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18 January 2002 (South Korea) See more »
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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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Cast

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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
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Seok-jun Lee
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Directed by
Sung-gang Lee 
 
Writing credits
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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
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Canada:G (Quebec) | Singapore:G | South Korea:All | Switzerland:0 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud)
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A cautious, profound tale about letting go and moving on, 30 August 2004
Author: Brian Thibodeau from Sarnia, Ontario

Call this the not-so-Wonderful-Days if you will, a sentimental, perceptive tale of a young boy, Nam-woo, coping with the loss of his father (which probably has even greater resonance in a patriarchal society like Korea's), the illness of his grandmother, his mother's new boyfriend and the impending departure to the city of his best friend by retreating into a world of fantasy where he meets the title character, a mute girl who becomes the only character in his life with any sense of permanence: his mother is trying to move on, his grandmother has a very pragmatical sense of her own mortality, his best friend will be continuing at school in another city (something repeated in the present-day opening sequence, in which the friend announces again that he'll be studying abroad, underscoring the sense of separation we all feel from even our closest friends with the passage of time). It's ultimately a cautious, profound tale about letting go and moving on, something the main character deeply wishes he could avoid, and something that can stir-up similar childhood memories in even the most hardened cynic. Director Lee Sung-gang wisely shuns conventional Japanese and western animation styles to create something entirely new and heartbreakingly beautiful in its deceptive simplicity. Computer animated but approximating traditional hand-animation in a wholly original style, the film boasts an absolutely gorgeous muted colour palate that brightens whenever Nam-woo enters the world of his mind. In many ways, I prefer the honesty and simplicity of this film to the high-tech sheen of WONDERFUL DAYS, which suffers from a painfully straightforward story.

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