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My Beautiful Girl, Mari (마리 이야기)

마리 이야기 (Ma-ri I-ya-gi)

Directed by Lee Seong-gang (이성강)

Screenplay by ,


86min | Release date in South Korea :

A secluded seaside village. Namoo is a twelve-year-old boy who has lost his father and lives with his mom and grandma. His only friends are Junho, who is the same age as he is, and Yeo, his cat. One day in the stationary store in front of his school, Namoo discovers a mysterious shining marble. He thinks about it all night, and the next day he runs to the store to buy it, but is disappointed to find that it is gone. Namoo and Yeo are playing near the old lighthouse when Yeo runs inside. Namoo follows the cat in and is wandering around when he discovers the mysterious marble on a shelf.... is an animated feature film by image-maker and director LEE Seong-gang, who attracted the international animation industry's interest with , recognized also at the Annecy International Animation Festival, of reknown fame. This work will show that LEE Seong-gang now establishes himself as an animation artist capable of representing Korea.


My Beautiful Girl, Mari | Cast

  • Lee Byung-hun (이병헌)
    Lee Byung-hun (이병헌)
    Adult Nam-woo's voice (어른 남우 목소리)
  • Kong Hyeong-jin (공형진)
    Kong Hyeong-jin (공형진)
    Adult Joon-ho's voice (어른 준호 목소리)
  • Ahn Seong-gi (안성기)
    Ahn Seong-gi (안성기)
    Kyeong-min's voice (경민 목소리)
  • Bae Jong-ok (배종옥)
    Bae Jong-ok (배종옥)
    Nam-woo's mom's voice (남우 엄마 목소리)
  • Nah Moon-hee (나문희)
    Nah Moon-hee (나문희)
    Nam-woo's grandmother's voice (남우 할머니 목소리)
  • Jang Hang-seon (장항선)
    Jang Hang-seon (장항선)
    Joon-ho's dad's voice (준호 아빠 목소리)
  • Ryoo Deok-hwan (류덕환)
    Ryoo Deok-hwan (류덕환)
    Nam-woo's voice (남우 목소리)
    Seong In-gyoo (성인규)
    Joon-ho's voice (준호 목소리)
  • Nalie Lee (이나리)
    Nalie Lee (이나리)
    Sook-i's voice (숙이 목소리)
    Lee Myeong-seon (이명선)
    Nam-woo's cat/Apricot/Butterfly/Bully voice (남우의 고양이 요/살구/나비/왕따 목소리)
    Jo Geun-hye (조근혜)
    Fish female voice 1 (생선 다듬는 여자 1 목소리)
    Geum So-yeon (금소연)
    Fish female voice 2 (생선 다듬는 여자 2 목소리)
  • Kim Jin-seo (김진서)
    Kim Jin-seo (김진서)
    Noodle delivery man voice (자장면 배달 아저씨 목소리)
    Nam Hyeon (남현)
    Joon-ho's mom's voice (준호 엄마 목소리)
    Han Il (한일)
    Sook-i's mom's voice (숙이 엄마 목소리)
  • Lee Dong-jun (이동준)
    Lee Dong-jun (이동준)
    Fisherman 1 voice (어부 1 목소리)
  • Lee Jong-bak (이종박)
    Lee Jong-bak (이종박)
    Fisherman 2 voice (어부 2 목소리)
    Han Yoon-choon (한윤춘)
    Teacher's voice (선생님 목소리)
    Park No-poong (박노풍)
    Village grandfather voice (마을 할아버지 목소리)
    Seong In-woo (성인우)
    Toothless child voice (이빨 빠진 아이 목소리)
  • Kim Dong-ha (김동하)
    Kim Dong-ha (김동하)
    Fat boy voice (뚱뚱한 남자 아이 목소리)
    Lee Sang-ho (이상호)
    Tight head boy voice (빡빡머리 남자 아이 목소리)
    Yoon Ja-kyeong (윤자경)
    Bobbed hair girl voice (단발머리 여자 아이 목소리)
    Jeon Yoo-ri (전유리)
    Fat girl voice (뚱뚱한 여자 아이 목소리)
    Im Da-som (임다솜)
    Girl sitting next to Nam-woo's voice (남우의 여자 짝꿍 목소리)
  • Lee Seok-joon (이석준)
    Lee Seok-joon (이석준)
    Office colleague 1 voice (사무실 동료 1 목소리)
    Yang Jong-hyeon-I (양종현)
    Office colleague 2 voice (사무실 동료 2 목소리)

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  • [HanCinema's Film Review] "My Beautiful Girl, Mari"

    Two old friends, Nam-woo and Jun-ho, meet after work to reminisce about the past. They grew up in the same hometown and became close friends, but were forced to separate when Jun-Ho's family moved to Seoul. "My Beautiful Girl, Mari" is a retrospective of the final days of their boyhood- which is punctuated by the surprising discovery of a completely new and beautiful otherworld,...More
  • Animated films from Korea back at the box office

    2011/05/06, Source,
    'Except for 'Pororo the Little Penguin', there have been few successful animated films from Korea'. -Park Bo-kyung "Green Days: Dinosaur and I" hits local theaters in June after competing at the 2011 Annecy International Animated Film Festival earlier that month. Provided by Seoul Animation Center There were once just two options for animated feature film buffs in Korea: films from U.S. studios like Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks or movies from Japanese studios such as Studio Ghibli. That's because in recent years, few animated Korean films have made it to the box office - the last ones to hit the big screen were "My Beautiful Girl, Mari" in 2001 and "Oseam" in 2002,...More
  • Korean Animation: A Major Global Player and Creative Force

    2011/01/19, Source,
    By: Mark Russel Like a lot of young people, I used to be a big fan of animation. Of course, back in the 1970s and '80s in North America, Disney and Warner Bros. dominated the Saturday morning dial, but even then, I realized that a lot of my favorite animated programs were coming out of Asia. I did not know much about those shows, but I could tell they were very different than Western programs that were so much more common. Cut to the 1990s, and when I finally made it to South Korea, I was pretty psyched to realize how much of my favorite animation, new and old, Western and Japanese, was actually being made there. In fact, at its peak in the mid-1990s, Korea accounted for nearly 50 percent of the world's animation, including "The Simpsons", "Star Wars: The Clone Wars", and "Spongebob Squarepants". Companies like Nelson Shin's Akom worked on animated films like "The Transformers" (the 1986 cartoon, not the Michael Bay explosion fest) and the "My Little Pony" movie,...More
  • Yoon Sang says cast Sung Si-kyung right away for "Play With Us" (1)

    2010/07/29, Source,
    Korean singer Yoon Sang (front) and guitarist Lee Byeong-woo performing at a showcase for their upcoming concert "Play With Us" held at CJ E&M Center in Seoul, South Korea on July 26, 2010. [photographed by Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia] Yoon Sang says "I cast Sung Si-kyung right away when he contacted me about a song" For those who are tired of all the summer festivals pouring forth, the concert "Play With Us" will be held at the grand theater of Sejong Center for the Performing Arts on August 5 and 6. The people who will provide a musical break right in the middle of summertime are Kim Kwang-min-I, Lee Byeong-woo and Yoon Sang. Under the blazing summer sun, the combination of these three musicians may feel stuffy to some people as they appear better suited for the fall season. However, the union of three musicians who say they "give each other consolation through music" rather presents us with a fresh feeling of refreshment,...More
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 Lee Byeong-woo (이병우)
 Cha Seung-jae (차승재)
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86 min 35mm Panoramic (1.85)
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Release date in South Korea : 2002/01/11
 Korea, South - 2002/1/11

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