" is a feel-good comedy set during the Japanese colonisation of Korea in the early 20th century and revolves around a group of radio employees who develop a radio drama that captures the heart of Korean audiences.
", "Crying Fist
") plays a laid-back and resourceful radio producer who decides to hire a writer for a radio drama format. However, the radio drama encounters numerous problems before it succeeds in captivating audiences.
A major problem is the character portrayed by Kim Sa-rang
(Who Slept with Her ("Sexy Teacher
")), a famous singer with star attitude, who – while broadcasting live – decides to create some more lines for herself whenever she feels she isn't quite in the spotlight; resulting in a plot turned upside down and everybody else confused.
KIM's character envies Hwang Bo-ra
's character who has the female lead role in the radio drama. Go Ah-sung
– the girl captured by the monster in "The Host"
– plays a quirky girl who helps out at the radio station.
features as a resistance leader who enhances the appeal of the radio drama when he joins to add sound effects. However, as a freedom fighter, he has a hidden agenda at the radio station.
Just when everybody is greatly anticipating the finale of the radio drama, the Japanese ban the show.
" successfully captures the atmosphere of the old days and the novelty that was radio. The production values are high and feature film debuting director Ha Ki-ho
shows talent. The end result is an entertaining film, which could easily charm audiences like the radio show in the film itself.
Like "Once upon a Time", "Radio Dayz
" is set during the Japanese occupation. Both are also comedy, but vary greatly. "Once upon a Time" offers fast action and adventure, "Radio Dayz
" is nicely embodied by RYOO's character: laid-back, inventive and charming. When compared they share some interesting commonalties. Both deal with Korea's independence from Japan, but stay away from overtly nationalistic rhetoric. Funnily they also share a humoristic dynamite scene, even though in "Radio Dayz
", it isn't quite dynamite.
In April, another film for comparison will open; "Modern Boy
" is also situated during the Japanese colonisation and involves freedom fighters. But for now, "Radio Dayz
" should captivate audiences from January 31.
Yi Ch'ang-ho (KOFIC)