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Untold Scandal (2003)
"Seukaendeul - Joseon namnyeo sangyeoljisa" (original title)

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Based on the novel 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses,' this film is set in aristocratic 18th-century Korea at the end of the Chosun Dynasty. The irresistible temptress Lady Cho asks her cad of a ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Lee Mi-Sook ...
Madam Jo (as Mi-suk Lee)
Lady Jeong
Hyeon-jae Jo ...
Kwon In-ho
So-yeon Lee ...
Lee So-ok
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chu Wol-yi
Sung-min Choi ...
Yi-bin Han ...
Kong Ho-suk ...
Elder 3
Yang-ja Jeon ...
Vice-premier's Wife
Jae-Jin Jung ...
Elder 2
Ha-kyeong Kim
Mi-ji Lee ...
So-ok's Mother
Han-il Na ...
Nobleman Yoo
Sang-wu Pyo


Based on the novel 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses,' this film is set in aristocratic 18th-century Korea at the end of the Chosun Dynasty. The irresistible temptress Lady Cho asks her cad of a younger cousin, Jo-won, to deflower the innocent young Soh-ok, who is to become her husband's concubine. But, his attentions soon shift to the graceful and aloof Lady Sook, who lives according to her convictions as a Catholic. Jo-won becomes obsessed with seducing this chaste woman who has remained celibate for nine years since her husband's death. However, conquering the most virtuous woman in the land proves to be more difficult than Chosun's notorious playboy expects. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Release Date:

2 October 2003 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Scandal - Joseon namnyeo sangyeoljisa  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$38,075 (Hong Kong) (2 April 2004)


$63,332 (USA) (1 April 2005)

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1.85 : 1
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Replaced 2046 (2004) as the closing film at the Edinburgh Film Festival. See more »


Version of Dangerous Liaisons (1988) See more »

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Beautiful and moving and perfectly excellent
28 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

I believe this is the best version of 'Dangerous Liaisons' yet filmed.

Going in, I expected nothing from this movie, as it had to compare with the other three versions of the story I have seen: The classic Dangerous Liaisons (Close/Malkovich/Pfeiffer), the more entertaining but less memorable Valmont (Bening/Firth/Tilly) and the worthy but inferior Cruel Intentions.

However, this Korean version was so stunningly well-produced in every way that it has to be pronounced the superior version of all. The cast was attractive and skillful, the sets and production values were so slick and artful that "perfection" is the only word that comes to mind. The story was thoroughly captivating from beginning to end, and I was moved to tears on several occasions, esp. of course towards the end.

I find that the story is becoming a classic and a favorite of mine (and I intend to move on to the original book very soon). It is about the wages of cynicism; a tragedy where the wicked are justly punished by experiencing on their own bodies and souls the effects of their ruthless actions. It shows how people's actions have consequences, and how those consequences will eventually come full circle, to slap the perpetrators in the face. It is a movie about human nature, saying that cynicism goes against our nature and can destroy us all if running unchecked. A morality tale. A good and true one. A Classic.

My rating: 9 out of 10.

(P.S. Yes, of course Jo-Won *let* that guy stab him in the back. He was killed by his own conscience.)

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