Formerly known as "Human Addiction"
In 1969, when the Vietnam war was almost at an end, a secretive and preposterous relationship occurs between a man and a woman inside the military family housing made up of rank and relation of top and bottom.
Actress Jo Yeo-jung awarded Best Supporting Actress of the Year 2015/01/29, Source,
On January 29th, actress Jo Yeo-jung was awarded Best Supporting Actress of the Year from the Film Awards of the Year hosted by Korean Film Reporters Association, for her role in "Obsessed".
Jo Yeo-jung said during her acceptance speech, "There were times I was afraid of even reading a news article each time after I finished a movie. But later I learned to be able to wait for it anticipating what story I could deliver this time. I'm very happy and grateful I could even receive an award now,...More
[HanCinema Feature] Korea's Favourite Foreign Films of 2014 2015/01/10,
This time last year "The Attorney" was enjoying its final weekend at the top of the Korean box office. Yang Woo-seok's potent political piece drew millions to his Song-studded story of undead civil rights and modern righteousness, but a foreign blizzard was brewing, one that would soon usher in the nation's favourite alien invader of the year.
Its theme song, "Let It Go", was played, parodied, and pumped throughout the year as our Pale Blue Dot danced and dreamed of white noise and snowmen (a sobering event that one of the film's director, Jennifer Lee, recently apologised for; forgiven, not forgotten). Disney's "Frozen" hit Korea on the 16th of January, 2014, and the bruise was bad; $75.2 million in damages bad, in fact. Korea was obviously not alone here, the world had frozen over and thrown millions at this over-zealous zeitgeist qua animated anomaly,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Obsessed": Smoke and Servitude 2014/11/22,
In the spotlight this week: Kim Dae-woo's "Obsessed"...
I prefer the more literal title, "Human Addiction", than the psychotically suggestive: "Obsessed". It allows for the romantic fall of love into tragedy, the latter (while still fitting) is more outwardly aggressive, dangerous and unstable. Set in 1969, Kim Dae-woo's latest steamy classic (remember, this is the erotic creativity than (re)imagined "The Servant") spies Colonel Kim Jin-pyeong (Song Seung-heon) living in a small a military camp; he's a recognised war hero from Vietnam who will soon to be prompted to general and shipped to Seoul,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.07.11 ~ 2014.07.13 2014/07/14, Prime gives way to primates as a new king is crowned... "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes", the sequel to the 2011 film "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", recently hit Korean shores and dislodged Bay's "Transformers" at the top of the pile. Matt Reeves' film captured more than 47% of the box office pie (1.3M admissions) over 919 screens to break the hat-trick "Transformers" was eyeing. Still, Bay's bombastic blockbuster held firm in third, while Jo Beom-goo's drama "The Divine Move" stayed umoved in second place with 925K (23%),...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.07.04 ~ 2014.07.06 2014/07/07, "Divine" intervention almost topples Bay's beast…
Micheal Bay's blockbusting "Transformers: Age of Extinction" managed to hold onto the top spot despite some serious local protest. Bay's latest was the sole star last weekend where it opened its Korean account with over 1.8M admissions, but the mech-monster was challenged here by a new entry in the form of Jo Beom-goo's "The Divine Move",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.06.27 ~ 2014.06.29 2014/06/30, Bay's Blockbuster Dominates…
Michael Bay's bombastic "Transformers: Age of Extinction" landed in Korea on Wednesday and, quite simply, dominated. The lastest in the "Transformer" series enslaved some 1.8M filmgoers over a whopping 1,597 screens to dislodge "Edge of Tomorrow" as Korea's film of choice. It did so by greedily gobbling 78% of the box office pie, leaving little more than crumbs for the rest of the pack as Bay's brutes raced to 2.6M admissions ($21.6M),...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.06.20 ~ 2014.06.22 2014/06/23, Local delights struggle as Cruise's latest enjoys a third week at the topů
Tom Cruise's latest sci-fi phenomenon "Edge of Tomorrow" continued its reign as Korean film of choice. The film added another 573K (36%) to bring its total tally now up to 3.9M, and now threatens to overtake "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" as the sixth highest grossing film of the year. Running close to 200K behind Liman's adaptation came Kim Seong-hun's action drama "A Hard Day" starring Lee Sun-kyun. "A Hard Day", one of only two Korean films to make the cut this week, attracted 372K filmgoers (23% of the box office pie) to secure its fourth straight week at number two,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.06.13 ~ 2014.06.15 2014/06/16, "Edge of Tomorrow" pushes past 3 million to top the table once more…
Last weekend Doug Liman's science fiction adaptation "Edge of Tomorrow" snatched over 1.5M admissions to take gold, and while its haul was significantly less this time around, the 679K (40%) it pulled over the weekend was enough to secure a second reign. Cruise and his sci-fi flicks go down like a treat in Korea, and paired with the tale's Japanese origin, Liman's futuristic frenzy has thus far managed to amass over 3M admissions ($25M). And while Cruise and his co-star Emily Blunt were blazing at the top, two new local films made their entry into the top ten in the form of "Gyeongju" and "For The Emperor",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.06.06 ~ 2014.06.08 2014/06/09, "Edge of Tomorrow" dislodges Marvel's mutants and cruises into first…
Tom Cruise's latest, "Edge of Tomorrow", opened its Korean account over the weekend and was welcomed by some 1.2 million cinephiles. Based off of the military science fiction novel "All You Need Is Kill" by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, the film sees Cruise star alongside Emily Blunt in an action-packed outing that has already amassed $140M worldwide. Cruise has long been a popular personality in Korea and helped the film dislodge Marvel's mutants by capturing 42.2% of the sales in week one,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.05.30 ~ 2014.06.01 2014/06/02, Marvel's mutants hold strong for now…
Marvel's mutants secured a second straight week at the top over the weekend by adding another 834K (37.8%) to its cause. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" entered the chart on the 22nd, where it managed to dislodge Kim Dae-woo's "Obsessed", and has since remained Korea's film of choice. Last week the film claimed 1.4M, but the wealth was spread more evenly this time around as Kim Seong-hun's "A Hard Day" and Angelina Jolie's latest "Maleficent" entered the fray and sapped some of its steam,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Obsessed" 2014/05/31,
The part about "Obsessed" that most immediately commands attention is the set design. The military families in this film live in a distinctly American styled backdrop. Everything, from their clothing to their houses to the way they spend their free time, appears determined to mimic the lifestyles of Americans living in that same time period. Couple that with the backdrop of the Vietnam War, and the parallel becomes rather unmistakable.
There is one crucial difference, though,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.05.23 ~ 2014.05.25 2014/05/26, Marvel's mutants dominate and send "Godzilla" packing…
Last weekend Kim Dae-woo's "Obsessed" and the latest "Godzilla" flick slugged it out at the top as Korean cinephiles were torn between a local delight and a potentially impressive alien invasion. This week, however, saw the release of the much anticipated "X-Men: Days of Future Past", a comic-inspired event that promptly settled last week's tussle by snatching over 64% of the box office pie. Marvel's mutants mounted an all-out assault and forced the rest of the pack to scramble for stubs, resulting in a landslide victory as it pooled support from over a 1,000 screens nationwide,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "The Servant": A Romantic Rendition with a Classic Twist 2014/05/24, In the Spotlight this Week:Kim Dae-woo's "The Servant"…
Kim Dae-woo's third feature "Obsessed" was recently released in Korea, and despite having to square off against the American monstrosity "Godzilla" his latest is still hijacking hearts and putting plenty of bums on seats. Like the gargantuan ghost currently conquering the West, Kim enjoys re-imagining the past and twisting the record for our modern amusement. In 2010 Kim took on the challenge of re-telling Chunhyangjeon, one of Korea's most beloved folktales; a pansori-inspiring piece that's been adapted to the big screen before, most notably by the prolific Im Kwon-taek. Kim, however, has a particular flair for romantic distortion, and his version delightfully deviates from the classic narrative to splendorous effect,...More
[HanCinema's Image Gallery] Kim Dae-woo's "The Servant" 2014/05/24, A selection of shots from Kim Dae-woo's "The Servant"...Kim Dae-woo's third feature "Obsessed" is currently doing the rounds at the box office and has, thus far, managed to keep American's chubby creation at arm's length. It's been almost four years since Kim graced our screens, and so recently I returned to his 2010 film "The Servant" to remind myself of this writer/director's affection for the past, cross-class romance, and, as you will see here, the seductive power of presentation and framing...Enjoy! [spoilers],...More
Song Seung-heon Reflects on Edgier Role in Latest Flick 2014/05/24, Source,
In "Obsessed", which hit local theaters last week, Song Seung-heon plays the role of a married military officer who enters into an affair with the wife of one of his subordinates. The actor said he would never have considered taking such a role a decade ago because it would have jarred with his reputation as a good guy built up through many romantic comedies and films,...More
Actor Song Seung-heon publicizes soft tennis in his movie 2014/05/23, Source,
Popular Korean actor Song Seung-heon had never played soft tennis but practiced it for nearly two months. This was because playing tennis was included in the movie "Obsessed" that he starred in. He was cast as colonel Kim Jin-pyeong who is military officer and hero in Vietnam war. Set in 1969 at the end of Vietnam War, the movie portrays him playing tennis, which was then a social lavish sports game. Its popularity matches that of golf in current days. Kim Sung-jae, vice chairman of Korea Soft Tennis Association who was dispatched to Vietnam War as a Marine soldier, said, "Soft tennis was a trend until the 1960s in military, public offices and banks,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.05.16 ~ 2014.05.18 2014/05/19, Korean's torn between romance and rampage...
There was an intense tussle at the top over the weekend as the American giant "Godzilla" took on Kim Dae-woo's "Obsessed". While Gareth Edward's monster remake seized the lion's share of the pie (23.8% from 438,487 admissions), it was Kim's third feature that seduced the majority of filmgoers into the cinemas with over 445K tickets sold (23.5%). It was relatively fair game as both films opened their accounts with over 600 screens to pool from, but the local talent teased out a narrow victory over the gargantuan ghost and ultimately put more bums on seats,...More
Obsessed (2014) 2014/05/16, Source, "Obsessed"
Genres: Drama and Romance
Running Time: 132 min.
Directed by: Kim Dae-woo
Starring: Song Seung-heon, Lim Ji-yeon, Jo Yeo-jung, On Joo-wan
Synopsis: Set in 1969 at the end of the Vietnam War, elite officer and war hero Col. KIM Jin-pyeong is about to get promoted to general. He is a constant subject of jealousy, with the commander for a father-in-law and a beautiful wife. But in truth, his affection for his wife has subsided and he is suffering from post-traumatic disorder from the war. One day, Jin-pyeong encounters Ga-heun, the wife of a captain under him, and falls into a fatal and obsessive love affair that forces him to give up everything he has achieved,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/05/03, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★ "MAD SAD BAD": A 3D omnibus movie about a man who becomes a zombie for no apparent reason and falls in love with a woman. (05/15)
★★★ "Sage Solutions": A documentary by Tae Jun-seek about the responsibility and questionable ethics of the Korean Press. (05/15)
★★★★★ "Obsessed": A Vietnam War hero returns home to praise and promotion but suffers PTSD as a result, affecting his marriage, career, and future. (05/15)
★★★ "Campus S Couple": A one-night stand turns awkward when a couple realise they're in the same college. Things get more complicated on campus when another confesses their childhood love. (05/15)
★★★ "The Groin": Set during the Joseon dynasty, three men who don't believe in love make a bet to woo a married woman known for her chasity. (05/15),...More
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