Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…
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…
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.
Adorable lead, but this movie was so utterly and annoyingly random it took numerous tries and all my strength to sit through it.
This is one weird film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest on acid comes to mind.
O equivalente a lembrar, antes de fazer qualquer um dos dois, se o certo é escovar os dentes antes ou depois de tomar o café preto
Slight yet still lavishly Park.
Light-hearted yet still packed with truth about our society, and especially Korean culture. It's quirky and despite dealing with characters who are very mentally ill, keeps the tone light and delightfully delusional.
I adored the colours most of all. The palettes were rich and vibrant, making me wish I could have seen it on a better screen.
My only criticism is the slip of genre. The film turns into a romantic comedy when it could easily not have. While both Young-Goon and Il-Sun are very likable despite their unrelatable characteristics, the pushes of romance felt contrived considering their situation.
Other than that, amazing film by an amazing director.
I was between two ratings a long time but I decided to play it safer and choose this one. Reason for that is even though the film has very strong moments and Park's best characteristics transferred into romantic comedy, it misses a purpose. Yes, now I might get stamped as a dumb person but while watching it, I couldn't help but at times feeling mislead. Could we say that it is growing-up story about finding oneself but also others? The story though is highly imaginative and I just adore those colors and Park's lighting. Those few scenes which bring themselves up leave the others behind them. But it's a film not to miss and it's a one which won't be…
One of the strangest films I've seen. A little too cuckoo to keep my interest, although the scene where the girl finally eats is a good scene; the rest is just so scattershot crazy I couldn't get invested.
Have I told you folks how much I hated Park Chan-wook's I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK? So much of it was "look at how crazy and kooky these people in a mental asylum are!" Any semblance of emotional depth or attempt to humanize the characters ended up being undercut by its overwhelming need to be cutesy and its desperate desire to be liked. Kind of like Zooey Deschanel.
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- 28 Weeks Later
- Welcome to the Dollhouse
I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING
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