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My Beautiful Girl, Mari (2002)

Mari iyagi (original title)
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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

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Seong-gang Lee
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Cast

Credited cast:
Byung-Hun Lee ... Namoo
Hyeong-jin Kong ... Jun-ho
Chong-ok Bae Chong-ok Bae ... Namoo's Mother
Sung-Ki Ahn ... Kyeong-min (as Sung-kee Ahn)
Hang-Seon Jang Hang-Seon Jang ... Jun-ho's Father
Moon-hee Na ... Namoo's Grandmother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seok-jun Lee Seok-jun Lee
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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

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

18 January 2002 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

My Beautiful Girl, Mari See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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A nice but forgettable fantasy tale
21 June 2007 | by GSmith9072See all my reviews

Perhaps due to the fact that I couldn't access the English subtitles with the original Korean voice actors, I found the voice work engorging and mild. Also, I was surprised that a film that deals with the theme of growing up and moving on (a subject that usually gains instant sympathy from myself), didn't particular move me. I compare this film to Miyizaki's masterpiece "My Neighbor Tortoro" where fantastical characters accompany the overall theme of common childhood hardships. In "My Beautiful Girl Mari", the fantasy may or may not exist, but I found it not really relevant to the progression of the story. In fact, the story did have more depth and interest then the images and occurrences that took place in the metaphysical universe in which the protagonists meet Mari, an odd-looking floating female in white. Maybe because of the nature of the film's two protagonists, I couldn't really connect with them connecting emotionally to the nature of the fantasy. Certain aspects in the film's emotion do succeed however, such as the important friendship between the the boys. It makes the film's ending more touching and meaningful. The soft, soothing music also complements the story's tone and animation framework.

"Mari" is interesting due to it's unique artistic style. The animation is not the common type used, and it makes for a more interesting visual appeal. I saw a lot of potential however in the story and deeper meaning of the film, and found it quite lacking.


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