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I'm A Cyborg, But That's OK (2006) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Rain (Jung Ji Hoon) (Actor) | Lim Soo Jung (Actor) | Park Chan Wook (Director)
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With his masterful, multi-award-winning vengeance trilogy, Park Chan Wook won accolades at home and abroad, and became the object of cult for many film fans, from the grindhouse aficionado to the arthouse purist. Following the anger and violence of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, and Old Boy, however, Park was ready for something new - a romantic comedy, albeit one like no other. For his whimsically titled I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK, the director enlisted versatile actress Lim Soo Jung (Lump Sugar, Tale of Two Sisters) and film newcomer Jung Ji Hoon, better known to fans across Asia as Rain, as his mentally ill romantic leads. A cyborg romantic comedy starring Rain? If anyone can pull it off, it's Park Chan Wook.

After attempting suicide, Young Goon (Lim Soo Jung) ends up in an asylum outfitted with retro accessories, concerned doctors, and plenty of quirky patients. Young Goon's problem? She thinks she's a cyborg. Her bigger problem? A cyborg can't eat human food. Refusing to eat, she spends all her rapidly depleting energy communicating with her machine friends (like the coffee vending machine), plotting against the doctors, and trying to recharge herself with batteries. The cute and quirky Young Goon immediately attracts the attention of asylum mate Il Soon (Jung Ji Hoon), a young man with a knack for stealing. He can steal anything, even Thursday, and his specialty is stealing other people's skills. Recognizing that Young Goon is in trouble, the love-struck Il Soon tries his hardest to help her eat again, bringing both of them onto a path of romance and healing.

Perhaps the most irreverent of all Park Chan Wook films, I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK is a delight for the eyes, and much more than a simple romantic comedy. It features the usual stylish innuendo and eye-grabbing visuals of Park's past works, but with a markedly different, more light-hearted sense of humor. The film is whimsically surreal and often laugh-out-loud funny. Although the talent of Lim Soo Jung is certainly not a surprise, it's Rain who raises eyebrows with this role. One of Asia's biggest pop stars, Rain has also found success and popularity as a television actor with dramas like Sang Doo, Let's Go to School and Full House, but the verdict on his acting skills was still open. If anything, I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK proves that with the right guidance Rain can truly become a fine actor, and that Park Chan Wook still has many more surprises under his belt.

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Product Title: I'm A Cyborg, But That's OK (2006) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 再造人之戀 (2006) (DVD) (香港版) 再造人之恋 (2006) (DVD) (香港版) サイボーグでも大丈夫 (DVD) (香港版) I'm A Cyborg, But That's OK (2006) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Rain (Jung Ji Hoon) (Actor) | Lim Soo Jung (Actor) 鄭 智薰 (Actor) | 林秀晶 (Actor) 郑 智薰 (Actor) | 林秀晶 (Actor) Rain (ピ)  (Actor) | イム・スジョン (Actor) 비 정 (Actor) | 임수정 (Actor)
Director: Park Chan Wook 朴 贊郁 朴赞郁 パク・チャヌク 박찬욱
Release Date: 2007-08-09
Language: Cantonese, Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIA
Publisher: CN Entertainment Ltd.
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004960945

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* Sound Mix: Dobly Digital 5.1
* DVD Type: DVD-5

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Director: Park Chan Wook

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認為自己是再造人的「英君」(林秀晶),被送進一間充滿幻想力的現代精神病院裡。她討厭那兒的燈光,也害怕那座汽水機。「一順」(Rain鄭智薰)認為自己有偷走別人性格和技能的能力,而他對英君這位新病人分外留意。

英君說自己有電池不用吃飯,所以日漸消瘦,為此一順出盡法寶。他偷來「夢中飛行方法」和「唱瑞士山歌能力」來逗她笑,還偷了英君的「同情心」,由自己去代替她不開心。

一順答應為英君去找再造人的「終生保用證」之際,英君感到十分為難,因為再造人是不應有感情的。她繼續絕食,身體狀況亦出現危機,擔心的一順決定使出最後絕招。

「當愛情告急,就算是再造人也沒關係!」

'Young-goon' (IM Soo-jung) enters a mod psychiatric hospital rich with extravagant imagination and fantasies. She scolds the fluorescent lights and worries about the vending machine as she thinks she is a cyborg. 'Il-soon' (JUNG Ji-hoon), a man who believes he can steal other people's traits, keeps a close eye on Yong-goon, the new patient. Both of them are uniquely eccentric, but to each other, the counterpart looks all the more special. Il-soon sets all his abilities into motion to help Young-goon eat, since she becomes thinner and thinner from her diet of batteries. He steals 'the sleep flying method' to help Young-goon move freely about. And he steals the ability to yodel to sing to Young-goon when she feels low. But more specially, he steals Young-goon's sense of 'sympathy' and feels her sadness for her.
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Professional Review of "I'm A Cyborg, But That's OK (2006) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

May 8, 2007

This professional review refers to I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
Tired of the revenge grind? Would you like to see director Park Chan-Wook lighten up? If so, here's your antidote: I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK. Park goes for a change-up with his latest flick, which eschews the overtly dark, intense themes of his vaunted Vengeance Trilogy for something seemingly more warm and fuzzy. Megahot singer-dancer Rain headlines the film, but the real star is Lim Su-Jeong (Lump of Sugar). Lim plays Young-Goon, an odd young lass whose quirks are so extreme that she's been committed to an institution. You see, Young-Goon thinks she's a cyborg, so she talks to the soda machine, fantasizes about using her cybernetic enhancements to slaughter the doctors, and generally eschews normal human activities like, say, eating. Life can be simple when you design your own reality.

Young-Goon isn't the only one lacking a few spark plugs; her fellow asylum residents are also stuck in their own realities. The place is crowded with an amusing menagerie of unbalanced misfits, many of whom get generous screentime to demonstrate their mental maladies. Chief among them is Il-sun (Rain), a young man who supposedly possesses the power to steal another person's soul. Even though it makes absolutely no realistic sense for Il-Sun's "soul theft" to work, he's able to practice it on his fellow patients, stealing a variety of their attributes, including their ping pong abilities, their overdone humility, and more. Young-Goon takes an interest in Il-Sun because she wants him to steal her lingering humanity, so that she'll be able to execute the doctors via her imaginary bullet-shooting fingers. Il-Sun returns Young-Goon's interest for more real-world reasons. Not only does Il-Sun start to show romantic interest in Young-Goon, but Young-Goon's self-proclaimed cyborg status starts to become self-destructive. Can Il-Sun help her before her cyborg fantasies end in her own death?

I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK is a rather obtuse experience, especially in the early going. The film begins like an absurd, Tim Burton-esque fantasy, with the patients and their individual problems given affectionate, entertaining focus. We're introduced to them as people and not as head cases, and their madness seems like something to celebrate and enjoy, in a "haha, these delusional people are funny" sort of way. It's all rather amusing and enjoyable, but after we receive introduction upon introduction to the asylum's patients, the parade of disturbed, but still quite loveable headcases starts to get tiring. There's only so much a person can take of the absurd characters and their situations; before long, the film seems to lose direction. We get that the patients are loveable and messed up, but we don't get that the film necessarily has a point. Sure, Lim Su-Jeong is cute and Rain is charming, but can that carry a whole film? We say no.

However, the film rights itself during the second half once Young-goon's eating issues take greater importance. Young-goon refuses to eat any real food because in her mind, she's a cyborg and only requires a good recharge to get back her mojo. In reality, she's on her way to starvation, and the concern that Il-Sun shows - and his method for getting her to start eating again - is creative and even touching. The film takes some time to get going, but once Park's main characters begin to connect, the film becomes much more affecting. For the most part, Park shows a remarkable handle on his material, managing not to overdo the quirky or slop on the sentimentality. There's still plenty of sentiment and quirkiness in the film, but Park makes it palatable by getting us to care. He shows obvious affection for his characters, and easily conveys that to the audience. The actors help too; Lim Su-Jeong and Rain turn in engaging performances, managing to create real sympathy for their sometimes cloying, overly cute characters.

Despite its abundant comedy and the cuteness, the film possesses dark and even disturbing portions, too. The audience receives many flashbacks where we witness the circumstances that drive the characters to get committed - or sometimes even voluntarily check in - to the hospital. The scenes possess an emotional rawness that make them compelling, and are tough to watch because they portray the emotional suffering of people we've come to care about. Hereditary madness, shock therapy, suicide attempts, vomiting - these things are not warm and fuzzy, and Park doesn't exactly put a happy face on all of it. I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK looks like it'll be a light, romantic comedy, and the warm, sometimes inviting production design and absurd, deadpan comic tone bear that out. But there's stuff underneath the surface that does stick to your guts - that is, when the burgeoning romance between Rain and Lim Su-Jeong isn't making your heart skip a beat. Thanks to the above, plus some clunky existential themes AND some graphic fantasy sequences where Young-Goon shoots up the hospital, we can officially declare this to be true: I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK is a movie that has something for everyone.

What it may not have, however, is a completely convincing mixture of elements. The film is sometimes unfocused and uneven, and doesn't really earn every last one of its thematic or narrative conceits. A large part of Cyborg plays like a fantasy, but clearly, the film takes place in the real world. As a result, one might expect the film to go the direction of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, i.e. there may be a real-life price to pay for being out of touch with reality. That never comes to pass, however, and the film ultimately wheezes to a protracted ending punctuated by the appearance of an obviously symbolic rainbow. Happy tidings get their due, and from an audience standpoint, the warm and fuzzy feelings do make the film immediately enjoyable. However, given all the elements in play - and the cold, hard fact that these misfits are simply unable to care for themselves - the eventual leaning towards the positive doesn't exactly ring true.

Still, there's credit owed here. I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK is a tough movie to sell, as its mixture of surreal fantasy, uncomfortable reality, and too-cute characters can be as alienating as it is enchanting. The whole may not entirely convince, but Park Chan-Wook makes the parts exceptionally effective. Park's deadpan comedy instincts are razor sharp, whether he uses them in the service of black humor or surreal fantasy, and many key moments in the film are undeniably felt. As a director, Park possesses the rare ability to engage the audience in unexpected ways; his films are edgy and entertaining, and always go beyond superficial thrills or laughs for something deeper and more felt. Cyborg is most definitely a change-up, but it's also a welcome one. Frankly, it's refreshing to see a director try something new instead of leaning on the same genres and themes as some suddenly hot international directors (think Wong Kar-Wai) are wont to do. I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK may be one of Park Chan-Wook's weaker efforts, but as another entry in his hopefully rapidly growing filmography, it's a fine little film.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5.8 out of 10 (5)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5.5 out of 10 (20)

ESRA ELGIZ
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January 31, 2013

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Totally different. Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Different...shocking and surreal world of mentally ill people who are not wanted by the society.It was a bit weird at the beginnig because I didn't expect this kind of movie but..et the end..it was totally great.You may not like it but it's worth watching.Go,watch and have your own opinions.
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November 10, 2009

3 people found this review helpful

Excellent! 9/10 Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Wow! I just watched this movie last night and what a surprise! To me, the director has made a great social commentary on the psychological impaired that society and families want to ignored, cast away or sweep under the rug. However, they are also deserved to love and be loved. There are other issues and virtues that are touched upon in the movie. You might find the movie is illogical and the characters are coming out of no where, but watch it! Be warn that you have to be sympathetic in order to accept the some of the slightly uncomfortable scenes in the movie.

This movie is surreal and defines logic. There are some really pretty, sad and daunting scenes, and episodes reaping from children's books. The final scene is the prettiest with a rain bow above a canyon. I think this movie is tragic if you follow the impending outcome, but if the director applies his own laws of physics, then the end is beautiful, otherwise, it is just hope as life goes on.

I love Rain and I'm his fan. He is a great actor! Watch this film! I's highly recommended! :)
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April 16, 2009

definitely a rubbish film Customer Review Rated Bad 0 - 0 out of 10
Rain Rain Rain, what on earth were you doing? I am surprised Rain wanted to take part in such a bizarre movie. I bet not only viewers but actors and actresses, director and producer, even the writter are all totally confused...and all those absolutely unnecessary violence...not worth a penny.
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March 31, 2008

3 people found this review helpful

Best film ever Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is the best film I have ever seen! It's visually stunning and the plot is imaginative. It made me want to run away with Lim Soo Jung into her world and get lost forever.
It made me laugh but it also made me sad. Especially when Jung Ji Hoons tells his story and how he feels. The way he cares for Lim Soo jung is touching. They have a sweet childlike love that's fascinating to watch.
I'd definitely recommend this film to anyone with a good imagination that appreciates art. Well worth the money.
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November 17, 2007

6 people found this review helpful

Love among the ruins Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
For most of "I'm a Cyborg", I watched, slack-jawed but mildly amused, waiting for this movie to make some kind of sense. By the end, I was moved almost to tears. "I'm a Cyborg" ends up being a profoundly moving story about two broken people finding a kind of childlike love for each other, as one mental patient (Jung Ji Hoon) reaches out to save another mental patient (Lim Soo Jung) from her self-destructive delusions.

Both Rain and Miss Lim deliver startlingly fresh and believable performances. Director Park San Wook performs a kins of magic to pull such a touching story from this bizarre setting. With such entirely different films under his belt as "JSA", "Oldboy", and "I'm a Cyborg", I can't wait to see his next concoction.

I recommend "I'm a Cyborg" very, very highly, but I caution you that you must stick with this movie -- it isn't until the final reel that this film brings everything together for its entirely satisfying conclusion.
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