Dangerous Liaisons (2012 film)

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Dangerous Liaisons
Directed by Hur Jin-ho
Produced by Chen Weiming
Screenplay by Yan Geling
Based on Les Liaisons dangereuses
by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
Starring Zhang Ziyi
Jang Dong-gun
Cecilia Cheung
Music by Jo Seong-woo
Cinematography Kim Byeong-seo
Edited by Nam Na-yeong
Release date
  • May 24, 2012 (2012-05-24) (Cannes - Directors' Fortnight)
  • September 27, 2012 (2012-09-27) (China)
  • October 11, 2012 (2012-10-11) (South Korea)
Running time
110 minutes
Country China
Language Mandarin
Budget CN¥150 million
₩40 billion
US$24.2 million[1]

Dangerous Liaisons (Chinese: 危險關係) is a 2012 Chinese film by Hur Jin-ho loosely based on the novel with the same title by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. The novel has been adapted numerous times, including Les Liaisons Dangereuses, an adaptation by Roger Vadim (1959), the eponymous Hollywood film (1988), Valmont (1989), Cruel Intentions (1999), and Untold Scandal from South Korea (2003).[3]

This version is set in 1930s Shanghai and stars South Korean actor Jang Dong-gun and Chinese actresses Zhang Ziyi and Cecilia Cheung.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

The film screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival,[10][11][12] the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival,[13][14] and the 2012 Busan International Film Festival.[15][16][17]


Shanghai, September 1931: Wealthy businessman and serial seducer Xie Yifan (Jang Dong-gun) is introduced to his uncle's granddaughter, Du Fenyu (Zhang Ziyi), when his maternal grandmother, Du Ruixue (Lisa Lu), arrives at his apartment one day. Fenyu, a young widow who's just arrived from Northeast China (aka Manchuria) where the Japanese are making incursions, is staying at the country home of Madam Du, her grand-aunt.

At a glitzy fund-raiser for refugees thrown by Hudong Bank chairwoman Mo Jieyu (Cecilia Cheung) at Yifan's nightclub, Jieyu, an old friend of Yifan who's never succumbed to his advances, asks him to rob Beibei (Candy Wang), the 16-year-old fiancee of tycoon Jin Zhihuan (Zhang Han), of her virginity. Jieyu wants revenge on Jin, for publicly dumping her in favor of a schoolgirl. Yifan turns down Jieyu's request, partly because he has another quarry in his sights—the quiet and retiring Fenyu. Sensing an opportunity for some sport, Jieyu makes Yifan a wager: if he can seduce Fenyu without falling in love, she will finally agree to sleep with him; if he fails, he will sign over a valuable piece of land to her. Yifan accepts the challenge, but finds the virtuous Fenyu apparently immune to his charms.

Meanwhile, Jieyu employs a different strategy to get her revenge on Jin, encouraging an attraction between Beibei and her young drawing teacher, college student Dai Wenzhou (Shawn Dou). Despite Jieyu's strenuous efforts, the relationship is never consummated; but when she finds out about it, Beibei's mother, Mrs. Zhu (Rong Rong), forbids her daughter to see Wenzhou anymore. With time running out, Jieyu suggests to Mrs. Zhu that Beibei should spend some quiet time at Madam Du's estate—and secretly arranges for Yifan to be there, to "comfort" Beibei. Mission finally accomplished, Yifan refocuses on seducing Fenyu, but finds himself in deeper emotional waters than he's ever experienced.[18]


  • Zhang Ziyi as Du Fenyu (Tourvel)
  • Jang Dong-gun as Xie Yifan (Valmont)
  • Cecilia Cheung as Mo Jieyu (Merteuil)
  • Shawn Dou as Dai Wenzhou (Danceny)
  • Lisa Lu as Madam Du Ruixue (Rosemond)
  • Rong Rong as Mrs. Zhu (Madame de Volonges)
  • Candy Wang as Beibei, Mrs. Zhu's daughter (Cecile)
  • Ye Xiangming as Wu Shaopu, the demonstrator
  • Xiao Shuli as Gui Zhen
  • Zhang Yun as Wen, Mrs. Zhu's maid
  • Wu Fang as Hong, Jieyu's maid
  • Chen Guodong as Gen
  • Zhang Han as Jin Zhihuan
  • Xue Wei as young lady
  • Hao Yifei as teacher
  • Zong Xiaojun as police captain
  • Yang Fan as policeman
  • Gang Xiaoxi as dance girl
  • Zhang Zichen as Cai Lu, Yifan's driver
  • Piao Yanni as make-up woman
  • Yan Hongyu as photographer
  • Jiang Yiyi as manicure maid
  • Dong Hailong as reporter
  • Son Seong-jae as saxophonist
  • Leng Haiming as art director
  • Yang Chen as MC
  • Xiang Dong as lawyer
  • Yin Yanbin as Japanese officer
  • Jean Favie "Ji En" as the French tailor
  • Li Shiping as young street beggar


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