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I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006)

Ssa-i-bo-geu-ji-man-gwen-chan-a (original title)
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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.

Director:

Chan-wook Park

Writers:

Seo-kyeong Jeong (as Seo-gyeong Jeong), Chan-wook Park
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Credited cast:
Soo-jung Lim ... Cha Young-goon
Rain ... Park Il-sun
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seong-hun Cheon Seong-hun Cheon ... Hwang Kyu-Seok
Hee-jin Choi Hee-jin Choi ... Choi Seul-gi
Joo-hee Eun Joo-hee Eun ... Son Eun-Young
Yoo-rang Joo Yoo-rang Joo ... Radio announcer
Park Jun-Myun Park Jun-Myun ... Wang Kop-Dan
Byeong-ok Kim ... Judge
Jung-yong Lee Jung-yong Lee ... Young-Goon's uncle
Yong-nyeo Lee ... Young-goon's mother
Dal-su Oh ... Shin Duk-cheon
Byeong-eun Park Byeong-eun Park ... Kim Jun-Beop
Ho-jeong Yu ... Il-sun's mother
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A young woman who believes she's a cyborg hears voices and harms herself while at work making radios. She's hospitalized in a mental institution where she eats nothing and talks to inanimate objects. She's Young-goon, granddaughter of a woman who thought she was a mouse (and whose dentures Young-goon wears) and a mother who's a butcher without much social grace. Young-goon comes to the attention of Il-sun, a ping-pong playing patient at the institution who makes it his goal to get her to eat. Will he succeed? Which way does sanity lie? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

7 December 2006 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Joy Fund,Moho Film See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Cha Young-goon: Please steal it. My sympathy.
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I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK
9 March 2009 | by I_John_Barrymore_ISee all my reviews

The director's stamp is all over I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK. It's filled with the trademark beautiful visuals, bold uses of colour and CG flourishes fans of Park Chan-wook will appreciate. Also familiar from his Vengeance Trilogy are the imaginative fantasy sequences, and a similar score that gives off the impression of a director putting on a pair of comfortable slippers.

The film though is a disappointing misfire. While it picks up in the second half where something resembling a plot kicks in, far too much time is spent on frankly boring episodes, with a script that seems content to observe the goings-on inside the mental hospital where the film takes place without commenting on them or concern for narrative impetus. After nearly an hour or so of this it's tempting to switch off, and I wish I could say the pay-off was worth persevering for, but it falls just short.

There are a handful of wonderful individual moments in the picture, particularly in the second half: the amateur surgery to implant a device into our heroine's back, a tense cafeteria sequence where the patients are as nervous about the outcome of a meal as the audience, a couple of magical but all-too-brief musical numbers, doctors mown down in a hail of bullets. They're incorporated seamlessly into the movie, but they have a tendency to stick out like sore thumbs considering everything surrounding them is so dull.

Ultimately it's quite a touching film with some funny moments - and it looks gorgeous - but it doesn't seem to serve much of a purpose and fails more often than not in its attempts to be quirky.


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