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Untold Scandal (2003)

Seukaendeul - Joseon namnyeo sangyeoljisa (original title)
In late 1700s Korea, Lady Cho challenges the playboy Lord Jo-won into seducing and sleeping with her husband's coming young, virgin concubine. Lady Cho agrees to sleep with him if he succeeds.

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Je-yong Lee
8 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mi-sook Lee ... Madam Jo (as Mi-suk Lee)
Yong-jun Bae ... Jo-won
Do-yeon Jeon ... Lady Jeong
Hyeon-jae Jo ... Kwon In-ho
So-yeon Lee ... Lee So-ok
Yang-ja Jeon Yang-ja Jeon ... Vice-premier's Wife
Han-il Na Han-il Na ... Nobleman Yoo
Mi-ji Lee Mi-ji Lee ... So-ok's Mother
Sung-min Choi Sung-min Choi ... Slave
Yi-bin Han Yi-bin Han ... Eun Sil-i (as Seon-nyeo Yoon)
Chan-yeong Lee Chan-yeong Lee ... Yoon Jong-won
Ban-ya Choi Ban-ya Choi ... Chu Wol-yi
Kyeong-ok Min Kyeong-ok Min ... Woman from Andong
Seo Yoon Seo Yoon ... Jeong Geum-i (as Yoon-ah Seo)
Seok-Gyoo Jeong Seok-Gyoo Jeong ... Kim Heung-yeon
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Storyline

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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Drama

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

2 October 2003 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Scandal - Joseon namnyeo sangyeoljisa See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,015, 17 October 2004

Gross USA:

$63,332

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,762,801
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

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

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Version of Valmont (1989) See more »

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comical but sad
17 October 2004 | by imisaoSee all my reviews

I was charmed by the eyes of Bae Yong Joon. They sometimes made me laugh, but sometimes held my heart so tightly. The movie showed us the way of thinking and the beautiful fashion of old Korean people. Strangely the music was western classic, though it matched the movie very well. The original story seems well-known because it was made into several movies already. I haven't seen them yet. But I think this Asian style version is a good work. I don't understand Korean language but the sound of it is very comfortable for ears to hear. So I was charmed through both the scenes of Bae Yong Joon's eyes' action and the voices of the actors and actresses. It is very sad love story. I liked it.


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