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Cyborg She [DVD] [2008]

Haruka Ayase , Jae-young Kwak    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Haruka Ayase
  • Directors: Jae-young Kwak
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 4Digital Asia
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Oct 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KLB4ZM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,499 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A lonesome college student named Jiro (Keisuke Koide) is spending his 20th birthday alone when suddenly a beautiful cyborg girl ( Haruka Ayase - Ichi/ Oppai Volleyball ) turns up. The few hours that he spends with her are the most incredible moments of his life and Jiro is overwhelmed by his good-fortune in meeting her. But his happiness does not last for long since she disappears after that. A year later on his 21st birthday, Jiro runs into her again. At least she looks the same, but this time she is somehow different. It is the beginning of a love that would change his life forever...

Special Features

  • Guide to Cyborg She
  • Original Japanese trailer
  • Original Japanese teaser trailer
  • Original Japanese TV Spots
  • Interviews
  • Press Conference
  • Cast at Premiere
  • Cast at Yuban Film Festival

Customer Reviews

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haruka Ayase the star of ICHI is an added bonus! 24 Sep 2009
By Steve
SCREENED AT THE 2009 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: I'm more than a bit curious how "Cyborg She" was marketed in Japan. The festival plugged it as the new film by Kwak Jaw-young, and of a piece with his with his other whimsical romantic comedies with a touch of the fantastic. Which it is, and although it never loses sight of being romance first and sci-fi second, it makes sure not to short-change anybody.

22 November, 2008: As the film starts, Jiro Kitamura (Keisuke Koide) is buying himself a birthday present. A college student in Tokyo, he's got no family or close friends (his home village was destroyed in an earthquake, and the new town that has been built on its remains isn't home), and celebrates his birthday the same way every year. Except last year - that year, a beautiful girl (Haruka Ayase) showed up in a bodysuit out of sci-fi anime, shoplifted herself a new outfit, and sat herself down at Jiro's table, leading him on an adventure before announcing she was from the future and disappearing. This year, she shows up again, in even more dramatic fashion, taking superhuman action when a crazed gunman shows up in the restaurant. Afterward, she explains that Jiro created her sixty years in the future and sent her back in time to prevent his crippling. She's a blank slate now, but maybe living with him will help her develop a soul.

The trick to this movie is to get us to see Haruka Ayase's character as more than a mere machine, or else what's meant to be a romantic comedy can get creepy and pathetic, very quickly. The opening flashback (or, given the time-traveling nature of the film, flash-forward) helps; strongly implying that the cyborg will develop into something more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars film with a heart. 16 Mar 2011
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fantastic! It will move you with its great script and good acting.The film has some good action and some well placed comedy but its a love story at heart with a time travel sub plot.Its like The Terminator only `SHE` is send back to help not kill.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Do cyborgs dream of electric love? 29 Sep 2012
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Cyborg She, well where does one start? Yet another purchase made on the back of overwhelmingly positive reviews. Thankfully, this one hit the mark for me. After reading the blurb (I mean, it's about some fella falling in love with a robot) I wasn't sure if i'd watch it with the wife; after all, i've seen enough Manga to know where this type of thing can lead...

In any event, it's actually a wonderfully meandering and gentle love story between one man and his cyborg girlfriend sent from the future to protect him from a yet unknown fate. Yer typical Brit rom-com really.

Our man Jiro is a harmless and pleasant loner whom spends his birthday alone each year, dining in the same restaurant; buying himself the same present; and eating the same meal. That is until the kooky lady from the future appears from nowhere and inveigles herself into his birthday celebrations and spices up his life for the evening. After that night they don't meet again for another year though this time she's a little more, er, kick-ass.

Cyborg She doesn't really fall into any particular genre as it blends together sci-fi, romance, comedy, college-drama, and action flick all in one. Though a lot is squeezed into the film, I found the most compelling element was the shifting dynamics between the pair's relationship as his feelings towards her grow with each day however the course of true love never runs smooth...

You could easily take the 100 minutes as a stand alone film in its own right but just when you think it's going to come to a predictable coda the director pulls it in an entirely new direction which really made me sit up. From there it's a psychadelic futuristic soma-induced tapestry which eventually ties-up the end with the start in an almost mobius manner.

Oh, and Haruka Ayase truly is a beautiful woman; worth the admission fee alone. That and the complex and rivetting plot of course. I mean, that would just be shallow wouldn't it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film 5 Mar 2014
By Peter
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A thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable film . Good imaginative plot with both humour and sadness . A very watchable film .
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic - but don't let Hollywood near it... 21 Aug 2013
As there are other excellent reviews of this film already on Amazon, I'll just add a few comments.

First, this is a classic Science Fiction film, with ideas a-plenty and enough of a changing story to keep you on your toes. OK, so there isn't a spaceship in sight, or aliens, but instead what we have is a nicely-plotted story with excellent performances from the two leads. Maybe, to be a bit critical, the story drags in the middle, but then things happen (I'll say no more) and off we go again - with some excellent make-up/special effects (understated but very nicely done and convincing as well). A bit cruel to Raoul, though.

Second, I think it would be most unlikely that a Hollywood remake would have the charm of this - maybe an independent film maker could have a go instead, and would probably (hopefully) give it the heart a corporate film company might lack. Maybe I've seen too many disappointing Hollywood films, especially remakes (War Of The Worlds, The Day The Earth Stood Still, etc), and am suitably cynical, but once you can get used to watching a film with subtitles the story just carries you along. Maybe you need to watch it a couple of times (or more) to get all the nuances, but it's not a chore, it's a pleasure. So, hands off Hollywood, don't do a Ring on this film. Stick to teenage chase/sex comedies with little plot/intelligence and lots of car chases and explosions, and we'll all be happy knowing exactly what we're going to get - and thus what to avoid!

Anyway, rant over. Cyborg She is a welcome addition to the list of quality time-travel films.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great time travel story
Cant really write much more without a huge spoiler, but just loved the way everything was wrapped up in the end sequence.
Published 3 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Cyborg She
This is one of the best Si-Fi films to come out of japan. romance, time travel, what if ?.
you may want to slap the male actor about 10 mins into the film, but keep watching... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Say Cool Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Another 5 star Japanese movie
Cyborg girl has it all plus a little extra.
I really like the heroines in Japanese films.
So often heroines are merely foils for the big shot male lead, but Japanese... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Murtibing
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Great movieieve I forgot to rate this Amazing movie. It was one of this first romantic, comedy, science fiction movie I have ever watched that actually made sense. Read more
Published 14 months ago by yousuf
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the all important first date.
The film is a Japanese Rom Com, but do not let that put you off, no floppy Hugh Grant fringe or boy meets girl American pearly white and tears overcoming fluff, although to... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
5.0 out of 5 stars De Ja Tissues needed
I have never really been interested in Foreign movies, especially Japanese ones, heck I can just about say Crispy noodle let alone understand a word of the language. Read more
Published on 11 Dec 2011 by Mr. D. Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars japanese films amaze me...
This film surprised me alot!!
i was looking just for a cheesy romance film so i went through the amazon listings and saw this... Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2011 by peterwest
3.0 out of 5 stars I Don't Get It
I have been on a quest to find interesting movies beyond the normal Hollywood output. I now have a number of none English language films. Read more
Published on 25 April 2011 by Wildman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hilarious, Entertaining and Touching Robotic Romance
To start with I'll simply say this movie was brilliant. After watching it once I'd viewed it again within a week. Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2010 by Calum Poskitt-Marshall
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