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I'm a Cyborg 2006

4.3 out of 5 stars (31) IMDb 7.1/10

In this witty but tragic film Young-goon is admitted to a mental institution. Believing she's a cyborg, she charges herself with a transistor radio. Fellow inmate Il-soon steals other inmates' personality traits. When Young-goon refuses to eat, Il-soon helps her get on her feet again.

Starring:
Ji-hun Jeong, Lim Soo Jung
Runtime:
1 hour, 42 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, International, Comedy
Director Park Chan-Wook
Starring Ji-hun Jeong, Lim Soo Jung
Studio PALISADES TARTAN
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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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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Format: Blu-ray
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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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Having once hoped to become a professional Clinical Psychologist, specialising in the study of schizophrenia, I did not find this film to be 'Funny' in any way, shape or form. As a matter of fact, as the title clearly states I found it 'Beautiful, Powerful, Emotive & Heart-Rending;' a disturbing, yet heart-warming insight into the minds of mental patients, helping us to understand both how and why they believe that these delusions are the truth.

The bicycle told her that she was a cyborg and that a cyborg can overcome anything. But if that were the case, then why was she so powerless to stop the people who took her grandmother to the mental hospital?

The answer is simple, her batteries are low and she desperately needs to recharge. But as a cyborg, eating food will cause her to break down. So giving all of her food to one of the other patients, she licks batteries as she slowly starves herself.

The patient who falls in love with her is an 'Anti-Social' thief, convinced that if people don't notice him then he will disappear. But while the 'Ending' of this film could be considered a major disappointment, simply finishing the story with no actual closure or insight of any kind, we have to understand that it isn't really a 'Story' with a beginning, a middle and an end, but rather a brief and vital glimpse into the lives of many people who require and deserve our compassion.
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