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The Scarlet Letter is a 2004 South Korean film about a police detective who investigates a murder case while struggling to hang onto his relationships with his wife and mistress. The film debuted as the closing film of the Pusan International Film Festival in 2004. It is the second film by La Femis-graduate and academic Byun Hyuk (Daniel Byun) and starred Han Suk Kyu, Lee Eun Ju, Sung Hyun A and Uhm Ji Won. Despite Lee Eun Ju's prior experience with depicting sex and nudity in Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (2000), she came under the scrutiny of the Korean press and netizens. Her severe depression ended in suicide in February 2005, and the tragic conclusion has since become the central focus in popular perception and interpretation of the film, this particular one being her last. Director Kim Ki Duk, no stranger to controversy over his own films, is quoted by Chinese film magazine "Movie Watch" (看電影) in singling out The Scarlet Letter as among the key Korean dramas from recent years. He subsequently cast Sung Hyun A, who rose to prominence with her role in The Scarlet Letter, as the heroine in his Time. Edit Translation

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  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Oct 28, 2004
  • Duration: 1 hr. 59 min.
  • Score: 6.7 (scored by 297 users)
  • Ranked: #9911
  • Popularity: #9672
  • Content Rating: 18+ Restricted (violence & profanity)

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Jul 11, 2021
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Overall 1.5
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Music 5.0
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well this was different to say the least. donno where to start. hated Ki-hoon and Ga-hee, usually don't hate character's who r cheaters. but hated that they were so self involved they didn't give and f*ck who they hurt, and it was obvious by Ga-hee's showing up at Soo-hyun's recital with flowers, she wanted to "twist the knife" to make it clear to Soo-hyun she was f*cking her husband. which was vomit inducing... but the more u find out (towards the end) u get why this is a whole new level of f*cked-up.

found and clicked on this cause of Han Seok Kyu - the beloved Master Kim from Romantic Doctor, his character is vastly different here - shockingly so... but guess he aint a "one trick pony". which, good for him. but this was to "raw" for me... hated the Detective character, he was a major f*cke-head, all the macho B.S. was/is annoying and not mildly endearing, so found the trunk scene hilarious (yeah evil i know), even though it turned out so gory... i smiled through every bit. usually don't care or "get" the bad ending cheaters get, but this one was justly deserved. and i really relished every bit of it. even if, after u know the whole story it may make u rethink things. i was OK with the outcome.

the only annoying bit, don't get why the wife of the murder victim walks free, when she isn't innocent?!? her husband wasn't abusive or a pervert pedo that deserved being put to death, the way he was. so that was a brow-raising moment. especially if there was justice meted out to one couple, why did she get off scot-free?!?

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  • Movie: The Scarlet Letter
  • Country: South Korea
  • Release Date: Oct 28, 2004
  • Duration: 1 hr. 59 min.
  • Content Rating: 18+ Restricted (violence & profanity)


  • Score: 6.7 (scored by 297 users)
  • Ranked: #9911
  • Popularity: #9672
  • Watchers: 760

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