Based on Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ novel “Les Liaisons dangereuses”, “Untold Scandal” takes place in late 18th century Korea, during the Joseon dynasty.
The film itself is regarded as a considerable masterpiece, and the actors’ performance was well received.
It was a work that showed a lot of interest overseas, but strangely, in Japan, where Bae Yong-joon was very popular, “Untold Scandal” was treated as Bae Yong-joon’s embarrassing work.
While critics and cinephiles liked it in Japan, Bae Yong-joon‘s fans, who should be the main audience, responded that because of Bae Yong-joon’s playboy appearance and excessive bed scenes, they can be disappointed if they think about his image in “Winter Sonata” while watching “Untold Scandal”.
For this reason, there was a post advising not to watch this movie on Bae Yong-joon’s Japanese fan site. It was also selected as a banned film by Japanese fans.