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Secret Sunshine (2007)

Milyang (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 22 December 2010 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Chang-dong Lee

Writers:

Chang-dong Lee, Chung-Joon Lee (novel) (as Chong-jun Yi)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Do-yeon Jeon ... Shin-ae Lee
Kang-ho Song ... Jong-chan Kim
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hye-jin Jang ... Park Myung-suk (as Hyae Jin Chang)
Yeong-jin Jo Yeong-jin Jo ... Doe-seop Park
Mi-kyung Kim Mi-kyung Kim
Yeong-jae Kim Yeong-jae Kim ... Min-ki Lee
Seo-hie Ko
Dong-yong Lee Dong-yong Lee ... Taxi driver
Sung-min Lee
Yoon-Hee Lee Yoon-Hee Lee ... Elder Kang
Myung-shin Park Myung-shin Park ... Female Missionary
Jung-yeop Seon Jung-yeop Seon ... Jun
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Storyline

When her husband passes away in an automobile accident,Shin-ae relocates down south to her late husband's hometown of Miryang. Despite her efforts to settle down, in this unfamiliar and "much too normal place, she finds that she can't quite fit in. Helping her out is Kim Jong-chan, a good-intentioned but bothersome bachelor, who owns a car repair shop. Life plods on. However, fate takes a vicious turn when Shin-ae loses her son in the most horrific way a mother could imagine. She turns to Christianity to relieve the pain in her heart, but when even this is not permitted, she wages a war against God. Written by CJ Entertainment

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

22 December 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Secret Sunshine See more »

Filming Locations:

Miryang, South Korea

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,581,469
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #576. See more »

Connections

References Tiny Toon Adventures (1990) See more »

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Criollo
Written by Christian Basso and Diego Chemes
Performed by Christian Basso
Published by Warner Chappell Latin
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Intriguing
20 April 2011 | by MultiplehSee all my reviews

The Secret Sunshine is a throughly modern film. It serves as an example of what American movies are missing these days. The acting is good although not great. The cinematography serves the story. The plot is solid and uncliched. The Secret Sunshine isn't just about religion it is many things. It deals with several issues of modern life in 144 minutes-death, psychology, the role of women, the role of family, money and etc. The movie seems sterile at times but has tight intriguing moments and transformations at times that it feels fresh and is therefore modern. American filmmakers should take note. It's okay to take risks and not overly simplify all the issues.


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