In Japanese with English & Chinese Subtitles
Director: Kwak Jae Yong
Cast: Keisuke Koide, Haruka Ayase, Naoko
Niya, Risa Ai, Kei Tanaka, Suzunosuke
RunTime: 2 hrs 2 mins
Released By: Scorpio East & GV
Official Website: http://cyborg.gyao.jp/
OF "CYBORG SHE" OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK
Day: 21 August 2008
Jiro (Keisuke Koide) has no one to celebrate his birthday
with. He is a lonely guy living a lonely life. On his twentieth
birthday, he goes to a department store to buy himself a present.
There he runs into a cute girl in a tattered bodysuit that
looks like it has been burned in a fire. “She”
changes into a dress in the store, and storms out of the place
without even paying. “She” later appears at a
restaurant where Jiro is eating. “It’s my birthday
as well.” Jiro ends up spending time with this girl
on his birthday. Because she is so unpredictable and wild,
they end up not paying their bill, and Jiro is chased and
then roughed up by the police. Jiro has never had such an
exciting night before. He is in awe of her, and strongly attracted
to her, but then she says something strange and disappears.
To Jiro, today has become the most memorable and brilliant
day of his life.
Can't say I didn't expect greater things from this movie.
I was looking forward to some good ole romantic comedy with
heady dosages of cuteness and unbelievably good-looking leads.
How about a suicidal cyborg who time travels to kill herself?
While in the past, she met with her love interest before they
were technically supposed to meet and all love breaks loose.
She's a cyborg, but at least he's okay?
least, this was the plot I had in mind while waiting for the
movie to begin in the freezing theater. Can reviewers dream
of better plots?
do cyborgs fulfill expectations?
out Korean writer-director Kwak Jae-Young embarks on yet another
project to provide comic relief for himself in part three
of his trilogy on wimp-heroine romances. The object of objectification
this occasion was the glamour model-turned-actress Haruka
Ayase. She put in a credible show as the she-cyborg, but I
can't say the same about the lingering shots on her breasts.
I tend to think she had moved on since Crying Out Love, in
the Center of the World, enough for us to forget about the
boobs, but Kwak apparently has other ideas.
object of abject fortune, Keisuke Koide, he of the feminine
fame as "Masumi-chan" in Nodame Cantabile, put in
another emasculated performance as the geek lead of the show;
the only difference between his hammy performances in both
shows turn out to be the replacement of his harrowing whiskers
in Nodame for a bunch of supermassive blackheads here.
the film, premised on the classic juxtaposition-exposition
brought about by time-travel, has the promise of a good mind-bending
science-fiction flick. The movie threatened to provoke real
thoughts in a couple of scenes, such as the idea of a continuous
time loop of love and tragedy, but it was quickly undone by
three simple mis-steps: Firstly, the little magic created
by the movie's first few scenes were lost in the subsequent
visual gags, which was in turn overwhelmed by an epic disaster
two-thirds into the story. What? Are we supposed to feel romanticized,
tickled or confused in a single seating? Secondly, the Tokyo
buildings kept falling on Ms Ayase it became funny. And Kwak
had to burn in all in his last joke (of an ending) on the
(As the crazy grammar in the title suggests, Cyborg
She titillates with a hot female lead and some quirky genre
cross-over, but the movie ultimately obfuscates with a messy
Review by Tyler Lim