Secret Sunshine (Milyang) is yet another masterpiece from director Chang-dong Lee, who had served as South Korea's Minister of Culture and Tourism, and before had brought us such amazing drama as Oasis.
Grieving widow Shin-ae (Do-yeon Jeon) with her son June moves to the hometown of her late husband in hopes of starting their life's anew with a clean sheet. As Chang-dong Lee has previously shown, he masterfully plays with human emotions, in this work he portrays stricken and worn by grief woman, who seeks means and answers to deal with the tragedy that pursues and devastates her. This movie strongly touches and explores impact of religion and church on people in their most vulnerable states, how and if faith can heal and provide shelter for the ones that suffer.
HollowPointAugust 20, 2012 at 5:17 PMGreat blog, I discovered many brilliant movies because of it.
During the years I have developed a passion for Asian cinema so I will be posting movies from South Korea and possibly other Asian countries that I have seen and think they are worth watching. Genre: Drama Samaria (or known as Samaritan Girl) is another outstanding work from director Ki-duk Kim. 04-10-2007Minister Returns as Director of 'Sunshine'By Bae Keun-minStaff Reporter A piano teacher and her son come to her husbanda€™s hometown in a province after the death of her husband. Lee Chang-dong graduated in 1980 with a degree in Korean Literature from Kyungpook National University in Daegu.
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Ok, I don't think it's fair to say this movie is too "Hollywood" just because it has a big production value and some ass kicking and anyone who does say it is an idiot, but it does sport some popcorn movie cliches.
Meanwhile, the South Korean dude is also preparing for the big "catch them other guys" operation and seeing just how organized and professional he is, you're pretty sure this will be a general fiasco for both sides involved.
And that you shall enjoy, unless you don't really enjoy that in general, in which case, why are you here and reading this?
Han Kyu sees spies as big piles of money and a promotion to support his total *I cannot say this here* of a wife who doesn't understand that being married to a government agent might mean he'll have to miss a few family meals.
Ji Won on the other hand is not after money to start with and doesn't seem to give two damns about his own country for any reason other than the fact that his family is there. They're not equally good, as Song Kang-ho is about as A-list and awesome as you get while Kang Dong-won is still taking baby-steps into consistency and has so far been more of a character actor, playing all kinds of freaks.
Song Kang-ho has played more or less an idiot in all the works I've seen him in, but he plays idiots you just can't dislike. Kang Dong-won isn't quite as psycho as in some other roles, but he was a good choice for this. 10-15 guys all going for the one guy at the same time, punches and hits and kicks and bites from every direction, hair pulling, crotch grabbing. It's also worth noting that some more stylized butt kicking isn't completely absent either, since Ji Won is a secret agent and therefore trained on special moves which take down opponents more easily. 4 out of 5: Great movie, but I would have liked to see more of the time these two spent together while trying to keep an eye on each other. Subscribe to HanCinema Pure to remove ads from the website (not for episode and movie videos) for US$2.99 per month (you can cancel anytime).
The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up. This movie landed it's main star Do-yeon Jeon Best Actress Award a Cannes Film Festival in 2007, also it was South Korea's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2008.
In this small town, she opens up a Piano school and tries her best to fit in with others, but local residents are quite reluctant to her attempts. Amazing performance by Do-yeon Jeon as she excels in providing insight into most dismal corners of the mind. The film will be released in Korean cinemas in May.A The Korean title has been changed from Secret Sunshine to Milyang, after the place where the love story unfolds. Later in his career he turned to movie making, penning two screenplays, To the Starry Island (1993) and A Single Spark (1995). Like this "I'll be home right after this mission" thing which you just know is bound to end in things going belly-up. Things do go badly, both guys end up in the doghouse and then we skip forward to six years later. Hollywood isn't some cesspool of failure, it's just that it makes so much and so superficially that all the diamonds are drowned in raw sewage.

Or more like a cat chases mouse while the mouse is also chasing it game, but now I just killed that metaphor. She then leaves him, bringing their kid along and he realizes just how important money really is. He is "the younger guy" without being overly pretty or reeking of fanservice, since, as is the case with most of his works, he looks as unattractive as possible in his capacity as an actor. We also have Jeon Gook-hwan, who deserves a mention as he is absolutely creepy as a villain in this.
Heavy pieces for the heavy scenes and a nice and appropriate lighter and kind of whimsical piece for the brawls. It does have some "box office hit" cliches and all, but you never feel they are trying to slip them by you.
The message does get through and all, but I still would have loved to see more of the characters' relationship. Smart but rigid Dong-sik works at an insurance company and he undergoes a difficult time as the relationship with his girlfriend derails and his father is chased by a loan shark.
Local car mechanic Jong Chan (Kang-ho Song) that she first met on her way to the town when her car broke down, shows interest in her and helps to settle in.
JEON Do-yeon plays a woman who settles in Milyang with her young son after her husband's death.
Deciding to move into directing, Lee made Green Fish (1997), and in 2000, Peppermint Candy. So, I was happy to see that being South Korean didn't make him the "good guy", since he starts off as an absolute jerk before Ji Won's tree-hugging nature rubs off on him. He does get a bit dual in nature, since it feels weird for a person to be a trained killer and then complain about spouse abuse, but not forcing yourself to be what you're branded as is kind of the whole point of the movie. He's natural, he's likable and when you do catch a glimpse of seriousness, you want to stand at attention and show respect. Because he's not adjusting his performance and looks in his works to promote his pretty-boy image, like some others do, but to actually fit the character he is playing.
Won't give more details, but his character is seriously messed up and Jeon nails that style. Seeing as how the director's two other movies are also action, he knows what he does well and sticks to it.
Now, obviously, this takes a lot more effort to co-ordinate than the more stylized butt kicking, because you have many guys doing moves at the same time and one wrong move can end in many injuries. There was a particular scene at the end where they use a very soft strings and piano piece that just sent chills down my spine. This movie has fun scenes, the angst is well justified and not just there to squeeze your heart to bits or make you laugh and the chemistry between the leads is awesome.
The buddy element is quite heartwarming, funny and cute to watch so it's excellent for sensitive hearts who aren't complete drama queens that squeal at the sight of fights and blood. Kang Dong-won is handsome, but he doesn't spend the movie looking fabulous, since he's not supposed to be a model in it and all. One day, he meets a master of flattery, and learns his skill, which transforms him into an insurance master. As the time goes on, and everything seems quietly to take turn for the best, another event that shakes her life occurs. How can she live her life when she loses the people she loves the most?Director Lee Chang-dong's new film "Miryang," or "Secret Sunshine," portrays the woman, Sin-ae, in despair and a man, Chong-chan, owner of a car service center, who comes to love her despite her rejections. All of his films have received critical acclaim and awards, including Oasis, which won the prestigious Director’s Award at the 2003 Venice Film Festival. We have rain, a small bleak apartment and a sad-face North Korean agent who is bidding his pregnant wife and unborn kid goodnight, before getting prepped for his next mission after which "he will definitely come home". It's more of a common understanding with the viewer that you're about to watch a nice big budget movie and enjoy some action and bromance.
The first if you are too pretentious to even check out anyone that unfortunately has fangirls around him, the second if you are a fangirl and anyone above age 30 and not pretty enough might as well have breasts and the third one if you can appreciate good acting without being a nitpicking freak. Punches always land where they should, villains stand idly by as if someone will hand them a ticket if they attack the hero more than one at a time.
Won't spoil things, but that piece with that very emotional climactic scene are the kind of moments one loves movies for.

The overall result is a very entertaining action movie, which also does graze the surface of issues like respecting other people, trusting others and finding someone to lean on, because we all need that in our lives as well as some problems of Korean society, like the issue of foreign wives. Men will love this, unless they have some repressed complex with two male strangers loving each other as friends. Not a real pretty woman in sight though, so unless you're gay and fancy one of the guys, you won't have something to drool over. If you need to see them acting like hosts, all fancied up with perfect make up, clothes and hair for you to consider them men, then go to my blog and do what I wrote there, because this is the "proper" version.
This comedy brings together a group of talented comic actors together: Song Sae-byeok of "Mother - 2009" and "The Servant", Seong Dong-il of "SIU" and KO Chang- seok of "The Front Line".
Featuring starlet Song Hye-gyo taking her most daring role to date, "Hwang jin yi" faced off against "Shrek 3" and "Ocean's Thirteen" on June 3.The big-budget "May 18" from CJ Entertainment takes as its source the Gwangju Uprising of 1980, which is often compared to the Tiananmen Square demonstrations of 1989.
From 2003 to 2004, Lee Chang-dong served as the minister of Culture and Tourism in the Republic of Korea Government. All jokes aside, the two characters each have their own issues and the other's presence forces them to open up to the person they should be fooling more than anyone, meaning the other guy. He makes Han Kyu very rustic and kind of a jerk at times, but a nice guy you just can't get mad at. Koreans do that too, in some movies, but some are just a riot to watch for their realistic fights.
With hundreds or perhaps thousands of civilian protestors having been killed during clashes with elite military units, the issue remains an open wound for many in South Korea. He also balances the seriousness and comedic aspects of the character without looking like a split personality. Kang Dong-won does well in making him look like a very emotionally tired guy who is just trying to crawl to the finish line and go back to his family with as much dignity as possible. Which is even more evident by the fact that they both give a damn and a half for their homelands. Forgive me if that isn't a very professional term, but I don't pretend to know all, like critics. Nonetheless, the effects-heavy film is said to be most likely to bow locally in July.Other films tentatively skedded for the summer months are Kwak Jae-yong ("My Sassy Girl") comedy "My Mighty Princess" from Prime Entertainment and period mystery "Goong-nyuh" from Cinema Service. But I kept thinking that I have to make it not to be ashamed of (myself and the movie)."The title Miryang is the name of the town in South Kyongsang Province, where the movie was filmed. High-profile arthouse title "Secret Sunshine" by Lee Chang-dong will also look to capitalize on a potential Cannes selection by opening May 17, a week before "Pirates."Aside from bigger-budget productions, Hollywood can also expect competition from the annual crop of Korean horror films.
But the name can also mean a secret sunshine or a town with a lot of sunshine, Lee said, adding that the title is related to the filma€™s theme.Great interest in the film was aroused when Lee announced his new project but not only because it is Lee's first flick since he resigned as Minister of Culture and Tourism. Now a summer tradition, horror films are seen to have their strongest potential during the heat waves of June and July. It also features two sought-after movie stars, actress Jeon Do-youn and actor Song Kang-ho, who perform in the same film for the first time. Lee held the post from February 2003 to June 2004."Every time I make a film, I get tired, pressured and nervous as if Ia€™m doing it for the first time. I want to communicate with the audience, which does not necessarily mean communication with the larger group of audiences but an understanding in depth," Lee said.
Song won the Best Actor Award at the Asian Film Awards last month with the film "The Host.""Jeon and I debuted around the same time and have been good friends for the past 10 years.
But she considered changing her decision after she read the script, wondering whether she was capable of performing the role, Jeon said, adding she had hard time acting for this film. Jeon appears on the screen with almost no make-up and disheveled hair to show an ordinary person in the real world. Korean films have recently been struggling at cinemas, largely because many of them are poorly finished.

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