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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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Additional Details

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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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Lighthouses, marbles, and flying fish., 28 October 2002
Author: Ryan Estrada (anthropomorphisminc@hotmail.com) from Gimhae, South Korea

South Korea is a country mostly known in the animation industry for provided low cost labor in the completion of animation from other countries. Mari Iyagi is one, bright, shining attempt to show the originality and amazing work that Korean animators are capable of. It's a lone gun in the ambitiousness of such a project, and sadly, due to it's disappointing box office figures, may be for a long time.

To describe the visual style of the film, I can only say to take a little touch of Samurai Jack, a heaping helping of Myazaki, and a dash of Waking life (minus the lack of fluidity in animation and pretentiousness of story) to flavor. Then realize that doesn't begin to describe the unique look of this film, that can't be classified as traditional, digital, or 3d. It's a remarkable blend of Flash, Traditional, rotoscoping, and 3D Studio Max that captures both realistic environments and fantasy worlds like none other. The story builds up nicely, until it reaches the end and never goes anywhere, but for all the times it made me laugh out loud, feel for a character, or gape in awe, I forgave it.

It's not looking as though this film will get much of a release outside Korea, but if you ever get the chance to see it, don't let it slip by.

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