ChungMuRo Express: Secret Sunshine (Miryang )
Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 6:30 PM
(239 E. 59th St., NYC)
Lee Chang-dong, Drama, Grade 18, 142 minutes
Classic Korean Cinema presents Secret Sunshine (Miryang )
The latest feature film from South Korean director Lee Chang-dong, (Green Fish, Peppermint Candy, and Oasis) is a compelling contemporary drama. Lee Shin-ae (Jeon Do-yeon) a young widow leaves Seoul with her young son, Jun (Seon Jeong-yeob), to make a new life in the small town of Miryang (literally meaning "secret sunshine"). As she tries to come to terms with life in her husband’s hometown, another tragic event takes over and the film veers into suspenseful mystery.
Jeon Do-yeon won Best Actress at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, only the second Asian actress to receive this honor. Director Lee Chang-dong previously served as Minister of Culture and Tourism in 2003-4. His previous credits include a Special Director’s Award at the Venice Film Festival and Best Film nominations in Venice and at The Independent Spirit Awards.
This film is presented in Korean with English subtitles.
Film Curator Ms. Hyun-Ock Im will give an introductory remark of the program and lead a discussion after the screening.
ImaginAsian Theatre (239 E. 59th St., New York, NY, Tel: 212-371-6682)