When former student Sunhi (Jeong Yu Mi) visits her university after being off the radar for quite some time, she encounters three men that all played a significant role in her past. Each of these men has his own story with Sunhi, a girl that is reserved but smart, quiet but not afraid to speak up when the moment arises, has artistic sense, but is sometimes a little bit odd.
Our Sunhi is a small, simply shot film that has its heart in the right place. The story is completely character driven and contains important elements like love, drunken emotions, and chicken. Yes, chicken. The film is shot in a certain style that is very simplistic yet very effective. Most scenes are a static shot of the characters talking to each other, giving the actors their change to shine, and they certainly deliver satisfying performances. What is most impressive is that no cut takes place in these scenes which brings forth well acted long takes that can last as long as 10 minutes. I don’t know how much of the dialogue was scripted and how much was improvised, but the actors work their way through the scenes in a realistic fashion.
The above mentioned style of filming can be seen as a certain ‘art house way’ of shooting, and certainly isn’t for everyone. If the characters or story don’t interest you, this film can be a long viewing, even though it is only 88 minutes in length. Jeong Yu Mi is the lady in the middle of everything and is able to give a nice performance. Sunhi is a young woman who doesn’t know what to do with her life. She has figured out the next step but isn’t completely sure about the whole thing. Lee Seon Gyun, Kim Sang Jung and Jeong Jae Yeong portray the three men that all have their own reasons to be interested in Sunhi, and give their character a nice and different feel.
Our Sunhi is a light and small character driven drama/comedy that isn’t incredibly special or outstanding, but is entertaining nonetheless. It feels refreshing and sweet, and director Hong Sang Su, who also wrote the script, manages to bring his story to life in a thus simplistic yet satisfying one and a half hours.