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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

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Version of Les liaisons dangereuses (1959) See more »

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Well-told Scandal
28 October 2004 | by Rogue-32See all my reviews

I've seen the previous films based on Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and I have to say that this one is surely the most subtle of the bunch, with wonderfully nuanced performances from all concerned. The story is familiar, of course, to anyone acquainted with the material, but it's the way it's told here, with such profound restraint, that separates it from being merely derivative. I haven't seen that many films from Korea, but based on this one, I would definitely like to see more, particularly from director Je-yong Lee.

Can't imagine why Elvis Mitchell (in his Times review) called this a comedy (and it's even listed here at IMDb as a drama/comedy) - perhaps if you're a first-class sadist, it would come across as amusing, this tragic story of disillusionment, heartbreak and ultimate death. I wasn't laughing.

(7 - the equivalent of a high *** - see my review of AI for my IMDb number/star equivalents, unique to this site)


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