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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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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.
"I'm A Cyborg, But That's Okay" is Chan Wook Park's very own "An Android Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" twist. Part bizarre comedy, part weird romance this is Park's detour from the high-concept "Vengeance Trilogy" that is easily even more high-concept.
The adorable Im Su-jeong ("A Tale Of Two Sisters") plays Young-goon, a young woman who believes she's a Cyborg who's running out of charge. She tries to re-charge herself by cutting her wrist open and implanting electrical wires at the factory she's working at and ends up in a mental hospital. Absurd, tragic, hilarious and insane characters pop up and to make matters even more complicated Young-goon stops eating. Since when do Cyborg's need human food?
"I'm A Cyborg,…
Director Chan-wook Park's other films are more action-oriented (Oldboy, JSA, Lady Vengeance) so this may seem a bit unusual for him. It's an odd fantasy, vaguely reminiscent of Amelie, about a young woman who has been placed in a mental institution for attempting suicide (in reality, she thinks she's a cyborg... she had cut her wrist, inserted a wire and plugged it into a wall outlet in order to recharge herself). She slowly wastes away due to her refusal to eat, and she makes friends with a young schizophrenic thief (effectively played by Korean rock star Rain) who looks after her and tries to bring her back to reality without disturbing her fantasy. Aside from a few cultural references that some may find a bit hard to comprehend, the majority of this film is delightful, infused with a beautiful warmth that makes it very worthwhile. Give it a chance, there's a really nice film here... inventive, funny, touching and romantic.
I'm A Cyborg is the sweet quirky story of Young-Goon who believes she is a cyborg and is subsequently sent to a Mental hospital. Here she is confronted with the mental issues of others and most importantly the thief Il-Sun.
Chan-Wook Park takes a break form his dark vengeance stories and indulges in a laid back tale of two patients at a mental institute. The pair connect with one another in a way, that is only possible for two as socially inept as they are. The film itself is extremely charming and I found it difficult not to appreciate the relationship of the characters and their own independent quirks. It reminds me of Wes Andersons work but delivers by providing…
Chan-wook Park in a funny way, but that's OK.
I much prefer Park Chan Wook in "Vengeance" mode but this is one of those films that I can see how people would love it, unfortunately I am not such a fan of 'quirk'.
My more critical mind feels that the first half an hour is too unfocussed and the film as a whole is made to feel overlong by its lack of narrative drive, particularly in the first act. This is mainly due to the constant introductions of new characters and their manias, which distract from the "cyborg" story.
Still, there are some nice visual moments in the film and this film definitely deserves an audience that can appreciate it more than I for its interesting and exceptionally original take on mental illness.
I'm a Cyborg But That's Ok (2006)(Korean)
A girl who thinks she is a combat cyborg checks into a mental hospital, where she encounters other psychotics. Eventually, she falls for a man who thinks he can steal people's souls
Its pretty weird story but it has beautiful love story in it.
I felt screenplay could have been better.Overall its good not best.
Few scenes really i liked it esp he tries to feed her and one more scene he tries to insert the machine at the back.
A radically different direction for Chan-Wook after his violent Vengeance Trilogy, heading to be more in the he vein of quirky romance stories more suited to the styled of Michel Gondry or Wes Anderson. There is some style of his previous works still intertwined in there though, sometimes jumping from being cute and quirky to violent and gritty. This may be too messy or all over the place for some people, I didn't have a problem with it myself though and felt it made for a more interesting and unique watch. It could have just been another run of the mill quirky rom-com but it has an interesting spin.
My problem mostly lies in how the rom-com cutesy bits are…
It's pretty easy to charm me, and I'm a fan of Park Chan-Wook, but this one got on my nerves. I'm sure this is how some people feel about Gondry.
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