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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Splendid Movie

I have generally refrained from book, movie, essay, and article reviews and such-like activities on this blog, but I just finished watching this movie and can't really hold back my enthusiasm.

The title (down at the bottom) says: ssaibogeu-jiman kwaench'ana, which means "I'm a cyborg, but that's ok." The tagline there in the middle says "k'iseuga anirayo, ch'ungcheonindeyo," which means "it's not a kiss, it's an electric charge." While I do have to admit that sounds really corny, and though both of these actors are famous for films and music I'm inclined to disrespect without knowing anything about, the movie is really fantastic. It's visually arresting - there are even some amazing gun/bloodshed sequences - but in a way that compliments the film, not in a (coughTRANSFORMERScoughD-WARcough) way that makes it look like the director and screenwriter had nothing better to do with their time or brains...

The basic story is about an otherwise normal girl sent to the loony bin because she believes she's a cyborg. She enters a community of quirky - though not insultingly so - mental patients, all of whom interact in quite interesting ways. She's eventually befriended by a young man who has convinced himself, and the other patients, that he can steal intangible objects (eg "your politeness" and "thursday") as well as he can steal other things. I won't give any more plot spoilers here; I'll just say the movie delivers some nice messages without feeling preachy (the director, Chan-Wook Park, is known as one of Korea's best and has done well at various local and international film festivals), is subtly very funny, and is quite beautiful to watch.

I don't know if you can find the movie at a blockbuster, though there's a chance, since it did well in festivals in Germany and Japan. I checked, though, and you can find a torrent on mininova if you search. And a (korean)trailer here.

10 comments:

Bob said...

Now Mike... you aren't seriously suggesting that we search and illegally download a copy through bittorrent without paying for it, are you?

Mike said...

No, I'm just saying that if you already own a legit copy of the movie but can't watch it because of a scratch or a messed up DVD drive, you're well within your rights to acquire it in another format...

Bob said...

Does it count as a legit copy if sombody wrote "LEGIT" in sharpie on the copy they burned for me?

Mike said...

No. For a DVD to be legit, it has to have a copy of the original DVD's disc art printed out on sticky paper and then applied slightly off-center. That gets you up to about 94%. Another 3% if there's a copyright sign on it. 2% for writing "legit." And 1 more % if you paid someone for it.

Bob said...

You should definitely be in charge of the MPAA and publish those guidelines.

Jeff said...
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Jeff said...

All I can say is, you are one hell of a break dancer.

rhstripl@artsci.wustl.edu said...

I like it when there are comments deleted (I'm surely setting myself up here). It adds mystique to your blog.

Jamal

Mike said...

Judging by the timestamp, the comment must belong to Jeffy. My guess is he made a typo or a little punctuation slip-up (that kind of sentence can be a little tricky, after all), and deleted it before I had the chance to pounce all over it and tear him to shreds. A little unfortunate, since I do like correcting him, but then again, it's nice to know that he's still afraid of me.

Jeff said...

Your inference is correct. I don't remember my typo, but it was probably a baller one.