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My Beautiful Girl Mari

3.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Nam-woo lives in a seaside village with his widowed mother, his grandmother and his cat, Yo. Unfortunately, his grandmother is ailing, his cat constantly runs away, his mother spends most of her time with her new boyfriend, and, to top it all off, his best friend is moving to Seoul! Overwhelmed by feelings of abandonment, Nam-woo escapes into a fantastic dream world where he meets the mysterious Mari. As two young boys discover the true meaning of friendship, they must also learn the difference between fantasy and reality. With stunning visuals and a haunting score, My Beautiful Girl, Mari, will enchant and mesmerize you.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Byung-hun Lee, Hyeong-jin Kong, Chong-ok Bae, Sung-kee Ahn, Hang-Seon Jang
  • Directors: Sung-gang Lee
  • Writers: Sung-gang Lee, Mi-ae Seo, Su-jeong Kang
  • Producers: Carl Macek, Jae-Won Choi, John Ledford, Seong-weon Jo, Seoung-Jae Cha
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English, Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: July 5, 2005
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009PLM8K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,620 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Beautiful Girl Mari" on IMDb

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Little hard to follow as esoteric in nature ...beautiful instrumental and vocals, and very beautiful spiritual scene in latter part ...a very personal original film worth while for the hearted centered individual.
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What's good: An ongoing admixture of magic into what would otherwise have been an ordinary, even hazardous quotidian existence. Transitions are smooth and dreamy, but generally carry enough context to tie the two plot-worlds together.

What's not: Un-dramatic plotting, despite some potentially moving plot elements. Lack of explanation (not that I demand all that much, usually) and faiilure to pull all the elements together into a meaningful whole.

Good enough, I'll watch again to see if I can pull more out of it, but it might not be a permanent citizen in my collection.

-- wiredweird
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Like art-house movies, I have a love/hate relationship with anime. Sometimes I'm treated to a magical Miyazaki film, a quaint comedy like "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time", or an excellent romance like "5 Centimeters Per Second." Other times, however, I'm forced to sit through boring tripe like "Serial Experiments Lain" or "Grave of the Fireflies." I'm disappointed to report that "My Beautiful Girl Mari" safely rests within the latter category.

The big problem with this movie is that there's no development for any of the characters and all of the relationships are wafer thin. You barely get to see the boy spend time with his family, which is allegedly the primary cause for his discontent with his personal life. It might have been a good idea to spend a little more time within the household so the viewer gets a better understanding of why this kid is so depressed all the time. And what's with that girl at his school? Did she serve any purpose whatsoever in this movie?

It's no understatement to say that 90% of the running time is dedicated to showing the kid and his friend doing all sorts of dull activities like sleeping, walking around an old lighthouse, and other trivialities. Some of the swimming scenes were good, but that's about it. I don't know about you, but when I was a kid I would actually have fun when spending time with my friends, and a lot of the games we invented could easily fill a number of movies. A child's imagination is quite impressive when attempting to find something fun to do. It's too bad the filmmakers here were content with unimaginative wandering and dull-as-dirt filler material.

But I still haven't even gotten to the worst part of this movie. And let me tell you, it's a definitive black eye to the filmmakers of "My Beautiful Girl Mari.
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