Movie review: Sunny (2011)

Sunny! Wow this film is absolutely one of my all time favorites. This is the kind of film which will make you laugh and cry. It will definitely remind you of the fun times you had during your middle school/high school years.

The story revolves around new high-school transfer student Im Na-Mi, who comes from a small town in Jeolla-do to a new school in Seoul. On her first day at her new school she is bullied by others girls. But some girls are really nice to her and help her. The girls are Ha Chun-Hwa, known for her strong sense of loyalty & excellent fighting skills,  Jang-Mi  who really wishes to get double eye-lid surgery, Jin-Hee  who swears like a sailor, Geum-Ok who is interested in literature, Bok-Hee  dreams of becoming Miss Korea someday and Su-Ji  who is always arrogant and talks very less. Na-Mi quickly becomes part of their group. Their opposition comes in the form of the group who call themselves “Girls Generation”, Na-Mi scares them away (literally) with curse words she learned  from her grandmother. These seven girls then form their own group called “Sunny“. Boney-M’s song “Sunny” is the hit song at that time (during the 70s/80s) and that’s the song they decide to perform at an upcoming festival . But on the day of their performance a horrible incident occurs leading the girls to eventually go their own separate ways.

Years later, Im Na-mi wants everyone to re-unite! A reunion! But is it possible? How have the girls changed over the years? This film will take you through a trip down memory lane. The transitions from the present to the past (flashbacks) are handled effortlessly and move smoothly. The stories are woven into each other beautifully. The OST is also awesome! You will laugh with them, cry with them and dance with them! A bittersweet story which is bound to tug your heartstrings.

The film was released in May 2011, and it was the first film to sell over 5 million tickets in South Korea during the 2011 year and is the twelfth highest grossing film in South Korean history.

So don’t miss it! Check out the English subbed trailer here! My rating: 4.5/5

Movie Review: Silenced/ The Crucible (2011)

I had heard a lot of great things about this movie from my Korean friends. I had also known that this movie had won great accolades and is one of the best movies of 2011. I thought of watching it and boy, was my mind blown.

First and foremost, this movie is not for the faint hearted. If you cannot handle explicit scenes, stay away from this one. If you can handle such stuff, read on!

This film (Korean name : 도가니) follows the journey of Kang In Ho (Gong Yoo) as he finds a new job at a school for the hearing impaired as an art teacher. What seems like a normal school, actually has a very dark underbelly. Gong  Yoo witnesses some strange and horrible incidents happening to some kids and finds out the ugly truth of what actually happens behind closed doors in that school. He soon realizes that the school’s principal and teachers, and even the police, prosecutors and churches in the community are actually trying to cover up the truth.

Once you start watching this movie, you’ll get drawn into it and feel every emotion that the characters in the movie feel. The acting is impeccable. The children had to portray such difficult roles but they did it and how! Baek Seung hwan is going to be a great actor in the future (he is an amazing child actor now!)

The fact that this storyline is based on a real life experience makes it all the more chilling. This movie doesn’t aim to entertain. It aims to tell you the reality – as it is. Gong Yoo’s acting is just superb so is Jung Yu Mi’s acting. When you finish watching it, this movie will leave strong imprints on your mind.

This movie is based on the novel “Dogani” written by Kong Ji-Young (published in 2009). The novel was inspired by a true incidents which occurred at a school for hearing-impaired persons in Gwangju, South Korea.

Again, don’t watch it if you’re below 18 or if you can’t handle explicit scenes. Here’s the trailer:

If you have watched this movie, let me know in the comments what you thought of it! My rating: 4/5