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?
A versatile stylist with an aesthetic that straddles the line between the idiosyncratic and the mainstream, Park Chan-wook is best known for his 2000 film Joint Security Area, a powerful story about a murder along the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea that became the biggest box-office hit in the history of Korean cinema. (It was later supplanted by the action film Shiri, which also dealt with North-South relations.) Park’s interest in film began in college at Sogang University, where he started the “film gang” club and published a number of critical studies on contemporary cinema. After graduating from the Department of Philosophy, he began working in the film industry as an assistant director to Gwak Jae-young on A Sketch of a Rainy Day (1988). In 1992, he directed his first feature, The Moon Is…the Sun’s Dream, a gangster drama, and shifted gears into comedy with 1997’s Trio, a romp about three pals on the run from the law. Neither of these films gained much recognition… read more
Screened this totally bizarre movie at the Cherry Hinton Picturehouse and think we all pretty much rated it as the worst movie we have seen. 105 minutes of implausible madness. The best I can find to say is that there are few visually intrigue images which might hold your attention for a moment or two. We sat through the whole thing,.. and were left wondering why we bothered.
visually stunning film. very refreshing and beautiful script/plot and brilliant characters. do your eyes/soul a favour, and watch this. it is also directed by one of my favorite directors chan-wook park (the same genius behind oldboy)
A film that’s hard to synopsize, you have to be engulfed in the character ‘Young-Goon’s world to understand and appreciate the themes at play here. This is what the film attempts to provide in the… read review
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… read review
While watching this, I couldn’t help but think on other films that had caused for me a similar vibe, namely Takashi Miike’s “The Happiness of the Katakuris” and, well, actually any film by Jean-Pierre… read review