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 may contain 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…
This is probably the lightest of Director Park's films and was actually quite a refreshing change of pace. While still maintaining his heir of dreariness and mixing it with light comedy. There's a scene of our main character imagining quite a violent act with the most boisterous, jolly soundtrack scoring the scene. It made me giggle.
If it hadn't been made abundantly clear from his previous works, it is with this that Park studied psychology. This was so fascinating.
I talk a lot about transitions when it comes to Park's films and this is no different. They are seriously beautiful and so seamless. And the colors! Lovely.
Overall, another incredible film by Park chan-Wook but my soul is dark and longs for more of the Vengeance trilogy vibes.
Easily Park's best post-vengeance movie, but still severely flawed with his sense of comedy not working in this setting. The worst aspect though is how much he tries to visually overcompensate for an average script when his stationary shots are much more effective. Still, credit where it is due, this is an inspired variation on the pygmalion romance.
"I still don't know what my purpose is."
I could not stop being reminded of Kurt Vonnegut while watching this. I love Kurt Vonnegut. A touchstone/criticism of KV - depending on if you ask his fans or critics - is his refusal or disregard to provide his readers with more than the faintest insight into his characters' internal states. Instead, he offers a couple distinct traits per characters, creates a universe that is boldly, yet realistically foreign to ours and then casts himself/his style as the Nature working its way through and commenting upon its creations.
Here, Park Chan-wook uses his mastery of creating gorgeous compositions - a trait of his first introduced to me to jaw-dropping horror/amazement with Oldboy…
20 minutes into the film and had to skip.
We have come to the last of twelve movie selections Steve Honeywell at 1001plus has made for me for 2015. This one is I’m a Cyborg, But That’s Okay, a South Korean film that is decidedly different. When Steve finalized his list this was one selection I had never heard of, but the title alone amused me so going in I was predisposed to like it. I have to admit that I was undecided on it while watching until it had, of all things to encounter in a Korean film, a yodeling section that was simultaneously funny and touching. (Don’t worry, it makes sense in the context of the film – well, as much sense as anything else.) I ended up liking this movie, although the ending was a letdown until I read up on it afterwards.
You can read my full review here: tipsfromchip.blogspot.com/2015/12/steves-selections-12-im-cyborg-but.html
A nice change of pace for Chan Wook Park after his revenge trilogy. Its one of the most unique romantic films. A guy has to convince his love he believe its a cyborg to eat something or starve to death.
This movie's adorable
One wouldn't expect for Park Chan-wook to add a romcom to his resume, especially after completing the Vengeance trilogy. Yet those familiar to Park's works know not to expect your typical "girl meets boy" scenario. Full of black humor and a quirky, whimsical narrative, this still film still lacks into really taking ground into what kind of movie it wants to be. At one point we my have a sweet intimate scene, and the next we drive straight into a violent shoot out, then we're back into comedy. Still Chan-wook's fingerprints are still all over this film with amazing cinematography and a great soundtrack. And most importantly, we can finally forgive Rain for Ninja Assassin.
I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING
Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…