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Untold Scandal

  • Drama
  • 2003
  • E J-Yong
  • 124 mins
  • 18

Summary

In late 1700s Korea, Lady Cho challenges the playboy Lord Jo-won into seducing and sleeping with her husband's coming young, virgin concubine. Lady Cho agrees to sleep with him if he succeeds.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

There have been so many screen variations on Choderlos de Laclos's 1782 epistolary novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses that another might seem pointless. But by translating the action to 18th-century Korea, director E J-Yong has breathed new life into the story of an unscrupulous, manipulative noblewoman (Lee Mi-Sook) who challenges her equally predatory would-be lover (Bae Yong-jun) to seduce a famously chaste widow (Jun Do-Youn). The vicious games of power and seduction that ensue are given an extra intensity as the forces of Confucianism and Catholicism (the widow is Catholic) clash with the conservatism of the Chosun dynasty amid the decadence of the ruthless Lee Mi-Sook's household. This is a majestic film, impeccably played, handsomely designed and gloriously photographed by Kim Byung-Il.

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Credits

Cast

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Cho-wonBae Yong-jun
Lady ChoLee Mi-sook
Lady SookJun Do-Youn
Kwon In-hoCho Hyun-Jae
Lee So-okLee So-Yeon

Crew

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DirectorE J-Yong

Details

Theatrical distributor
Soda Pictures
Released on
2005-04-22
Languages
Korean
Guidance
Contains sex scenes and nudity, and some violence.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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