Finite Focus: Machine Gun Fantasy (I’m A Cyborg, But That’s OK)

After making a few of the most powerful films of the last decade with “The Vengeance Trilogy” (consisting of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance) Korean director Park Chan-wook made this quirky gem entitled I’m A Cyborg, But That’s OK (which may be one of my favorite movie titles ever). Taking place in a mental institution filled with all sorts of eclectic patients, it follows a young woman who thinks she is a cyborg.

Some might say this goes too far over the line into silly and eccentric, with all sorts of kookiness thrown in just for the sake of it. And while there are parts of it that makes me, a big fan of strange cinema, raise my eyebrows I nonetheless get swept up in the fantasy.

No more is that fantasy put display than in the scene I have chosen to highlight here in which the main character gets up from her wheelchair, walks casually to the middle of all the adjoining hospital corridors, holds up her arms in front of her and proceeds to tear up the place with machine gun bullets she is imagining are coming out of her fingertips. It’s a wonderfully over-the-top and quite brilliantly put together sequence that shows off Park’s visual flair as much as any other scene he’s ever done.

If you’ve never seen this film before please do, and watching the scene now will definitely give you great insight into what you can expect: