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Il Mare (2000)

Siworae (original title)
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End 1999, a voice actor moves from Il Mare, a seaside house, and she leaves an Xmas card in it's (magical) mailbox. He, an architect student, receives it end 1997, and so begins a friendship separated by 2 years.

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Hyun-seung Lee

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Eun-Jeong Kim, Tae-Yeon Won (letters) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jung-jae Lee ... Han Sung-hyun (as Jung-Jae Lee)
Ji-hyun Jun ... Kim Eun-ju
Mu-saeng Kim Mu-saeng Kim
Seung-yeon Jo Seung-yeon Jo ... Jae-hyeok
Yun-jae Min Yun-jae Min
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yun-Yeong Choe Yun-Yeong Choe
So-yeong Hong So-yeong Hong ... Voice Actor
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Storyline

Eun-joo moves out of her house "Il Mare", leaving behind a Christmas card for the eventual new owner of the house in 1999. In it she asks him/her to forward any mail of hers to her new address in the city. It is 1997 and Sung-hyun, the first owner of "Il Mare" is moving in and finds in his mailbox the Christmas card from Eun-joo. Thinking it was a joke, Sung-hyun leaves her a letter telling her so and reminds her that its 1997 not 1999. Eventually the two realize that they are separated by two years of time but can somehow communicate through the mailbox and begin to form a friendship through their letters Written by tinylulu2

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Details

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

9 September 2000 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Il Mare See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$217,147
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The American Version is called "The Lake House" See more »

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Referenced in The Lake House (2006) See more »

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I'm Crying
Performed by Kim Hyun Chul
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Underrated movie
27 July 2005 | by elwehttamSee all my reviews

After watching My Sassy girl which i truly enjoyed, i decided to watch other movies with the actor Jun Ji Hyun. Hearing that it wasn't that good at the box office in Korea i had little expectation of the movie. But wow was I in for a surprise. The cinematography and the music really establishes the mood of the movie with the isolated house as the main scenery beside the ocean giving a sense of loneliness that the characters endure throughout the movie. The mailbox was the only way of bridging that gap and the movie did a good job of portraying that. But also had a magical property which sends and receives mail at two different years in time. However exploiting it to change the past could have dire consequences. Overall a different but memorable romantic movie experience. Good to watch when your alone and relaxed.


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