Untold Scandal The thorny erotic triangle (or is it a rectangle? or maybe even a hexagon?) at the center of Choderlos de Laclos' novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses… Untold Scandal The thorny erotic triangle (or is it a rectangle? or maybe even a hexagon?) at the center of Choderlos de Laclos' novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses… 2004-10-13 PT123M Jeon Do-yeon Lee Mi-sook Bae Yong-jun Kino International
Movie Review

Untold Scandal (2004)

Bae Yong-jun, Jeon Do-yeon, ... | LOST IN TRANSLATION Scandal offers a dull Eastern take on a sexy French classic
LOST IN TRANSLATION Scandal offers a dull Eastern take on a sexy French classic
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Limited Release: Oct 13, 2004; Length: 123 Minutes; With: Jeon Do-yeon, Lee Mi-sook and Bae Yong-jun; Distributor: Kino International

The thorny erotic triangle (or is it a rectangle? or maybe even a hexagon?) at the center of Choderlos de Laclos' novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses is such an elaborate and satisfying structure of deceit and salaciousness that every attempt I have seen to adapt it on film — Dangerous Liaisons, Cruel Intentions, even the trashy 1959 Roger Vadim version — has resulted in an entertainment of agreeable nasty elegance. Until now. Untold Scandal transplants the story to 19th-century Korea, where Jo-won (Bae Yong-jun), the lascivious cad in the middle of all the scheming, attempts to seduce the pious Lady Sook (Jeon Do-yeon), only to surprise himself by falling in love — and becoming every bit as placid and dull as she is.

Originally posted Oct 20, 2004 Published in issue #790 Oct 29, 2004 Order article reprints
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