If you know the name Kwak Jae-Young, it’s probably from his 2001 mega hit “My Sassy Girl”, the romantic comedy that launched a thousand imitators in Asia, 99% of them in South Korea alone, as well as a Hollywood remake starring Elisha Cuthbert. Kwak Jae-Young’s latest is the sci-fi/romantic comedy “Cyborg She”, or “Cyborg Girl”, which, uh, well, see the trailer below for yourself.
“One day, a beautiful cyborg girl appears in front of a dull university student. Even though the cyborg starts to like him, she can’t truly feel emotions, so the boy has no choice but to say goodbye to her inhuman power and ‘violence’. Missing her, he continues his lonely existence. Some time thereafter, a disastrous earthquake hits Tokyo, and the cyborg girl saves his life. In that moment, she starts to have feelings like a real human being.”
It starts out as another silly South Korean teen romantic comedy (but with, uh, Japanese characters and set in Japan), and turns into a major “event” film, complete with city-destroying earthquakes. Now that’s a major shift in tone! Check out the trailer for it below.
And the movie poster: