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Director  E J-yong
Music director  Lee Byung-woo
Country  South Korea
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Language  Korean
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Release date  October 2, 2003 (2003-10-02)
Based on  Les Liaisons dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos
Writer  Dae-woo Kim, Hyeon-jeong Kim, Choderlos de Laclos (novel), Je-yong Lee
Initial release  October 2, 2003 (South Korea)
Screenplay  E J-yong, Kim Dae-woo, Kim Hyeon-Jeong
Cast  YongJun Bae (조원 (Jo-won)), Jeon Do-yeon (숙부인 정씨 (Lady Jeong)), Lee Mi-sook (조씨부인 (Madam Jo)), Lee So-yeon (이소옥 (Lee So-ok))
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Untold Scandal (Hangul스캔들 - 조선 남녀 상열지사; RRSeukandeul - Joseon namnyeo sang'yeoljisa; lit. "Scandal: The Love Story of Men and Women in Joseon") is a 2003 South Korean romantic drama film directed by E J-yong, and starring Bae Yong-joon, Jeon Do-yeon, and Lee Mi-sook. Loosely based on the 18th century French novel Les Liaisons dangereuses, this adaptation takes place in late 18th century Korea, during the Joseon dynasty.


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In Japan the film was given an R-18 rating by the Japanese Film Ethics Commission. The film was a major commercial success, and became the fourth highest grossing domestic film of 2003 with 3,522,747 tickets sold nationwide.

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A beautiful but cynical and manipulative noblewoman makes a bet with her free-spirited womanizing cousin that he can have sex with her if he is able to seduce a young woman of great virtue. He accepts the challenge with enthusiasm though not suspecting the nasty trap he is walking into.


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  • Bae Yong-joon – Jo-won (Vicomte Sébastien de Valmont)
  • Jeon Do-yeon – Lady Jeong (Madame Marie de Tourvel)
  • Lee Mi-sook – Madam Jo (Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil)
  • Lee So-yeon – Lee So-ok (Cécile de Volanges)
  • Jo Hyun-jae – Kwon In-ho (Cécile's music tutor Chevalier Raphael Danceny)
  • Lee Mi-ji – So-ok's mother (Cécile's mother Madame de Volanges)
  • – Madam Jo's husband (Merteuil's former love, the Comte de Gercourt)
  • Choi Ban-ya – Chu Wol-yi
  • Choi Sung-min – slave
  • Jeon Yang-ja – Vice-Premier's wife
  • Seo Yoon-ah – Jung-geum
  • Han Yi-bin – Eun-sil
  • Jung Jae-jin – elder 2
  • Kong Ho-suk – elder 3
  • Na Han-il – Nobleman Yoo
  • Differences from the original novel

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    Monsieur de Tourvel (Madame Marie de Tourvel/Lady Jeong's husband), who was away for a court case in the novel, was in the film deceased, making Lady Jeong a widow of nine years. Furthermore, Lady Jeong lived in Ganghwa Island, and in the film, she is living in Seoul as there was a plague at her hometown at that time.

    Jo-won (Vicomte Sébastien de Valmont) and Madam Jo (Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil) were in the film cousins (Jo-won the younger cousin), and it is revealed that Jo-won's first love was Madam Jo, whereas in the novel, they were rivals, yet using the same tools for their revenge: sex.

    Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil (Madam Jo)'s former lover is arranged to be Cécile's future husband in the novel, but in the film, his character is Madam Jo's husband. In So-ok's case, she is being made into a concubine of Madam Jo's husband for the continuity of the family lineage with the elders' consent.

    Lee So-ok (Cécile de Volanges) was ushered in to Madam Jo's care to be the concubine of her husband, and is conspiring with Jo-won to make her pregnant for revenge (with Madam Jo telling her husband what really happened to So-ok at her husband's deathbed).

    Chevalier Raphael Danceny was originally Cécile's music tutor in the novel, but in the film, Kwon In-ho (Raphael Danceny's counterpart) is the youngest son of Madam Jo's next-door neighbor and also Lady Jeong's cousin.

    Awards and nominations

    2003 Pusan International Film Festival

  • NETPAC Award
  • 2003 Blue Dragon Film Awards

  • Best New Actor – Bae Yong-joon
  • Nomination – Best Actress – Jeon Do-yeon
  • Nomination – Best Actress – Lee Mi-sook
  • 2004 Baeksang Arts Awards

  • Best New Actor – Bae Yong-joon
  • 2004 Verona Film Festival

  • Stefano Reggiani Prize (from the Veneto's Order of Journalists)
  • Best Artistic, Technical, or Creative Contribution
  • 2004 Grand Bell Awards

  • Best Costume Design – Jung Ku-ho, Kim Hee-ju
  • Nomination – Best Film
  • Nomination – Best Director – E J-yong
  • Nomination – Best Actress – Jeon Do-yeon
  • Nomination – Best Actress – Lee Mi-sook
  • Nomination – Best New Actor – Bae Yong-joon
  • Nomination – Best Planning – Lee Yoo-jin
  • Nomination – Best Adapted Screenplay – Kim Dae-woo, E J-yong, Kim Hyeon-jeong
  • Nomination – Best Cinematography – Kim Byeong-il
  • Nomination – Best Art Direction – Jung Ku-ho
  • Nomination – Best MusicLee Byung-woo
  • 2004 Shanghai International Film Festival

  • Best Director – E J-yong
  • Best Music – Lee Byung-woo
  • Best Visual Effects – Lee Jeon-hyeong
  • Best Sound Effects – Lee Seung-chul
  • 2004 Korean Film Awards

  • Best Art Direction – Jung Ku-ho
  • Nomination – Best Actress – Lee Mi-sook
  • Nomination – Best Director – E J-yong
  • Nomination – Best Cinematography – Kim Byeong-il
  • Nomination – Best Music – Lee Byung-woo
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