“I’m not a pys-cho, I’m a cy-borg”
I have reviewed a lot of grim films lately, so as a change of pace today it’s I’m A Cyborg. I know this isn’t technically a horror film, but you know what? I don’t care, it’s such a wonderful movie that it deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible. I may be a huge horror movie fan but I’m A Cyborg along with the incredible Betty Blue will always be in my top 5 movies of all time. Yet again Park Chan-woo has produced a wonderful piece of cinema.
I’m A Cyborg is the story of Young-goon, who at the beginning of the movie is institutionalised after an incident at work, where believing she was a cyborg, Young-goon cuts her wrists & tries to attach an electrical cord to herself & the wall socket to recharge. Young-goon’s delusion is characterised by her refusal to eat, she instead licks batteries in an attempt to recharge. She doesn’t really talk with the other inmates but does talk to the vending machines & her own radio. She also day dreams of mutating into a cyborg killing machine & gunning down all the men in white coats who took her grandmother away. Il Sun is a patient in the institution who suffers from schizophrenia. He often wears paper rabbit masks & is accused of stealing other people’s attributes. He becomes worried about Young-goon as he thinks if she doesn’t eat she will shrink into a dot. When Young-goon is give shock treatment because she won’t eat she is convinced that she is recharging, but in reality her health is deteriorating rapidly. Il Sun devises a plan to get her eating again.
I’m A Cyborg is just a wonderfully uplifting movie. As with all Park Chan-woo movies it is visually stunning. The hallucinatory dream sequences where Young-goon wanders the corridors of the hospital gunning down the doctors in slow motion looks amazing. The two central performances from Im Su-jeong asYoung-goon & Rain as Il Sun are perfect, they both really capture the essence of their characters & bring this strange & bizarre love story to life. The supporting cast of patients are equally well-defined & add so much to the story. Park Chan-woo has yet again proved what an incredible filmmaker he is. I’m A Cyborg is as far removed from his Vengeance Trilogy or Thirst as you could get. Yet he has still managed to make a wonderfully uplifting movie that cannot fail to put a smile on your face. I’m A Cyborg has more feeling & subtlety than a million lame American rom-coms. Never has an image of a cork meant so much in a film.
I dare say you already know what I’m going to say, but if you haven’t seen this movie already, you need to. Another Park Chan-woo masterpiece. Highly recommended.