"I'm A Cyborg, But That's OK" is Released
I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK opened in South Korea on December 7, 2006, and was the number one film at the box office in its opening weekend, grossing $2,478,626.
However, in its second weekend, it plummeted by 76%, and was pulled from most screens prior to the Christmas holiday period. Sales of approximately 780,000 tickets were considered a disappointment in contrast to Park's earlier films, Joint Security Area, Oldboy, and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, which had all sold in excess of 3 million.
I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK won the Alfred Bauer Award at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival, and was selected as the opening film for the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Also, Rain was nominated for and won Best New Actor at the 43rd Baeksang Awards.
Much like Amélie, I'm A Cyborg is the story of two unusual people who manage to find love. However, where Amélie featured eccentrics and took place in a largely fictitious representation of Montmartre in Paris, this film features people who are actually mentally ill and takes place in a largely fictitious representation of a Korean mental institution. Young-goon (Lim Su-jeong) is from a rather troubled family. Her mother is of a nervous disposition and her grandmother, who brought her up, spent the later years of her life believing that she was a mouse until eventually the family decided to ship her off to a home.