Regent Square Theater: May 17 @ 7:00 PM
Passes not accepted on Opening/Closing Night. Please arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of start time to ensure availability of seating. Film schedule and Q & A's are subject to change.
2010/Netherlands/Director: Hyeong Cheol/124 min.
Cast: Ho-jeong Yu, Eun-kyeong Sim Hee-kyung Jin and Min-yeong Kim (Language: Korean with English subtitles)
Festivals and Awards: Pusan
Think of “Sunny” as a South Korean version of “Now and Then.” Set between the present day and flashbacks to the 80’s, the film follows seven women as they reunite, recall, and relive their high school glory days.
The story begins when housewife Na-Mi (Shim Eun-Kyeong) runs into her old high school friend Choon-Hwa (Jin Hee-Kyung), who is now slowly dying of cancer. Choon-Hwa gives Na-Mi one simple request – to find the other members of “Sunny,” their former high school girl gang, and bring them together one last time before her death.
The women’s transformations between their teens and adulthood are both hilarious and tragic. Na-Mi recalls her growth from the awkward new girl in class to the creative and confident jokester of the group. The heavyset Jang-Mi (Kim Min-Young), who always wore fake eyelashes, now sells life insurance. The former queen of profanity, Jin-Hee (Park Jin-Joo), now hides under a flawless face of plastic surgery. However, while Na-Mi lives comfortably with her husband and teenage daughter, others are not so fortunate. Bok-Hee (Kim Bo-Mi) – the former beauty who dreamt of one day becoming Ms. Korea – ends up as an impoverished barmaid.
The women have not seen each other since a disastrous incident split them apart twenty-five years ago. Despite this, they remain partners in crime (at one point, quite literally) as they search for their remaining friends. Like their younger selves, they still kick butt and look out for each other at any cost.
Through past and present, “Sunny” jumps between tear-jerking and action-packed. Even if audiences have never gone to South Korea, they will feel nostalgic for Na-Mi’s past and connect with the film’s fun and relatable characters.