Wonderful Radio

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This article is about the 2012 Korean film. For the London radio station, see Wonderful Radio London.
Wonderful Radio
Wonderful Radio-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Wonderful Radio
Hangul
Revised Romanization Wondeopul Radio
McCune–Reischauer Wŏndŏp‘ul Radio
Directed by Kwon Chil-in
Produced by Jung Kyoung-il
Written by Lee Jae-ik
Starring Lee Min-jung
Lee Jung-jin
Cinematography Choi Ju-young
Edited by Shin Min-kyung
Distributed by Showbox/Mediaplex
Release dates
  • 5 January 2012 (2012-01-05)
Running time 120 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$5,857,353[1]

Wonderful Radio (Hangul: 원더풀 라디오; RR: Wondeopul Radio, also known as Love On-Air) is a 2012 South Korean romantic comedy film, starring Lee Min-jung and Lee Jung-jin. It is about a has-been pop star who is now a radio DJ struggling to boost listener ratings. It was released in theaters on January 5, 2012 by distributor Showbox/Mediaplex, and ran for 120 minutes.

Plot[edit]

Shin Jin-ah (Lee Min-jung), a onetime lead singer of popular girl group Purple, works as the DJ of the radio show "Wonderful Radio" on SBS station Power FM while also trying to restart her career as a solo singer-composer under her goofy manager Cha Dae-geun (Lee Kwang-soo). However, the ratings have been dropping, so when the show's producer leaves to have a baby, station manager Im (Kim Byung-ok) assigns the ambitious Lee Jae-hyeok (Lee Jung-jin) to her job with a brief to bring in some fresh ideas. Jae-hyeok is appalled by Jin-ah's casual, diva-ish work attitude and the two don't hit it off. When he challenges her to come up with a new segment for the show, she finally gets an idea from her restaurateur mother (Kim Hae-sook) in which members of the public come into the studio and sing a song to their loved ones. She calls the segment "The Song I Sing to You". The initial broadcast, involving a serving soldier, goes disastrously, but subsequent attempts, involving a brattish schoolgirl (Jo Jung-eun) and a taxi driver (Jung Man-shik), are a big success. Jin-ah and Jae-hyeok start to bond. However, In-seok (Kim Jung-tae), the manager of TV drama actress Yoon Mi-ra (Seo Young) and a major supplier of talent to the radio station, is plotting to bring Jin-ah down and replace her with Mi-ra, who still hates Jin-ah for leaving Purple at the height of its fame and causing the group's break-up.[2][3][4]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The director of Wonderful Radio is Kwon Chil-in, who previously directed Singles (2003), Hellcats (2008) and Loveholic (2010). The film’s script was written by Lee Jae-ik, producer of SBS Power FM’s "Cultwo Show," who incorporated his own experiences in the movie, thereby giving viewers a realistic glimpse at the behind-the-scenes workings of a radio program.[5]

Lee Min-jung said she enjoyed playing both a singer and radio DJ, basing her performance on popular idol groups in her schooldays such as S.E.S. and Fin.K.L.[6][7] She also said she drew inspiration from her own childhood experience as an avid fan of radio shows, when she would laugh and cry at hearing peoples' stories broadcast over the airwaves.[8][9]

Soundtrack[edit]

The instrumental score was composed by Jung Soo-min and Hwang Seong-je. Along with various K-pop artists, the film's lead actors Lee Min-jung and Lee Jung-jin also contributed tracks.

  1. Wonderful Radio (Inst.) - Jung Soo-min
  2. Again - Lee Min-jung
  3. 참쓰다 "Write the truth" - Lee Min-jung
  4. You're My Angel - Lee Min-jung, Seo Young, Ahn Mi-na
  5. Get Out Boy - Cobi Girls (Dal Shabet)
  6. That's When I Feel Love - Seo Mi-rae
  7. Black Star - Yoo Keun-ho
  8. Stay - Kim Kyu-won
  9. Blind By Love - Kim Ho-yeon
  10. 사랑의 시작은 고백에서부터 "Love begins with a confession" - Lee Jung-jin
  11. The Moment (Inst.) - Hwang Seong-je
  12. 위로 "Comfort" (Inst.) - Hwang Seong-je
  13. 지각 "Late" - Hwang Seong-je
  14. 4% (Inst.) - Hwang Seong-je
  15. 글래머 인영 "Glamorous In-yeong" (Inst.)
  16. Reminiscence (Inst.) - Jung Soo-min
  17. 계절이 바뀌며... "Changing seasons" (Inst.) - Hwang Seong-je
  18. 아직도 기다려요 "Still wating" (Inst.) - Jung Soo-min
  19. 1부 Opening (Inst.) - Hwang Seong-je
  20. Ending Signal (Inst.) - Hwang Seong-je
  21. 전화통화 "Phone call" (Inst.) - Jung Soo-min
  22. 마지막 콘서트 "Last concert" (Inst.) - Hwang Seong-je
  23. 로비에서 "In the lobby" (Inst.) - Hwang Seong-je, Lee Seung-hwan, Jung Soo-min
  24. Namaste (Inst.) - Jung Soo-min
  25. 그대에게 부르는 노래 "The song I sing to you" (Inst.) - Jung Soo-min
  26. 미라라... "Mirara" (Inst.) - Jung Soo-min
  27. 2부 Opening (Inst.) - Jung Soo-min
  28. 뚬바뚬바 메들리 "Ttumba Ttumba medley" - Kim Kyu-won
  29. Island - Lee Do-woo

Reception[edit]

The film sold 400,000 tickets in its first week of release and was the third local film after Dancing Queen and Unbowed to achieve one million admissions in 2012.[10] It ranked second and grossed ₩3,028,958,310 in its first week of release[11] and grossed a total of ₩6,635,736,640 domestically after three weeks of screening.[12]

Lee Kwang-soo received a Best New Actor in Film nomination at the 48th Baeksang Arts Awards in 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Box office by Country: Wonderful Radio". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  2. ^ Elley, Derek (5 March 2012). "Love On-Air". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Wonderful Radio (2011)". The Chosun Ilbo. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  4. ^ "Wonderful Radio". KBS World. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  5. ^ "2011.12.30 Now Playing". Korea JoongAng Daily. 30 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  6. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (12 August 2011). "Director aims to ’de-deify’ Lee Min-jung". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  7. ^ Lee, Jin-ho (21 December 2011). "Does Lee Min Jung Want To Be a Singer?". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  8. ^ "Lee Min-jung Expands Her Acting Repertoire with Wonderful Radio". The Chosun Ilbo. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  9. ^ Lee, Jin-ho (14 December 2011). "Interview: The Goddess Lee Min Jung". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  10. ^ "Wonderful Radio Attracts Over 1 Million Viewers". The Chosun Ilbo. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  11. ^ "South Korea Box Office: January 6–8, 2012". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  12. ^ "South Korea Box Office: January 20–22, 2012". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 

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