Film: Sunny


Sunny (써니) 2011. Written and directed by Kang Hyeong-cheol

Watch if you like:

  • the Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and other 80s flavored nostalgia
  • Sex and the City + drop kicking ajummas
  • the multiple applications of designer bags (especially to cause bodily harm)
  • endearing and poignant high school high jinks
  • the unexpected benefits of cursing grandmas

The Korean movie Sunny is a celebration of high school friendship and reminder that just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you have to have it all together (and its never too late to turn things around). It navigates the joys and hardships of a core group of friends as they reunite for the first time since high school. The film explores how easy it is to lose touch not only with friends as we “grow up” but also how we lose touch with ourselves.

Slapstick comedy melds with a touching sincerity as the girls journey on their quest to reunite. Get ready for curse battles, police car rides, unrequited loves, at home dance practices, and some big hair. Its the perfect mix of bitter and sweet that will have you laughing and crying and laughing again.

The storyline might sound like it delves into the realms of tired clichés but even if the plot points have been used before Sunny reinvents them in a way that feels authentic and refreshing. Have tissues on hands because this story will hit you straight in the feels. And it might just make you call up those old friends of yours from high school.

Mix Tape Mondays: Never Too Cool for Old School

Do you have a case of the feels? Nostalgia hitting you hard? Do you just need a break from cut throat modernity? This week’s mix tape is a journey back to some of my favorite romantic oldies around the globe. Who needs time travel when we’ve got music?

Cleo 5 à 7 – Sans Toi. Ha! You thought Edith Piaf would be on this list, didn’t you? In place of the celebrated Edith I bring you Sans Toi a French song about heart ache that would do Edith proud.

Getz and Gilberto – Corcovado.  Step away from The Girl from Ipanema and listen to this song by the same Brazilian duo instead. It perfectly evokes the peace and pensive solitude of a quiet night of quiet stars.

Shim Eun Kyung – Raindrop. Alright this may be cheating…ok it is cheating. From what I gather Raindrop is a modern Korean song (from the movie Miss Granny) made to sound like a classic (but correct me if I’m wrong!). However it’s pretty darn beautiful so on the list it goes!

Fairouz – Habbeytak Bessayf. According to my Arabic teacher Lebanese singer Fairouz is the queen of the Arabic music world (however, she is Lebanese soooo they may be some bias here). Though I have to admit no one croons like Fairouz.


Jacques Dutronc – Il est cinq heures Paris s’éveille. This love song to Paris conjures vivid scenes as you take a ride through Paris as she wakes.

Have other favorite classics? Post them below!