insert traumatic past here?

Even though you kind of don’t need a premise beyond flower boy swimmers, I do think Korea (which Lee Jong-seok also starred in) had a great story to tell. So I do expect an uplifting, momentous underdog sports triumphy movie to come out of this. The eye candy will just have to be the cherry on top.

It’s being helmed by a newbie director and starts shooting in May. Lee Jong-seok is busy shooting his sageuk movie The Face Reader, and Seo In-gook has another movie, Police Family, slated to shoot this year as well. No Breathing is planning for a release later this year.

Via Star News


88 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. ck1Oz

    I can’t even write a “clean” comment about them in swimmers during a summer movie.

    You don’t even have to ASK for scenes. They will just be thrown at you. Man.

    • 1.1 CHANELBOY

      I’m quiet a good swimmer too, if they want to throw these 2noona killers to me, even if that means I will be drowning.

      what was I saying? you’re right, never a clean comment. LoL

      • 1.1.1 pabo ceo reom

        You guys are hilarious. The thing is though… and this is me being completely and utterly shallow… neither Lee Jong-seok or Seo In-gook have great bodies hahah. *dodges fan bullets*

        C’mon… Jong-seok looks like he weighs 50kg (~110lbs) on a soaking wet day with 10 layers on. In-gook… well, we all saw 1997 so we all know he loves his beer. πŸ˜›

        • Jess

          Well I haven’t seen LJS topless (yet). SIG on the other hand….I don’t know what your definition of a “great body” is, but it looks fine to me.

          And yes, this is a clean comment.

        • bd

          Lee Jong-seok is totally frail-looking and not someone I would buy as a swimmer (not exactly good-looking in the face as well).

          Seo In-gook – I could kinda buy into as a swimmer.

    • 1.2 Jo

      I squeeled.
      Lee Jong Seok was so super duper hot in KOREA: as one. OMG. I love him in sport movies.
      thumbs up guysss

  2. ck1Oz

    You guys have no idea how hard I had to resist posting the ” F ” word when I saw there were no comments when I came here. πŸ™‚

    • 2.1 Mystisith

      “F” like in… FanService? πŸ˜‰

    • 2.2 mary

      Your 1st comment kinda prepped my mind for dirtier f words. πŸ˜›

      • 2.2.1 JoAnne

        Mine too. I began giggling at the first line of the article and just never stopped, all the way to here. Noonas better start preparing themselves for this.

        How DO you prepare yourself for something like this?

        • mary

          Mark the premiere date on your caledar. Or get ready to screencap the hell out of the pool scenes. Trawl the net for some side fiction after.

          Oh, you mean prepare to avoid the jokes and topless pics? WHY?

        • Nutella

          Try and desensitize yourself by watching even more hot guys?

        • TS

          It’s weird but while I liked Go NamSoon, I’m not super-keen on Lee Jong-seok. I want to see how the latter does in the Face Reader and in this movie before I write him off immediately.

          And a swimmer’s movie? Yes, please!

    • 2.3 pogo


  3. kdwkyah

    next flower boy installment PLEASE:
    Flowerboy changeroom

    • 3.1 9to5

      HAHAHA i like how you think…

    • 3.2 Rovi

      You mean “The Locker Room”


  4. damianna

    feel like i’m being rewarded for some great deeds i’ve done towards humanity.

    • 4.1 JoAnne

      We must have all saved the country in a previous life.

      • 4.1.1 hester


      • 4.1.2 pogo

        I guess that makes us…..the army? πŸ˜‰

        • JoAnne

          Can I be on Rain’s unit?

          Wait. In. IN.

          *really creepy involuntary pervy noona giggle *

          • Lizzy4e

            omo… that was truly laugh out loud!

          • pogo

            hey, why do you think I suggested the army in the first place? πŸ˜‰

      • 4.1.3 nomad

        Truly LMBO

  5. come2noona

    My internal dialogue this morning:

    “Yeah baby, bring it on!”

    followed closely by…

    “So young, I am a perv”

    followed closely by…

    “There is nothing wrong with appreciating a good looking man”

    followed closely by…

    “Way to justify being a perv”

    followed closely by…

    “But damn, they are soooo good looking”

    followed closely by…

    “I am old enough to be their mother!”

    quickly does the math…

    “Nope, but I still feel like a perv”


    “where were the boys like this when I was younger?”

    • 5.1 Gaeina Lee


      True tho’. Sometime I also think that I was born in wrong era, wrong country as well.. *sigh*

      • 5.1.1 ck1Oz

        Wrong country Gaeina.
        I don’t know about wrong era, I’ve seen the photos from yesteryear… it’s not the wrong era πŸ™‚

        • Soyonb

          CK! Gaeina! Yes, def not the wrong era, but I would be nice if we could take a pill and shave a decade off our age so we could dream totally guilty free!

          • Gaeina Lee

            Ahaha, Soyonb n Ck, to me a 5 + years gap = different era. I just feel guilty to drool over such a young hawties.. And, eh, Soyonb, there’s always Dr. 90210 to assist us to shed the age, right? ^^

    • 5.2 Nutella

      Noona-Dongsaeng romances are all the rage these days~ Either way, if there is anything we have learnt as a collective fandom, it is that as long as you call them Oppaaa~ they’ll melt ^~^

      For once I adore my birthyear~

      • 5.2.1 nomad

        it is that as long as you call them Oppaaa~ they’ll melt ^~^

        <— OH just made my day, hilarious!!!

    • 5.3 YT629

      Well, if you’re several years older than them, but not quite old enough to be their mother, the hot guys when you were young would have been Jang Dong gun, Lee Byung hun, Kim Min jong, actors like that. Although I do admit, other than Jang dong gun, none of the 90s actors really qualify as a “flower boy.”

  6. Gaeina Lee

    2 young hawties act as swimmers.. Hmmm, how can I resist not to watch the young Mr. McSlurpy.. ^^

  7. Belle3005

    Have any of you by any chance seen Lee Jong Seok’s sageuk mane of glory? I did,and I felt that it was pretty out of place and weird. Is just me who feels that way? Or maybe I’m simply not used to the whole idea of him doing sageuk HEH.
    ANYHOW,HE’S REALLY SKINNY (If you’d watched him Running Man,you’d know) so the question is,will there be anything of worth for us to see? HEHEHEHEH *blinks innocently*

    • 7.1 Micola

      I am sure his management team and the movie’s production team know the ” power of the pretty” they’re probably stuffing him with beef patties and making him do weight training.

  8. Ace

    “Genius” swimmer? *snerk*

    But it stars both of my fave new male leads + swimming, so fighting!

    Btw, saw Seo In Guk’s MV with GHS and I found them both cute in it. Pretty sure some netizens are wishing for a drama starring both of them. I’m indifferent to GHS but I do hope she chooses a good drama project next time. One written well even if the acting’s so-so. πŸ˜‰

    • 8.1 JoAnne

      She was quite pretty in that. I almost didn’t recognize her. That comes out wrong – I don’t think she’s ugly or unnattractive at all, but somehow her make up and clothing and hair in this one results in a look that is different from what I am used to seeing with her. That is all.

    • 8.2 Birdie

      The chemistry was so cute in the mv. Saw the interview. SIG sang and teased her. It was so cute. Yes a drama with them as leads please. The last scenes in the mv, GHS was stunning. She should do a melodrama with a good script.

      • 8.2.1 Birdie

        Also SIG seems so hot in the mv. Powerful vocals. He has a soulful voice. There’s another song, Would We Have Been Happy, in his new album, composed by GHS. Really good too.

        • JoAnne

          He’s got a great voice, very nice to listen to, and he’s not a bad actor at all. He covered quite a range of emotions in Answer Me 1997 and handled them all pretty well, especially for a newbie. And he definitely showed some heat in a few scenes. He can do intense, with that face, but he gets the vocab right, too.

          • Lilian

            Ooh I saw that MV too and surprisingly I liked it. So far, haven’t really appreciated GHS’s works….

            As for this movie, they got a great cast! I am sure we will see more bromance =D

  9. jel

    Daebak! Can we have Park Tae Hwan in a cameo too?

    • 9.1 Peeps


  10. 10 crazedlu

    Woohoo! Can’t wait wait to see them together.

  11. 11 red


  12. 12 Ash

    Thank you for this wonderful gift, universe. I am not worthy.

  13. 13 snow_white

    I like both of them….this movie sounds so good πŸ™‚

  14. 14 alua

    While you wait for this film to be finished, you can get your quota of Flower Boy Swimmers with Waterboys (J-film & doramas). Tsumabuki Satoshi is in the original movie, and Eita and Moriyama Mirai are in the first dorama.

    Lots of shirtlessness and bromance.

    Very happy to see that Lee Jong-seok is doing movies (even if I wouldn’t mind this as a drama either).

    • 14.1 JoAnne

      So, speaking of flower boy japanese…I had no idea who Miura was and I watched the first episode of Last Cinderella. So I got Miura AND his butt in my first dose. I may never recover from this.

      • 14.1.1 Nutella

        You also got the playboy ‘tude.. no other Miura role will ever look as awesome to you now *giggles madly*

        • JoAnne

          that little tongue thing he did when he walked into the ballroom with the impatient eye roll thing.

          I was GONE.

          • alua

            I thought that was very teenagey. You know, the “I’m too cool for everything” kind.

          • JoAnne

            I did too, but honestly, I didn’t really care. It just made it even naughtier.

      • 14.1.2 alua

        I never paid much attention to Miura, but, yeah, he was strikingly noticeable in that opening episode.

        I’m not sure I’ll like the drama though, some things irritate me greatly already. Will give it a few more episodes though.

      • 14.1.3 hanie

        Sorry for hijacking you guys comment but I just excited. I have no one to spazzz about Haru-kun’s ass shot. So excited!!! I was so shocked and screamed so loud my lil sis thought I watch some horror movie or something… Falcon is all grown up~ I feel old~ But he still need a hamburger or 5 tho…

  15. 15 Christina

    Am I the only one who thinks Lee Jong-seok is way to skinny for me to get excited about him shirtless.

    • 15.1 Nutella

      His management team will probably put him through his paces for the role.. not to mention it’s going to help his modelling carreer ^u^

    • 15.2 JoAnne

      Yeah, it’s not going to be about his chest. It will definitely be about the heart beating in it, though. He’s a force to be reckoned with, in motion.

      • 15.2.1 Mystisith

        Oh, absolutely. He is part of the “little shrimps” team and those ones tend to be sneaky, impredictable and HOT.
        Never underestimate your adversary. πŸ˜‰

        • Mar

          No kidding. Boy might be skinny, but, he’s got IT. Because, well, thoughts happen when you look at him. There is something visually almost predatory sexual about him.

          • JoAnne

            I couldn’t figure out what it was, because Nam Soon didn’t really give those kinds of gazes…but once I realized he was the male model who was hot for Oska in SeGa, it all clicked for me.

  16. 16 DAEBAK!

    “genius swimmer” does not compute! shouldn’t that be or appropriate to say “super swimmer” no scratch all that he is “SEXY SWIMMER” hehehe
    also adds to list, why is my list never ending and growing, oh wait more interesting movies are coming out like everyday *sighs* when will i finish all of them?! Love these guys^^

  17. 17 KimYoonmi

    Wasn’t that called “Water boys”? –Japanese though.

    • 17.1 anna

      IF ONLY! Waterboys is amazing. I freaking love that movie. Pretty sure none of them were geniuses, but that was what made the movie so much fun.

      Waterboys is about synchronized swimming though.

      • 17.1.1 alua

        There are two doramas and a follow up movie as well.

        The first dorama is lovely, those boys were so enthusiastic that it was hilarious.

  18. 18 Swurbel

    I do not give up the hope, that one day I can watch the korean drama version of Bay Watch…..

  19. 19 supersumiehime

    What the hell is a “genius swimmer”?

    • 19.1 JoAnne

      In my book, anyone who doesn’t drown.

      • 19.1.1 sayuri

        LOOOL. That says it all.

        Although Phelps comes close to abnormal…

  20. 20 z

    Am I the only one who has reached the point where you automatically put a project in the “Probably Not” column whenever the promotional material includes the word “genius?”

    • 20.1 JoAnne

      So you’ve given them up completely, then?

  21. 21 anna

    Lol already imagining what will happen once the stills start showing up.

    • 21.1 anna

      Whenever I read “genius” anything I always think of anime. Like there is always that one character who’s more special than the other in any sort of plot line. I guess by now I’m just used to it.

  22. 22 bwick

    I remember reading somewhere that there’s a possiblity of Kang Sora being cast in this film. I’m already onboard with Lee Jong-seok and Seo In-gook, but would love it if that casting rumour was true.

    • 22.1 JoAnne

      She’s been cast in a daily, though, hasn’t she? With someone – oh! Im Joo Hwan!

  23. 23 Toystar

    It’s happy dance time!

  24. 24 DarknessEyes

    I love both of these actors~! Cliche or not, this story looks like it has the potential to be a good story. Can’t wait to see it…. when it’ll finally come out with english subs online like 5 years later TT_TT

  25. 25 J

    Is Korea a good movie? The trailer and posters looked unbearably stupid and overdramatic (seriously, it’s ping pong!), yet I keep hearing good reviews. I don’t think I can bring myself to watch it since I can’t buy into the North-South spirits-united type movies (especially when you have popular South Korean actresses playing North Koreans), but thought I’d ask just for curiosity.

  26. 26 zashi

    Owww this will be a good one. Casting alone winner! hehehe. It’s like a hybrid of answer me and School! YAY!

  27. 27 dumzkeeee

    *Waits for you to picture them shirtless.*

    i first read it as *Waits for you[meaning the Show] to picture[as in literally] them shirtless.* I was like, huh? but proceeds on imagining them shirtless anyway..
    and then re-read it, then i finally get what GF meant: You = us, readers! hahaha

    so misunderstood, but still got us imagining them shirtless! girlfriday has some serious writing powers..or we’re just noona killers like that! buahaha.

    oh wait, i don’t really remember seeing them shirtless, so i’m not sure if they’re hot or what, i think i got carried away. lol

  28. 28 JC

    Uh… I think I’m quite eagerly awaiting this movie. 8D
    Even if the premise sounds kind of overused.

  29. 29 hanie

    OMG!!!! I now has a chance to openly drooling over Jongseok in speedo? Thank you movie god~ Now I wish Jongseok do Star Cam like Woobin’s and let us watch him training for this movie. Lots of time at the swimming pool and stuff… It would be hottt…. And as a preparation, Jongseok did underwear modelling back in his young glory days. I wanted to put a link but…. umm… not sure whether it is SFW though? Look it up…

    • 29.1 Rovi


  30. 30 Mini

    pretty boy swimmers eh..reminds me of that commercial….

  31. 31 Brenna

    They better go through intense workouts so that when they film the movie they will have gone from scrawny to yum abs; and none of that nonsense about full body suit swimming πŸ˜‰ In all seriousness though I’m mostly excited to see their bromance take off πŸ™‚

  32. 32 missaisohee

    think i’ve seen this news in soompi before..
    they said Kang Sora will be the leading lady.. and i hope it’s true

  33. 33 crizzyville

    heard they’re (SIG and LJS) both here in our country for the shooting. too bad i won’t be seeing them in their swimming outfits. location’s too far away from the city so i guess i’ll just look forward to seeing the movie myself. i wonder what made them choose to go to our country. too bad LJS felt to hot when they came hear and i dont know if it’s the weather that triggered his sudden mealancholics feels thus missing him mom for a second. so cute!

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