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Fantasia 2012 review: Sunny [Recommended]

sunny_korean_movieSunny (2011)
Director: Kang Hyeong-cheol ; Screenplay: Kang Hyeong-cheol
Cast: Yoo Ho-jeong, Shim Eun-kyung, Jin Hee-kyung, Kang So-ra, Koh Soo-hee

Sunny will have 2nd screening on Monday August 6 at 1pm. It is a winning and delightful comedy about female friendship with a dose of 80s nostalgia. It switches back and forth between the present where the women are adults and the past where they are teenagers. In the present, Na-mi happens to discover her old high school friend Chun Hwa in the hospital. Chun Hwa is dying of cancer and wishes to reunite with their other high school friends whom formed a group they called “Sunny”.

There are seven girls in the group and they all get some screen time but focus lies mostly on three of them, Chun Hwa, the leader of the group who’s a nasty fighter but loyal friend, new student Na-Mi whose eagerness and clumsiness make her a target and the beautiful loner of the group Su-ji who is serious and initially dislikes Na-Mi. The story is both funny and poignant. The teenage girls joyous dances, frequent swearing and stand-offs with rival girls make for engaging drama and good laughs.

It’s a movie for the females but it’s so entertaining that males will enjoy it as well. If there is one flaw, it’s that near the end some of the women who are in poor situations are suddenly granted exactly what they need to turn around their lives. I won’t say how exactly but it’s a lazy device that’s been used before. However, likely by this point the film has garnered so much good will that you’ll probably be cheering at this revelation rather than realizing how unrealistically convenient it is. Still it does little to mar the otherwise good ending. The ending credits sequence is also a great watch as it shows various pencil sketches of the characters.

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Longtime fan of East Asian films. Occasional guest "movie reporter" on the music radio show / podcast "Beats From The East" broadcasted on Concordia University's CJLO 1690AM radio station in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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