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Hwaseongeuro gan sanai (2003)

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Little Seung Jae stays up all night and writes letters to So Hee, pretending to be her father in Mars. Leaving Seung Jae's innocent heart behind, So Hee leaves for a big city. Both grown up... See full summary »

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Jeong-kwon Kim

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Jin Jang (screenplay), Eun-ha Jo | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hee-seon Kim ... So-hie
Ha-kyun Shin ... Seung-jae
So-hyeon Park So-hyeon Park ... Seon-mi
In-kwon Kim ... Ho-geol
Jae-yong Lee ... Sueng-jae's Father
Geum-ju Lee Geum-ju Lee ... Seung-jae's Mother
Deok-hyeon Jo Deok-hyeon Jo ... So-hie's Father
Won-jong Lee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gyu-su Jeong Gyu-su Jeong
Min-Joon Kim ... Sung-ho (as Min-jun Kim)
Sung-woong Park
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Storyline

Little Seung Jae stays up all night and writes letters to So Hee, pretending to be her father in Mars. Leaving Seung Jae's innocent heart behind, So Hee leaves for a big city. Both grown up to be adults, Seung Jae is a postman who writes letters to So Hee's grandma - the letters that never came from So Hee. So Hee's heart hardens after hardships in life and she comes back to her hometown and Seung Jae's heart swells up again at seeing her again. Written by https://mydramalist.com/5113-a-man-who-went-to-mars

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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

Official Site [South Korea]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

16 May 2003 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

A Letter from Mars See more »

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Wonderful-- in part
26 February 2007 | by marta2046See all my reviews

I so much wanted to give this film 10 stars.

It has the charismatic, world-class actor Shin Shin Ha-kyun (SAVE THE GREEN PLANET, MY BROTHER, NO MERCY FOR THE RUDE) and the story is deeply emotional.

However, the first part of the film plays too much like a TV romance despite the great acting. The music is incredibly sugary, and kept hammering that "this is an emotional scene." OK! We get it! Trust the actors and the story to get us there. Unless it's a musical, soundtracks in modern films should be nearly subliminal, added only as subtext.

This film must have been adapted from a novel (a good one, I imagine). It abruptly jumps POV to Soo-hee's life in Seoul, several times, which is fine in a novel, but disrupts the flow in this film. There are jump cuts in time and character's mentioned that are never shown so it's hard to keep the relationships straight. I'm a careful viewer, yet did not realize till midway that Soo-hee and Seung-jae were cousins-- I thought they were just friends/neighbors.

That said, the last 20 minutes of the film (starting shortly before the magical and heartbreaking underwater sequence) are brilliant, and make up for any defects in the rest of the film.

I'd recommend a watch simply on that sequence-- yes, it's THAT good. (I watched that part three times)

On a tech note. The DVD I rented said it was 174 minutes (almost 3 hours!) Fortunately, that is NOT correct. It's actually slightly less than 1 hour, 45 minutes.


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