I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK (2006)

 

I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK is the first Korean film to utilize the Viper FilmStream Camera. The film takes place mostly in a mental institution filled with an eclectic menagerie of patients. Young-goon, a young woman working in a factory constructing radios and who believes herself to be a cyborg, is institutionalised after cutting her wrist and connecting it with a power cord to a wall outlet in an attempt to “recharge” herself, an act that is interpreted as a suicide attempt.

 

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Her delusion is characterised by refusing to eat (she instead licks batteries and attempts to administer electric shocks to herself), conversing almost solely with machines and electrical appliances and obsessively listening to her transistor radio at night for instruction on how to become a better cyborg. Her apathetic mother is interviewed by the institute’s head doctor, to determine the roots of Young-goon’s psychosis; despite claiming ignorances of her daughter’s delusion (it is later learnt she knew but was too busy to make her seek help), she reveals that Young-goon’s mentally ill grandmother had previously been institutionalised for delusions of being a mouse, a trauma that sparks Young-goon’s own lapses from reality. As a result, she frequently fantasizes of finding her grandmother and seeking revenge on the “men in white” who took her away.

Il-soon, a young male patient hospitalized for anti-social behaviour and kleptomania (stemming from schizophrenia) becomes fascinated with Young-goon; he is described as having “no sympathy” for his fellow man, believes he can “steal” other people’s souls/attributes, and frequently wears handmade rabbit masks. He fears that he will eventually “shrink into a dot” and is seen compulsively brushing his teeth when nervous or upset. His habit of covertly taking the traits of his fellow inmates makes him the frequent target of scorn: however, is shown willingly accepting and returning certain traits to their owners after he has had his fill of them.

I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK opened in South Korea on December 7, 2006, and was the number one film at the box office in its opening weekend,

— text from wikipedia —

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