Secret Sunshine

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Secret Sunshine
Secret Sunshine.jpg
Theatrical poster
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Miryang
McCune–Reischauer Miryang
Directed by Lee Chang-dong
Produced by Lee Han-na
Lee Chang-dong
Written by Lee Chang-dong
Based on "The Story of a Bug" 
by Lee Cheong-jun
Starring Jeon Do-yeon
Song Kang-ho
Music by Christian Basso
Cinematography Cho Yong-gyu
Editing by Kim Hyeon
Studio Pine House Films
Distributed by Cinema Service
CJ Entertainment
Release dates
  • May 17, 2007 (2007-05-17)
Running time 142 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Budget US$3.5 million
Box office US$11,581,469[1]

Secret Sunshine (Hangul: 밀양; hanja: 密陽; RR: Miryang) is a 2007 South Korean drama film directed by acclaimed South Korean director, novelist, and former Minister of Culture Lee Chang-dong.[2] The screenplay based on the short fiction "The Story of a Bug" by Lee Cheong-jun that focuses on a woman as she wrestles with the questions of grief, madness, and faith. The Korean title Miryang (or Milyang) is named after the city that served as the film's setting and filming location, of which "Secret Sunshine" is the literal translation.[3] For her performance in the film, Jeon Do-yeon won the Prix d'interprétation féminine du Festival de Cannes (Best Actress) at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.[4][5][6] The film also won the award for Best Film at the Asian Film Awards and at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The film sold 1,710,364 tickets nationwide in South Korea alone.[7]

Plot[edit]

Lee Shin-ae (Jeon Do-yeon) and her only child move to the small town of Miryang, South Gyeongsang Province. Her husband has recently died and she has decided to start life anew back in the hometown of her deceased husband. While entering Miryang, Shin-ae's car breaks down along a rural highway. She is able to get the local mechanic in Miryang named Kim Jong-chan (Song Kang-ho) to come out to her car and start it once again. Although they come from different social backgrounds, the pair hits it off and seems to find comfort in each other's presence.[8]

Tragedy soon strikes Shin-ae once again when her only son is abducted. As Shin-ae must deal with another devastating tragedy in her life, she attempts to find answers and a light that can shine upon her dark life.

Cast[edit]

  • Jeon Do-yeon as Lee Shin-ae
  • Song Kang-ho as Kim Jong-chan
  • Jo Young-jin as Park Do-seop
  • Kim Young-jae as Lee Min-ki
  • Song Mi-rim as Jeong-ah
  • Seon Jeong-yeop
  • Kim Mi-hyang
  • Lee Yoon-hee
  • Kim Jong-su
  • Kim Mi-kyung

Awards and nominations[edit]

2007 Cannes Film Festival

2007 Grand Bell Awards[9]

2007 Asia Pacific Screen Awards

2007 Korean Association of Film Critics Awards

2007 Blue Dragon Film Awards

2007 Korean Film Awards

2007 Women in Film Korea Awards

2007 Director's Cut Awards

2008 Asian Film Awards

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Box office by Country: Secret Sunshine". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  2. ^ Lim, Dennis (24 August 2011). "Secret Sunshine: A Cinema of Lucidity". The Criterion Collection. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  3. ^ Paquet, Darcy. "Secret Sunshine". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  4. ^ Scott, A. O. (26 May 2007). "Festival Distinguished by Its Strong Actresses". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  5. ^ "Cannes top prize goes to Korean film actress". Korea JoongAng Daily. 7 June 2007. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  6. ^ Rao, Anjali (24 October 2007). "Interview with Jeon Do-yeon". CNN TalkAsia. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  7. ^ "Theatrical Releases in 2007: Box-Office Admission Results". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  8. ^ Yang, Sung-hee (16 May 2007). "Actress without ambition gets it all". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  9. ^ "Secret Sunshine - Awards". Cinemasie. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 

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