Dapinaymrs' Fantasy Weekend-Movie Picks

Are you dead tired from this week’s exams at school, or piles of paperwork at the office, or chores at home? How would you like to spend a few hours to just relax and watch some fantasy movies this weekend?

I would have picked comedies but I just can’t resist this genre. I feel that movies of this type capture the writers' and the directors' creative imaginations, and thus should give viewers an enticing and artistic watching experience. Here are the three that I’m recommending:


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Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Description: 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 time to December of 1997 and starts writing regularly to her new found 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.


Why you should give this a chance:

I had a hard time looking for an English subbed Il Mare trailer (this was, after all, a movie from 12 years ago), much less a trailer that would have at least described a part of its story line. But here I’ll try to ask you: what would you do if you constantly received letters from a person claiming to be two years in the future? Would you be willing to know this person? How far would you go?

Il Mare shows the correspondence of Sung-hyun and Eun-Joo through letters time-traveling into the past and the future, and how Sung-hyun, through this correspondence, finally develops feelings for Eun-Joo. How will he pursue her? 
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Genre: Friendship, Romance, School, Family, Fantasy

Description: Twelve year-old Mei meets Jie, a new student at her school. Both of them are lonely, reclusive, and feel like outsiders in their own lives. Through befriending one another, they form a bond and run away into the mountains. They are leaving in search of that piece of puzzle missing from their lives - only to find that, perhaps, they have been the missing pieces to each other's puzzle all along. (Based on the book by Jimmy Liao)


Why you should give this a chance:
Starry Starry Night is a growing-up/coming of age movie, as seen through the eyes of 13-year-old Mei who tries to cope with her family’s situation. Mei’s recluse is the starry nights at her grandfather’s cottage and the art that comes to life through her vivid imagination. She befriends Jay, a transfer student who has his own story to tell and by this, Mei learns to appreciate what she has and continue to grow…

Do you like art? This movie has art beautifully intertwined with its story line. Give it a shot. :) 

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Wu Ji (The Promise)

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Genre: Action, Romance, Fantasy

Description: A young peasant girl, desperate for food, makes a promise with a mysterious woman. The woman promises the small girl all the riches she desires, but in return, she will never be with the man she loves. Many years pass, and the woman is rescued by a slave in Warlord's armour, after plunging from atop her palace. She falls for the mysterious man, but a case of mistaken identity, and her obligation to the promise she made many years before, leads herself and her heroes into trouble.


Why you should give this a chance:
The premise for this movie is clear and can be found at the very beginning. Qingcheng made a promise to the Goddess Manshen in exchange for what the goddess had to offer but listen carefully; there is a catch in that offer! Qingcheng’s life is that of suffering and will only start to change as soon as she falls for the right man.

If you’re the type who likes fighting and breathtaking scenes in the background of a developing romance, The Promise captures that for you.

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There you have it! Tell me what you think of these movies or if you have seen similar ones. Recommend them as I’d love to watch them too!

Do you like fantasy movies too? Or would you like to recommend movies of a different genre? MDL’s weekend movie picks section would love to hear from you. Please PM Skye for details! 

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    LLL78 Dec 18, 2012

    Starry Starry night is on my fav list :D
    Such a beautiful and simple movie loved it!

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    SayItAintSoJoe Dec 16, 2012

    The last 2 look pretty cool. I'll watch them when I get a chance. I didn't know Il Mare was the original Lake House. The Lake House was really good.

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    goldenseal50 Dec 15, 2012

    Yay! I just watched The Promise on Dramacrazy, it was a beautiful movie.

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      dapinaymrs Dec 15, 2012

      I'm glad you liked it. :) The Promise is my kind of fantasy movie. I like to see more of this kind. Have you seen any, sunbae?

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      goldenseal50 Dec 15, 2012

      Jet Li and Jackie Chan both make this kind of movie(Sorcerer and the white snake or Little Big Soldier ) ..also Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is like this.... fun Drama's like this is Holy Pearl and Startling By Each Step

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      dapinaymrs Dec 15, 2012

      Koma's'mida, sunbae. I'm putting all those on my PTW and will watch them later. CTHD is one of my top five! It was such a great movie. :)

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    haru7 Dec 15, 2012

    The Promise...interesting =)I ll give a try ;)

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    gooheajung Dec 15, 2012

    could you put some Korean films in more often?

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      dapinaymrs Dec 15, 2012

      Oh, the movie recommendations can randomly be Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese and Chinese. The writer gets to pick what movies they want to include and sometimes they may not be fully aware that the movies they end up picking are not Korean.

      I appreciate your comment though! I hope future writers for our weekend movies section would consider it next time. Gomawo! :)

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      gooheajung Dec 16, 2012

      thanks

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    dapinaymrs Dec 15, 2012

    UPDATE:

    For all of you who are looking for Wu Ji/The Promise online, DC has already uploaded the movie as of today, December 15! Palli, ka yo! Go watch it! ^_^

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    Ami Dec 15, 2012

    where I can see Wu Ji/ the promise? :o I couldn't find it from dramacrazy.net :[

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    akai-kitsune Dec 15, 2012

    Il Mare is one of my always re-re-watched movies. Love it.
    Starry Starry night is on my PTW list. I should go and watch it.


    Thanks for the recommendations.

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    addicted2dramas Dec 14, 2012

    Nice recommendations. Thank you. I've been looking for some good fantasy movies. :)

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    TheTranquilKnight Dec 14, 2012

    I haven't seen Wu Ji.
    But other two are absolutely fantastic!! Especially Il Mare.

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    PrettyCarEye Dec 14, 2012

    Great list, mrs! I'm eyeing The Promise. Looks like my kind of movie! Will check out the others too.

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    darkangel662008 Dec 14, 2012

    Wow!!! Nice Recom..Starry Starry Night looks interesting:)
    I'll add them for now on my huge PTW list..I'll give it a try once I resume in watching movie...

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      darkangel662008 Dec 15, 2012

      I'm not that good in explaining things..So even though I have so many movies to recommend..I can't come up of words to describe the:(

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      bokami Dec 15, 2012

      do you have dictionary at home?

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      darkangel662008 Dec 15, 2012

      I don't...kekeke!!!

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      dapinaymrs Dec 15, 2012

      @Raincat: stingy, isn't she? :\ It would be great to get some recoms from people who've watched a lot.

      @DA: The important thing is to tell people why you like it. It doesn't have to sound complicated.

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      darkangel662008 Dec 15, 2012

      I'm proud that I watched a lot..about 200+ movies..kekeke!!!

      But I can't think of way how can I express myself..I can't put into words..why I like that movie..

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    sabrinafairchild Dec 14, 2012

    I would say, I like Il Mare better than Lake House. The ending comes with a surprise. Starry,starry night is a nice love story. Come to think of it, let me find The Promise.

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    goldenseal50 Dec 14, 2012

    The Promise looks good...I am going to go watch it right now.

    well I was but I couldn't find it with good video and english subtitles...only german

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      dapinaymrs Dec 14, 2012

      Sunbae, I pm'ed you. :)

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      christypop Dec 14, 2012

      Can you send me the link too? Please and thank you.

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      goldenseal50 Dec 14, 2012

      it's the veoh player you get when you google it...if anyone can find a better link pm me :D

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      diane1990 Dec 15, 2012

      same for me :)
      if anyone knows a good link i would like to know also :)

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    sanja Dec 14, 2012

    Nice selection. First story really rings a bell with... uh was it The lake house with Reeves and Bullock? Anyhow I was wondering if one of this got happy ending? I would like that :)

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      catnip Dec 14, 2012

      I don't know about the ending, but The Lake House was produced based on this movie, I guess you could call it somewhat a remake.

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      dapinaymrs Dec 14, 2012

      Yes, Lake House was based on Il Mare. Give it a try and surprise yourself. ;)

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      sanja Dec 14, 2012

      Will do. Thnx :D

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