Secret Sunshine (밀양) (2007)

  • May 12, 2024 | 5:00 PM - 7:25 PM | Sunday
  • Oldham Theatre


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4K Restoration
Director: Lee Chang-Dong
Language: Korean with English subtitles
Country: South Korea
Runtime: 143 min
Rating: NC16


BEST ACTRESS (Jeon Do-yeon)
60th Cannes Film Festival

BEST ACTRESS (Jeon Do-yeon)
2007 Grand Bell Awards

BEST ACTRESS (Jeon Do-yeon)
2007 Asia Pacific Screen Awards

BEST ACTRESS (Jeon Do-yeon)
2007 Blue Dragon Film Awards


Secret Sunshine is lauded as one of Lee Chang-dong’s most complex and quintessential films showing his mastery of emotional human portraits at its height. Developed a few years after his stint as the national minister of arts and culture, Secret Sunshine is a blisteringly intense observation of grief, and religion, relating to the phenomena of evangelical christianity sweeping South Korea. 

This poignant odyssey into forgiveness focuses on Lee Shin-ae (Jeon Do-yeon), a widow in her thirties who decides to set up a piano academy in her late husband’s hometown, Miryang (Korean for secret sunshine) as an attempt to restart her life. She soon befriends a friendly and naive car mechanic, Kim Jong-chan (Song Kang-ho) who helps her out in this new place. Soon, another unthinkable tragedy threatens to overturn her life and her desperate quest for reconciliation.

Secret Sunshine is part of the film programme Retrospective: Lee Chang Dong. For the full programme, please click here

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