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Addicted (aka. The Poisoning)

A Korean Film directed by Young-Hoon Park

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Addiction And Dedication

  • Mar 19, 2007
Addicted is a film that could have been so much more but it just never reached the potential of its story. The synopsis will no doubt attract people because it is very unique and very hard to perfect. The movie is about two brothers named Ho-jun and Dae-jun. Dae-jun is the younger brother. The two live in a house together and that would be cool except Ho-jun is married. You come to find it suspicious that Dae-jun even wants to be around his brother and sister-in-law Eun-soo because it's not even like he has financial problems because he's a professional racecar driver. The couple really want him to find a girlfriend and move out but for some reason he won't even try.

Dae-jun had an important race coming up and wanted Ho-jun to come but because Ho-jun thought racing was too dangerous he didn't want to go and end up seeing his brother get injured. Ho-jun decided to support his brother despite his own objections. It was a little late but if Ho-jun hurried and got a taxi he could make it in time to see the last few laps of the race. The taxi oversped and was hit by a truck, and Ho-jun was left seriously hurt. At the same time the truck hit the taxi, Dae-jun's headset wasn't working properly while his team was telling him that there was an accident on the track. Dae-jun's car ran into a medical truck and he was also left critically injured. Sadly both brothers went into a coma and after a year Dae-jun would be the only one to wake up while Ho-jun was brain dead.

This is when the film starts to get interesting because Dae-jun starts claiming that he is his brother Ho-jun. He spends the rest of the movie trying to convince Eun-soo that he is her husband Ho-jun. The problem with Addicted is certainly not the acting; it's the poor writing. Yes the concept of the film is interesting and sounds great but the dialogue and overall writing is bad. One example is when Dae-jun woke up in the hospital he looks at himself in the mirror and says nothing and does nothing. If I was in another persons body I would be yelling or something because it wouldn't be my body. Dae-jun's character takes a while to start claiming that he is his brother and that is enough to give away the films twist. A lot of clues in the film weren't emphasized either and were just given a quick glance.

The film was also a little slow at times and the picture and sound quality was just really crappy. I read that this movie is going to be remade with Sarah Michelle Gellar and some guy I don't really know. If it is rewritten properly with a better script it will probably be the first American remake of a Korean film that is actually better than the original Korean movie. Overall Addicted wasn't awful but it needed a lot of work on the script and camera work, the actors help the movie a lot. I think that 3 stars is fair because of the good acting and unique concept, you might not catch the flaws fully unil the second time you watch the movie. There's nothing really super special about this movie but it is still worth a watch.

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review by . September 18, 2010
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Thou Shalt Not Covet Your Brother's Wife....
I’ve always been fond of Korean drama; it is a genre that Korean directors seem to excel in quite a lot. Director Young-Hoon Park’s absorbing tale of love, obsession and confusion “Addicted” (aka: The Poisoning) is a drama with a mix of mystery, romance and the (perhaps) supernatural. It had a slight box office success in Korea, and for most people, it is just middle of the road fare. Truthfully, I would agree with those folks, until I got a chance to see the film a second …
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Addicted" is both a story about two brothers and their spiritual journey as well as a lovers' tale. Dae-jin's (Lee Byung-heon) brother Ho-jin (Lee Eol) dies during a tragic car race that they both attended. After waking up from a long coma, Dae-jin takes on the entire habits as well as the looks of his worshipped brother. Things start to get totally out of hand after he falls into an addictive relationship with Ho-jin's wife Eun-soo (Lee Mi-yeon) that goes far beyond a brother sister-in-law relationship ??

Addicted is a story about the spiritual journey of two brothers - as well as a passionate tale of love and desire between a man and a woman. Dae-jin (Lee Byung-heon) falls into a deep coma at the same time as his brother Ho-jin (Lee Eol) dies. Both were victims of tragic car races held in different places. After waking up again, Dae-jin takes on the habits as well as the looks of his worshipped brother. Things start to get totally out of hand after he falls into an addictive relationship with Ho-jin's wife Eun-soo (Lee Mi-yeon). She firmly refuses to believe that Ho-jin's soul was transferred into Dae-jin's body, until an astonishing revelation causes her to question her faith...
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