Sunny (2008 film)

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Sunny film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Revised RomanizationNimeun meongose
McCune–ReischauerNimŭn mŏnkote
Directed byLee Joon-ik
Produced byJung Seung-hye
Cho Chul-hyun
Written byChoi Seok-hwan
StarringSoo Ae
Jung Jin-young
Music byLee Byung-hoon
Bang Jun-seok
CinematographyNa Seung-yong
Edited byKim Sang-bum
Kim Jae-bum
Distributed byShowbox/Mediaplex
Release date
  • June 23, 2008 (2008-06-23)
Running time
126 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Box officeUS$11.1 million[1]

Sunny (Hangul님은 먼곳에; RRNimeun meongose; lit. "My Dear is Far Away") is a 2008 South Korean film directed by Lee Joon-ik. Soo Ae plays the titular Soon-yi, whose husband enlists to fight in the Vietnam War, and she decides to join a singing group that will travel to Vietnam to perform for the soldiers there.[2][3]


Soon-yi is a young woman stuck in an arranged marriage to a man who still loves his college girlfriend. Her husband, Sang-gil, is a soldier in the South Korean army, and though she visits him regularly, he does not return her affections. After Sang-gil is sent to fight in the Vietnam War, Soon-yi resolves to follow him. She joins a band which is heading there, where she sings for the soldiers as "Sunny", with the hope of being reunited with her husband.



Sunny was produced on a budget of ₩7.1 billion (US$7 million). Director Lee Joon-ik made the protagonist female in response to criticism that his films were largely male-oriented. Lee cast Soo Ae in the lead role, saying, "No other actress in [South] Korea has the distinctively pure image that [she] has". Soo Ae did two months of training to refine her singing and dancing skills, and admitted to being concerned over whether or not she could pull off the character.[4]


Sunny was released in South Korea on July 23, 2008. On its opening weekend it was ranked second at the box office with 480,144 admissions,[5] and exceeded the one million mark on July 19.[6] As of August 31, Sunny had received a total of 1,804,223 admissions nationwide, and as of September 14 had grossed a total of US$11,093,277.[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2008 4th Premiere Rising Star Awards Summit (PIFF) Best Actress Soo Ae Won [7]
Best New Actor Jung Kyung-ho Won
17th Buil Film Awards Best Film Sunny Nominated [8]
Best Actress Soo Ae Won
Best Lighting Park Se-mun Nominated
Best Music Lee Byung-hoon,
Bang Jun-seok
Technical Award Hong Jang-pyo
(Special Effects)
Buil Readers' Jury Award Sunny Nominated
28th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best Actress Soo Ae Won
28th Arts Council Korea Artist of the Year, Film category Soo Ae Won
31st Golden Cinematography Awards Popularity Award Soo Ae Won
Jung Jin-young Won
29th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress Soo Ae Nominated [9]
Best Supporting Actor Jung Kyung-ho Nominated
Best Art Direction Kang Seung-yong Nominated
Best Music Lee Byung-hoon,
Bang Jun-seok
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Director Lee Joon-ik Nominated
Best Actress Soo Ae Nominated
46th Grand Bell Awards Best Actress Soo Ae Won [9]
Best Supporting Actor Jung Kyung-ho Nominated
Best Costume Design Shim Hyun-sub Nominated
17th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Best Actress, Film category Soo Ae Won


  1. ^ a b "South Korea Box Office September 12–14, 2008". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-11-29.
  2. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (17 July 2008). "Watch Sooni Become Sunny". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2008-11-29.
  3. ^ "K-FILM REVIEWS: 님은 먼 곳에 (Sunny)". Twitch Film. 9 October 2008. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  4. ^ Yang, Sung-jin (2 July 2008). "Sunny offers a woman's Vietnam War". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 2008-11-29.
  5. ^ "Korean Box Office" (Week-end 2008.07.25 ~ 2008.07.27). Hancinema. Retrieved 2008-11-29.
  6. ^ "My Love is Far Away Attracts 1 Mil. Movie-Goers in A Week". KBS World. 29 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-29.
  7. ^ Yi, Ch'ang-ho (10 October 2008). "HA Jung-woo and SU Ae are tomorrow’s stars". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2008-11-29.
  8. ^ Yi, Ch'ang-ho (24 October 2008). "The Chaser extends awards lead". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2008-11-29.
  9. ^ a b "Sunny - Awards". Cinemasie. Retrieved 2013-03-26.

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