Thursday, June 23, 2011

Review: I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK

Starring: Im Su-jeong & Rain
Directed by: Park Chan-wook
Language: Korean
Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 105 minutes

Young-goon works at a radio factory, putting parts and wires together. Fortunately for her, she's a robot and can use these parts to recharge least that's what she believes. She slits her wrist, attempts to connect the wires to herself, and plugs herself into an outlet. This leads her to be emitted into a mental institution where we meet a few other colorful characters.

One of these characters becomes close to Young-goon, a kleptomaniac who claims he can steal souls/attributes from other people by the name Il-sun. Him and a couple other characters help Young-goon throughout the story by making her comfortable as a robot and transitioning into a somewhat normal human being...or at least a "robot" who will consume food instead licking batteries to recharge.

After watching this movie, I have simply explained it as a Korean romantic comedy version of the classic One Flew Over the Cuukoo's Nest. We have a great set of characters with various mental issues that make the story entertaining and interesting. The colors are bright and vivid, even in dark settings, things stand out and keep your focus on the screen. Although it apparently didn't do so well in the box office compared to other works by Park Chan-Wook, I thought it was a pretty decent movie and I have recommended to others as well as rewatched it a few times.

Each character had great chemistry with each other and I really appreciated the explanation of some of the characters' backstories as well to feel a little more connected with them. If I had to make any complaints, it would probably be the ending. It was a bit open ended, but still somewhat satisfying in the end.

Rating: 3.5/5

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