Untold Scandal details
|Starring:||Hyeon-jae Jo, Mi-suk Lee, So-yeon Lee, Do-yeon Jeon, Yong-jun Bae|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Run time:||2 hours 4 minutes|
|Rental release:||27 Sep 2010|
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Beautiful Korean film of intrigue and seduction.By milnerv from Dorset , 18 Sep 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Based on the French novel of de Laclos written in 1782 in which two nobleman elevate seduction to an art.
Set in 18th century Korea the film proceeds at a stately pace amidst beautiful photography and stunning costumes as Jo-won (Bae Yong-Jun) sets out on the double conquest of the future concubine Soh-ok (Lee So-Yeon) and the chaste widow of 27 years Lady Sook (Jeon Do-Yeaon).
The film radiates around Lady Dho in an excellent performance from (Lee Mi-Suk) whose intriguing with her cousin Jo-won amidst their repressed sexual attraction for each other are a delight.
The somewhat stylised acting does I assume represent the customs of 18th century Korean nobility and accentuates the moments of warm personal relationships.
However this film is about the cold subtle cruelty of seduction and intrigue amidst the luxury and beauty of a Korean court.
It is the first film Bae Yong-Jun has directed as well as playing Jo-won and is a fine achievement. His second film April Snow is due for release in seven countries this month and will be at the top of my rental list when available on DVD.
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Korean cinema at its best!By Gbob (18 reviews) from Wakefield , 13 Apr 2010For those of you who want fast action and plenty of sex/flesh this is not for you.
For those of you who appreciate great acting, great direction, combined with real costume drama this is definitely for you. Although a little slow at times the plot moves well, hangs together well and the story line remains true throughout.
There are plenty of vingnettes going on all the time, with small side plots coming and going throughout the film.
Basically the story of a high born Korean aristocrat, who offers her cousin (the principal character in the movie) the opportunity to bed her if he first seduces the young woman who is to become her husbands concubine and before her husband gets to her!
The intigues, the other women, the adventures of the cousin and his devious attempts to succeed are the plot of the film. Erotic in parts, although never gratuitous, you will enjoy this if you can appreciate it.
One word of warning - the film is in Korean with English sub-titles. This however in many ways adds to the film rather than detracting from it - it keeps the actors real without annoying voice over actors who would almost certainly not capture the real feeling of the movie.
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BeautifulBy sophy300 (67 reviews) from Newcastle upon Tyne , 21 Dec 2009The story is a little difficult to follow fully because there is a complicated ranking of the characters in court, but this does not really matter. The film is wonderfully pretty with an engaging story of love and deception.
Loved it!By a customer from Market Drayton , 29 Jan 2009I'm a big fan of Asian cinema and have been after a copy of this for a while! It's fantastic-a worthy contender to 'Dangerous Liasons' The beginning is quite saucy but all in all a great film and highly recommended to all fans of Asian period films!
Basic instincts.By Misterbob (4 reviews) from Hoxne , 29 Jul 2008Wonderful film making; visually outstanding, beautiful people and a great period atmosphere. It had, I thought, a compelling mixture of drama, eroticism, intrigue and pathos, I enjoyed it.
old story,new setting,and it worksBy filmhound (27 reviews) from London , 12 Mar 2008Well the story is a classic and has been done many times before so thats a done deal, the new setting, 19th cent Korea, and the different slant on the story from a far eastern attitude work VERY well indeed. THe main smoothy and the ageing bitch are very well played although the girl who holds out didnt really click for me,she seemed to miss the point somehow. The sets are superb as is the use of colour but the costumes really are fantastic, obviously authentic to the last crease. The move is a joy to watch,taking a well know story and re-setting it rarely works but it dose here,100%