The erotic intrigue, deception, and sexual cruelty of LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES are manifest here in the rigid formalities of Koreas 18th Century Chosun Dynasty. The beautiful and depraved Lady Cho is seeking revenge on her husband, who has decided to take a young concubine, So-ok (Lee Soh-yeon). To this end she enlists the aid of her equally licentious cad of a cousin, Jo-Won (Bae Yong-jun), and asks him to deflower and impregnate the naÃ¯ve teenager; if he succeeds, he wins bedding privileges with Lady Cho, the one woman who has always resisted his advances. Lord Jo-Won desists, however, in favour of a greater challenge: the beautiful young widow Lady Sook (Jeon Do-yeon), he feels, is a more suitable conquest: she has taken a vow of chastity, and is a passionate devotee of the Catholic faith, illegal at the time. The young Lord uses all manner of devious means to get close to the Gate of Chastity, as she is known, posing as a lost soul in need of saving, though he may find his oft-repeated mantra-I have room for only one person in my heart--challenged in unexpected ways as he uncovers a heretofore-undiscovered humanity lurking within his scheming soul. The lush photography and stunning costumes make this film a joy to watch, with the sizzling erotic scenes and subtle playfulness contrasting markedly with the stiff social conventions of the time.
Theatrical Trailer, Stills Gallery, Interview With Director E JYong
Release Date: 22 August 2005
Certificate: TBA - To Be Announced
Production Year: 2003