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Dangerous Liaisons set in China

New adaptation concentrates less on scandals

In autumn 2012, a new adaptation of the novel Dangerous Liaisons will start in Chinese cinemas. The Chinese-Korean co-production is directed by Korean filmmaker Hur Jin-ho, who decided to set the story in the 30's. The film will star Zhang Ziyi, Jang Dong-gun and Cecilia Cheung.

The best known film adaptation of the famous novel is Stephen Frear's identically named film from 1988 starring John Malkovich and Glenn Close. While Frear's film follows time (18th century) and place (France) of the novel, other adaptations differed here. While the Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Philippe-led Cruel Intentions transported the story to take place at an elite college in modern New York, the Korean adaptation Untold Scandal remained in the 18th century but let it all happen in feudal Korea.

While all the films (just like the novel) place the treacherous seduction of the young and innocent woman at the center of the story, the Chinese don't seem to concentrate on this very much. This is a contrast to the Korean film that was rated for adults. One reason for the Chinese reluctance is surely the Chinese censorship and the fact that the very expensive adaptation (approx. 30 million Dollar) has been undoubtedly founded by the state.

Regisseur Hur Jin-ho: "The original novel indeed was banned. However, the novel doesn't just cover matters concerning a love. It has more deep meanings. We interpret the novel's humanism from a new angle. It will be the most 'clean' adaptation of the novel ever."

Prior to showing it in Chinese cinemas in September 2012, the producers plan to screen it at the Cannes festival and sell the rights to other territories.

Release: May 11, 2012 - Author: Doc Idaho - Translator: Mike Lowrey

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