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Secret Sunshine (2007) More at IMDbPro »Milyang (original title)

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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 »
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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very good and even better acting See more (24 total) »


  (in credits order)

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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  • HFR  dailies
  • HFR  digital intermediate

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Milyang" - South Korea (original title)
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Argentina:142 min | South Korea:142 min | USA:142 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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South Korea's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008).See more »
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References "Tiny Toon Adventures" (1990)See more »


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3 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
very good and even better acting, 6 January 2010
Author: mtlsyr from Turkey

I've waited to see this movie for a long time and at last I could manage to see it in Istanbul Film Festival. Maybe because I expected too much from this film and that's why i was slightly disappointed. I was not the best movie from Korea but still it is really worth watching.

The subject was nice and the film makes you keep watching without getting bored though it is long. But there are gaps in the movie and you jump from one point to another. However, the acting of Jeon Do-Yeon is incredibly beautiful. It was was one of the best performances in the early cinema history and I think this movie wouldn't be that nice if she was not in the leading role.

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Blatantly anti-Christian krachmacher
This movie seemed similar to Lars VonTrier's movies ivantikhvin
what did he say? *spoiler* rocksteady77
Retitled Milyang. arbocss
Soundtrack? trustmeimtrouble
Liszt piano work - connection to Ophuls? daleac
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