Untold Scandal (Joseon namnyeo sangyeoljisa)
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: June 7, 2005
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: Kino Video
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
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Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Cho Hyeon-jae, Kim Ha-Kyeong, Lee Soh-Yeon & Jeon Do-Yeon|
|Directed by||E J-Yong & J-Yong Lee|
|Produced by||Oh Jung-Wan|
Rating: 4/5 -- Choderlos de Laclos' novel has survived this long for a reason, and Untold Scandal shows us exactly what that is. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Rating: 3/4 -- Of all the Liaisons adaptations, this may be the most sentimental. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- A gorgeous setting and ferociously charming cast add unexpected depths to this scalding saga of manipulation. Full Review
Shadows on the Wall
Rating: 3.5/4 -- 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
Rating: 3/4 -- Handsome production values, solid ensemble performances and explorations of Far Eastern civilization. Full Review
Deseret News (Salt Lake City)
Rating: 3/4 -- 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
Rating: 3/4 -- Adds a vibrant cultural framework to a familiar story, and it turns out nothing becomes a legend like an Asian makeover. Full Review
The erotic intrigue, deception, and sexual cruelty of LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES are manifest here in the rigid formalities of Korea's 18th Century Chosun Dynasty. The beautiful and depraved Lady Cho is seeking revenge on her husband, who has decided to take a young concubine, So-ok (Lee Soh-yeon). To this end she enlists the aid of her equally licentious cad of a cousin, Jo-Won (Bae Yong-jun), and asks him to deflower and impregnate the naïve teenager; if he succeeds, he wins bedding privileges with Lady Cho, the one woman who has always resisted his advances. Lord Jo-Won desists, however, in favor of a greater challenge: the beautiful young widow Lady Sook (Jeon Do-yeon), he feels, is a more suitable conquest: she has taken a vow of chastity, and is a passionate devotee of the Catholic faith, illegal at the time. The young Lord uses all manner of devious means to get close to the "Gate of Chastity," as she is known, posing as a lost soul in need of saving, though he may find his oft-repeated mantra--"I have room for only one person in my heart"--challenged in unexpected ways as he uncovers a heretofore-undiscovered humanity lurking within his scheming soul. The lush photography and stunning costumes make this film a joy to watch, with the sizzling erotic scenes and subtle playfulness contrasting markedly with the stiff social conventions of the time.
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