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  • Movie: Il Mare
  • Country: South Korea
  • Duration: 1 hr. 31 min.
  • Rating: 12+ - Teens 13 or older

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  • Score: 8.0 (scored by 1,431 users)
  • Ranked: #714
  • Popularity: #925
  • Members: 2,614
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Ranked #714
Popularity #925
Members 1,431

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 travelled back intime 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.

  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Sep 9, 2000
  • Duration: 1 hr. 31 min.
  • Score: 8.0 (scored by 1,431 users)
  • Ranked: #714
  • Popularity: #925
  • Rating: 12+ - Teens 13 or older

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manicmuse
16 people found this review helpful
Mar 8, 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 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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Massrah
10 people found this review helpful
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 acting , the whole time thing was nice!
Its one of the most lovable romantic movies I've seen
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