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Untold Scandal (2004)

Untold Scandal



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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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Hyeon-jeong Kim, Kim Dae-Woo, E J-Yong, Hyun-jung Kim, Je-yong Lee
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On DVD: Jun 7, 2005
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Bae Yong-jun
as Lord Jo-won
Lee So-yeong
as Lee Soh-ok
Jeon Do-yeon
as Lady Sook
Mi-suk Lee
as Lady Cho
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Critic Reviews for Untold Scandal

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (17)

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

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

Full Review… | February 4, 2005
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.

Full Review… | January 7, 2005
Denver Post
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Pictorially sumptuous and sexually provocative.

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

Full Review… | November 12, 2004
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.

Full Review… | October 22, 2004
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Untold Scandal


Dangerous Liaisons...Japanese version. Much better than the American version. Beautifully done.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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.

Antony Stubbs

Super Reviewer


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.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

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