Secret Sunshine

Synopsis: When her husband passes away in an automobile accident,Shin-ae relocates down south to her late husband's hometown of Miryang. Despite her efforts to settle down, in this unfamiliar and "much too normal place, she finds that she can't quite fit in. Helping her out is Kim Jong-chan, a good-intentioned but bothersome bachelor, who owns a car repair shop. Life plods on. However, fate takes a vicious turn when Shin-ae loses her son in the most horrific way a mother could imagine. She turns to Christianity to relieve the pain in her heart, but when even this is not permitted, she wages a war against God.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Chang-dong Lee
Production: Cinema Service
  17 wins & 12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
142 min




I'm not sure where we are.

We passed a sign that

said 'Miryang, 5 km'.

Jeon Do-yeon


Where have I come from?

I'm not really sure.

Song Kang-ho

Song Kang-ho

I wasrt paying that much attention.

Hang on...

We're on...

...Route 20, the road between

Miryang and Chongdo.

Near the junction with Route 58.

Yeah, yeah...

You got it.

The car's emergency light is on,

you can't miss it.

Good luck!

Thank you!


You know where we are?

As fast as you can please, yes.



Come out for some fresh air.

I'm going to drop you!

What's this?

Get up! Get up!

You're all dirty!

Turn around!

This is nice, isn't it?

What is?

The sunshine.

Jun... this is Daddy's hometown.

Remember how he always wanted

to move here?

But Daddy isn't here.

That's right...

But we have each other.

Oh, we're stuck!

It's true,

we're stuck together!

Hey, young man...

What's with your hair?

How old are you?

You having a bad day?

Got any chewing gum?

Chewing gum? Nope.

- First time in Miryang?

- Yes, it is.


No, we're going to live here.

You're moving here?

Jong-chan here, you okay?

I'm on a job.

My client,

she's from Seoul...

She's looking

for a place here.

To live and work...

A kind of piano school.


Come on!

Okay, great!

He sells real estate,

a good friend of mine.

What's Miryang like?

What's it like?

Where to begin?

The local population is falling.

It's fairly right-wing.

We're close to Busan,

the dialect's similar.

We speak fast.

Many people have moved away.

You know what 'Miryang' means?

What it means?

We don't live by the meaning,

but we know what it is

In Chinese, it means...

...'secret sunshine'.

Like it?

Secret sunshine...

Sounds okay...

It's windy today...

Directed by Lee Chang-dong

To your right.

Good morning.

Hi there.

You wear panties under that?

The kind cheerleaders wear?


Just ordinary panties?

Good for hot weather, huh?

Arert they pants?

Girls do wear them these days.

They can't be pants.

You know those cheeleader panties.

The tiny, tight ones.

But she says hers are

ordinary ones.

Can you see?

I'd like a look myself.

If I lean over a bit...

Saw them!

Mrs Lee!

I hope you'll welcome

our new piano school...


Join us for a coffee.

It was just delivered.

Mr Shirs here too.

- Good morning.

- So you're open now?

That was a good deal,

fine location, low rent...

Mr Shin did you proud!


No thanks, we should go.

Young man!

Want some gum?

How do you do?

I hope you'll welcome

our new piano school.

You're from Seoul?

You've heard about me

Not much goes unnoticed

around here.

My husband was born here.


Excuse me...

Whenever I see your shop,

I can't help thinking...

...that business would look up...

...if you redecorated.

This side doesn't get the sun.

And it's all a bit gloomy.

Brighter colors would make the

shop more appealing.

I know, desigrs so important

these days.

So you want me to redecorate?

A new coat of paint would

work wonders.

I'll think about it.

Have a good day's business.

You've had lunch?

Too busy for me,

you sonuvabitch?

Your kid learns piano, no?

You should change teacher.

A friend of mine has opened

a new piano school.

She graduated from music

academy in Seoul.

She's won prizes

in piano competitions.

She's the real deal, if you

get my meaning.

One of a kind in Miryang.

June Piano School!

Great, name... June!

Like the 7th month in English.

You should study!

Your wife?

Don't worry about her.

She always listens to me.

Yes, I'm busy too.

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