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09

London Korean Film Festival – Private Eye and Scandal Makers

Tonight is the penultimate evening for the LKFF. We stayed for both movies beginning with Park Dae-min’s feature film debut, Private Eye. This is a murder mystery set in early 19th Century Seoul. It includes allusions to other great detective stories (Sherlock Holmes and Poe were the two I spotted but there could have been more) and story unfolds smoothly and at a decent clip.

The second movie was Scandal Makers directed by Kang Hyung-chul and starring Cha Tae-hyun. After watching a series of Korean movies that were either violent, depressing or both, it was a great pleasure to watch this movie. Kang plays Nam Hyun-soo a bachelor and b-grade celebrity who finds out he is the father of a teenage woman who herself has become a single mother. Fearing scandal that would end his mediocre career and comfortable lifestyle he tries to keep things under wraps. The movie avoids becoming a soppy ‘young man realises importance of family’ movie in the Disney style. It’s funny and well-made if perhaps a bit culturally specific given that in many countries the revelation of a young man having fathered a child in his younger days would barely raise any eyebrows.

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