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I'm A Cyborg [2006] [DVD]

Ji-hun Jeong , Park Chan-Wook    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ji-hun Jeong
  • Directors: Park Chan-Wook
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2008
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014E917O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,596 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

I'M A CYBORG, the latest film from the Korean director Park Chan-wook, is a madcap fantasy, screwball romance. Young-goon is admitted to a mental institution, believing herself a cyborg, she charges herself with a transistor radio. Il-soon a fellow inmate steals the other inmates' personality traits and believes he is fading and will one day turn into a dot. When Young-goon refuses to eat, Il-soon decides it's his job to get her on her feet again. This charming, tender and visually arresting film cements Park Chan-wook's reputation as one of the most gifted and playful filmmakers working today. An offbeat romantic comedy, I'M A CYBORG is a touching and highly inventive film from one of Korea's best known director's Park Chan-wook. This charming, tender, visually arresting film won the Alfred Bauer Prize for a work of particular innovation at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Korean ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), Korean ( Dolby Surround ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Making Of, Music Video, Production Notes, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: While working in a radio assembly factory, Cha Young-goon (Su-jeong Lim) loses touch with reality, opens her wrist with a knife, inserts a power-cord and plugs herself into a wall outlet. As this scene unfolds we are brought up-to-date on her story with rapid cuts to her mother's interview with a psychiatric hospital doctor. Naturally the doctor is trying to determine the roots of Young-goon's psychosis, but the interview with Mom hints that this may be a family problem; Mom seems none too stable herself. Back in the factory Young-goon is lying on the floor, still in her chair, and we can see from her right foot that the shock has brought her inner battery up to full strength. Her toes light up to show her state of charge. As all of this is going on we see production credits as circuit board labels, uniform name tags, and other text scattered around the film.The opening credits covered we then see Young-goon being wheeled around the hospital by what appears to be one of the staff. Other patients are pointed out by this "staff member" with many of the other patient's issues being covered. The "staff-member" however, turns out to be another patient who makes up stories to replace the memories she's lost due to amnesia. At this point we are introduced to Park Il-soon (Rain) who is the reigning ping-pong champion. He wears masks, and believes he is capable of stealing other patient's personality traits.A story develops as Park Il-soon seeks to overcome his anti-social tendencies by helping other patients with thei...I'm a Cyborg ( Saibogujiman kwenchana ) ( I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK )

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Surprise... 25 Mar 2008
Format:DVD
As a huge fan of both Park and Rain, I was very eager to see this film. If you are expecting a Park film along similar lines as the vengeance trilogy, then this is not the film for you. However, for the more open-minded, this is quite possibly one of the most romantic movies ever filmed.

Without spoiling the plot, it's hard to write an accurate overview of this film, however it is fair to say that it has two distinct halves. The first half of the film is quite comedic, and in contrast the second half is beautifully touching.

This film has received a fair bit of criticism for two straightforward reasons. Firstly, a lot of people who saw this film were familiar with Park's other movies and it is NOTHING like those films. I guess they were disappointed by that. Secondly, a lot of people didn't "get" the ending. I think the ending was fabulous, and if you have paid enough attention throughout the rest of the film, then I see no confusion. This isn't a Hollywood movie - not eveything is spelt out in black and white, and the ending requires you to think. If you can cope with that, then you'll be rewarded with a real sense of romanticism.

Surreal as the first half is, stick with it. And discover the use of a "rice megatron". I think that concept may be unique to this film!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Sarah R
Format:DVD
The film follows the journey of Young-goon, who's convinced that she is a cyborg. Now mental illnesses seem to run on her family as several years prior; her grandmother was sent to a mental house for believing she was a mouse. Young-goon has held a grudge against the `white coats' (doctors and nurses) for her grandma's misfortune, so when she is sent to a mental home herself, she plans to kill them all. However; as a cyborg, she doesn't know her purpose in life. A vending machine has its purpose of serving people, but she doesn't know as she didn't come with an instruction manual. So she tries to discover her purpose for existence in the meantime. In the real world though; because Young-soon believes food would disrupt her cybernetic system, she has stopped eating, leading her physical state to deteriorate. Despite the doctor's attempts to force feed her, it's the efforts of Il-Sun, a fellow patient in the mental home, and the affections that they have for each other that help Young-Soon to live and discover her true purpose in life.

To play such wacky, mentally challenged characters; you'll have to be a good enough actor to carry the part, to convince the audience your mind doesn't operate the same way others do - otherwise you just come across as annoying. Luckily Im Su-jeong and Rain perform their characters beautifully! Im Su-jeong plays the main female role, I love the little touches that she gives to her character that convinces everyone that she's a cyborg; such as licking batteries, and talking to vending machines and light bulbs with big glazed eyes. Rain (also known as Jeong Ji-Hoon) portrays her love interest - Il-Sun, a man suffering with anti-social behaviour and kleptomania.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing quality blu-ray! 26 Mar 2009
Format:Blu-ray
(Blu-ray review, not movie review)
Already seen the movie before buying the blu-ray, and the movie itself is one of my personal favourites, it's a very different romantic story that happens on a mental institution. I don't want to give away much, go see the movie or search for reviews on the internet.

Regarding the blu-ray edition, I was completely amazed by the image quality of this release, one of the best blu-ray I've ever seen, similar to Dark City in terms of quality. Very little noise but still very sharp picture, amazing colours, deep blacks, everything visual is top notch. Of course there are some scenes where you can notice a little soft image or a little more noise than usual, but overall very little. By comparison, the Oldboy blu-ray is far worse in terms of video quality.

In terms of sound, I don't have a system capable of giving a fair review, but it seems OK.

Only English subtitles, and the only really downside is the lack of extras. Still, lowering the rating of this blu-ray because of the lack of extras is not that fair considering the quality of the image in general.

Overall, a decent 5 star on my blu-ray collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Park classic 10 Mar 2009
Format:DVD
Park Chan Wook is one of my favourite directors, and it depresses me to read in my local tv guide that it had only received 3 stars, on account of "parks wakiness obscuring the plot"...bastards. It is a lovely film with colour, humour, romance and fun. I love watching all the different characters that Young Goon meets, they are all truly entertaining, this is one of my favourite films, I get the feeling it's more of a girl's film, but I maybe wrong, either way, it is to be enjoyed by any Korean cinema fan.

I am looking forward to Park's next film, Thirst.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rice and wires... 12 Jun 2008
Format:DVD
As a big fan of Park Chan-Wook's previous works, in particular 'Old Boy', I had a feeling this would be great, but it was great on a completely different level.
It is a most wonderful film to get lost in; at the risk of labelling this a 'quirky romantic comedy' it is an eclectic mix of fantasy, existentialism, love and relating to another person. This reminded me a little of 'You, Me And Everyone We Know' (Miranda July). You have to be open-minded here and really engage with the characters, perhaps humour them, for a fruitful experience. It's a subtle reminder of the hardships of life and finding your way, with a little nudge. A beautiful film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am a sideboard.
A beautiful and delicate view. A little ray of light to pop into your brain every now and then. I hope that like me when people see this film they share it amongst friends.
Published 6 months ago by Vic Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars The Transcendence of the Disturbed
I have to confess that, after losing myself in Park Chan-Wook's vengeance trilogy in HD and enjoying "Thirst" just as much on its own discrete and perverse merits, I had been... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. D. R. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars quirky cute romance
if you love korean films that are a little unusual then you will love this movie. most romances are pretty straightforward but this movie goes sideways. Read more
Published 17 months ago by kez
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
If you are fan of Park Chan Wook's work, then this is a real treat. Equal parts original and charming.
Published 18 months ago by A. DIDARZADEH
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful film!
I was really surprised at how much I loved this film. A whole hour and so of complete madness which is both complete insanity and sweetness. Wonderful film!
Published on 11 Feb 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars im a cyborg ,
THIS MOVIE IS SOOOOOOOOOOO FANTASTIC I FELL IN LOVE WITH YOUNG GOON AND THE MOVIE (I SAW) IT ON FILM 4 RECENTLY OVER THE WEEKEND , ITS SOMETHING ELSE STRANGE HORROR ROMANTIC AND... Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2012 by Michael Barone
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I absolutely love this film, if anyones wondering about buy it, DO IT. its an excellent film, with a story and style that you just dont find in english and american cinema. Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2010 by nikkib
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute garbage
I admit I bought this without reading any reviews because I liked his other films. I was really disappointed, OK it's a romantic comedy but it wasn't funny it was just weird. Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2010 by Walter Sickert
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic on Blu-Ray
So I'm a big fan of this film. So much that I ordered it to ship to the states. I won't go into what I think of the film, but rather the blu-ray version itself. Read more
Published on 19 July 2010 by jasonedward
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you ready for crazy?, because crazy is in the house!!!!!
The one thing my foreign language DVD collection is lacking in is comedy, I'm very pleased to announce that I've found an excellent one in the form of this wonderful Korean... Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2010 by Dazman
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