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Korean actor Jang Dong-gun smiles during the press conference for Dangerous Liaisons during the Toronto International Film Festival, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.

Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press

First John Malkovich, then Colin Firth, now Jang Dong-gun.

In the West, the big star in the Mandarin-language version of Dangerous Liaisons is surely the luminescent Zhang Ziyi, known to movie fans for playing the title role in Memoirs of a Geisha and one of the leads in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

But at the film's TIFF press conference on Monday, Chinese-language news media mainly wanted to hear from Jang Dong-gun, the Korean heartthrob who is hugely popular in China. He plays the lady killer Valmont, or Xie Yifan as he is renamed in the most recent adaptation of the 18th-century French novel (this time it's set in 1930s Shanghai).

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Is Jang not accepting more comic roles now that he's married? How is his Mandarin coming along? How was the chemistry with co-star Zhang since they don't share a common language? And, to much twittering, if he had to chose between his two beautiful Chinese co-stars – Zhang, who plays the upright Madame de Tourvel and Cecilia Cheung, who plays the scheming Marquise de Merteuil – which one would he pick? Not surprisingly, Jang dodged that one, saying through a Korean translator that he had worked with Cheung since she was young and so considered her something of a kid sister while he looked up to Zhang as a mature talent.

The role of the libertine Valmont is something of a departure for Jang, who has a nice-guy image in Korea and China, but he got a huge laugh when asked about his favourite line from Dangerous Liaisons. The translator explained that, roughly translated, it meant "Any woman, I can conquer her."

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