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Scandal Makers

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Scandal Makers

(Gwasok Seukkaendeul / Speedy Scandal)
Sponsored by: CinéAsie & Korean Film Council

Canadian Premiere

  • South Korea 2009
  • 108 min
  • 35mm
  • Korean with English subtitles



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“[A] slickly shot, well-paced crowdpleaser… screams ‘remake!’ in any language” — Derek Elley, VARIETY

"Wang Suk-hyun... steals the show every time he unleashes his unbearable cuteness onscreen" — Edmund Lee, TIME OUT HONG KONG


Director: Kang Hyung-chul
Screenplay: Kang Hyung-chul, Lee Byeong-heon
Cast: Cha Tae-hyun, Park Bo-young, Wang Suk-hyun
Producers: Ahn Byeong-ki, Sin Hye-yeon
Print Source: M-Line

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Korean Cinema



Ex-teen idol Nam Hyun-soo (Cha Tae-hyun of MY SASSY GIRL) is the host of a popular radio talk show. The charming, caring image he conveys on the air is a façade, masking a rather cynical and self-centered individual whose only interest is expanding his career and the fame it brings him. His little world comes tumbling down when a young lady (Park Bo-young) shows up on his door-step claiming to be his daughter. Even more disturbing is the young boy she introduces as his grandson. Fearful of the impact an abandoned single-mother daughter could have on his career, he reluctantly takes them in. Despite his best efforts, the headstrong young woman manages to insinuate herself in both his private and professional life, often with hilarious results. And as the days go by, he begins to develop a very special relationship with the boy, who starts to turn into a miniature version of himself. Meanwhile, a gossip journalist starts to sniff around the radio personality, sensing that a juicy scandal is in the making.

SCANDAL MAKERS opened at number one at the Korean box office and stayed in the top ten for 12 consecutive weeks, becoming the seventh all-time highest grossing Korean film at the conclusion of its theatrical run (and piquing the interest of Barry “MEN IN BLACK” Sonnenfeld for a forthcoming American remake). It’s a heartwarming comedy that satirizes everything from American Idol-style reality shows to the public’s fascination with celebrity gossip. First-time writer/director Kang Hyung-chul successfully milks the basic absurdity of the situation for all it’s worth with a film that’s stylish and visually inventive, and a script that features some very clever characterization. All the lead actors turn in first-rate performances, but the film is really stolen by Wang Suk-hyun as the grandson. The young thespian has some of the most memorable moments as the gambling, lovestruck, sleepwalking musical prodigy who screams his name out at anyone who asks. If you liked the Korean comedy hit MY SASSY GIRL, don’t miss SCANDAL MAKERS!

—Robert Guillemette

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