Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK
Young-Goon works at manufacturing plant assembling radio’s. She also believes she is a cyborg. One day, while working at the factory, she decides to re-charge herself by slashing her wrist and implanting electrical wires into her arm. Her action gets Young-Goon a mental hospital full of bizarre characters. At New World, Young-Goon spends her time listening to the radio, talking with vending machines, and licking the terminals of 9 volt batteries. She soon encounters a guy named Il-Sun. Il-Sun is a thief of souls in the mental hospital. Young-Goon and Il-Sun soon form a strong bond as their odd personalities complements each other perfectly. Unfortunately, Young-Goon becomes gravely ill from malnutrition. Young-Goon doesn't believe cyborgs should eat human food. She soon loses most of her energy and becomes bedridden. Doctors say that Young-Goon has only a few more days to live if she continues her ways. Il-Sun must now find a way to connect to her soul and save her from imminent death.
I guess that Mr. Park, after serving up three savoury dishes of vengeance, thought it might be appropriate to whip up a sweet and fluffy desert. I recently sampled two out of the three main courses, and I can tell you that desert is exactly what I had in mind.
Park not only cleansed my palette, but he also went straight for my heart. He somehow knew that I craved the ingredients of quirky, absurd, and heartfelt, yet balanced with a dark, rich, flavour of longing and betrayal. He even added a hint of revenge to tie it into my previous courses. All the best chefs do that, and I really appreciated it.
With every spoonful I fell deeper and…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK is a bit of a black sheep in Park Chan-Wook's filmography, straying away from the dark, gritty tales that he usually gravitates toward in favor of a more lighthearted, comedic affair. Comparison could be drawn to Wes Anderson films or quirky foreign romantic comedies like Amelie, but once you get going into this adventure it becomes clear that it has a style all it's own.
The plot concerns a mentally devastated girl named Young-Goon, who has been forced to live with her schizophrenic grandmother her entire life, and when her grandmother is sent off to an institution, she begins to believe that she is a cyborg. After cutting open her wrist and inserting electrical…
30 Countries, 30 Days.
Country: South Korea
Time Period: present, I think
Theme: Mental disorder, effects of treatment in childhood on adulthood, revenge fantasy
Style of Subtitle:
Funniest / Oddest Subtitle: "you shithead!" * It should be noted a subtitle from Thirst inspired this idea.
What did I learn about the country:
Coincidental relation to last country I watched: Some of the characters from Micmacs could mistakenly be admitted at this hospital
I heard there's an American remake planned: Starring Li Bingbing and Justin Timberlake. Directed by Quentin Dupieux
So here's a proper review. This movie caught me off-guard. I was going to watch I Saw The Devil (on my list for this challenge) and this…
I'm surprised, but that's OK, after all, no matter how strange this movie look at a first sight, still is a Chan-wook Park movie, and you gotta trust the man, because he knows what he is doing.
I'm a cyborg is a very collorful story about mental illness and also a very unusual love story, exploring all the dellusions and hallucinations from the characters to create an unique tale, surreal and easy to enjoy. The other pacients at the mental instituion, besides the two protagonists are hilarious, we get to know most of them throught the beautiful imagery created based on their wandering minds, but the "thief" and the "cyborg" are fantastic, they work perfectly well in their innocence and…
This film should have been great. It had a great idea behind it, it contained a few outstanding absurd scenes, and the performances were really good. What it lacked though was a story. It wasn't enough to follow two really idiosyncratic characters in a mental institution just doing their thing for the full 90 minutes or so. I was reminded of Castaway on the Moon that also focused on two oddball characters who don't even talk to one another and the film was full of story and suspense, probably because the audience ends up caring about the characters, thereby rooting for them. In I'm a Cyborg there wasn't anything to root for because the characters never really did anything other…
Like a Korean Wes Anderson film. That thought didn't occur to me until one of the final (well-composed) shots but now I can't unthink it.
Fun visuals, fun characters, fun editing, fun dialog, fun setting. This was by no means a perfect film but I didn't stop smiling once so I'd have trouble faulting it.
Most of the characters are absolute caricatures of mental illness but I still loved the way it was handled and how bizarre the whole thing felt. The way the doctors were all the crazy ones, and the patients just needed different socks so they could fly away in the night time.
No,thanks i would rather watch The Vengeance Trilogy.
Park Chan-wook subverts expectations following his violent vengeance trilogy and inserts the film full of quirkyness instead. The movie comes up with beautiful imagery while blurring reality and fantasy, but is increasingly harder to relate to while Park moves away from tragic backstory and indulges in the fantasy elements instead.
Visually stunning and entertaining, but storywise a bit boring and uneventful.
Wes Anderson is my favorite director but Chan-wook Park is a close second. So far I have loved all of his movies! This one was really good!
Wonderfully oddball 'romantic comedy' (director's own words), certainly not everyone will agree, but I found the story quite lovable.
I liked the clever humor of the movie, it's definitely weird.
It only gets better and more complex with each viewing, and continues to move up the ranks of my favorite films.
"Park Il-sun: Psycho."
"Young-goon: I'm not a psy-cho. I'm a cy-borg."
Park Chan-wook delivers a surreal yet sincere exploration of what it is to feel disconnected. The film is centered around a woman(Im Soo-jung) who is admitted to a mental institution as she is of the firm belief that she is a cyborg. Her encounters with other patients are comically dark and hilariously absurd all of which are haunted by a morbid kind of trauma each unique to the respective array of colorful characters. The notion of disconnection is reincorporated very well throughout the duration of the film as machinery is often used as a symbol or idea to implement this.
The world which Park Chan-wook is able to execute…
Wacky and weird dark romantic comedy about a girl in a mental asylum who believes she is a cyborg. A cast of colorful characters all with strange mental illnesses such as a guy who steals things, a man who is guilty for nothing, a woman who tells hilarious lies and so on. Watch as our heroine tries to secretly communicate with electronic objects, lick batteries and cause self-harm all for gaining more energy. Despite the dark undertones there is a sweetness to it as she meets another patient who will eventually help her get better. There is no actual plot however despite this the characters do have goals and you'll be watching it for that. Has very psychological and whimsical moments that come across dream like yet is hilariously funny. One of Park-Chan Wook's best movies.
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