From a distance, this film is a typical romantic comedy: girl meets boy, they have experiences, and all ends well. However, the bizarre stylings of South Korean director Park Chan-Wook make it into something more Wes Anderson than Nicholas Sparks. The female lead (Im Soo-jung) turns Blade Runner on its head, claiming to be a cyborg who gets discriminated against because she appears human. When she electrocutes herself trying to “recharge,” she’s sent to the psych ward where she meets a schizophrenic sociopath (Rain) able to steal emotions from his fellow man (supposedly.) This film toys with the concept of “mental health” like a production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest performed in an empty toy factory. At the same time, it’s a playful romp that leaves you satisfied. I’d recommend I’m A Cyborg, But That’s OK if vibrantly compelling displays are your preferred method of twisting your brain into knots.

Review by Andy Wright.

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  • Details

    • Starring

      Hie-jin Choi, Rain, Soo-jung Lim
    • Genre

      Romance
    • Sub-genres

    • Directed by

      Park Chan-wook
    • Written by

      Chan-wook Park, Seo-kyeong Jeong
    • Rating

      Not Rated
    • Language

      Korean
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