Jang Dong Gun’s new film “Dangerous Liaisons” which co-stars Zhang Ziyi and Cecilia Cheung premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on September 10. The film was directed by Korean director Heo Jin Ho (Hur Jin Ho) and produced by Chen Weiming.
The film “Dangerous Liaisons” is an adaptation of the French novel of the same title, and is set in glamorous Shanghai in the 1930s. Jang Dong Gun plays the role of Xie Yifan who is a rich playboy who engages in a wager with social butterfly Mo Jieyu who is played Cecilia Cheung. At a social event, Mo Jieyu, in the past content with flirting but never giving in to his charms, offers to give herself to him if he is able to seduce the 16-year old fiancée Beibei of her former lover.
Xie Yifan ups the ante and offers to seduce the innocent Beibei and his second cousin widow Du Fenyu played by Zhang Ziyi.
The film “Dangerous Liasons” is actually the seventh film adaptation, following “Untold Scandal” in 2003 with Bae Yong Joon, Jeon Do Yeon, and Lee Mik Suk; “Cruel Intentions” in 1999 with Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Reese Witherspoon; “Valmont” in 1989 with Colin Firth, Annette Bening, and Meg Tilly; “Dangerous Liaisons” in 1988 with John Malkovich, Glenn Close, and Michelle Pfeiffer; “Uiheomhan Gwangye” with Choi Mu Ryong, Mun Hie, and Oh Ji Myeong; and “Les Liasions dangereuses” in 1959 with Gerard Phillipe, Annette Vadim, and Jeanne Moreau.
The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival began on September 6 and lasts until September 16.