Lee Chang-dong

Secret Sunshine

Secret Sunshine

A master of intensely emotional human dramas, director Lee Chang-dong is a luminary of contemporary Korean cinema, and his place on the international stage was cemented by this stirring and unpredictable work examining grief and deliverance. An effortless mix of lightness and uncompromising darkness, Secret Sunshine (Miryang) stars Cannes best actress winner Jeon Do-yeon as a widowed piano teacher who moves with her young son from Seoul to her late husband’s provincial hometown for a fresh start. Quietly expressive, supple filmmaking and sublime, subtle performances distinguish this remarkable portrayal of the search for grace amid tragedy.

Film Info

  • Lee Chang-dong
  • South Korea
  • 2007
  • 142 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Korean
  • Spine #576

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Lee Chang-dong and cinematographer Cho Yong-kyu, with 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
  • New video interview with Lee
  • On the Set of “Secret Sunshine,” a behind-the-scenes video piece featuring interviews with actors Jeon Do-yeon and Song Kang-ho
  • U.S. theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Dennis Lim

New cover by Steve Chow

Purchase Options

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Lee Chang-dong and cinematographer Cho Yong-kyu, with 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
  • New video interview with Lee
  • On the Set of “Secret Sunshine,” a behind-the-scenes video piece featuring interviews with actors Jeon Do-yeon and Song Kang-ho
  • U.S. theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Dennis Lim

New cover by Steve Chow

Secret Sunshine
Cast
Jeon Do-yeon
Shin-ae
Song Kang-ho
Jong-chan
Seon Jung-yeob
Jun
Cho Young-jin
Schoolteacher
Kim Young-jae
Brother
Song Mi-rim
Teacher's daughter
Credits
Director
Lee Chang-dong
Screenplay
Lee Chang-dong
Producer
Hanna Lee
Executive producer
Kim In-soo
Executive producer
Lee Chang-dong
Original story
Yi Chong-jun
Cinematography
Cho Yong-kyu
Production design
Sihn Jeom-hui
Editing
Kim Hyun
Lighting
Chu In-sik
Music
Christian Basso
Costumes
Cha Sun-young
Costumes
Kim Nuri
Sound
Steve R. Seo (Kofic)

From The Current

Secret Sunshine: A Cinema of Lucidity
Secret Sunshine: A Cinema of Lucidity

NOTE: The following essay contains spoilers. Not long into Lee Chang-dong’s Secret Sunshine (2007), a melodrama about suffering, salvation, and the dangerously blurred line between belief and madness, the heroine encounters the first of several …

By Dennis Lim

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