Scandal Makers

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Hanja 스캔들
Revised Romanization Gwasok Seukaendeul
McCune–Reischauer Kwasok Sŭk'aendŭl
Directed by Kang Hyeong-cheol
Produced by Ahn Byeong-ki
Sin Hye-yeon
Written by Kang Hyeong-cheol
Starring Cha Tae-hyun
Park Bo-young
Music by Kim Jun-seok
Cinematography Kim Jun-young
Edited by Nam Na-yeong
Distributed by Lotte Entertainment
Release dates
  • 3 December 2008 (2008-12-03)
Running time
108 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$41,745,790[1]

Scandal Makers (Hangul과속스캔들; RRGwasok Seukaendeul; lit. Speedy Scandal) is a 2008 South Korean film written and directed by Kang Hyeong-cheol and starring Cha Tae-hyun in the lead role. This was director Kang's first film and the highest grossing Korean film of the year.


Former teen idol Nam Hyeon-soo (Cha Tae-hyun) is now in his thirties and works as a radio DJ. A young woman named Hwang Jeong-nam (Park Bo-young) sends stories about her life as a single mother to the radio station Hyeon-soo works at, telling him she is going to meet her father. He then finds out that he's her father when she shows up at his apartment with her son Ki-dong (Wang Seok-hyeon). She tells him that her real name is Jae-in and that her mother was Hyeon-soo's first love Jeong-nam. Hyeon-soo doesn't believe it at first, so they undergo a DNA test and the results confirm that they're related. Jae-in dreams of performing on stage as a singer, but Hyeon-soo fears that if she does, their paternity scandal might get out. Because of Jae-in's rising popularity, Ki-dong's father Park Sang-yoon (Im Ji-kyu) finds her. They meet and chat, with Sang-yoon initially under the mistaken assumption that Jae-in is romantically involved with Hyeon-soo. When Ki-dong later goes missing at Jae-in's performance, Hyeon-soo realizes that he really does care for his daughter and grandson.


  • Cha Tae-hyun as Nam Hyeon-soo
  • Park Bo-young as Hwang Jeong-nam/Hwang Jae-in
  • Wang Seok-hyeon as Hwang Ki-dong
  • Im Ji-kyu as Park Sang-yoon, Jae-in's first love
  • Hwang Woo-seul-hye as Kindergarten teacher/Granny
  • Im Seung-dae as Bong Pil-joong, entertainment reporter
  • Jeong Won-joong as Bureau director
  • Kim Ki-bang as Director
  • Park Yeong-seo as Assistant director
  • Sung Ji-ru as Lee Chang-hoon (cameo)


Scandal Makers was released in South Korea on 3 December 2008,[2] and topped the box office on its opening weekend with 473,725 admissions.[3] It continued to chart well finishing with over 8 million tickets sold becoming the highest grossing Korean film of 2008. The second highest grosser was The Good, The Bad, The Weird with 6.6 million tickets,[4] then The Chaser with roughly 5 million tickets sold.[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
1st KMDb(Korean Movie Database) Choice Awards
Best Director Kang Hyeong-cheol Won
6th Max Movie Awards
Best Actor Cha Tae-hyun Won
Best New Actress Park Bo-young Won
45th Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Film Scandal Makers Nominated
Best New Actress Park Bo-young Won
Best New Director Kang Hyeong-cheol Nominated
Best Screenplay Kang Hyeong-cheol Won
Most Popular Actor (Film) Cha Tae-hyun Nominated
Most Popular Actress (Film) Park Bo-young Won
11th Udine Far East Film Festival
Audience Award (2nd place) Kang Hyeong-cheol Won
2nd Korea Junior Star Awards
Grand Prize (Film category) Park Bo-young Won
Grand Prize Wang Seok-hyeon Won
17th Chunsa Film Art Awards
Best Young Actor Wang Seok-hyeon Won
12th Shanghai International Film Festival
Best Film (Asian New Talent Award) Kang Hyeong-cheol Won
3rd Mnet 20's Choice Awards
HOT Movie Star - Female Park Bo-young Nominated
HOT New Star Wang Seok-hyeon Nominated
HOT Boom Up Song - Super Man Scandal Makers Nominated
HOT Boom Up Song - Perhaps That Park Bo-young Nominated
46th Grand Bell Awards
Best New Actress Park Bo-young Nominated
Best Editing Nam Na-yeong Nominated
Best Lighting Lee Sung-jae Nominated
Best Music Kim Jun-seok Nominated
Popularity Award Cha Tae-hyun Nominated
Popularity Award Park Bo-young Won
29th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards
Best New Director Kang Hyeong-cheol Won
Best New Actress Park Bo-young Won
30th Blue Dragon Film Awards
Best New Actress Park Bo-young Won
Best New Director Kang Hyeong-cheol Won
Best Music Kim Jun-seok Nominated
17th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards
Best New Actress (Film) Park Bo-young Won
5th University Film Festival of Korea Awards
Best New Actress Park Bo-young Won
32nd Golden Cinematography Awards
Best New Actress Park Bo-young Won
Best New Cinematographer Kim Jun-young Won
12th Director's Cut Awards
Best New Actress Park Bo-young Won


  1. ^ "Scandal Makers Box Office Gross". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  2. ^ "Speedy Scandal (2008) – 과속스캔들". HanCinema. Retrieved on 10 December 2008.
  3. ^ "Korean Box Office" (Week-end 2008.12.05 ~ 2008.12.07). HanCinema. Retrieved on 10 December 2008.
  4. ^ "The Good, the Bad, the Weird (Admissions)". HanCinema. 20 September 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Admissions as of 1 June 2008. The Chaser, HanCinema. Retrieved on 28 September 2008.

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