November 8, 2021

130 I’m A Cyborg, But That’s Okay (싸이보그지만 괜찮아, 2006)

This week our discussion of Park Chan-wook’s I’m A Cyborg, But That’s Okay (싸이보그지만 괜찮아) covers sympathy, empathy, finger guns, the subjectivity of reality, the meaning of life, the 7 deadly sins, finger guns, representations of mental health, neuro divergence, and plenty of yawns.


I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (Korean: 싸이보그지만 괜찮아; Ssaibogeujiman Gwaenchana) is a 2006 South Korean romantic comedy film directed by Park Chan-wook, Staring Rain 정지훈 as Park Il-soon and Im Soo-jung 임수정 as Cha Young-goon

A young woman who believes she's a cyborg hears voices and harms herself while at work making radios. She's hospitalized in a mental institution where she eats nothing and talks to inanimate objects. She's Young-goon, granddaughter of a woman who thought she was a mouse (and whose dentures Young-goon wears) and a mother who's a butcher without much social grace. Young-goon comes to the attention of Il-sun, a ping-pong playing patient at the institution who makes it his goal to get her to eat. Will he succeed? Which way does sanity lie?


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