Movies that are slightly off.
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…
Park Chan-Wook is an amazingly talented director. He piqued my interest with his utterly ingenious Vengeance Trilogy, but now I have seen his romantic dramedy I'm a Cyborg (But That's OK), an adorable little film that's a nice change of pace from his intense trilogy.
Young-goon is a mentally disturbed radio factory worker who is sent to an asylum after she electrocutes herself, thinking that she was a cyborg needing an electrical charge. Upon her arrival, she is introduced to the many inmates of the asylum, including Choi, an overweight patient who relishes in taking Young-goon's food because she doesn't think she needs it (she prefers licking batteries to "charge" herself) and Park Il-sun, a handsome patient who always wears…
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 review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Pretty weird but cute movie. It was strange to watch this after watching Oldboy since this one is way way different story-wise and stylistically. This one is a much brighter movie, though the dark humor doesn't make this an ordinary romcom (the first scene where Young Goon electrocutes herself kinda clues you in on that). The film really picked up for me when the two main characters finally form a bond with each other, which sadly happens more than halfway through the movie. I really loved the scene when Il Soon "installs" a rice megatron in Young Goon so she would start eating again without dismissing her belief that she was a cyborg--I found that really sweet . A nice movie with a likeable cast of characters but not really that memorable for me.
La storia d'amore di I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK è sublime e dolcissima, ma il film anche se è registicamente pazzesco, rimane evanescente.
Scavenger Hunt 14
Film #3/Task #19: "Any film made by a director who has their latest in competition at Cannes this year"
Park Chan-wook's I'm a Cyborg is a strange, strange film, combining black comedy, romance, and mental illness in a way that only he can pull off. The film follows Young-goon, a young woman who's institutionalized after she's convinced that she is a cyborg and tries to "recharge her batteries". At the institution, she meets several strange patients including Il-soon, a kleptomaniac notorious for his antisocial behavior and for stealing other patients' character traits. Unlike most films about mental institutions or other oppressive structures, the film focuses almost entirely on the patients and how they live their lives and…
I love Oldboy and JSA is pretty cool, but I was a lot less enthusiastic about the other two movies in the “Vengeance Trilogy.” This is Park Chan-Wook’s fifth major film and probably his least accessible. It’s clear that after the darkness of making three straight revenge films he wanted to do something a little lighter, and I can’t begrudge him that. The problem is that a lot of the humor here seems really wacky and just doesn’t make a lot of sense to western sensibilities. There are some very well shot set-pieces but they don’t really seem to really amount to much. Still, if one wants to make a romantic comedy set in a mental institution there are much worse ways to go about doing it.
there were details in this that made my skin crawl but overall a bizarrely charming film
I've seen this film twice and I enjoy it, but I don't know if all the parts hold together - this isn't just an intellectual complaint: on the second viewing, despite my enjoyment of many of the bits, I began to find that overall it had little emotional impact - it was both fun but at times it verged on the dull: it was like a children's party full of fun games but after a while everything is all a bit the same. I enjoy the film's quirkiness, I like the bizarre narrative, I like the wide eyed performances, I like the idiosyncratic details - in an early scene set in the hospital corridors we see in the background a…
Pretty odd, pretty nice and emotional.
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