I'm a Cyborg, but That's OK

I'm a Cyborg, but That's OK

Park Chan-wook (2006)

102min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
Park Chan-wook wanted to follow up his brutal "vengeance" trilogy with a film that his young daughter could watch: this curious mix of fairy-tale-like fantasy and slapstick romantic comedy is the result. Although some of his trademark blood and profanities are in evidence, the story of a girl who thinks she's a cyborg certainly shows the Korean co-writer/director's playful side. Events are centred around a highly stylised psychiatric hospital, where factory worker Cha Young-goon (Lim Soo-jung) has been sent after an act of self-mutilation. She chats to vending machines and tries to eat batteries, gradually getting sicker from refusing "human" food. Only kleptomaniac fellow patient Park Il-sun (played by pop star Rain) can connect with her, using his own delusions to help. The director's extraordinary imagination is evident throughout, creating a charming and vivid experience. But his self-conscious wackiness sometimes undermines the narrative, making this more a patchwork of eccentric occurrences than a coherent feature.

Summary

A factory worker who believes she is a cyborg is admitted to a psychiatric hospital. The delusional woman is given small electrical shocks and repeatedly refuses food, leading to a deterioration in her health. Happily, the arrival of a patient who claims to absorb people's souls could hold the key to her recovery. Chan-wook Park's comedy drama, starring Su-jeong Lim, Rain and Hie-jin Choi. In Korean.

Cast & Crew

Cha Young-goon Lim Soo-jung
Park Il-sun Jung Ji-hoon
Choi Seul-gi Choi Hee-jin
Shin Duk-cheon Oh Dahl-su
Oh Seul-mi Lee Young-mi
Wang Gop-dan Park Jun-myun
Lee Dae-pyung Kim Choon-gi
Sohn Eun-young Joo Hee
Director Park Chan-wook
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Other Information

Language: Korean +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: Tartan Films Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 4 Apr 2008

Comedy Drama

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