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Untold Scandal (2004)

Untold Scandal

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

86%
Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 2,237

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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Drama , Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By:
,
Written By:
E J-Yong , Kim Dae-Woo , Hyun-jung Kim
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jun 7, 2005
Runtime:
Kino - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Untold Scandal

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (4) | DVD (3)

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
Top Critic

An elegant yet unassuming variation [Les Liaisons Dangereuses].

Full Review… | February 4, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Pictorially sumptuous and sexually provocative.

Full Review… | December 24, 2004
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Of all the Liaisons adaptations, this may be the most sentimental.

Full Review… | November 12, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
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.

Full Review… | October 27, 2005
Film Journal International

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

Full Review… | April 15, 2005
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.

Full Review… | February 26, 2005
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.

Full Review… | November 13, 2004
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.

Full Review… | October 24, 2004
Boxoffice Magazine

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

Full Review… | October 22, 2004
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.

Full Review… | October 15, 2004
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Untold Scandal

½

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

itsjustme2004
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.

guttersnipe28
Antony Stubbs

Super Reviewer

½

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

Super Reviewer

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