|Hangul||스캔들 - 조선남녀상열지사|
|Hanja||스캔들 - 朝鮮男女相悅之詞|
|Revised Romanization||Seukandeul - Joseon namnyeo sang'yeoljisa|
|McCune–Reischauer||Sŭk'aendŭl - Chosŏn namnyŏ sang'yŏlchisa|
|Directed by||E J-yong|
|Produced by||Lee Yoo-jin
|Written by||Kim Dae-woo
|Based on||Les Liaisons dangereuses
by Choderlos de Laclos
|Music by||Lee Byung-woo|
|Editing by||Kim Yang-il
|Distributed by||CJ Entertainment|
|Running time||123 minutes|
Untold Scandal (Hangul: 스캔들 - 조선 남녀 상열지사; RR: Seukandeul - 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.
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.
A beautiful but cynical noblewoman makes a bet with her free-spirited 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.
- 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
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
- Best New Actor - Bae Yong-joon
- 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
- 2004 Korean Film Awards
- Best Art Direction - Lee Gu-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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- "Bae Yong-jun's 'Scandal' Causing Scandal in Japan". The Chosun Ilbo. 5 April 2004. Retrieved 2011-10-22.
- "The Best Selling Films of 2003". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
- "Untold Scandal - Awards". Cinemasie. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
- Official website (Korean)
- Untold Scandal at Tiscali UK/TalkTalk Group (website created by UK actor and designer Adam Jennings)
- Untold Scandal at the Korean Movie Database
- Untold Scandal at the Internet Movie Database