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MY BEAUTIFUL GIRL, MARI

Kim Nam-woo struggles through life as people around him constantly leave him; his best friend, Jun-ho, is going to study in Seoul and in some ways his widowed mother is “leaving” him too by paying more attention to her new boyfriend. To escape, he goes to a dream world, where he meets a girl named Mari. The story follows Nam-woo in discovering himself and maturing.

Annecy International Animation Film Festival, 2002
Grand Prix - Best Feature Film

Sitges International Film Festival, 2002

Philadelphia International Film Festival, 2002

Hamburg International Film Festival, 2002

Deauville Asian Film Festival, 2003

The feature-length animation debut of the director of 
Yobi, the Five Tailed Fox

“Like the movie’s ideas, the backgrounds are consistently sophisticated, especially in cloudscapes, flora and water that sometimes recall 20th-century artworks.”
VARIETY

“A delicacy and a poignancy in both story and style that is rare in animation today.”
THE SEATTLE POST

“Owing a good deal to the best Japanime, Lee’s dreamy ode to ocean sounds, cumulus clouds, blooming jungles, late-afternoon light, and fading memories hums with an observant poetry that should make most American animators red with shame.”
THE VILLAGE VOICE

Lee Sung-gang
2002 | South Korea | Drama, Fantasy, Family | 86'