Heroin 上瘾

I finally caved in and watched Heroin (上瘾) (aka. Addiction). THE Addicted BL web drama that incurred the wrath of Chinese Censorship and was banned from airing its remaining episodes after the Chinese New Year. This web series is already PG-13 (what I think) to begin with. But to appease the all-mighty-CC, they cut out even more. When that still didn’t work, they were left with only one choice: They uploaded the episodes to YouTube. (Yay, USA. Sadly, it’s the edited version and not the coveted full version. If you ever find the cut out portions, PLEASE do leave me a message.)

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Having watched it, I can swear on my pinky finger that the drama is truly and deeply addictive (its easy to binge watch when each episode is only 20 minutes long). I had a major withdrawal when the show ended on a cliffhanger. I lost my mind searching for episode 16. I belated discovered that it was originally planned to be a multi-season web drama. Now that CC banned it, I will never know if Gu Hai would make good on his threat if Bai Luoyin ever betrays him! Aaaaahhhhhhh!

So I do the only thing I could, I am reading the book. And I can tell you the book is definite “M” for mature audience due to explicit content. The show before the ban, in comparison, is positively “E” for everyone.

The show’s English title is a combination of the two main characters’ first names: Hai and Luoyin = Heroin. The tagline: There are people who are like a drug. Once you have a taste of them, you are addicted and you just can’t quit them. So far in my reading, the show is pretty faithful to the source material. Tho’ there are parts I wish they had included in the show (that are not censor-magnet), such as the wrestling match between Gu Hai and Bai Luoyin. During the match, Gu the Beast tries to help Bai the Lost Soul worked out his suppressed anger issues through pain and sweat while reining in his own savage nature. If that is not love, what is?

But back to the drama. The boys are at odds from the first moment they met. And their conflicts escalate like two 7 year-olds. I tear out your Chinese homework. You lock me out of the classroom. I kick you in the chair. You pretend I don’t exist.

I poison your water.
Addiction web drama

You surrender defeat on your sick bed.
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After Luoyin’s unconditional surrender, he resigns to being the plaything for Hai-the-cat.
Bai Ruo Yin
Hai: You destroyed my ability to accept geniuses.
Luoyin: You destroyed my ability to tolerate idiots.

What fundamentally changes their relationship is when Hai beat the living daylight out of an self-entitled rich kid who bad mouth Luoyin’s mother. Hai threatens to break the kid’s leg unless he apologizes.
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Everyone is just stunned by Hai’s fierce temper and terrified of getting in his way. He is no prankster. He is a gangster.
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Luoyin, feeling incredibly guilty for getting Hai in trouble and a bit touched that someone cared, swaps his jacket for Hai’s blood splattered one.
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Luoyin begins to see Hai in a different light, at least thru the drunk goggles Hai is no longer Hai-the-oppressor.
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Of course the next day, Luoyin denies all the crazy things he did while he was drunk.
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But Luoyin’s attitude has definitely changed. You can’t tell by his facial expression but the old Luoyin would never be caught eating breakfast with Hai. It’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
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Until episode 11 when a fine line between tenacity and obsession is crossed and they can never go back to the way they were. And because CC banned the series.

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6 thoughts on “Heroin 上瘾

  1. Riley Elizabeth April 14, 2016 / 2:20 am

    Hello! Did Shi Hui also come back in the book? Episode 15 of the drama corresponds with which part of the book? I love this drama so much! X)

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    • kumaxell April 14, 2016 / 1:00 pm

      Shi Hui came flying back to drive a wedge between Luoyin and Hai. Ugh, that stalker woman! (Then again, I can’t blame her. Luyoin seems to attract stalker type admirers. Case and point, Gu Hai.) Episode 15 corresponds with 1/4 ~ 1/3 of the book.

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      • Riley Elizabeth April 15, 2016 / 2:34 am

        Drive a wedge?? Noooooo.. I can’t handle angst. I like the light-heartedness of this drama. Have you finished reading the book? Can you possibly write a short summary? Google Translating it is such a pain! XD

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      • kumaxell May 21, 2016 / 4:35 pm

        It’s really hard to do a short summary without spoilers… But the long and short of it was Guo Hai did something really horrible (IMO) to Luoyin. But the brutal tactic successfully sent Shi Hui back to US. After much angst and educational chapters, LY forgave Hai and moved in with him.

        If you stop reading at this point, you will be fine. Cuz from this point onward, its a different kind of story.

        LY repaired the relationship between Hai and Hai’s father. Through detective work and risks of personal injury, he solved Hai’s mother’s murder. Things were good for a while until Hai’s father discovered their unbrotherly love. Father immediately tried to break them apart, military style. Hai almost died in defiance of his father’s order. But the two guys busted out from the lockup and went on the run. Chase ensued with guns blazing and car on fire. Father eventually admitted defeat and the boys went home. Things were ok for awhile until Hai’s cousin determined LY is bad for Hai’s wellbeing. Something horrible happened and LY disappeared without a trace. And that was the end of their teenage years.

        The last part of the book was about their reunion years later. (There are chapters and chapters on military life, which I’m not really into so we’ll just skip it.) LY and Hai hadn’t had any news of one another since the horrible incident, and it wasn’t for the lack of trying on Hai’s part. Hai wanted to pick up where they left off but LY was actively avoiding him. Entered girlfriends, wedding and all that entailed. But after another near death experience and honest confessions, they got back together. Rest of the book was about how they break the news to everybody and more interference from the annoying cousin.

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      • h June 7, 2016 / 2:55 pm

        idk if you have discovered the uncut version. When I saw “Addicted” on Viki a few weeks ago, it was the uncut version.

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  2. Adi May 24, 2016 / 1:55 am

    tq so much KUMAXELL. Now i can leave the pain behind cz im so before so very addicted to know what is the ending + the drama is hanging. Its just like a relief. Tq veeeeryyyyyy much KUMAXELL..

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