ADV Films has acquired the acclaimed South Korean animated feature My Beautiful Girl, Mari (Mari Iyagi) for North American distribution. Directed by Lee-Sung Kang, the digitally created 2D work was named Best Animated Feature Film at the 2002 Annecy Int’l Animated Film Festival.
While the Korean animation industry has been mostly dedicated to out-sourced work from other countires, it is beginning to produce notable original works. Major anime distributor Central Park Media scooped up Korean director Oh-Sung Kwon’s feature Doggie Poo at last month’s Big Apple Anime Fest, and Moon Saeng Kim’s post-apocalyptic epic Wonderful Days has been receiving a lot of attention despite its poor showing at the Korean box office.
My Beautiful Girl, Mari tells the story of a troubled young boy who finds escape in an elaborate fantasy involving a lovely young girl. The film makes extensive use of symbolic magical realism and employs an animation style that is noticeably different from both Disney-style American animation and Japanese anime.
ADV Films is planning a limited theatrical release in 2004, followed by an Anime Network broadcast debut and home video release.