Il Mare (Siworae) (2001)


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It’s the music. It’s the movie. It’s how Jazz colored-up the whole visual experience. It’s our very own recommendation to you. It is JAZZINEMATOLOGY.

ilmare_siworae_korean_movieThis weeks recommendation comes from the east with the overly romantic lovestory travelled back into time in Il Mare. Produced right before the booming of K-Movie on 2003, this movie which showed in the famous Pusan International Film Festival 2001 later becomes one of the most searched K-movie, and even re-Hollywoodified as The Lakehouse starred Keanu Reeves & Sandra Bullock. But here, the most noted thing are the soundtracks that blends splendidly smooth with the movie. With the Kim Hyun Chul’s compositions of smooth piano, guitar and sax tunes moved beautifully breathtaking, it’s overall, Jazz. (and you might know now that jazz has becomes one of Korean’s popculture these last few years as one of the most wellknown world’s jazz festival also held every year @ Jaraseum International Jazz Festival)

The Story

As titled, Il Mare is Italian word for “The Sea”, the lovestory moves around a lakehouse with its mailbox where two people, Sung Hyun (Lee Jung-Jae) and Eun-Joo (K-movie diva Jun Ji-Hyun), resides through different timepieces, one lives in 1997 and the other in 1999. Love then comes unpredictable as faith plays with the power of time. As the long and winding boardwalk leads the seafront’s frontdoor to the ocean and the coming of a snowstorm, Sung Hyun and Eun-Joo must walk their path into their magical dream in a fold of bliss, trying everyway they could to defeat faith.


The Movie

Like most K-movie sense of style, the story moved as farfetched as the plot may seem, plays with body movement and face expressions rather than long dialogues, slowly unfolding every twists until the audience buried deep and suddenly felt utterly breathless, touched to their very hearts. Director Lee Hyun-Seung and his team did the cinematic exposure with overly beautiful atmospheres, cinematography, acting and amazing scores that leave Il Mare as another instant classic romance you’ll want to experience at least once in your lifetime. Put “You’ve Got Mail” into “Frequency” or “Somewhere In Time” time-travelling persona, you’ll ended up rooting for this movie.

The Soundtrack

kimHyunchulAs scores became the most important part in extraordinary style of Korean Cinema with its lack of dialogues, the soundtrack composed by the famous Korean musician Kim Hyun-Chul builds every expressions needed in a jazz style, and the result is the mood that will stay with you long after you’ve seen it. Here, in a rare OST albums that searched by many people in internet forums, Hyun-Chul mixed the scores in various jazz genres. There’s still a melancholic Asian melodramatic score, only this time re-shaped jazzily beautiful, kind of contemporary jazz version of its main theme, bigbands, bossanova touch in Bossa Ghetti”, a jazz standard numbers including one titled “I’m Crying” by Hyun-Chul and the other sweet jazz versions by Ji Young-Sun , and after all, Hyun-Chul’s massive lovetheme hit single, “Must Say Goodbye” in two versions, Asian and English. Like the movie itself, the scores comes heart-wrenching, uplifting and mind-blowing at the same time. (Too bad Rachel Portman didn’t keep this jazz nuance later on The Lakehouse, Il Mare’s Hollywood remake OST).

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Written by: Daniel Irawan