New Release: Secret Sunshine Blu-ray and DVD

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Jeon Do-yeon grieves in the 2007 Korean film Secret Sunshine.

The Criterion Collection released the acclaimed 2007 Korean film Secret Sunshine, directed by Lee Chang-dong (Poetry), on Blu-ray and DVD on Aug. 23 for the list prices of $39.99 and $29.99, respectively.

One of the leading filmmakers in contemporary Korean cinema, Chang-dong’s film stars Cannes Best Actress winner Jeon Do-yeon (The Housemaid) as a widowed piano teacher who moves with her young son from Seoul to her late husband’s provincial hometown for a fresh start.

A quiet but powerfully expressive drama about grief, acceptance and deliverance, Secret Sunshine finally received a limited release in U.S. theaters last December, three years after its first Stateside screening at the 2007 Telluride Film Festival.

The movie receives a new digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Lee Chang-dong and cinematographer Cho Yong-kyu, with DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition and a new and improved English subtitle translation.

Here’s a breakdown of the features of the Blu-ray and DVD:

  • new interview with Lee
  • On the Set of Secret Sunshine,” a video piece featuring interviews with actors Jeon Do-yeon and Song Kang-ho, as well as behind-the-scenes footage
  • U.S. theatrical trailer
  • booklet featuring an essay by film critic Dennis Lim

Check out the movie’s trailer:


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