Sunny (2011) Review
Notable Faces: Kang So-Ra
My Thoughts: This is yet another movie I’ve seen on Netflix over and over and ignored. Its probably been like 6 months of me ignoring this film, haha. But I finally stopped being so damn picky and watched Sunny. And it was nothing like I imagined or expected. The film starts focused on the everyday life of a housewife, Im Na Mi. He daughter brushes past her, barely acknowledging her existence, and her husband is a business man who just gives her money and leaves for the day. Her life changes when she reunites with an old high school friend at the hospital(Ha Chun Hwa). Her friend wants her to reunite their old groups of 7 friends called “Sunny” Of course the movie employs flashbacks and pop cultural references to illustrate the past. Im Na Mi is the new girl at school and has a thick country accent, but she is accepted almost immediately by Ha Chun Hwa and her gang. It was the 80’s and Korea was still under a dictator, and many things weren’t allowed but they still managed to have fun. They still smoked illegal American made cigarettes, listen to Cindy Lauper and even had a “girl gang” rivalry. A lot of drama and event ensues and the group of friends must part ways, but they promise to meet again someday. Flashback to the present and a lot of the girls, now women, are different. Some are rich, one a prostitute/drug addict, another poor and belittled by her in-laws… This goes to show how many of the hopes and dreams you have as a kid, really don’t pan out sometimes. They all ended up at different places then where they expected. An aspect I really liked about this film was the comedy and realism. Some parts were unbelievable but at the same time, the cultural references and the behavior portrayed by the teens felt accurate to me. The styles, fashion, and school life were very interesting to watch.
Ha Chun Hwa: “We’ll meet again. If you ignore us because your life is too good, we’ll go and punish you. If you ignore us because your life sucks, we’ll go and make it better.”
Should You “Waste Your Time”?: Yes, worth the watch. Very heartwarming and fun movie.