I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK Review: Love can make you crazy
Greetings patients. Whether you’ve forcibly been admitted or if you’re someone who has decided to come here on your own volition, we welcome you to the crazy. Join Jazmine, Marakeshsparrow and Firnlambe (your personal Psychiatrists) as they take you through all the ups and downs of I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK. A romance between a woman, who honestly believes she is a cyborg, and a thief who specializes in "stealing" others' skills.
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Marakeshsparrow: Oh, man. I honestly don’t even know where to begin with this one! As a HUGE fan of Rain, this film’s been on my radar for a while, I just hadn’t gotten around to watching it. But I will say it exceeded my expectations in every way. There was just . . . so much . . . how should I put it? CRAZY.
Firnlambe: I’ll admit it . . . I only watched the movie because of Rain. I had no idea what to expect, I almost gave up on the entire thing because of the strange way they did the introduction. Dear Lord am I glad I stuck it out. As soon as we got to the ward there was never a dull moment and the movie out-shined all my expectations.
Jazmine: So way back when, this was my very first time watching a foreign film. Prior too I had no clue who Rain was. After this movie I became a fan or his and Im Soo Jung. This movie is so captivating from the opening to the ending. Of course there are a lot of "huh?" moments, but from the beginning we can see that Young Goon's mannerisms and her illness are definitely passed down from her grandmother and it's so interesting to see that dynamic throughout the movie.
Firnlambe: I think mom was a bit on the crazy side too. Though that could just be how I interpret that actress lol
Marakeshsparrow: Yes! This was such an interesting look at mental illness and how oftentimes it’s hereditary. And I definitely think there was something a bit off with the mom, though maybe it wasn’t full blown schizophrenia. What I thought was really fascinating was how Young Goon’s illness seemed to get even worse out of her sympathy for her grandmother, that seeing her taken away by the “men in the white coats” really set her off. The mind is such a strange, confusing enigma! I think they represented that really nicely in this film.
Jazmine: Her grandmother was definitely a trigger for her. We saw that multiple times throughout the film. And yes, this film shows just how confusing and intriguing our minds are. There's no doubt in Young Goon's mind she's a cyborg. She is wholly convinced and we see that in her delusions when she shoots bullets and when she talks to the other machines. It's astounding really.
Firnlambe: Dear Lord . . . her delusions were hysterical!! I honestly had to stop the movie just to stop and laugh. She was so convinced that it was a bit scary, even for someone with her condition. I would love to watch the BTS videos of how this movie was made. I can only imagine that each actor/actress had a blast acting out all the crazy.
Marakeshsparrow: There were so many moments in this movie that had me cracking up! But the hilarity was always bordering on unease. I had to wonder if they took some slight liberties here with the patient’s behaviour--I know Korea has some pretty strong stigmas against mental illness, and all the patients were SO crazy. On the other hand, I had to appreciate how they really went there. They took us into a mental hospital and made no apologies.
Jazmine: Yeah the patients did seem to be the more extreme cases of mental illness because mental illness can manifest itself in so many ways. I think some of those stigmas came out in the portrayal of the doctors and nurses. Even though they didn't make many appearances in the film (unless they were being delusionally shot) when they appeared and talked to patients I felt as though they were almost condescending. As if the patients were below them. Maybe that's just me though.
Firnlambe: A few of the Doctors gave me that vibe as well, basically everyone except the main female. I liked her character, particularly during the group therapy sessions. You can see her trying reeeeally hard to keep everyone under control, but with no success. I really liked those sessions. It was fun to see how everyone portrayed their characters.
In regards to them taking liberties with the patient’s behavior, I think it was ok. They couldn’t really get the vibe they wanted otherwise if they had utilized very mild cases in their hospital.
Marakeshsparrow: That’s very true. To stick with the very surreal style of the film, they had to go all out! It created a kind of mythical world in this hospital that wouldn’t have been the same without the over-exaggerated performances. Anyhow, I don’t know about you ladies, but I’m dying to discuss RAAAAIIINNNN. Hahaha. How can someone be so cute, while being so strange? Two things that really stuck out in my mind re: his character-- 1) the fact that he crab walked around really cracked me up. I don’t quite understand, but I’m going along for the ride. And 2) his masks. Can someone explain why he always wore one? (or I guess he wore one up until he started concentrating his energy on Young Goon).
Jazmine: Rain was sooooo good in this movie. I loved his character so much. He was very strange but seemed the most "normal" out of the group. I liked his crab walk thing, it was so weird but fit his character somehow. As far as the masks go, I think it had something to do with him stealthily stealing people's ailments. Part of me also thinks that because he admitted himself he may have started to pick up on different habits in the ward so that he'd have more reason to stay. To make himself seem more "crazy".
Firnlambe: That seems plausible. I also found it extremely entertaining that the writers had to get Rain shirtless at least once. Seriously that scene came up and I rolled my eyes. Who knew they would be able to work that type of scene into a movie chock full of crazy.
Marakeshsparrow: I think it’s in Rain’s contract to go shirtless at least once in every project he does...
Firnlambe: This would not surprise me at all actually.
Marakeshsparrow: At least he didn’t rip it off and start body rolling. We have to be thankful for small favors. WAIT--what am I saying? It’s a CRIME that didn’t happen!!! //goes back to watch video of Rain ripping off his shirt and body rolling// In any event--I’m actually wondering if Jazmine is right about Rain (I like that he’s just Rain, forget the character name). I think he might have picked up other strange habits to appear more crazy. Since he said he would commit himself from time to time, it makes it seem like he felt safe in the hospital. Maybe that’s the only place he felt kind of sane?
I found his story quite sad, the moment where he was riding in the taxi to the hospital, crying because he couldn’t handle his mental state on his own . . . that really got to me. I’m so glad he was able to channel his energy into Young Goon eventually. The way he cared for her and did all he could to help her using her own terms was so moving! The sweetest, craziest love story ever!
Jazmine: *clutches hand over chest* the way Rain's character took care of Young Goon really touched me too. He never made her feel crazy or that she was doomed. He understood how delicate her mind was and went at her pace. I loved when he implanted the rice megatron in her back so that she would eat. It was so sweet!
Firnlambe: Ahhhh you beat me to it! I loved that scene too it was so sweet. I also loved how everyone was getting all into watching her finally eat. //ponders// To be honest most of the scenes between Rain and Young Goon were endearing . . . . like when she starts blubbering incoherently and he was able to understand it all. Those two clearly are made for each other.
Marakeshsparrow: I have to mention my other favorite scene! (Because I also loved the rice megatron bit) When he gave her the magic flying socks and started yodeling through the Swiss Alps (Sound of Music anyone?) I just loved how surreal and fantastical that whole part was, from the ladybug lifting the bed into the night, to Young Goon’s grandmother trying to walk with that rubber band around her waist. It wasn’t all happy--it was always sad seeing how upset she got over her grandmother--but there was something about it that really struck me. Surreal is the best word. That was one of my favorite things about this movie. The director had such an amazing imagination to come up with these crazy visual episodes! #Respect
Firnlambe: Bwahahaha the yodeling!!! I just knew as soon as the shirtless scene played, that we’d also get a singing scene lol Man . . . there are just too many scenes to choose from to simply pick one favorite.
Jazmine: I liked when he stole her sympathy too. It was weird (which really sums up this movie I guess) but it was also their first really caring moment in my opinion. It showed that Rain’s character was starting to have feelings toward Young Goon.
Marakeshsparrow: Can we talk about the ending scene for a moment? They went out into a storm to charge her up so she could fulfill her purpose--becoming a nuclear bomb. I love how Rain was totally humoring her on this and even acted like he didn’t know what he’d done with the wine cork when it was on the top of the radio antenna the whole time. But then it came down to taking off their wet socks . . . and Rain made the very astute observation that their socks weren’t the only thing that was wet. Hahaha. As funny as this was, I have to say I was pretty surprised that it ended right after that. I guess it showed that she’d taken another step towards being human? I don’t know. I loved that, but was also kind of confused as to why it was the last moment we saw. What did you think?
Firnlambe: Honestly?--I think the security in this hospital sucks. (¬_¬) Seriously, how did they get out into the storm in the first place? I was having such a hard time comprehending how they got out, that it didn’t even bother me that the movie just sort of--ended.
Jazmine: The ending was so abrupt to me too. I was really expecting another scene and then the credits started rolling. And I completely agree with you Firnlambe . . . . . what the heck is up with that security!? I thought it was an delusion at first because there’s no way they could get so far from the hospital. Even though the ending was short it made sense in context on the movie I guess? Young Goon didn’t get the chance to see if she was actually a nuclear bomb so I guess she’s just moving on?? I don’t know. I don’t think the director wanted to give us much closure to be honest.
Firnlambe: You know what the director really wanted to give us . . . the most exposure to Rain being odd/quirky and yet, he still somehow manages to be attractive //side glances the most bizarre make out scene I have ever witnessed EVER//
Marakeshsparrow: Ah I’m so glad you mentioned that! I’ve never seen anything so disturbing, yet so HOT at the same time. It was confusing. Because, the fact that her head turned around, was, um . . . kind of scary. YET--YET--what a kiss!
Jazmine: I’m sorry but that kiss scene was so weird. I felt like Rain was eating her face. I did not like it at all. Her head being turned around also added to its weirdness and my utter dislike for it.
Firnlambe: For the most part I agree with Jazmine, but at the same time (as long as I ignore Young Goon) it was ok. Idk--mixed feelings are mixed on this topic lol.
Marakeshsparrow: I learned something about myself during this scene: no matter how odd and freaky the circumstances, Rain kissing always gets me in the FEELS. It’s a curse really. A wonderful, wonderful curse.
Jazmine: OMG. I can see how that could be a thing. Rain is quite the epitome of attractiveness in some aspects. No shame there!
Firnlambe: O.K ladies--final thoughts on the movie?
Marakeshsparrow: If I had to use two words to describe this movie they would be WEIRD and ENDEARING. There were lots of moments that had me scratching my head, laughing, and cringing, but overall I really enjoyed its oddball qualities. And it showed that love can heal all wounds, which was really sweet. I say thumbs up!
Jazmine: Watch this movie to get a very different kind of love story. Watch this movie to get a glimpse at mental illness, as this film does humanize those who often don’t have voice. Watch this movie is you want to be confused - jk, but this movie is actually confusing in a lot of ways but that’s what makes it so likable? I know that that may sound weird, but as Marakeshsparrow said this movie is weird. Just watch it.
Firnlambe: I’m in complete agreement with you both. I definitely will recommend this movie to all who will listen. I loved every moment of it and thought things were blended with just the right amount of realism to keep you second guessing every move and action made. I probably wouldn’t recommend it to the newbies of the Hallyu Wave, but if you’ve been watching Kdramas/movie for years--and you haven’t seen this yet--you really need to set time aside and watch it for yourself.
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