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Untold Scandal (2003)

Mi-suk Lee , Do-yeon Jeon , Je-yong Lee  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mi-suk Lee, Do-yeon Jeon, Yong-jun Bae, Hyeon-jae Jo, So-yeon Lee
  • Directors: Je-yong Lee
  • Writers: Je-yong Lee, Choderlos de Laclos, Dae-woo Kim, Hyeon-jeong Kim
  • Producers: Eugene Lee, Jeong-wan Oh, Jung-Wan Oh, Neung-yeon Joh
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Korean (PCM Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kino International
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007XG5HW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,565 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Untold Scandal" on IMDb

Special Features

  • In Korean with optional English subtitles
  • Trailers and stills gallery

Editorial Reviews

Combining bold erotica, historical detail and eloquent tragedy, Untold Scandal roots Choderlos de Lacio's Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 19the century Korea. Previously set in pre-revolutionary France (Dangerous Liaisons) and in a wealthy New York prep school (Cruel Intensions), this version of the timeless Gallic tale of treachery, lust and sacrifice "may even be the best of the lot" (Los Angeles Times). Elegant, courtly and sexually voracious young Lord Jowon's (Bae Yong-jun) public life of idle nobility masks a not-so-private life of unending sexual conquest. Challenged by his equally debauched cousin Lady Cho (Lee Mi-Suk) to seduce a teenaged virgin (Lee Soh-yeon) threatening Cho's household kingdom, Jo-won accepts on condition that Cho surrender herself to him if he succeeds. But the real target of Jo-won's rapacious charm and ardor becomes Lad Sook (Jeon Do-yeon), a stunningly attractive, pious widow known as "the gate of chastity." As Untold Scandal's Machiavellian intrigue heats up, Jo-won's boast that "I have room for only one person in my heart" may prove his undoing. Full of "startling beauty" (LA Weekly), Untold Scandal maps the labyrinth of the soul as surely as it details the pleasures of the flesh. Its glossy evocation of the decadence and hypocrisy of the Chosun Dynasty, Korea's Victorian age, broke box office records in South Korea. After the US release, Untold Scandal's "stunning costumes and art direction, lush landscapes, and beautiful framed and lighted sequences" (New York Post) were declared "a major feat" (The New York Times).

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
I'm a young adult, not an artsy-fartsy kind of guy, and most foreign films are just bizzare... but this movie was very good. If you've seen Dangerous Liasons, you will like this Korean version of the story. Heck, if you're any part Korean like me, you'll enjoy it even more! Most people overlook how Korean society was, since China and Japan overshadow them in history. The way the characters interact with each other, and the cool clothing and atmosphere make for a movie that is both mentally and intellectually stimulating! It has all sorts of elements, mostly drama of course, and will evoke many emotions from amusement to sadness. I feel that most people will find at least one character in this movie with whom they can empathize and become attached to their destiny in the film. For those of you who are "family" oriented, it is pretty racy, so no minors! Give it a chance!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Artistic, Erotic, Poetic and Tragic June 11, 2007
By F. Wang
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I prefer this movie to the original Dangerous Liaisons for its brilliant colors and seamless flow of the plot. Though simple to the contemporary eyes, it is very refreshing to watch the "old-fashioned" but effective tricks men used 200 years ago to chase women. Compared to the original DL movie, the young actors portray innocence in a much more convincing way, which amplifies their ill fates even more tragically. The dialog is concise and poetic. It accurately reflects the elegance of the aristocrats with the simple humbleness and reservation unique to the Asian culture. I've watched this movie in both English and Chinese subtitles and feel that the Chinese translation depicts the essence slightly better, perhaps because of the closeness of the cultures.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning imagery & great acting July 8, 2005
By Tania
This movie is incredibly stunning both in acting and imagery. The actors, especially Lee Mi-suk & Bae Yong Joon, give believable & deliciously wicked performances. Not to mention the scenery, full of rich vibrant colors that will take your breath away. It is definitely worth watching. I highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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If you thought only Malkovich and Close could do these roles, then you need to see this version. There is some difficulty in translating European fencing into oriental swordplay in this film, and the sex scenes are perhaps a little more up-front than in the original, but I was pleasantly surprised at how effective this play was in a Korean court setting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a beautifully told story February 25, 2008
By Julius
I saw this movie at a film festival and was just floored. It's a shame it didn't have any marketing muscle behind it. The film is a Korean version of "Dangerous Liasons" - just remarkable in how well the writer / director transposes the story from period French society to a Korean one, similiar yet still very distinct and unique to its new setting. Terrific acting and visually quite accomplished. In fact, it was such an accomplished film that I was surprised by both how young and how shy the director was during the Q&A. (Note: I'm not of Korean background - one doesn't need any special knowledge of Korean culture to understand or appreciate this film, though of course, I'm sure such a background would only deepen one's enjoyment.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Korean version of "Dangerous Liaisons" May 25, 2011
By Reader
Many, many years ago, I saw "Dangerous Liaisons" with John Malkovich and Glen Close. When I saw this film on shelves, I could not resist to see the Korean version of the story. Needless to say, I was not disappointed at all. I like foreign movies, so subtitles, are never an issue for me. But what really gives this film beauty is wonderful costumes, make up and jewelry that depict the members of the Korean high society froma couple of centuries ago. Visually this film is very pleasing and in spite of the story's original european roots, it manages to keep its own sensuality intact. Every character is carefully developed and plot pretty much stays its course. It is definitely kind of a classic movie that can be told in any culture and still find its audience. Real delight, I strongly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scandaless! October 6, 2010
By abkmoon
I have to say I loved the movie! I can sit and watch it over and over again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GORGEOUS, VERY GLAMOROUS AND EXTREMELY SEXY July 26, 2010
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I only gave it 5 stars because there are not more stars available but this movie deserves much more than just 5. GORGEOUS, VERY GLAMOROUS AND EXTREMELY SEXY!!!!!!!!!!! In my inexpert eyes it is a MASTERPIECE!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got seduced by Cho-won and fell in love with him just like the girl in the movie did and grieved when he died although I am familiar with the story and the fate of the characters from previous movies based on the same novel. I own and adore Stephen Frears Dangerous Liaisons with John Malkovich and Glenn Close that I also recommend if you have not seen it but definitely this Korean version is SUBLIME, UNIQUE and I am madly in love with it!!!! Now I own it!!!!!Untold Scandal
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Untold Scandal Did Not Disappoint!
I initially ordered the DVD for my Korean mother, however, it was enjoyed by all who watched. Not just because of the beautiful intense scenes and story line, but because those... Read more
Published 1 month ago by HKG
4.0 out of 5 stars Scandalous!
It is a good film but not for anyone under the age of 18. Mature audiences only, so kick your immature boyfriend out if you want to watch this because I had too. Read more
Published 7 months ago by K. Thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good parts
Untold Scandal was in my opinion okay. I wouldn't say I hate it but I didn't love it. Some parts were pretty good but overall it lacked the spark that makes you watch without... Read more
Published 9 months ago by S. Otey
3.0 out of 5 stars Buyer English subtitles.
No English subtitles even though listed on product description and DVD menu. Can not legitimately write a review since I could not watch it without the English subtitles. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Laine
5.0 out of 5 stars Okay
pretty good. I think it meet my requirement and the price is reasonable. I don't know what else I need to say.
Published 13 months ago by jing Sun
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant
Great acting, beautiful scenery and costumes.

The S Koreans certainly know how to make an entertaining movie.

Do not hesitate to buy.
Published 13 months ago by Shantipal
3.0 out of 5 stars Costumes are great
A very good copy of the French version bot sometimes the English titles are against a white background and hard to see.
Published 15 months ago by gerald davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gut a good way.
Because it's so hard to describe movies with out giving them away I'm going to compare this one to "Original Sin. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Samson
5.0 out of 5 stars SEE THIS MOVIE!
This is an excellent, EXCELLENT, rendition of the French novel, Dangerous Liasons. The actor is superb in denoting his cynicism, well, all the actors/actresses are superb and the... Read more
Published on September 2, 2010 by A. Simon
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