After spending the past couple years immersed in his intense "revenge trilogy" (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Lady Vengeance), director Park Chan-wook decided to lighten the mood, step away from the violence and tell a love story. With its zany, colorful characters and off-the-wall imagination, I'm A Cyborg, But That's Okay (or Saibogujiman kwenchana) is definitely a change of pace for Chan-wook -- an alternate route, if you will. But, it's a route packed with energy and creativity; the kind that forces you to pull over every few minutes in order to observe its beauty, its grace and its fresh air.

Traumatized when her schizophrenic grandmother (who thinks she's a mouse and eats radishes all day) is sent off to the loony bin, Young Goon (Lim Soo Jung) becomes convinced she's a cyborg (or robot), stops eating (for fear the food will damage her mechanical insides) and is carted off to a sanitarium by her mother when she cuts open her wrists in an attempt to re-charge her inner batteries ... or commit suicide, as mom sees it. With her grandmother's dentures by her side (which she uses to communicate with lights and vending machines) Young Goon makes it her mission to find a way to re-charge so that she can return the dentures to grandma, kill those holding her hostage and, while she's at it, discover the purpose of her existence.

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