10/20/2008

Movie Review: I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006)


I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK by Chan-wook Park (Oldboy) is one of the South Korean movie entries at the 10th Cinemanila International Film Festival , that's why I was able to catch it.

To say that this is not your typical romantic comedy is an understatement. First, it's a love story about a schizophrenic/anti-social teenage boy and a girl who thinks she is a cyborg that doesn't need to eat. The guy, Il Sun, (portrayed by Korean pop star Rain) and the girl, Young-goon (Im Su-Jeong), fall in love in the weirdest of circumstances-- from Il Sun "installing" a device that will help Young-goon "recharge," to Il-Sum "stealing" Young-goon's sympathy so that she can set her grandmother free from the mental asylum. But what do you expect in a love story set in a mental institution?

The story takes a lot of getting used to because of the inherent insanity of the characters in the film, plus there are a lot of scenes that happen in the minds of the characters, and are not part of the main thread of events. And of course, the experience of watching the film is initially hampered by the Korean dialogue.

I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK is not great, but, well, just OK.


Rating: 2.5/5


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