Old-fashioned Soon-yi marries into a family in country. Her only pleasure in boring quotidian life is to sing a song in front of the village ladies. Her mother-in-law forces her to pay a visit every month to her husband serving his military service, but he does not show any affection or appreciation whatsoever. And one night much drunk, he asks her if she loves him at all. Unable to answer his question, Soon-yi comes back home and calls on him the next month only to find out that he had volunteered to transfer to Vietnam. His mother yells at her to take her back his only son and Soon-yi decides to go to Vietnam to find him not even knowing where to locate him. But it’s not easy for a country girl to find ways to go to the country where the war is on fire. Soon-yi gets to meet with the gang of Jung-man, and she joins Jung-man’s band who will be performing for the restless soldiers in Vietnam, only because it’s the only means to take her to where her husband is. With her new name Sunny, she is about to hit the road to head to the land where the gunfire and the flame of war are all that you can see…
1993년 가족영화 <키드캅>을 연출한 이후 영화사 ㈜씨네월드를 운영해 왔다. 2003년 퓨전사극이라는 새로운 장르를 연 <황산벌>을 제작, 연출하여 전국 290만 관객을 동원했고 2005년 <왕의 남자>로 1,200만 이상의 관객을 동원하여 그 해 최고의 흥행기록을 세웠다. 2006년 <라디오 스타>, 2007년 <즐거운 인생>에 이어 2008년 <님은 먼곳에>로 명실상부한 음악영화 3부작을 완성했다.