Nobody gets their achilles' tendon slit, or their teeth forcibly extracted with a claw hammer. My first non-vengeance Park film, and I have to say I was at least a little impressed. Just a beautiful, clever film. Not especially deep, but it's not like every movie has to be a brutal analysis of man's seeming addiction to cruelty, degradation, shame and suffering.
This is an odd film out of Chan-wook Park's filmography,
and something that he probably felt compelled to do after his cold vengeance trilogy. It's a weird one: visually it resembles Jean-Pierre Jeunet's films and has a similar editing style as well. The general tone is goofy comedy, but it also has a lot of very violent scenes. Not all pieces really fit together, and it surely will make some viewers crazy, but at least it's an interesting and different film.
The extended sequence where Young-Goon imagines (and actually believes) herself to be a combat cyborg annihilating all of the hospital staff is hilarious and wonderfully done, as are a few other sequences, particularly her suicide attempt at the beginning. Like all of Park's works, this is technically outstanding. Thematically, the movie is clumsy and stupid, unfortunately. Not as entertaining as some of his other works.
Like all of Park's films, it's deliciously bizarre and imaginative throughout, with amazing visual presentation. Many of the camera shots are hypnotic, and the blend of white in the lunatic asylum with the color is wonderful. There is also both humor and great creativity with the gang of nuts at the asylum, and the scenes of Young-Goong turning into a cyborg are neat action. Not quite enough deep and varied content to be called "great", but an excellent film, one of the best romantic comedies.
A very good surreal movie. It has a David Lynch meets Cronenberg type of feel and pulls it off quite well. The visuals and music are great and the plot, while not easy to follow is understandable enough. The ending felt a little weak to me, but they always do in these types of movies.
It can definitely get a little too weird for it's own good at times, especially early on, but everything winds up coming together very nicely. It's about what you'd expect from a Romantic Comedy by Chan-wook Park. Visually fantastic and simultaneously fun and dark.