Review: 과속스캔들 (Gwasok Seukaendeul/Scandal Makers)

18 thoughts on “Review: 과속스캔들 (Gwasok Seukaendeul/Scandal Makers)”

  1. ‘…derive their comedic value from the Korean setting and socio-cultural norms and don’t make much sense within a Western framework.’
    I completely agree. Look at the My Sassy Girl remake. That was (excuse my lack of eloquence) retarded. I kinda wanna watch this film. Amused at the age differences and how they make it seem un-gross. He’s too hot to have a hot kid. LOL

  2. I didn’t know there was a My Sassy Girl remake. (Does it have the same name?) I did hear that that Lake movie with Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves (forget the exact title), was a remake of an apparently much better Korean original – which I intend to track down and watch one day.
    The age difference is quite amusing, because it’s sort of presented as a non-issue. It is brought up (and the male lead, contradictorily, is particularly ‘digusted’ by it), but only treated passingly and as a joke, so that it becomes a statement of the film as if to say ‘yes, these things happens in real life. That’s how it is, let’s not pretend otherwise.’ Kind of daring (and refreshing) for a Korean production where even married couples don’t seem to kiss, let alone do more!

    1. the movie with Sandra Bullock was called ‘Il Mare’ (Korean original version). The lead actress was the same as the one in the Korean version of ‘My Sassy Girl’. Her name is Jun Ji-hyun, also known as Gianna Jun. I think her best movie is ‘Windstruck’. It’s a rom-com with a twist. There are alot of interest Korean movies, depending on the genres that you like.

      1. Thanks! I think I haven’t actually even watched My Sassy Girl – I thought I had, but now I am not so sure anymore. Definitely have not seen Windstruck. I wouldn’t have paid attention to it from the summary provided on dramacrazy.net, but will check it out now that you have recommended it. It’s on my to-watch-list for the winter holidays.

    2. So I watched the Korean My Sassy Girl today and somewhere in the middle of the scene in the amusement park I realised that it all seemed very familiar… because I had seen the American remake several years back! I don’t think they are that different…. it’s a quite close remake really, although I like the actors in the Korean version better than the ones in the American one.
      Have to say though I’m not much of a fan either of the Korean original or the remake, I find the relationship portrayed too abusive. I know it’s supposed to be funny, but I just don’t find that kind of thing very funny. And that kind of self-important character that Jun Jin-hyun plays, is probably the type of character I like the least – (Zoeey Deschanel always seems to be typecast into these kind of roles – almost surprising she wasn’t the one in the My Sassy Girl remake then!).
      I do like the ending of the film rather much, I just wish the female character wasn’t as obnoxious (or the male one as willing to accept any form of verbal/physical abuse)…

      1. You hit it on the nail. That’s EXACTLY what I said to a friend of mine when he started singing praises of the film. Why would willful subjection to abuse be an admirable trait in a lead??? I read other reviews of it, and they all kept going on about how he knew that underneath all that torture was just a girl hurting,which is why he kept taking it blah blah. Don’t buy it. Oh, the things people will attach onto a story to make it make more sense.
        The hands holding ending was a nice touch, though.

        1. Agreed, I don’t buy the “underneath all that torture was just a girl hurting” – if we accept that, we’ll end up condoning a lot of abusive relationships in the real world, which is NOT okay. It doesn’t matter that this was a ‘film’, which isn’t ‘real life’ – people do absorb things from films/books/etc. that shape their real lives.
          I think the ‘holding hands’ bit was why I liked the Korean ending better than the American one – it had a sweet subtlety. And I am saying that as someone who will normally complain about the lack of kisses and generally unrealistic representation of PDAs and sexuality in Korean films and dramas… but here holding hands was perfect, nothing else was needed.

  3. Villager – I agree with the statement but I’m unfamiliar with My Sassy Girl. I know that when I watch dramas that I saw at the beginning of my k-drama experience, I see them in a whole new light because I watch them with a bit more knowledge of Korean culture.
    Alua – I’ve heard some Korean films are quite scandalous although I haven’t seen any as I’m still at the beginning of my adventure. Although I don’t hope for Korean television become as sex-crazed as American television, a little more realism would be appreciated. Even in TPM, they didn’t show much, but there were adult relationships and they were acknowledged and that was enough for me.

    1. I think it’s the lack of realism that sometimes really gets to me. It’s one thing not to talk about things, another just to be suggestive (which is often sufficient), but another altogether to present things completely unrealistically (e.g. the leads in Heartstrings, who are college students, behaving like what seemed more like 10-year olds.).
      줄탁동시 (Stateless Things) I’m sure is considered very scandalous (but then this isn’t mainstream film – it wouldn’t be in the West either). But I saw a screening of the certainly much more mainstream 만주 (Late Autumn) today, which did feature a rather untypical passionate (2? 3? 4? minute) kiss – will review the film later this weekend.

      1. I actually couldn’t finish Heartstrings. I just read the recaps for the rest of it. I honestly only enjoyed when that really hot singer who got stage fright sang and when they played music(the band or the traditional ensemble. There were a few cute moments, but the cute didn’t outweigh the boringness of the rest of it. I can’t even explain why I didn’t like it cause I barely remember it…my brain has expunged it.)

        1. I don’t blame you for not finishing Heartstrings. It had potential, but never amounted to anything much and got more and more unrealistic with each episode (their ‘scandals’ were so laughable). I only liked Kang Min Hyuk’s character (the guy who is always hungry), because he often acted hilariously and had some memorable, heartwarming scenes (like the one with putting headphones over the ears of the girl that everyone hates, which was, regardless of what you thought of her, just a very sweet moment). I thought he represented what the drama could-have-been: something with a message of ‘be what you are’ and ‘everyone deserves a chance’.

          1. Oh, I totally forgot about him. He was adorable and the actor was fantab. I actually quite liked the girl everyone hates because she was a consistent character. And she annoyed me, as she was supposed to do. I just couldn’t stand the main pairing and their storyline and…everything about them was lackluster. I don’t understand how he began to like her. Or how everything was a crisis when it really wasn’t.
            But I agree about the ‘headphones’ message. His character was so flawed and loveable and I’m glad he got his girl (I think right? from the recaps I read.)

          2. I felt sorry for her – which was amazing enough, because sometimes characters like hers only drive me up the wall. Agree with what you say about the main pairing – their relationship (and especially the ultimatums after, ummm, days, of knowing each other) was just ridiculous…
            I did like the combined traditional/modern music, that was actually really interesting, especially since I was entirely unfamiliar with the 가야금 (Gayageum) before.
            Yes, the suggestion was that KMH’s character does get the girl in the end.
            Okay, I’m off to bed (1.30 am here, and that after working from 6 am to 4 pm AND going to that 9 pm screening of 만주/Late Autumn– though I don’t regret that at all).

    2. I HAD to watch My Sassy Girl. The name kept popping up everywhere till it reached a point and I was like, FINE! I’ll watch it. LOL. It’s not my favorite Korean film, though. I tend to like my dramas to be fun and light, and my movies to be dark and angsty.
      And yeah, movies tend to have more realistic depictions of relationships, which I found surprising after being used to the modesty of K-dramas. Not that I’m complaining, LOL. Watch I’m a cyborg but that’s OK. It has your Rain in it, and it is a perfect example of how K-movies go beyond the obvious, even when dealing with a lighter, rom-com-like theme.

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