I'm a cyborg, but that's OK (2006)Director: Park Chan-Wook
Starring: Su-jeong Lim, Rain
Tagline: A cat is, above all, a furry animal…
My first impression is that is a Park Chan-Wook movie, but there is something missing this time around that usually makes his movies special. He has had quite a good run with his films so people are going to hold his work to a higher standard and the ups and downs in his career will be a lot more harsh.
From what I have heard the director wanted to make a film that his daughter after making three vengeance films in a row, I wouldn't be showing this film to children but that's just me.
The movie begins with a confusing sequence containing overlapping dialog and neat integrated titles with Cha Young-goon (Su-jeong Lim) calmly slitting her wrist and plugging herself into the power socket as the education broadcast at the electronics factory where she works told her to.
After she has been institutionalised for a while she meats Park Il-sun (Rain), a kleptomaniac who wears cardboard robot heads and also believes he can take aspects of a person's personality. They don't get on well at first, but eventually Park falls for her and takes it upon himself to make her better.
From time to time Young-goon fantasises she is a killer cyborg and kills the doctors and orderlies at the hospital, what actually happens is she usually has collapsed again and doesn't know it (she is not eating as she thinks it would break her mechanism.)
The fantasy sequences are strange as there is no traditional dividing line between them and the rest of the story. My favourite scenes where the sleep flying/yodelling one and the kissing whilst hovering one. Be aware that you will start singing the song after watching this movie without realising it, which can get very annoying:
There are a lot of strange characters in the institution, but I found them a bit too cutesy-pie and out of place in the movie. If you wanted a serious movie set in an institution you would see One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest anyway.
For you trivia buffs I did notice some of the cast from Sympathy for Lady Vengeance on the cast, but no Min Shik-Choi or Song Kang-ho this time.
There are still some interesting ideas in this film like the "seven deadly sins" (cyborg version – sympathy, being sad, restlessness, hesitating about anything, useless daydreaming, feeling guilty and thankfulness) and the way it takes the traditional sci-fi genre away from the usual futuristic and space settings. It is not urgent to see this movie, but if you are interested in the subject matter it might be worth tracking down in your local import DVD shop if you can get it cheap.