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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).

Special Features

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

Product Details

  • Actors: Lee Mi-Sook, 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
  • 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 Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007XG5HW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,930 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Untold Scandal" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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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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Because it's so hard to describe movies with out giving them away I'm going to compare this one to "Original Sin." If you enjoy emotion and sexuality that will throw you for a loop and make you feel turned on, happy, and then sad and scream "whyyyyyy!" at the TV and characters then this is the epitome of that in Korea. You will honestly feel sorry for some one in the movie, call another character a straight "c*nt" and watch a character or two evolve into some pretty noble. You know what, mix "Original Sin" with "Cruel Intentions" and that's pretty close to what it is, but not the teen version of cruel intentions. This is the adult version, not just because of overt sexuality and beautiful Korean women in a wonderful setting but also because it would take a life time to come up with the evil games they play. The rest you'll have to see for yourself but it is indeed a very good movie.
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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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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 of us that do not speak Korean fluently, were able follow the film easily with the very well done English subtitles. We all enjoyed the love story (quite a bit of nudity for those that are conservative), my mom is very liberal and enjoyed this film immensely.
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