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Untold Scandal

Untold Scandal (2003)

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 2

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Writer/director E J-Yong transposes Choderlos de Laclo's 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, Lee Soh-ok (Lee So-yeong). She asks her womanizing cousin, Jo-won (Korean television superstar Bae Yong-Jun, in his first starring role in a feature

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A Frenchman may have thought of the story first, but this Korean film pays tribute to the original while perfectly standing on its own.

March 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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An elegant yet unassuming variation [Les Liaisons Dangereuses].

February 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Adds a vibrant cultural framework to a familiar story, and it turns out nothing becomes a legend like an Asian makeover.

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Pictorially sumptuous and sexually provocative.

December 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Of all the Liaisons adaptations, this may be the most sentimental.

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Choderlos de Laclos' novel has survived this long for a reason, and Untold Scandal shows us exactly what that is.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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If you've never seen another version and love costume drama, this is the one to see. If you have, you'll probably find it frustrating.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Untold Scandal, the latest screen adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses is a stylish, cool and detached interpretation of an overworked text.

October 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Handsome production values, solid ensemble performances and explorations of Far Eastern civilization.

April 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Among the many movie versions of this tale, Untold Scandal is one of the most visually arresting.

April 15, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune

A gorgeous setting and ferociously charming cast add unexpected depths to this scalding saga of manipulation.

February 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Doesn't have anything new to add to de Laclos' text, but it is an interesting and worthwhile cultural variation on his immortal theme.

November 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Anyone coming to the tale for the first time will not be disappointed--the fierce emotions and devious plot machinations are every bit as effective here as in either the Frears or Forman films.

October 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

This deliciously wicked retelling brings fresh suspense and sorrow to the tale.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

A beguiling mix of the familiar and the exotic, vivid proof that a good story can withstand endless variations without losing its fundamental vitality.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for Untold Scandal

Dangerous Liaisons...Japanese version. Much better than the American version. Beautifully done.
October 22, 2012
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A marvellous adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the best so far. Steady assured direction and brilliant performances help to elevate this Korean version very highly. Also the only one that really slashes deep with regards to the characters' despicable, but wholly human, motives. Advised viewing.
October 4, 2006
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A very sensual, and beautifully filmed version of the Dangerous Liaisons story, with a Romeo and Juliet twist, from Korean director, Je-Yong Lee. The cast is superb, the script is crisp, and the cinematography is just breathtaking. Scene after scene unfolds, revealing the depth of depravity of the two main leads, Lady Cho (Lee Mi-Suk) and Cho-won (Bae Yong-Jun), as they play their games for keeps. And yet, not all is darkness and intrigue. We get to see their humanity as well, although in Lady Cho's case, it is only a brief tiny glimpse. One can easily imagine Melody Gardot's song, "Your Heart is as Black as Night" would be a fitting theme song for this. Strangely, as others have mentioned the soundtrack draws heavily on Western Classical music. Surprisingly, it fits. Nearly perfect.
August 13, 2010
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