Untold Scandal (2004)
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. … More
as Lord Jo-won
as Lee Soh-ok
as Lady Sook
as Lady Cho
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Critic Reviews for Untold Scandal
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.
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.
Handsome production values, solid ensemble performances and explorations of Far Eastern civilization.
Among the many movie versions of this tale, Untold Scandal is one of the most visually arresting.
A Frenchman may have thought of the story first, but this Korean film pays tribute to the original while perfectly standing on its own.
A gorgeous setting and ferociously charming cast add unexpected depths to this scalding saga of manipulation.
Adds a vibrant cultural framework to a familiar story, and it turns out nothing becomes a legend like an Asian makeover.
Doesn't have anything new to add to de Laclos' text, but it is an interesting and worthwhile cultural variation on his immortal theme.
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.
Choderlos de Laclos' novel has survived this long for a reason, and Untold Scandal shows us exactly what that is.
This deliciously wicked retelling brings fresh suspense and sorrow to the tale.
Director Lee Je-Yong gives the book a makeover full of wit and startling beauty as a tragicomedy of Korean manners at the dawn of the Chosun dynasty in the late 18th century.
Every attempt I have seen to adapt it on film -- Dangerous Liaisons, Cruel Intentions, even the trashy 1959 Roger Vadim version -- has resulted in an entertainment of agreeable nasty elegance. Until now.
Korean director Je-yong Lee puts a compelling cross-cultural spin on a familiar plot in this erotic, Eastern adaptation of the Chodelos de Laclos' 1782 French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
A beguiling mix of the familiar and the exotic, vivid proof that a good story can withstand endless variations without losing its fundamental vitality.
Worth seeking out.
Audience Reviews for Untold Scandal
Dangerous Liaisons...Japanese version. Much better than the American version. Beautifully done.More
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.More
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.More
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