Director : Lee Jae-yong / Screenplay by Kim Dae-woo, Kim Hyeon-Jeong, Lee Jae-yong
Cast : Lee Mi-sook as Madam Cho / Bae Yong Joon as Cho-won / Jeon Do-yeon as Lady Jung / Jo Hyun-jae as Kwon In-ho / Lee So-yeon as Lee So-ok
"Revenge is more amusing when the victim is unaware." or "Revenge is a dish best served cold."
Untold Scandal is the adaptation screenplay from famous French novel “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, first published in 1782. The story is about a pair of wicked man and woman who in their mind, love is only an entertainment game and always use sex as a weapon to humiliate and degrade others. The book is an epistolary novel, composed entirely of letters written by the various characters to each other. And finally these letters are the weapons to destroy their wicked life.
The novel has been made into a play by Christopher Hampton which opened on London's West End and later crossed over to Broadway. It has also been adapted into various movies, under many different names. But the most well-known versions must be in 1988, in the name “Dangerous Liaisons”, directed by Stephen Frears and starring by Glenn Close, John Malkovich, and Michelle Pfeiffer (Yes, Keeanu Reeve also in this movie). Based on Hampton's play with eighteenth-century scenes.
Next in 1989, in the name “Valmont”, starring by Annette Bening, Colin Firth, and Meg Tilly. And “Cruel Intentions” in 1999, directed by Roger Kumble and starring by Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Reese Witherspoon in a modern reworking involving teens. For Korean version, Untold Scandal is not the first time, before that in 1970 have been created into film named “Uiheomhan gwangye”, directed by Young Nam Ko and starring by Mu-ryong Choi, Hie Mun, and Ji-myeong Oh
In 2003 as “Untold Scandal”, directed by Lee Je Yong and starring by Lee Mi Suk, Jeon Do Yeon, and Bae Yong Joon with the adaptation screenplay into Chosun Dynasty. This is the unique version and incredibly fascinating. Even the reflection of two faced people in noble society is as good as the original itself.
We cannot deny that Korean movie have their own charming with their striking setting. Especially in period movie like this both setting and costumes look phenomenal and obviously shown the culture. Activity day after day of life, way of nobility, thoughts and believes reflected in every scenes. Even the bed scenes also beautiful like a fine great artwork.
In the eyes of all women in Chosun, Cho-won is a dangerous man who you need to get away from him. But if you just met his eyes once, you can’t help but eager to take that risk. This must be unbearable charming of Cho-won, even Bae Yong Joon cannot bear this charm, he had said ,
“I feel that this character is very charming. He know what is love and in the end, died for love. Probably many women hope that the man in their life will only treat them well and only this, they regard them as good man!”
01. prologue - cho sshi choo moon rok
02. nam nyuh sang yul ji sa
04. Cho Won eh ah chim
05. choon myun gok joong
06. So Ok eh chut gul eum
07. boo yong jung eh suh
08. So Ok gwa In Ho
09. gil il eun sook boo in
10. yun suh
11. uh rin yun in deul
12. yuh woo sa nyang
13. bang ahn eh ggot shin
14. cho sshi boo in eh ga reu chim
15. woo hwa dang eh noon mool
17. gang hwa ba dat ga
18. ma ji mak go baek
19. gyuh ool ho soo
21. heut uh jin ggot ip
22. Cho Won eh pi ri
24. nul buh rin na reul buh ri ne