Review: Sunny (2011)

Title: Sunny
Revised romanization: Sseoni
Hangul: 써니
Director: Kang Hyung-Chul
Writer: Kang Hyung-Chul
Producer: Ahn Byung-Ki, Ahn In-Ki
Cinematographer: Lee Hyung-Duk
Release Date: May 4, 2011
Runtime: 124 min.
Language: Korean
Distributor: CJ Entertainment


Yoo Ho-Jeong as Im Na-mi
Jin Hee-Kyung as Ha Chun-Hwa
Ko Su-Hee as Kim Jang-mi
Hong JiN-Hee as Hwang Jin-Hee
Kim Sun-Kyung as Ryoo Bok-Hee
Shim Eun-Kyung as Young Im Na-mi
Kang So-Ra as Young Ha Chun-Hwa
Kim Min-Young as Young Kim Jang-Mi
Park Jin-Joo as Young Hwang Jin-Hee
Nam Bo-Ra as Young Seo Geum Ok
Kim Bo-Mi as Young Ryoo Book-Hee
Min Hyo-Rin as Su-Ji


New high-school transfer student Na-Mi (Shim Eun-Kyung) comes from a small town in Jeolla Province to her new school in the capital city of Seoul. When she is nervous, her small town dialect comes out & she starts to shake. On her first day at her new school she is bullied by others. Coming to her help is a group of girls. The girls are Chun-Hwa (Kang So-Ra) – known for her strong sense of loyalty & excellant fighting skills, heavyset Jang-Mi (Kim Min-Young) – who badly wishes to have plastic surgery to get double eye-lids, Jin-Hee (Park Jin-Joo) – excellent when it comes to spewing profanity, Geum-Ok (Nam Bo-Ra) – interested in literature, Bok-Hee (Kim Bo-Mi) – dreams of one day becoming Ms. Korea and Su-Ji (Min Hyo-Rin) – always arrogant. Na-Mi quickly becomes part of their group. When the group confronts rival girls known as Sonyeo Sidae (“Girls Generation”), Na-Mi spews curse words she picked up from her grandmother. Because of Na-Mi the girls are able to avoid a crisis. These seven girls then form their own group named “Sunny”. They also vow to stay together forever. The girls then prepare for a performance at an upcoming school festival, but on the day of their performance a terrible event occurs leading the girls to eventually going their own separate ways.

Twenty five years later, Na-Mi (Yoo Ho-Jeong) is married to a successful businessman and has a beautiful daughter. Her life seems perfect from afar, but there’s something lacking in her life. One day, Na-Mi bumps into high school friend Chun-Hwa (Jin Hee-Kyung) in the hospital. They are ecstatic to see each other, but Na-Mi receives a phone call and has to leave. On her way out she ask Chun-Hwa if there is anything she can do for her. Chun-Hwa at first says no, but after a moment of reflection she makes a simple request to Na-Mi. Chun-Hwa asks Na-Mi to find the other members of “Sunny,” so she can see them one more time …

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 I say…
This movie is the ultimate BFF movie I’ve ever seen. The usual Korean story outline never fails to drive me crazy. Smile. Laugh. Cry… then smile finally. Crazy, right? No wonder it became the top billed Korean movie of 2011 to book.

I’ll save you all from spoilers, better catch the movie and watch out for the ending credit. It tugged heartstrings in Korea, I bet.

So, start google-ing for torrents if you are intrigued. Call up your long lost and new found girlfriends then gather round to see it.It’s going to be a trip down memory lane for you too.




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