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 lick batteries for lunch, but that's OK. If organic material gets inside my system, I'll break down. That's why miss Gop-dahn voluntarily eats my food for me.
My granny left her dentures behind before being hospitalized, but that's OK. With it's help, I can converse with other electric appliances around me. (The coffee machine says "hi")
The nurses insert tubes into my nose, but that's OK. Once I uninstall the sympathy inside me, I'll make sure they're all dead. I'm still working on the uninstalling part though, all the nurses have their own grannies and I don't want to give them trouble. The grannies are innocent.
I'm a cyborg, but that's OK. I have a thief by my side.…
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…
Probably the only PC-W I'm really cut out to handle. Even in spite of my intense terror about like lobotomy etc! Very sweet and strange and a little upsetting and worth a watch.
Quite interesting project on paper but the final product is rewarding only in parts
I tried. I couldn't finish it.
Love story. It's the best such
Film since Cuckoo's Nest.
A bizarre but beautiful love story. Extraordinary visual effects back up this witty, charming, and somewhat tragic film. It's very different from Chan-Wook Park's other work but it only builds on his ever growing reputation as one of the great modern day directors.
I have surprisingly little patience for films that depict people with mental illness as "cute," and this film—from one of my favorite directors—is a doozy. I honestly cannot figure out what Chan-wook Park was going for by using all his technical skills to depict the visions of a woman who thinks her ultimate destiny is to become a soulless terminator who kills the doctors and nurses trying to treat her. Which she does. In several scenes. The film thankfully, however, avoids the movie trope of "crazy people are the SANE ones after all!"—Young-goo is never viewed by anyone as anything other than insane, the movie just happens to think this is adorable.
I can't say it's the worst movie I've ever seen, because, after all, I've seen The Bling Ring, but lord, it wasn't good.
At 107 minutes, the film runs approximately 83 hours long.
Random ≠ Funny.
Random ≠ Interesting.
Weird/Quirky ≠ Good story.
Korean ≠ Ryan will like it.
I don't like writing reviews for movies that I have extreme distaste for because I feel like I have nothing to say about the movie. I just want to get over the movie and not think about it anymore. I don't want to waste my words. But I should get better at just explaining why I didn't like it. (It's really hard, but here it goes).
This movie attempts to be cute and quirky, when it is actually boring and shallow. The movie spends so much time trying to shock you, or showing characters doing unexplained weird things. But that doesn't make for a…
Autistic girl nearly starves to death.
Crazy imaginative film. It's from the same Korean film-maker of Oldboy and the Vengeance films, but this is something totally new and out the box. Pretty much a romance drama set in a mental asylum. The score was beautiful and the cinematography amazing. The two leads were great, too.
Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…
I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING