Probably the most eagerly awaited Korean film of 2007, at least by me, is Lee Chang-dong’s fourth: Secret Sunshine, or Milyang (밀양). I’ve admired his first three for the issues they tackle and the superb acting: Lee has had access to some top stars for his films – Sol Kyung-gu and Moon So-ri for Oasis and Peppemint Candy, with Han Suk-kyu in the slightly lesser-known Green Fish. And for Milyang we can look forward to Song Kang-ho and Jeon Do-yeon appearing together.
An early report from this year’s Cannes festival is of an advance screening of Milyang, and the viewer was certainly enthusiastic – about the film, about Song, and particularly about Jeon. Visitors to koreanfilm.org will know that Darcy has been a fan of Jeon for a while, and one of his wishful predictions for 2007 was that she would win best actress at Cannes for this performance. Who knows?