Set towards the end Chosun Dyansty period, Madam Joh lives as a devoted wife, but secretly she resents the restrictions placed upon her by society. Madam Joh has held many discrete relationships with other men. Jo Won is an accomplished scholar and skilled in martial arts. His real passion though is seducing other women. Madam Joh is his first love. Since that time they have engaged in high stake games of seduction and love. They both hide their true feelings for each other. Madam Joh then sets Jo Won upon the innocent So Ok, who will become her husband's concubine.
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The only difference is that the Korean version of this story makes the viewer root for the main characters, who become almost likeable and beautiful. I never thought I'd cry for Valmont (Korean version, of course). Thinking about it, it's much easier to get attached to Bae Yong Joon than you can ever do to John Malkovich!
The story was pretty good. It was definitely VERY risque for a Korean movie. I'm quite surprised they actually have movies like this there was quite a bit of random nudity. The acting was also very good. Overall this movie is definitely worth watching. Myself, i loved the American version and ive watched it several times; seeing it played out in a historical Korean setting was very interesting i really enjoyed it ^^