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Lee Jong-seok and Seo In-gook swim for gold
by | September 10, 2013 | 128 Comments

Aaaaaaand, that right there is why I’m watching this movie. As if I needed any other incentive, right? The first posters, teasers, and stills for swimming movie No Breathing are out, and they don’t disappoint — Lee Jong-seok (I Hear Your Voice) and Seo In-gook (Master’s Sun) lead a cast of pretty boys stripping down and getting wet. FOR THE SWIMMING. The swimming! What were you thinking?

Lee Jong-seok plays the perfect star athlete golden boy on his way to becoming a national swimmer, while Seo In-gook plays the dark horse, the naturally gifted swimmer who has for some reason stopped competing altogether. They were friends and rivals even as boys, and always swam together when they were young. But one day Seo In-gook runs away from everything and becomes a shut-in. He eventually ends up transferring schools where he comes face to face with his old rival and begins to swim again. But whatever that mysterious backstory is, it keeps him from competing directly with Lee Jong-seok.

Lee Jong-seok’s character is already a national star, known as Korea’s Marine Boy (what they actually call gold medalist Park Tae-hwan in real life). But he was stripped of his spot on the national team for an undisclosed incident, and so he goes back to square one to train again, which is where he meets ex-friend and rival Seo In-gook. SNSD’s Yuri plays the love interest, who was friends with both boys as children.

Half-nekkid Lee Jong-seok and Seo In-gook aside, I am actually looking forward to the story itself, because I just never tire of a good underdog sports movie, and because I know it’s written by the screenwriter of The Gift of Room 7 and Korea. Plus, with a good rivalry and bromance at the center of it — not to mention abs — what’s not to love?

No Breathing hits theaters October 31.

Via Hankook Ilbo


128 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. xianzhongfan

    faints from all the hot bods!

    • 1.1 Joy

      YES. Especially the one picture with half naked guys :3

    • 1.2 redfox

      I just dripped coffe on my lap written with one e….

      heart attack. you know I am almost an auntie. don´t do this to me.

      • 1.2.1 redfox

        P.S. I also seem to be drooling a bit. I just noticed. Must have been….at least 4 minutes …

      • 1.2.2 Blkasian

        Have no fear even an auntie can drool and dream..they are so-o hot. whew….

    • 1.3 bjharm

      lol lets make it a silent film seem there no need for any dialogue

  2. Twinkles

    OMG-i’ve died and went to heaven!

  3. Mars

    Hehehe… Nekkid

    • 3.1 sally_b

      my inner 14 yr old snickers along with you…

      Nekkid….teehee. ♫♪ ~ ~ ~ (´ε` )

    • 3.2 JoAnne

      I am not at all interested in this movie, said no one ever.



  5. zakin89

    I am so watching this! And not only for those two stripping down^^ (although let’s be honest that is one very big plus :D)

    I love sports movies and when it’s about one of my favourite sports I love them even more^^

    Didn’t know that it’s from the screenwriter of Gift of Room 7 but knowing that fact…The movie just can be good! (I bawled my eyes out while watching Room 7 T.T)

  6. Briana

    Everything I have ever wished for and more.

  7. Xxvxx

    I will download this and watch it over and over and over and over again. Because I like underdog movies. Not cos of the abs. Definitely not because of the abs.

  8. Mystisith

    Hehe, choose your champ ladies… I’ll root for my boy, no question about that.
    Now that the obvious have been said, who’s that swimmer with curly red hair? I love his face. ^^

    • 8.1 Kayleigh

      Camp? Really? When there’s two times the HUMUNAH!?

  9. Junsee

    Eeek! I’m so excited!

  10. 10 georgie

    it’s just like the anime/light novel free… I hope this movie finds a way to my country. 😀

  11. 11 D's handphone

    Nice towels…

    • 11.1 Mystisith

      You mean “annoying”, right. 😉

      • 11.1.1 mary

        LMAO at you both

      • 11.1.2 canxi


  12. 12 Omona

    hot…….. body? Where?

    I mean Seo in guk, I understand… but LJS is just too skinny… I see more bones than muscles…

    I don’t get how his body is considered hot…

    • 12.1 kit

      well he was a model so it’s more lanky thin hot? if he was any bulkier it’d look strange with his pretty face.

      • 12.1.1 bd

        Since when is having a “fishface” a “pretty face”?

        SIG has a better face and is somewhat believable as a swimmer/athlete – has broad shoulder and some muscle mass.

        LJS has a body of an 11 year old boy.

        • lili

          Make us a favour, ignore the guy…. No seriously, it’s getting old…we get it, you don’t like him. I’ll just say it again : beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Just respect the fact that some (many) girls may find him hot.

    • 12.2 anais

      Never mind the (not) hot body. You want me to believe Lee Jong Seok is a champion swimmer? With that body? The body with no muscles? Hello? Ever see an actual swimmer’s body?

      • 12.2.1 Omona

        LOL True! True!

        LJS said he can’t swim at all and was worried that he could act this role… but the director said there will be a body stunt…

      • 12.2.2 Newbie

        They should look up So Ji Sub’s body of work 😉 for a reference to a swimmer’s body. THAT is hot. HAWT!

        But I am far too old to cherish these boys anyway. They are for a different generation. I gladly stay with SJS and RSY.


        • pogo

          ooooh DO NOT EVEN GET ME STARTED on So Ji-sub’s body. Or all the things I want Gong Hyo-jin to do with it in Master’s Sun

          (starting with unbuttoning those shirts completely, I get that his look is purposefully silly but y u no show abs?!)

        • Celery

          I generally prefer older stars (who are older than me) too but KWB and HJH both look older than they actually are so that gives me an excuse to continue appreciating them, heh.

          • Newbie

            Well, my problem is, there is hardly anyone older than me worth drooling over in Kdrama. 😀 😉

      • 12.2.3 queencircles

        My first thought also! Well…. not the very first thought. But, yeah, lol could he even compete on the high school level with those skinny muscles?

        I’ll probably watch cause I LOVE sport bromances. Like Dr champ – cept those boys looked more like athletes. Dayum.

        Gah that first pic of them playing in the water. SO. CUTE.

  13. 13 kit

    so the swimming version of school 2013? ALL THE BROMANCE. i thought yuri would be at the centre of the film but she didn’t even appear in the trailer so it seems like a film central to friendships rather than the romance which i can get behind.

  14. 14 crazedlu

    Oh. Yeah. Lol.

  15. 15 ck1Oz

    Wow to be their co-ordis on the set.

    • 15.1 Mystisith

      Praying for wardrobe malfunction is not a sin…

      • 15.1.1 PonderWoman

        oh yes, sinfully delicious..

  16. 16 Penny

    Nekkid. Lee Jong-seok. Seo In-gook. Strip. Wet. Abs. NEKKID. NAKED!!

    So yup… That is pretty much ALL I’ve gathered from this post.

    • 16.1 absolute

      my thoughts exactly, haha!

  17. 17 Sophia

    Ah…so yum! But Lee Jong Suk is too skinny. Looking forward to the movie.

  18. 18 Amberscube

    No Breathing here as these two just took my breath away!

  19. 19 Eleanor

    Reminds me of the Free! anime haha

    • 19.1 Cat

      Exactly what I was thinking!

  20. 20 Tohru314

    It sounds very similar to an anime called “FREE!” The anime is good, but I’m so much more excited to see this movie! You know, because the people(and the abs)are actually real…

  21. 21 DarknessEyes

    this looks like an awesome movie!!! I’m sold, abs, bromance, SIG, LJK. I’ve never had so many reasons to watch a movie. xD

    Too bad the subs will probably take like forever to come out… TT_TT

  22. 22 owl

    that be some purty swim team, lanky and lean and me in between 🙂

  23. 23 Quiet Thought

    . . . And . . . this is why I was correcting the people who wanted this to be a drama. On TV, they would be wearing clothes all the time.

  24. 24 Quiet Thought

    Alas, poor Yuri. She’s so much more clothed than the male characters she looks almost middle-aged.

    • 24.1 jhu


    • 24.2 owl

      Oh. There she is . I had to go back and look when I read your post. Missed her. Huh.

  25. 25 eli_n

    I’m not going to even pretend to know why the boys are clutching their hair or why SIG is smouldering while biting his goggles. Do whatever you want as long as you’re both wet and topless for it ( ehem while SWIMMING obviously) I won’t ask for anything else (though really, are speedos too much to ask for? For science!)

    And is LJS on a mission to be bromancing frenemies with all the pretty boys? No complaints here 😉

    • 25.1 Mystisith

      LMAO! “Bromancing frenemies”: The best way to be typecasted. Also, I want a drama on that theme. Stat.

  26. 26 tanya

    Swomming is my favorite sport to watch in the Olympics. How the slice through tje water and such and of course the half nekkidness. And I really love watching sports related movies so I HERE FOR THIS! Not going to complain if it’s more br9mance than romamce too. 😉

  27. 27 tanya

    * Swimming.

  28. 28 ajj

    Thats it..Im IN!

  29. 29 PonderWoman

    They had their location shooting in Davao City, Philippines last month.

    • 29.1 ajj

      That’s why I’m kinda hoping I can watch it at SM malls or something since part of it was shot here,
      but I guess it’s too much to ask for.

      • 29.1.1 PonderWoman

        A bit of patience and sites like gooddrama will reward thee 😉

      • 29.1.2 jcay

        apparently they had a shoot at one of the shops across the road of Marco Polo Davao. Missed my chance to see them since I was there on vacation that day.

    • 29.2 Ariel

      Yeah, scrolling for confirmation that they did shoot in the Philippines. Ha, ha, ha the background was so familiar and I thought Davao but could be wrong. I’m going there at the end of Oct until Nov 5, going to eat all the DURIAN that I want.

  30. 30 JJJJJJ

    The poster’s background was on Samal Island, Davao Philippines and I saw them half naked last month when they are here. Yayyy.

    • 30.1 PonderWoman

      Lucky you!

      • 30.1.1 JJJJJJ

        HAHA. They are both handsome. LJS is so tall but too skinny while SIG ~~ damn HOT~

        • milaiski

          I so agree. I also could not believe it he was that skinny when I saw the cast at the airport. O_O

    • 30.2 YY

      I hate you.

    • 30.3 jcay

      surely is Samal Island.

    • 30.4 Beng

      i’m so glad that they’re already doe shooting here in the Phils. before the war broke in Zamboanga. At least, Davao remains peaceful and unaffected. I hope the problem will be solve soon, otherwise, Korea’s help in promoting our country might go in vain =(

  31. 31 stars4u

    Oh yeah! A belated bday gift for me!!!!

  32. 32 stars4u

    Oh yeah! A belated bday gift for me!!!!

  33. 33 KDaddict

    Seo in Guk has a ‘beauty mark’ under his left eye; Lee Jong Seok under his right. Mirror image. Perfect match!

    These two have lesser abs than some others, cos they r a bit on the skinny side, but that doesn’t make their semi-nekkidness any less anticipated.

    In an interview, LeeJS said that he didn’t know how to swim b4 this script came along, and he only started learning and training recently, while he was at the tail end of filming IHYV. From non-swimmer to National Marine Boy in 2 months! That’s some feat!

    Lee JS looks sensational walking on the beach, even fully clothed, in black hoodie and shorties, w hot pink accent T!

    • 33.1 kumi

      Real men wear pink. 😉

      • 33.1.1 PonderWoman

        yeah right, and real hot hunks wear hot pink

    • 33.2 erratic

      “I’m thinking it’s a sign that the freckles in our eyes are mirror images and when we kiss they’re perfectly aligned.”


      So LJS didn’t know how to swim beforehand. So that’s why his arm work needed a bit of work.

      I kind of hate SIG for being able to do pretty much anything (sing, dance, make music, act, look good). The same way I hate Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston. Man, they shouldn’t provide us single ladies such lofty standards. T_T

  34. 34 Alex Mottis

    mmmm, I would be sooo on board but, that’s not what a swimmer’s body looks like in real life. Even though I love them both, Nathan Adrian has spoiled me >:) Of course that doesn’t mean I won’t watch this, how could I not

  35. 35 Arhazivory

    I’m so glad some genius decided to put these two in a movie together.

  36. 36 meanrice

    The sequel to this movie will be called “Noona Pool Stalkers” and the tag line is “they are everywhere.”

    Ohhh it is based on a manga/manhwa? Off to read.

    • 36.1 YY

      Yes, the noonas will be submerged like submarines underwater, waiting, waiting, waiting for them to dive in and then they POUNCE….

  37. 37 jhu

    Yayyyyy to the return of the brooding, intense Seo In Gook!!!

  38. 38 DC

    OMG! I didn’t know “Faith” cutie Yoon Kyunsang is in this movie too! Yay!

  39. 39 xcmk


  40. 40 Kris

    Noona feels a bit bad eyeing these candies…10 years younger.

  41. 41 May

    Yes! But when will it be available to us? =(

  42. 42 Aly

    Meh Yuri. Why do I have a feeling that the impending bromance will far outshine the love interest? Heh

  43. 43 YY

    There are bound to be shower scenes as well. Just sayin’.

    • 43.1 erratic

      That shower scene. Both yummy and hilarious at the same time. Bwahahaha!

  44. 44 aX

    Sorry to be a downer, but NOT feeling this at all. =X There’s no muscles… and do not find them sexy at all. They’re both just skinny. One being incredibly skinny! =X

    • 44.1 aX

      The last picture is better but that first one was EEK! =X Again, I do apologize. lol

  45. 45 Carinne

    I’m surprised GF hasn’t plastered SIG’s recent Korea Men’s Health abolicious bod herein blog already.

    Any feline who want a nose bleed then look no further. *still drooling*

    Like she said, “what not to love?” 😉

    • 45.1 Carinne

      oops… “what’s not to love?”

      Anyhoot, this trailer failed getting me pumped up. Hoping for a solid story to follow all the eye candy.

      Check out more:

  46. 46 Jo

    The characters AND basic plot summary sounds really similar to this anime called Free.


  47. 47 Nia

    lol! all this makes me think of Free! (an anime about swimming) xD

  48. 48 Suzi Q

    So Ji Sub was a swimmer so he has the most hottest body compared to Lee Jeong Seok (too skinny) and Seo in Gook (Not bad) in their speedos. They are no Michael Phelps…

    • 48.1 Beng

      swimmers tend to have an inverted V-shape body. It seems like there are no Michael Phelps or So Ji Sub in the cast. Yes, totally agree with you on that.

      Well maybe the one on the left of LJS, pictured in the pocari sweat towels

    • 48.2 deb

      no wonder I like his body so much and want to do…things.

    • 48.3 erratic

      Yes. There was a series I watched probably a decade ago… (Bali or MiSa? I remember not which) where he was shown swimming. That clip played in my mind for a looooong time. O.o XD

  49. 49 bishbash

    We need more nekkid (ok half nekkid) bromance to make the world a better place to live in.


  50. 50 crayonbee

    Ahhh my eyes!! they kill my innocent mind… hehehe….

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