Il Mare is a 2000 South Korean film starring Jun Ji-hyun (Gianna Jun) and Lee Jung-jae. The title, Il Mare, means "The Sea" in Italian, and is the name of the seaside house which is the setting of the story. The Korean title, Siworae is the Korean pronunciation of Chinese characters "時越愛," which means "time-transcending love." The two protagonists both live there two years apart in time but are able to communicate through a mysterious post box.
Il Mare is the original film of the American remake The Lake House. I loved the American version of this film, or at least I did the last time I viewed it. I went back and watched the trailer to confirm these sentiments and felt chills from that little preview. I remember that Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock gave stellar performances, and I was surprised and amazed at the entire story. I cried and felt happy when the romance worked out the way I imagined. Perhaps part of … more