Les Liaisons Dangereuses
, novelist Choderlos de Laclos' much-adapted chronicle of love among the vipers, is relocated to 18th-century Korea, and while the result looks significantly different from other versions, its icy heart is unchanged. The year is 1792, and cultured reprobate Sir Cho-Won (Bae Yong-jun) is summoned by his cousin, Lady Cho (Lee Mi-sook). Lady Cho's husband, Lord Yu, is about to take on a new courtesan, 16-year-old So-Oak (Lee Soh-yeon), because his wife has failed to produce an heir. While Lady Cho plays the dutiful wife in public, welcoming the girl into her home and teaching her the appropriate manners for her new station in life, she's s...