Movie Monday: Sunny (2011)

We have our teens:
Kim Min Young as Kim Jang Mi, Kang So Ra as Ha Chun Hwa, Shim Eun Kyung as Lim Na Mi, Park Jin Joo as Hwang Jin Hee, Nam Bo Ra as Seo Geum Ok, Kim Bo Mi as Ryoo Bok Hee, and Min Hyo-Rin as Su-Ji

and the adults:
Jin Hee Kyung as Ha Chun Hwa, Hong Jin Hee as Hwang Jin Hee, Yoo Ho Jeong as Lim Na Mi, Ko Su Hee as Kim Jang Mi, Kim Sun Kyung as Ryoo Bok Hee, Lee Yeon-Kyung as Seo Geum-Ok, and Yoon Jung as Su-Ji

Rating: PG-13 (language only, a lot of cussing)

Running Time: 124 min

Twinkies: 4

Synopsis: A new transfer student, Na Mi comes from a small town to her new school in Seoul. On her first day at her new school she is bullied by some girls; however, a group of girls come to her rescue. The girls are Chun Hwa, Jang Mi, Jin Hee, Geum Ok, Bok Hee and finally Su-Ji. Each girl have very specific characteristics which makes their personalities unique. Strangely, Na-Mi quickly becomes part of their group.

These seven girls form their own musical group named “Sunny” to perform for an upcoming school festival. Unfortunately on the day of their performance, a terrible event occurs leading the girls to eventually go their own separate ways.

Twenty five years later, Na Mi is married to a successful businessman with a beautiful daughter. Her life seems perfect but it’s obvious that there’s something lacking in her life. One day, she meets Chun Hwa, a patient in the hospital. They are happy to see each other but their visit is short. On her way out she ask Chun-Hwa if there is anything she can do for her. Chun Hwa makes a simple request; to find the other members of “Sunny,” so she can see them one more time.

Musings: This movie is like the cross between a coming of age meets where are they now. We get to see the friendship between Na Mi as it develops with the other girls.

Spirit possession. When did that become the operative word for being scared out of your mind and hungry?!! Just get ready to pause the movie from laughing so much during this scene.! I remember the young actress, Shim Eun-Kyung (Na Mi) from Bad Guy; I loved her character there too.

Na Mi, the teen falls for Joon Ho (Kim Shi-Hoo), a friend of Jang Mi’s brother. When she follows him to one of the local coffee clubs, she encounters the rival girl group, Girl’s Generation. I don’t know who was more scary; him threatening the girls or the leader with her razor blade. Tough girls! There was nothing like the fights! With Chun Hwa being the toughest girl fighter I’ve seen! I would have ran from her!

When the adult Na Mi finds out that her daughter is being bullied, the ladies get together to teach those bullies one lesson you’ll never forget. Again, another moment in the movie you might replay. Okay, I’m not advocating violence, but remember, this was a comedy!!

Even though the story jumps from the past to the future, it is very easy to follow and understand. I thought it was very well done as it really made you wish that you could see your friends again.

Su Ji and Na Mi were probably the last two to bond together as friends but it was fun watching them as they did (I don’t advocate underage drinking either). It is definitely a story about how life never turns out the way you want it; the old saying of life gives you lemons, make lemonade comes to mind.

The ending is one of the best! You are not sure whether you should laugh or cry but at the end, you will literally be doing both. The reading of the will? Nothing compares!! Even though they did not keep in touch from their youth, when they got together again, it was like time had stood still and we were privileged to watch. It is not surprising that “Sunny” ended its theatrical run in South Korea selling a total of 7.3 million tickets and ranked #11 for all time ticket sales for a Korean film.

Trailer is available here. The movie is available on several sites. Ask me if your interested. Also available on Netflix if you are a subscriber.

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3 thoughts on “Movie Monday: Sunny (2011)”

  1. Saw this movie in-flight on my way to Europe, enjoyed it so much I downloaded it once I found it on Dramacrazy for my sister to watch!

    Really good movie if you have time, do give it a go.
    Maybe because I’m older so I can understand & feel it more:)

  2. I watched this a few months ago, and while I liked it, I didn’t love it. It was cute nonetheless 🙂

    As for future reviews, I’ve seen those movies recently, would be interested to hear your thoughts 🙂

    Ditto (2000)reminded me of Il Mare, which I really love 🙂
    As One/Korea (2012)North-South friendship always make me cry
    Wandeuki/Punch (2012) I’ve hear good things & I love Yoo Ah In, but I just thought that it was okay…

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