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

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