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Untold Scandal (2003)

Cast: Bae Yong-jun, Lee Mi Suk, Jeon Do-yeon, more...
Director: E J-Yong
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Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Costume Drama/Period Piece, Korea, Quest, Revenge, Erotica
Running Time: 124 min.

Writer/director E J-Yong transposes Choderlos de Laclos' novel Dangerous Liaisons to Korea during the repressive 18th century Chosun Dynasty for his costume drama, Untold Scandal. Lady Cho (Lee Mi-Suk, who also starred in Yong's debut, An Affair) decides to get revenge on her husband when he procures the services of a young, virginal concubine, So-ok (Lee So-yeong). She asks her womanizing cousin, Cho-won (Korean television superstar Bae Yong-Jun, in his first starring role in a feature film), to seduce the girl and impregnate her. Cho-won doesn't see this as enough of a challenge. He has his sights set on an honorable young widow, Lady Chung (Jeon Do-Yeon), nicknamed "The Gate of Chastity." Lady Cho makes a wager with Cho-won, offering herself to him if he provides proof that he has succeeded in seducing the widow. While Cho-won struggles to ingratiate himself to Lady Chung, manipulating her handmaiden, and donating money to her Catholic church, Lady Cho works to get the innocent So-ok in trouble. But things take an unexpected turn when Cho-won begins to develop genuine feelings for his prey. Untold Scandal was a huge box-office success in Korea, and it was shown at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art as part of the 2004 edition of New Directors/New Films. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Beautiful, just beautiful by rpmfla July 6, 2007 - 7:45 PM PDT
I have seen the two more common (western) versions of this story, and while I'd still say Valmont is my favorite, this new one really blew me away with the sets, costumes, and art direction in general. It is a feast for the eyes even if the story is familiar.

I never would have thought the Korean version would also be the most erotic. While not being explicit, there is some nudity and plenty of sexual tension. After all, it is largely about seduction!

Excellent film, whether you know the story or not.

Beautiful by Ultranova October 20, 2005 - 3:42 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Watch this film for an amazing historical drama with a fine attention to detail. We don't often get a glimpse of life in Korea, and it sure beats all that played Euro-historical stuff.

Magnificent by GDarcy July 29, 2005 - 9:41 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
A beautiful film from start to finish--a visual and sensual feast--gorgeous costumes.

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Les Liaisons dangereuses Adaptations
Pierre Choderlos de Laclos wrote Les Liaisons dangereuses [Dangerous Liaisons] published in 1782 and it has been adapted in many different ways for the screen.

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