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Secret Sunshine

Secret Sunshine
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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 date(s)Template:Plainlist
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]


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.


  • 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

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


External links

  • Template:Kmdb film
  • Internet Movie Database
  • AllRovi
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Metacritic

Template:Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Film

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