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The Quiz Show Scandal
Director: Jang Jin
South Korea

South Korean director Jang Jin is known for political and social satires that are teetering on the absurd. With The Quiz Show Scandal, he's creating a lighthearted commentary on Korean life in the template of a game show. A traffic accident involving four cars and a dozen people has them in possession of a suicide victim's prized possession: the answer to the final question of an unbeatable quiz show's next taping, prompting all of them (and the traffic cops) to take a stab at being contestants.

The quiz show depicted is perhaps the hardest game show in history. It's an elimination-style Q&A that covers 30 difficult questions in random topics. It's like Jeopardy but you don't get to choose categories, like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? but there are no multiple choice. To make matters worse, there's a theoretically impossible round where the contestants ask each other whatever question they can think of. The last man standing wins the prize, but no one has ever answered Question #30.

Unlike the overpraised Slumdog Millionaire, which uses game show questions to initiate flashback to one person's life, The Quiz Show Scandal set all of its story developments and revelations within the game show. One by one, contestants drop out of the race as their stories end. There being so many of them, it doesn't give a lot of time for fully-formed characters, but since they are merely cyphers anyway, they are amusing enough to exist. A highlight is the Chinese food delivery boy who delivers a stirring speech on national television reminding the country that they would starve if there aren't underappreciated people like him delivering food in rainstorms and blizzards. Cue other delivery guys in the audience nodding and applauding in tears.

US release unknown.



Feb
05
2011
Arya Ponto • Contributor

As former Editor of JPP, Arya likes to entertain peeps with his thoughts on pop culture, when he's not busy watching Battle Royale for the 200th time. He lives in Brooklyn with a comic book collection that's always the most daunting thing to move with, and writes for Artboiled.com.

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