S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(aka 'Obsessed" aka "In-gan-jung-dok' aka "Inganjoongdok" aka "Humann" aka "Human Addiction" aka "Human Intoxication")
Directed by Dae-woo Kim
South Korea 2014
A war hero falls into a forbidden but irresistible love affair risking everything that he has accomplished so far which can only end in tragedy. From his commander father-in-law to a beautiful wife, decorated war hero Colonel Kim Jin-pyong is the subject of envy and jealousy, and about to be promoted to general. But in truth, his affection for his ambitious wife had subsided a long ago, and he suffers from post-traumatic disorder after Vietnam War. One day, Captain Kyung Woo-jin is transferred to Jin-pyong's army and moves in next door with his wife Ga-heun who is unlike all the other officer's wives. Jin-pyong falls in love with her at first sight, confused with a feeling he never felt before. And when Jin-pyong saves Ga-heun from a life-threatening incident, she also opens up to him. And while her career driven husband has always been more like a brother to her since she was adopted by his family and raised together after she lost her own, Jin-pyong is the first man that she ever let in her heart. The two meet in complete secrecy and indulge themselves in their desire, but the secret is eventually revealed which can only bring tragedy to everyone involved.
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-heunís 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-heunís guilt leads her to end her affair with Jin-pyong. He has no choice but to go along with her decision.
Theatrical Release: May 14th, 2014
DVD Review: Deltamac - Region 3 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Deltamac - Region 3 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 7.41 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||Korean (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
|Subtitles||English, Rational Chinese, None|
Another Asian fusion of genres covering war, romance, eroticism etc. but Obsessed is quite an interesting production with impressive period details and strong performances. You can sense some bona-fide effort put into this film and it is well-received by this reviewer. There is a good sense of the timeframe (set in the summer of 1969), very tasteful sex and nudity, and a, reasonably, compelling storyline of lust and unrequited love.
This is dual-layered with a solid bitrate for the SD format. The image is anamorphic and progressive. Colors are bright and impressive for DVD and the image is clean and, overall, consistent and appealing. Of course, we are not talking the level of sharpness of 1080P- but this another film that has enough visual appeal to have looked excellent in HD, but I never found an available Blu-ray edition.
Lossy Dolby but a reasonable amount of depth and a courageous score by Jae-jin Lee (Peppermint Candy) switching between desperate emotions, tension, daydreams and forbidden rendezvous. There are optional subtitles on the Region 3 NTSC disc.
Obsessed captivated me to a certain degree. The themes involving lust, obviously obsession, communication, desire etc. were brought forward reasonably well. It's no masterpiece but deserves s look-see, imo.