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Secret Sunshine


Directed by Lee Chang-dong
South Korea, 2007
  • Korean
  • English


Shin-ae moves to her recently late husband’s hometown. Despite her efforts to settle in this unfamiliar and too-normal place, she finds that she can’t fit in. After a sudden tragedy, Shin-ae turns to Christianity to relieve her pain, but when even this is not permitted, she wages a war against God.

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With the latest film from Lee Chang-dong, Burning, opening in cinemas today, we’re reviving one of the South Korean auteur’s very best. A tremendously moving melodrama of grief driven by a prizewinning performance by Jeon Do-yeon, it showcases Lee’s exceptionally humane and engrossing storytelling.

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