Plot: NAM Hyun-soo was once a popular idol star among teens and worshiped liked a god. Although he’s in his mid-thirties now, he’s still a sought-after celebrity and the host of a popular radio show. But one day a very young single mom named Jung-nam sends her stories to the radio show that Hyun-soo hosts. Her stories about her longing to meet her father whom she’s never seen before grips the nation and catapults the ratings to make it the most popular program. But to his surprise, Hyun-soo later confronts none other than Jung-nam, and her 7 year-old boy, Gi-dong. Jung-nam and Gi-dong invade Hyun-soo’s home and his radio station, claiming that Hyun-soo is her father. Hyun-soo does what he can to salvage his celebrity image.
Though small-budgeted and under-publicized, the sleeper outperformed Korea's most expensive production, 'The Good, the Bad, the Weird,' by selling more than 8 million tickets and enjoying a two-month theatrical triumph. (The Hollywood Reporter)
«After watching “Scandal Makers” it’s easy to understand why the film became such a huge hit in Korea. The comedic elements found in the first half of the film works well & the dramatic moments found in the second half doesn’t feel unnaturally forced.»
«Script avoids pratfall comedy and one-liners, settling instead for character-based humor maintained by the terrific chemistry of the three leads. Cha replaces his goofy earlier style with a kind of resigned, occasionally rebellious fatalism; deadpan Park is excellent as the spunky young mom.»
«SCANDAL MAKERS largely ignores the contrivances of its own plot to spend more time with the three interesting and amusing lead characters. The film never attempts to lecture on the apparently epidemic teen pregnancy problem within Hyeon-soo’s family and refreshingly uses infant somnabulism almost exclusively for laughs.»
«But beyond simply focusing on the characters, Speed Scandal does what the best films do – it is infused with culture (as in the above example). ... The film doesn’t pander to what usually defines a traditional family, and instead stresses generational ties in spite of the storied unconventional family and its disfunctionality. »
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