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Release Date:
18 January 2002 (South Korea) See more »
Two boys find a beautiful world of magic and wonder when they find a magic marble in an old lighthouse. There they meet Mari and can escape from the growing hardships of their home lives | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Byung-hun Lee ... Namoo
Hyeong-jin Kong ... Jun-ho
Chong-ok Bae ... Namoo's Mother
Sung-kee Ahn ... Kyeong-min
Hang-Seon Jang ... Jun-ho's Father
Mun-hee Na ... Namoo's Grandmother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seok-jun Lee

Directed by
Sung-gang Lee 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Su-jeong Kang 
Sung-gang Lee 
Mi-ae Seo 

Produced by
Seoung-Jae Cha .... co-executive producer
Jae-Won Choi .... executive producer
Tae-sung Jeong .... co-producer
Seong-weon Jo .... co-producer
Carl Macek .... english language producer
Original Music by
Byung-woo Lee 
Cinematography by
Geun-wook Kwon 
Film Editing by
Gok-ji Park 
Art Department
Ji-Hoon Hong .... storyboard art director
Sound Department
Eun-ah Choi .... dialogue editor
Sung Rok Choi .... sound effects editor
Cesar Inserny .... sound designer
Cesar Inserny .... sound mixer
Chang-seop Kim .... sound designer
Suk-won Kim .... sound
Ju-kang Park .... sound effects editor
Cristinel Sirli .... sound mixer (as Christinel Sirli)
Special Effects by
Ki-pyo Kim .... special effects
Animation Department
Moon-hee Kim .... animation director
Other crew
Soo Kim .... translator (English version)

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Also Known As:
"Mari iyagi" - South Korea (original title)
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South Korea:86 min
Sound Mix:
Canada:G (Quebec) | Singapore:G | South Korea:All | Switzerland:0 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud)


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A worthy effort, but ultimately nothing special, 16 February 2013
Author: siderite from Romania

The animation looked shoddy from the start, especially facial expressions, but I thought I would give this Korean anime a chance. It is about two close childhood friends that meet when they are adults and reminisce about the good old times. Or at least, this my interpretation of the vague plot. The reality of the film is that these two adults meet, you get a feeling they are old friends, and then there they are, as children, for the rest of the movie.

Now, the story is something of a childhood fantasy, where the two boys find a magical marble that transposes them into an alternate reality. It doesn't happen all the time, only at random moments that seem to have no connection to what goes on around. Then there are bits of school and personal life that defines the characters. It all ends when one of the boys has to leave for Seoul.

I felt it tried to be a Korean Miyazaki clone, but failed. The animation could have been better, but then again, if the story was good, I could have ignored it. The story was good in principle, too, with the childhood friendship, the mysterious girl (I guess she was a girl) from the fantasy world, the fluffy things, etc. However, it was all fragmented, unclear, like they wanted to make a series and then they collapsed all into a anime movie, with only the relevant bits salvaged for the end product.

Bottom line: If they wanted a masterpiece of atmosphere and animation, they couldn't do it. If they thought they were doing something with a deep plot and emotional story, they failed. The result is somewhat in the middle, not one nor the other, and feels unnatural, broken.

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