Directed by Lee, Chang Dong
24 April 2009
Secret Sunshine directed by the Special Director's
Prize and Asian Film Award winner, Lee Changdong,
centres around a lady who has to cope with
the death of her husband and child. The Korean title
(Milyang or Miryang), refers to the city in which
the film was shot.
Secret Sunshine opens on a fable: a gentle young
widow, a piano teacher, relocates to a small-town
called Miryang for a new start. She goes to a Miryang
with her child. It is her husband's hometown and the
early signs are promising: people seem welcoming,
the pharmacist smiles at her, and her small son
adapts to his new school. She also meets a car
mechanic - a lumbering awkward man - who trails
her faithfully. But things are not as they seem and her
life takes a tragic turn. When tragedy strikes, one
local man stands by her through all of her struggles
and tries to offer her hope.
Secret Sunshine is mysterious and terrifying. At times,
it feels like a thriller, with surprising twists, but it
has a hidden core. It is a story of faith, how it
can enter a life and how it can vanish.
In May 2007, the film was one of 20 films competing
in the Featured Films competition at the 2007
Cannes Film Festival. Jeon Do-yeon won the Prix
d'interprétation féminine du Festival de Cannes (Best
Actress). In the second Asian Film Awards, the film
won Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress.