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Shin-Ae (Jeon Do-Yeon ) and her only child move to the small town of Milyang, South Korea. Her husband has recently passed away and she has decided to start life anew back in the hometown of her deceased husband. While entering Milyang, Shin-Ae’s car breaks down along a rural highway. She is able to get the local mechanic in Milyang named Jong-Xhan (Song Kang-Ho) to come out to her car and start it once again. Although they come from different social backgrounds, the pair hits it off and seems to find comfort in each other’s presence.
Tragedy soon strikes Shin-Ae once again when her only son is abducted. As Shin-Ae must deal with another devastating tragedy in her life, she attempts to find answers and a light that can shine upon her dark life.
- Film was shot mostly in the city of Miryang, Gyeongsangnam-do Province, South Korea.
- "Secret Sunshine" was first conceived by director Lee Chang-Dong in 2002, after working on his film "Oasis". Then after Lee Chang-Dong's resignation as Korea's Minister of Culture Tourism he began working on "Secret Sunshine" in earnest.
- To portray "Shin-Ae" as a typical woman Jeon Do-Youn wore no makeup in the film.
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