Obsessed (2014 film)

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Theatrical poster
Directed byKim Dae-woo
Produced byPark Dae-hee
Kim Dae-woo
Written byKim Dae-woo
Oh Tae-kyung
StarringSong Seung-heon
Lim Ji-yeon
Music byLee Jae-jin
CinematographyByun Bong-seon
Edited byKim Sang-bum
Kim Jae-bum
Distributed byNext Entertainment World
Release date
  • May 14, 2014 (2014-05-14)
Running time
132 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Revised RomanizationIngan jungdok
McCune–ReischauerInkan chungtok

Obsessed (Korean인간중독; RRIn-gan-jung-dok; lit. "Human Addiction" or "Human Intoxication") is a 2014 South Korean erotic romance film written and directed by Kim Dae-woo, about a couple having a passionate affair in a military camp under tight surveillance in 1969.[1][2][3][4]


Decorated war hero Colonel Kim Jin-pyong is on the verge of his promotion to general. From his commander father-in-law to beautiful wife, Jin-pyong is the subject of much envy and jealousy. But his affection for his wife has subsided long ago, and due to post-traumatic disorder from the Vietnam War, he suffers mental breakdowns and nightmares of the fallen soldiers under his command.

One day, Captain Kyung Woo-jin is transferred to Jin-pyong's troop and he moves in next door with his wife Ga-heun. Jin-pyong encounters Ga-heun and instantly falls in love with her. He has never felt this emotion in his life and is confused by it. He is later invited to an event at an army hospital organized by the wives of commissioned officers, where they volunteer. A patient suffering from PTSD attacks Ga-heun, and Jin-pyong jumps in to help her. He saves her from the patient, but she gets shot in the process and is admitted to the hospital. She begins to develop cordial feelings for Jin-pyong for risking his own life to save her from the vicious attack.

Jin-pyong and Ga-heun meet in complete secrecy and share their own memories. Over time, their love for one another blossoms to maturity. As the two enjoy their secret love affair, Ga-heun receives a call that her mother is ill and immediately goes to the hospital and there they are met by Ga-heun's mother-in-law. Her mother-in-law raised Ga-heun when she lost her family as if she was one of her own children, and Ga-heun's guilt leads her to end her affair with Jin-pyong. He has no choice but to go along with her decision.

Jin-pyong has a hard time getting over her, and he schemes to falsely accuse Woo-jin for something he did not do, but the scheme does not work. It is a living hell to see Ga-heun giving him the cold shoulder, adding to the fact that she is so close by, being in the same base, and living next door to her.

Jin-pyong is finally promoted to general, and a celebration party is held. Ga-heun and Woo-jin also attend the party. Jin-pyong is surrounded by people congratulating him, but he can only scan the room for a glimpse of Ga-heun. He gets drunk by the end of the night, and not being able to contain his feelings any longer, he shouts why she had to leave him, completely exposing their secret affair to the entire army.

In a fit of rage for insulting his daughter, his father-in-law decides to send Jin-pyong back to Vietnam. Jin-pyong pleases Ga-heun that he's willing to give up his army career for her. But she says she's not so in love with him that she's willing to give up her life. He is devastated by her response and attempts to commit suicide. He fails even that and leaves the base for Vietnam.

Two years later, while attending an official party, a group of Special Unit men approach Ga-heun. They tell her that Jin-pyong died on the battlefield, and give her one thing. In his dying moment, he reached out for a polaroid photograph of Ga-heun and himself. Even though the affair was short, the polaroid captured a happy moment of the two ballroom dancing. On the back, a short phrase is written on it – “My Love”.[5][6]



When the film studio uploaded racy teaser photos from the movie on April 24, 2014, more than 4.7 million people logged onto the official website. Industry insiders noted that the interest in the film was remarkable, because the marketing team wasn't able to conduct any promotional activity due to the recent sinking of the MV Sewol incident. The hype was mostly attributed to actor Song Seung-heon, since Obsessed was his first R-rated romance film.[13]


Obsessed was released on May 14, 2014. It debuted at No. 1 in the local box office, drawing 445,490 admissions and making ₩3.7 billion (US$3.6 million) on its first week.[14]


The first teaser used "La Danse" by Stefano Barzan and "A Table for Two" by Didier Goret.[15][16][17] The second teaser used "Regal Portrait" by Philip Sheppard. The trailer used "Les Abers" by Christophe Delabre and "Regal Portrait" by Philip Sheppard.[18]

The music featured in the tennis match and car sex scene is the second movement of Alessandro Marcello's Concerto in D minor with piano performance by Moon Jin-tak and nylon guitar performance by Hwang Min-woong.[19] "The Rose" in the closing credits is performed by Japanese singer Aoi Teshima.[20]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
23rd Buil Film Awards[21]
Best Supporting Actress Jo Yeo-jeong Nominated
Best New Actress Lim Ji-yeon Won
34th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards[22]
Best Supporting Actress Jo Yeo-jeong Won
Best New Actress Lim Ji-yeon Won
51st Grand Bell Awards[23][24]
Best Supporting Actress Jo Yeo-jeong Nominated
Best New Actress Lim Ji-yeon Won
Best Costume Design Kwak Jeong-ae Nominated
35th Blue Dragon Film Awards
Best Supporting Actress Jo Yeo-jeong Nominated
Best New Actress Lim Ji-yeon Nominated
Best Art Direction Kim Ji-soo Nominated
Popular Star Award Song Seung-heon Won
6th KOFRA Film Awards[25]
Best Supporting Actress Jo Yeo-jeong Won
10th Max Movie Awards
Best New Actress Lim Ji-yeon Nominated
51st Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Supporting Actress Jo Yeo-jeong Nominated
Best New Actress Lim Ji-yeon Nominated


  1. ^ Tae, Sang-joon (24 September 2013). "KIM Dae-woo Prep Story of Forbidden Love during Vietnam War". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
  2. ^ Cremin, Stephen (30 October 2013). "Finecut takes Sea Fog and Obsessed for AFM". Film Business Asia. Archived from the original on 16 November 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
  3. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (17 April 2014). "Song Seung-heon gets Obsessed". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-04-17.
  4. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (25 April 2014). "Obsessed Releases Uncut 19+ Trailer with Song Seung Hun and Lim Ji Yeon". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  5. ^ Lee, Jawon (21 March 2014). "Movie Human Addiction Releases Teaser". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 18 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-17.
  6. ^ Elley, Derek (30 May 2014). "Obsessed". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  7. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (1 May 2014). "Song Seung Hun Talks About His First Bed Scene in His Close to 20-Year Career". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
  8. ^ Park, Jin-hai (11 May 2014). "Hallyu stars return to big screen". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-05-11.
  9. ^ Jo, Yeon-kyung (11 May 2014). "Interview: Song Seung Hun Wanted to Break Free From His Soft Image through Obsessed". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
  10. ^ "Song Seung-hun Reflects on Edgier Role in Latest Flick". The Chosun Ilbo. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
  11. ^ Ha, Soo-jung (10 May 2014). "Interview: Lim Ji Yeon Shares on Filming Bed Scene in Her Debut Film Obsessed". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 16 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-10.
  12. ^ "Newcomer Heading to A-List After Baring Her Talent in Debut Film". The Chosun Ilbo. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-18.
  13. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (2 May 2014). "Hype surrounds Song's latest film, despite Sewol". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  14. ^ Jin, Eun-soo (20 May 2014). "Korean film Obsessed engrosses local audiences". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  15. ^ "인간중독(Obsessed, 2014) 헉! 소리나는 티저 예고편 공개". YouTube (in Korean). 22 March 2014. Retrieved 2015-05-22.
  16. ^ "Hi-Five Music Agency" <인간중독> ; 격정의 멜로를 더욱 뜨겁게 하는 음악. HiFive (in Korean). Retrieved 2015-05-22.
  17. ^ "Historical Documentary Vol. 3 (GUM7075)". Cézame Music Agency (in French). Retrieved 2015-05-22.
  18. ^ "[Movie 2014] Obsessed 인간중독 (Song Seung-heon, Im Ji-yeon, Jo Yeo-jeong & on Joo-wan)". Soompi. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  19. ^ "영화 인간중독에 나왔던 클래식, Alessandro Marcello(Oboe Concerto in D minor) - J.S. Bach (BWV974)". Blueluna (in Korean). 2014-06-21. Retrieved 2015-05-22.
  20. ^ "인간중독 OST (Obsessed, 2014) - Original Soundtrack". Film Score & Soundtrack (in Korean). 29 October 2014. Retrieved 2015-05-22.
  21. ^ Kim, June (6 October 2014). "SHIM Eun-kyung, SONG Kang-ho, HONG Sangsoo and ROARING CURRENTS Win at 23rd Buil Film Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-10-09.
  22. ^ Conran, Pierce (4 November 2014). "Top Honors for HILL OF FREEDOM at 34th Korean Film Critics Association Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-11-08.
  23. ^ Kim, June (12 November 2014). "The 51st Daejong Film Awards Nominations Announced". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-11-12.
  24. ^ Conran, Pierce (24 November 2014). "ROARING CURRENTS Tops 51st Daejong Film Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-11-25.
  25. ^ "Han Gong-ju picked as best film of 2014 by Korean film reporters". The Korea Herald. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 2015-01-27.

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