Lee Jung-jae (left) and Jun Ji-hyun in a still from Il Mare (2000). It’s a superior film to The Lake House (2006), the Hollywood remake starring Sandra Bullock. Photo: Handout
Lee Jung-jae (left) and Jun Ji-hyun in a still from Il Mare (2000). It’s a superior film to The Lake House (2006), the Hollywood remake starring Sandra Bullock. Photo: Handout

Jun Ji-hyun vs Sandra Bullock: Il Mare and The Lake House Hollywood remake, compared

  • Moments of clarity help anchor Il Mare’s concept of a romance between people who live two years apart, and sensitive performances make it sincere and engaging
  • The Lake House, however, doesn’t work, and is filled with so many plot holes that even Bullock and co-star Keanu Reeves can’t fix them

Topic |   Asian cinema: Korean films
Lee Jung-jae (left) and Jun Ji-hyun in a still from Il Mare (2000). It’s a superior film to The Lake House (2006), the Hollywood remake starring Sandra Bullock. Photo: Handout
Lee Jung-jae (left) and Jun Ji-hyun in a still from Il Mare (2000). It’s a superior film to The Lake House (2006), the Hollywood remake starring Sandra Bullock. Photo: Handout
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