Midnight FM

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Midnight FM
Hangul FM
Hanja의 FM
Revised RomanizationSimyaui FM
McCune–ReischauerSimyaŭi FM
Directed byKim Sang-man
Produced byJe Jeong-hun
Kim Hong-baek
Je Jeong-hun
Written byKim Sang-man
Kim Hwi
StarringSoo Ae
Yoo Ji-tae
Music byKim Jun-seong
CinematographyKim Tae-gyeong
Edited byShin Min-kyung
Distributed byLotte Entertainment
Release date
  • October 14, 2010 (2010-10-14)[1]
Running time
106 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Box officeUS$8,101,240 (South Korea)[2]

Midnight FM (Korean심야의 FM; RRShim-yaui FM) is a 2010 South Korean action thriller film by Kim Sang-man starring Soo Ae and Yoo Ji-tae.[3]

Soo Ae won Best Actress at the 31st Blue Dragon Film Awards for her performance.[4]


Ko Sun-young is a popular television announcer and midnight DJ on a show that mixes film analysis with selected songs from the associated soundtracks. Sun-young decides to quit her job after her daughter, Eun-soo, requires heart surgery that is only available in the United States. On her last day of work, Sun-young's sister Ah-young babysits Eun-soo at Sun-young's apartment. While she is on the air, Sun-young receives a call from a man named Han Dong-soo, who claims to be her fan. Inspired by Travis Bickle, the unstable vigilante from Taxi Driver, Dong-soo has begun to murder pimps and drug dealers throughout the city. When he hears about Sun-young's imminent retirement, he takes her family hostage and demands that she retool her final broadcast to his specifications. However, Sun-young's boss discards the new playlist on the assumption that Sun-young herself submitted it.

When Sun-young does not follow his instructions and instead calls the police, Dong-soo murders the policemen that arrive and cuts off one of Ah-young's toes. With the help of Son Deok-tae, an awkward, obsessed fan, Sun-young attempts to recreate her first broadcasts. When her boss intervenes, Dong-soo murders Ah-young. Furious and in shock, Sun-young explains the situation to her confused co-workers. Dong-soo forces Sun-young to quote her previous commentary on Taxi Driver, in which she requests a hero like Bickle to arise, and demands that she call him a hero; she reluctantly does so. Meanwhile, Sun-young tries to sneak out of the studio to rescue her daughter, but Dong-soo has already fled the house. Sun-young chases after him, and Dong-soo leads her to where he has kidnapped a man he claims to be a human trafficker. The man denies the charge and begs for his life. Dong-soo orders Sun-young to kill the man, but she refuses. Sun-young says that the man deserves a trial, and she shoots Dong-soo instead.



Midnight FM was released October 14, 2010, in South Korea. The international premiere was at the Hawaii International Film Festival ten days later.[1]


Darcy Paquet of Screen International called it "a better-than-average Korean thriller that despite its plot holes, manages to maintain the tension all the way through."[5] Shelagh Rowan-Legg of Twitch Film wrote, "Midnight FM can easily be added not only to the radio film canon, but also to the slate of great thrillers being produced in recent years in South Korea."[6] James Mudge of Beyond Hollywood wrote, "Certainly, director Kim’s enthusiasm makes up for any lack of originality, and thanks to a fine script, fast pace and the efforts of the headlining stars, it stands as one of the best and most fun Korean thrillers of the last year or so."[7]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Recipient Result
6th University Film Festival of Korea Best Actress Soo Ae Won
8th Max Movie Awards Nominated
47th Baeksang Arts Awards Nominated
31st Blue Dragon Film Awards Won
Best Music Kim Jun-seong Nominated


  1. ^ a b Chung, Jeff (2010-10-24). "'Midnight FM' thriller is surprise for HIFF audience". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
  2. ^ "Midnight FM (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
  3. ^ "Soo Ae: 'I Felt Relieved After Filming Scenes Heaping Insults'". KBS Global. 20 September 2010. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
  4. ^ "Winners of the Best Actor and Actress Awards pose together at the Blue Dragon Film Awards in Seoul". The Chosun Ilbo. 27 November 2010. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
  5. ^ Paquet, Darcy (2010-10-21). "Midnight FM (Simya FM)". Screen International. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
  6. ^ Rowan-Legg, Shelagh (2011-02-20). "MIDNIGHT FM Review". Twitch Film. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
  7. ^ Mudge, John (2011-03-16). "Midnight FM (2010) Movie Review". BeyondHollywood.com. Retrieved 2014-04-14.

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