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Natural City (2003)

Naechureol siti (original title)
In the year 2080, the world is connected by a massive computer network. Combiners have developed a process that allows them to merge the souls of human and machine/cyborg, wreaking havoc in... See full summary »

Director:

Byung-chun Min

Writers:

Jae-rim Han (screenplay adaptation), Byung-chun Min
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ji-Tae Yoo ... R
Jae-un Lee Jae-un Lee ... Cyon
Rin Seo Rin Seo ... Ria
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eun-pyo Jeong Eun-pyo Jeong ... Croy
Doo-hong Jung Doo-hong Jung ... Cyper
Eul-dong Kim Eul-dong Kim
Hyo-Seon Kim Hyo-Seon Kim ... (as Hyo-seon Kim)
Ju-hye Ko Ju-hye Ko ... Ami
Chang Yun Chang Yun ... Noma
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Storyline

In the year 2080, the world is connected by a massive computer network. Combiners have developed a process that allows them to merge the souls of human and machine/cyborg, wreaking havoc in a deeply divided society. This movie shares traits with other films like Blade Runner and Ghost in the shell. A visually impressive piece, with a strong emphasis on relationships. Genre - Sci-Fi, Dystopian. Written by Makai

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The war has begun...


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

5 September 2003 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Natural City See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$124,677
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 2080. See more »

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Early in the movie R is shot in the hand. He wears a bandage around his hand after that. This bandage appears and disappears on his hand throughout the rest of the movie. See more »

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Futuristic eye-candy
9 July 2007 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

I read through the reviews here before I watched it and didn't know what to expect: a classic or a bummer? In my view, the truth is in the middle and the average vote of currently 5.8 seems justified. "Natural City" is by no means a movie on the "Blade Runner" level. Take away the futuristic eye-candy, and what is left? A man is in love with a cyborg lady without really telling us why, how or what for. Real character development is not happening! He gets in a conflict with his friend over the cyborgs which leads to gratuitous violence with faces covered in blood like in a million action flicks before. Meanwhile, a girl plants flowers in a roof garden to provide a contrast to the post-war destruction scenery around. "Natural City" doesn't really have any new ideas, it simply spices up the collection of familiar trade marks with "Matrix/Equilibrium Next Generation" visuals which is fine for web 2.0 designers but not for the art of film making. Everybody who truly believes this is going to be a classic should go watch "Soylent Green" where it was the actors and the story that mattered.

Still, "Natural City" is a movie that has its touching or stunning moments. Actually, I liked that explanations were not provided in many cases. One might argue whether it is a deliberate attempt to open it for interpretation or simply plot holes. But I think, if we once really caught a glimpse of the year 2080, there would be much that we won't comprehend, either. You know how silly SF movies of the 1950s seem today because they applied manners, moral standards and ways of conversation that are outdated. In this respect, I'm curious what people will think of "Natural City" in the future. Keep it in the archive.


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