The Scandel Makers is a feel-good South Korean comedy staring Cha Tae-hyun as Nam Hyun-soo, Park Bo-yeong as Hwang Jeong-nam and Wang Seok-hyeon as Gi-dong.
This film could be seen as a romantic comedy, with the film’s narrative focusing on main character Nam Hyun-soo tryin and his efforts to keep his family and love life intact. This film has in interesting twist in the way that his daughter is at first unknown to him, being the caller in his radio chat show how is saying that she’s finally decided to look for her father. He supports her as a staple item of his radio show, yet when she turns up at his home just minutes before his date is due to arrive, he is suddenly very negative towards her and and the child she brings along who turns out to be his grandchild.
The growing pains of Nam Hyun-soo trying to become accustomed to his upper-middle class bachelor pad being used to house his young grandson and his daughter shows via the drama early on in the film. Once he discovers the musical talent of both his daughter and his grandson, eventually entering his daughter into a music contest at his radio station. The plot thickens as he slowly learns to accept the new additions to his family and household, falling in love with his son’s nursery teacher and at the same time trying not to be associated at his radio station with his singing daughter.
This attempt to hide his father hood only exacerbates the problem, causing one of his radio colleagues to suspect that he’s in love with the younger girl and seems him as a rival to her affections. This, like some other aspects of the plot, eventually comes around with extra significance later on, with Nam Hyun-soo telling his colleague that he’s her father before punching him in the face.
Being a romantic comedy, each plot device (the daughter and grandchild, the flirtation with the nursery teacher) works with each other, connected in multiple ways or leading to other events. For example, Nam Hyun-soo finds that his commitment to take his grandson to nursery school soon becomes a sub-plot of Nam Hyun-soo trying to gain the teacher’s affections; using his grandson to covertly find out what the teacher likes and dislikes in order to portray himself as the perfect man for her, only for it to backfire as the grandson is inept at hiding and only hears parts of her conversations, causing him to have a distorted image of her which results in a comedically bad dating technique.
His grandson does however reveal that he (like his mother) is a prodigy of music, particularly the piano. Nam Hyun-soo uses this to his advantage in the way that his grandson’s skill gains the attention of everyone at the nursery. This later conforms to the ‘entwining plots’ theme by the entire family forming a band at the end of the film, with the grandson on the piano.
Overall this film has been a very positive and funny film intertwined with a plot about family, love and at times tragedy.