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Secret Sunshine -- When her husband passes away in an automobile accident, Shin-ae and her son Jun relocate down south to her late husband's hometown of Miryang. Despite her efforts to settle down in this unfamiliar but much too normal place, she finds that she can't quite fit in. She opens a new piano academy and makes attempts to mingle with the neighbors, but nothing works.

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Release Date:
22 December 2010 (USA) See more »
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A woman moves to the town where her dead husband was born. As she tries to fit in, another tragic event overturns her life. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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12 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Directed by
Chang-dong Lee 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chang-dong Lee 
Chong-jun Yi  novel

Produced by
Lee Hanna .... producer
In Soo Kim .... executive producer
Chang-dong Lee .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Christian Basso 
 
Cinematography by
Yong-kyou Cho 
 
Film Editing by
Hyun Kim 
 
Production Design by
Jum-hee Shin 
 
Sound Department
Steve R. Seo .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Byung-seo Kim .... camera operator: "b" camera
 
Editorial Department
Yong-gi Lee .... colorist
 
Music Department
Pablo Chinen .... music engineer
Santiago Zambonini .... music coordinator
 
Other crew
Joshua Jason .... publicist
 

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Also Known As:
"Milyang" - South Korea (original title)
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Runtime:
Argentina:142 min | South Korea:142 min | USA:142 min
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Do-yeon Jeon won the best actress award at the Cannes film festival for this role, making her the first Korean actor to win an acting award at Cannes.See more »
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References "Tiny Toon Adventures" (1990)See more »

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4 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Secret Sunshine, 30 December 2011
Author: Martin Teller from Portland OR

When I saw Lee Chang-dong's OASIS, my main problem with it was that the characters seemed calculated to behave in unexpected ways. Here, I have the same problem, but in reverse. After the pivotal moment of the film, everything that Shin-ae did made me think, "Oh, she's going to do THAT now?". It felt like someone running down a checklist of various reactions to grief, predictable, no surprises, no real insight. I didn't even really think Jeon Do-yeon's performance was that great, despite all the accolades. She does have her moments (the scene at the prison is a brilliant piece of facial expression) but other times I cringed a bit. I did like the relationship with the eager mechanic (Song Kang-ho, who seems to pop up in about half the Korean movies I watch) and also the teenage girl. And I liked how even-handed Lee is in his approach to religion, and how the film spends some time with that subject and then moves on. But mostly my reaction was merely lukewarm. Other people whose opinions I respect really like Lee's work, but I'm afraid I haven't found the appeal yet.

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