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

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Version of Eiskalte Engel (2001) See more »

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Beautiful and moving and perfectly excellent
28 April 2005 | by sarastro7See 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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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

2 October 2003 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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1.85 : 1
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