Complex emotional relationships and human nature’s darker sides are explored in this captivating suspense drama about a cop whose lust for love threatens to get in the way of his professional life. Ki Hoon (Han Suk Kyu) is a guy who doesn’t mind an erotic adventure or two. Even though he is married to the charming and beautiful Soo Hyun, he engages in a passionate affair with his wife’s friend, night club singer Ka Hee (Lee Eun Joo). As if things weren’t complicated enough, he also starts to fall for murder suspect Kyung Hee, whom he believe may be involved in the killing of her husband.
Directed by Daniel H. Byun (Interview), The Scarlet Letter is perhaps now most remembered as actress Lee Eun Joo’s last film. The star of such films as Taegugki and Bunjee Jumping of Their Own, Lee committed suicide shortly after shooting the film. Her co-star in the film, Han Suk Kyu, is one of Korea’s most respected character actors, having previously appeared in such blockbusters as Shiri and Green Fish, which won him Best Actor awards at both the Blue Dragon Awards and the Daejong Film Festival in 1997. The Scarlet Letter also attracted a lot of attention for its explicit lovemaking scenes.