Il Mare

Il Mare (2000)

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Sung-hyun, who just moved into ' Il mare ' receives a strange letter. The letter is from a young woman in the year 1999, two years from the present. Her predictions about the past are amazingly accurate. Her warning about a flurry of snow on a certain day in January of 1998 and the ensuing flu virus turns out to be true.

Eun-Joo is convinced that her letter has traveled back in read moretime to December of 1997 and starts writing regularly to her newfound pen pal. A professional voice actor, Eun-joo asks Sung-Hyun to find her long lost cassette recorder at a train station. Sung-Hyun goes to the train station and gets a glimpse of Eun-Joo, who of course, has no idea who he is.

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Mar 7, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
Il Mare is a truly unique love story, that shows romance in a refreshingly different light. Jun Ji-hyun and Lee Jung-jae are good playing two lonely people who find comfort in words shared with a stranger, but there was honestly nothing extraordinary about either performance. The true star of this movie is the story itself.

The plot takes the idea of long distance romance to the extreme. It's written so well that read more the fantastic concept seems perfectly plausible. I loved how their shared moments were shown. The director did a great job of making sure the time difference never felt like a cheap gimmick. The movie is also visually stunning, especially the house itself ("il mare") which I absolutely loved. This movie is not fast paced, nor does it have cute moments full of chemistry/sexual tension. Instead, it's about watching two people become close although they can't be together. Showing that connection is hard, but I think the movie pulls it off well.

The American remake of this film is "The Lake House" staring Keanu Reeves, & Sandra Bullock. I actually liked the remake as well, but one doesn't cancel the other out in my opinion. At the very least, the korean house is MUCH cooler!

I think the key to this story's appeal is the question of whether or not they will ever meet in the future, and have a true romantic relationship. Once that mystery was resolved, rewatching was a little less exciting, but It is still very interesting to watch the story unfold while knowing the outcome. If possible, avoid reading the synopsis, which gives way too much of the story away. I also wouldn't be concerned with how old this movie is. Like the relationship between Eun Ju & Sung Hyun, this movie is timeless.
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Nov 19, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I was shocked when I knew that the Lake House was remade from this one !
Cause I loved the Lake House & it is one of my favorites movie at all & when I knew I had to see the original & 2000 movie that I watched in 2010 it was wonderful !
I loved the story, the way they talked to each other .. I loved the house , the read more acting , the whole time thing was nice!
Its one of the most lovable romantic movies I've seen
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Il Mare has issues of time discrepancy too. The romance was nice as well.
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These two Korean fantasy romance movies are both centred around a love story between two people in different times.

In Il Mare they communicate with each other via letters through a magic post box, and in Ditto they talk via HAM radio.
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    HamelinSong Jul 17, 2017

    quick note: "Il mare" literally means "The sea" in italian. just in case you were wondering u.u

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    Rouzmary Mar 13, 2017 - edited

    Oh, so The Lake House was actually based on this one - Il Mare? I love Lake House! Have re-watched it several times, gotta watch the original too ^^

    oooooh and i just realised, in The Lake House the restaurant they were supposed to meet! It was called "Il Mare"! I see what you did there ;)

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    iamsarah Dec 29, 2016 - edited

    This is just one of those movies that just has you feeling feelings. A classic indeed.

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    harukae Nov 27, 2016

    ohhh so this inspired orange by takano ichigo ?

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    -T- Jul 5, 2016

    remake: the lake house? o.O adding this to ptw list..loved keanu & sandra's version. curious about the original.

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    jbeat Sep 18, 2015 - edited
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    Frosty Feb 14, 2015

    This movie gave me Goosebumps * a different kind of romance

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    Georgi Feb 6, 2015

    Omg, I cried like a baby even though the ending was kinda happy.

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    KoreanGDream Nov 26, 2014

    The best word to describe Il Mare is "fascinating". Very good cast, awesome OST.
    Overall a high quality and unique.

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    itsnellson Oct 15, 2014

    I think this is my favourite korean movie. Not boring, very entertaining.

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    shie1121 Jul 8, 2013

    a classic.. one of the movie that defines Kdramaland! :)

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    zu_ai_grusz Jul 5, 2012

    watched this during my first year of korean exposure, and then re-watched it after a few years later. it attested to my original impression of the movie giving off the feeling of having experience a great love story and i concluded that the plot wasn't so complicated as i've initially imagined it was ^-^

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    Mauriciamoi Jun 25, 2012

    One of my all time favorite movies. <3

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    aizcold Jun 11, 2012

    there's an english adaptation of il mare. "the lake house" but i prepare il mare than the english version, its more classic and appealing..

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      b2uty Aug 12, 2012

      me too ^^ is the english one based on this one or the other way around?

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      aizcold Aug 14, 2012

      i think the english was based on this.. if you'll check the film date, i'll mare is te 1st..


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    South Korea
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    Sep 9, 2000
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 45 min.


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