I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK

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  • NR
  • 2008
  • 1 hr 45 min
  • 7.0  (25,981)

"I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK" is a unique and whimsical film from director Park Chan-wook. The movie follows the story of a young woman named Cha Young-goon (Lim Soo-jung) who believes she is a cyborg. After attempting to charge herself with electrical outlets, her family commits her to a mental institution where she meets the charming and enigmatic Park Il-sun (Rain).

As the story unfolds, we get to witness the experiences of the two characters as they try to navigate through their individual mental illnesses. Cha Young-goon's struggle with her delusion keeps her from eating, and she becomes weak and frail quickly. Park Il-sun, on the other hand, has a unique personality disorder where he can absorb the characteristics of people around him, making him capable of disarming even the most hardened criminal.

As they work to understand their conditions, they develop a rather unique relationship. They spend days talking, playing, and helping each other to overcome the challenges of their mental illness. Park Il-sun risks his life several times to help Cha Young-goon get better, and in doing so, audiences witness their attachment and deeper levels of understanding.

The film stands out as a brilliantly imaginative and fun production, with distinct cinematic elements that set it apart from more conventional dramas, especially with respect to the clever use of special effects. The mundane parts of daily life are interspersed with the fantastic, such as the bright and colorful world inside Cha Young-goon's head, complete with animated flowers and flying silverware.

Despite the fact that the movie is set in a psychiatric hospital, the tone is generally playful and light-hearted, with the characters hardly ever feeling sorry for themselves or becoming bogged down with depression. The hope, humor, and inventiveness that the film exemplifies are genuinely refreshing to see. There's an innocent beauty and sincerity to their scenes that can lift the spirits of even the most downhearted viewers.

The stellar acting by Lim Soo-jung, Rain, and Kim Byeong-Ok adds significantly to the film's charm, making it all the more endearing. Lim Soo-jung's performance as the cyborg is nothing short of stunning. She brings an almost ethereal quality to her scenes, playing the character with a sincerity and enthusiasm that is entirely infectious. Rain complements her fantastically, portraying Park Il-sun with an easy charisma and a subtle vulnerability.

Despite the film's strange premise, "I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK" is a real emotional rollercoaster. Audiences will feel delighted, moved, and thrilled in equal measure. This movie is one of those unique cinematic gems that creates an intimate connection between the viewer and its two leading characters. Although it starts with what appears to be an outlandish premise, it becomes a thoughtful examination of how people can be helped by caring for one another. The story is both unique and accessible, making it an essential watch and a testament to the resonant power of love and friendship in a world that often leaves little room for either.

A feast for the senses, with dazzling color palettes and enchanting visuals that will leave a lasting impression on viewers, "I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK" is one of those rare movies that are as delightful as they are profound. It's an off-kilter love story that successfully brings a lighthearted shift to the oftentimes serious tone of mental illness-themed films. It's a must-watch for anyone looking for a truly original viewing experience.

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    7.0  (25,981)