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Sunny (2011) (DVD) (US Version)
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"Sunny, yesterday my life was filled with rain..."

Bringing in over seven million admissions at the box office, nostalgic blockbuster Sunny is Korea's feel-good hit of the year. Jumping between the roaring eighties and the present-day, the crowd-pleasing film follows the friendship of seven girls, then and now. Shim Eun Kyung (Romantic Heaven), Kang So Ra (4th Period Mystery), and Min Hyo Rin (Romance Town) lead the teenage rebellion as feisty, troublemaking schoolgirls whose high school brawling days cross over with the democracy protests of the eighties. Coming of age amid pop tunes, sunny times, and fearless friendship, what lives await yesterday's reckless dreamers when they meet again as adults? Winning Best Director at the Daejong Film Awards with just his second film, writer-director Kang Hyung Chul follows Speedy Scandal with another critically acclaimed smash hit that connects with audiences of all ages.

The picture of beauty and composure, forty-something mother and wife Na Mi (Yoo Ho Jung) seems to have achieved the ideal life. One day, she bumps into her old high school friend Chun Hwa (Jin Hee Kyung), who is hospitalized with terminal cancer but still as sassy as ever. They reminisce about their high school days together 25 years ago. Back then, Na Mi (Shim Eun Kyung) was the quirky, small-town girl who just moved to Seoul, and Chun Hwa (Kang So Ra) was the tough fighter who welcomed her into the "Sunny" crew. Along with chubby Jang Mi (Kim Min Young), foul-mouthed Jin Hee (Park Jin Joo), bookish Geum Ok (Nam Bo Ra), Miss Korea wannabe Bok Hee (Kim Bo Mi), and arrogant beauty Su Ji (Min Hyo Rin), the girls picked fights with rival cliques and danced their teenage hearts away. They vowed to be friends forever, but adolescent breakdowns and the advent of adulthood would send them all down different roads. As Chun Hwa's health worsens, Na Mi sets out to round up the Sunny crew for one more dance.

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Artist Name(s): Yoo Ho Jung | Ahn Byung Ki | Kim Si Hoo | Min Hyo Rin | Nam Bo Ra | Kang So Ra | Shim Eun Kyung | Go Soo Hee | Kim Min Young | Hong Jin Hee | Park Jin Ju (Actor) | Kim Ye Won 劉浩貞 | 安兵基 | 金時厚 | 閔孝琳 | 南寶拉 | 姜素拉 | 沈恩京 | Go Soo Hee | Kim Min Young | Hong Jin Hee | 朴真珠 (Actor) | Kim Ye Won 刘浩贞 | 安兵基 | 金时厚 | 闵孝琳 | 南宝拉 | 姜素拉 | 沈恩京 | Go Soo Hee | Kim Min Young | Hong Jin Hee | 朴真珠 (Actor) | Kim Ye Won ユ・ホジョン | アン・ビョンギ | キム・シフ | RinZ(ミン・ヒョリン) | ナム・ボラ | カン・ソラ | シム・ウンギョン | Go Soo Hee | キム・ミニョン | Hong Jin Hee | Park Jin Ju (Actor) | キム・イェウォン 유호정 | 안병기 | 김시후 | 린즈, 민효린 민효린 | 남보라 | 강소라 | 심은경 | 고수희 | 김민영 | 홍진희 | 박진주 (Actor) | 김예원
Director: Kang Hyung Chul 姜炯徹 姜炯彻 カン・ヒョンチョル 강형철
Release Date: 2012-08-28
UPC Code: 851339004029
Language: Korean
Place of Origin: United States, South Korea
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 1 - USA, Canada, U.S. Territories What is it?
Package Weight: 86 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031405103

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Professional Review of "Sunny (2011) (DVD) (US Version)"

December 15, 2011

This professional review refers to Sunny (2011) (DVD) (3-Disc) (Theatrical Cut + Director's Cut) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Sunny has been one of the biggest surprise hits of the year in Korea, perhaps somewhat surprising given that it's essentially a nostalgic comedy revolving around a middle aged woman reminiscing about her childhood. In the hands of writer director Kang Hyung Chul (Speedy Scandal), this fairly unremarkable premise is transformed into something truly special, and the film is easily one of the best and most life-affirming of 2011, as reflected in the fact that it pulled in over seven million admissions at the domestic box office. A critical as well as commercial success, the film also brought home Best Director at the Daejong Film Awards, and recently played the London Korean Film Festival, where it was similarly well received.

Television actress Yoo Ho Jung plays straight-laced forty something housewife Na Mi who runs into high school friend Chun Hwa (Jin Hee Kyung, Married to the Mafia) after having not seen her for many years, only to learn that she is dying of cancer. The two get to talking, remembering their school days some 25 years back, when Na Mi (Shim Eun Kyung, Romantic Heaven) had just moved to Seoul from the countryside and Chun Hwa (Kang So Ra, 4th Period Mystery) was the tough leader of a clique of rebellious girls that called themselves "Sunny", including creative curser Jin Hee (Park Jin Joo), the overweight but cheerful Jang Mi (Kim MinYoung), enthusiastic bookworm Geum Ok (Nam Bo Ra), would-be Miss Korea (Kim Bo Mi), and the beautiful but distant Su Ji (Min Hyo Rin, Romance Town). As Na Mi in the present days tries to track down the other members of the crew, memories of friendship, crushes and fights with a rival girl gang come flooding back.

Sunny is an absolute joy from start to finish, due in no small part to Kang Hyung Chul's skill as both writer and director, as he transforms what could have been merely a chick-flick nostalgia piece into something wonderfully upbeat and universal. The real key to this lies in the fact that his script is perfectly balanced, knowing exactly when to be funny and when to be serious, avoiding the usual kind of sudden dives into cheap melodrama that so often blight such films. The film has many hilarious moments and great comic set pieces, with nicely timed slapstick and wackiness along with some amazingly inventive use of swearwords, which even non-Korean speakers should get a real kick out of thanks to some hilarious subtitling. The various fight scenes and brawls are similarly very entertaining, and the film boasts several of the funniest laugh out loud moments of recent Korean cinema, all of which help to keep things moving along at a fast and bouncy pace, both in the theatrical version and the 15 minute longer Director's Cut.

Kang combines this with a wholly convincing period backdrop, managing to work in the political turbulence of the democracy riots without ever getting too obvious or heavy handed - one of the film's best sequences sees the Sunny girls taking on their rivals in a drawn out battle while police clash with protestors in their midst. The 1980s are also recreated through colourful fashion and a plentiful collection of instantly recognisable pop songs that make for an excellent and fun soundtrack. Kang's direction shows a fittingly light touch throughout, though at the same time a strong visual sense, and the film is very well made on a technical level, with some clever editing and neatly constructed shots. Crucially, this goes some way to achieving an air of believability, allowing the viewer to relate to the story and ensuring that the film is never anything less than engaging.

Although cute and irreverent, the film has real heart and for all its silliness is clearly a character driven piece, all of the girls being well written and likeable, depicted as enthusiastic and sympathetic despite their many flaws and frequently troublesome behaviour. The cast are all on great form, in particular Shim Eun Kyung, who is charismatic and amusing as the energetic and clumsily young Na Mi. Kang does a great job of exploring themes of friendship and of growing up, with the various relationships between the girls and the other people in their lives all ringing true. The scenes in the present are inevitably more serious, though no less interesting or entertaining, and the way that they play upon the gap between the dreams and hopes of youth and the adult pain of real life are powerful and often harsh, highlighting the sad fact that life often doesn't work out as planned. The film switches between the past and present with near seamless flow, so much so that the scenes in the 1980s never even register as flashbacks, Kang showing real flair and charm as a storyteller.

Sunny really doesn't put much of a foot wrong, and is wholly deserving of its success, being one of the few Korean films to truly nail the difficult combination of laughter and bittersweet melodrama. With an appealing young cast, a well-chosen soundtrack and a highly accomplished script and direction from Kang Hyung Chul, the film is two hours of pure enjoyment, whether the viewer has any experience as a schoolgirl growing up in 80s Korea or not.

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Customer Review of "Sunny (2011) (DVD) (US Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (2)

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November 6, 2014

This customer review refers to Sunny (2011) (DVD) (Single Disc) (Korea Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Fantastic film Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I watched this online ages ago and enjoyed it beyond belief, Usually I tend to find that some Korean
movies/dramas go on and on for far too long and I just want them to end or I give up on them but with 'Sunny' this was not the case at all!! I didn't want it to end, I laughed, I cried, I really enjoyed this film so as soon as I saw it online and on sale too I just had to get it so I could watch it all over again.
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April 3, 2012

This customer review refers to Sunny (2011) (DVD) (3-Disc) (Theatrical Cut + Director's Cut) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
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Excellent movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
You will laugh and cry...makes you remember your days as a teenager with friends and all the crazy times you had. I could really relate to everything they went through even though I didn't have the same exact experience. As long as you were young once you will feel something watching this movie. I showed it to my mom also and she cried numerous times throughout. I put off watching Sunny for a long time despite hearing a lot about it and it really lived up to the hype for me. I love the 80s Korean songs in here too, I wish they had them on the OST. Cute movie, both the adult and young actors did a great job. Must see!!!
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