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'Cyborg' Gets Invited to Berlinale

2006/12/22 | 136 views | Permalink | Source

By Seo Dong-shin
Staff Reporter

Park Chan-wook's "I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK" will be screened at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival's Competition section, eyeing for the Bears, the festival's main prizes.

Dieter Kosslick, director of the prestigious European film festival, recently sent an official invitation for the offbeat romantic comedy film, according to All That Cinema, a public relations company for films in Seoul.

Director Park will likely visit the German capital during the festival in February along with actor Jung Ji-hoon, also known as singer Rain, and actress Im Soo-jung, who starred in the film.

It is the second invitation for Park, who enjoys wide popularity among non-Korean audiences as well as domestic fans for his hardcore films such as "Old Boy". His 2000 film "JSA - Joint Security Area" was also invited to the Competition of the Berlinale, although it did not score any of the Bear Awards traditionally handed out at the festival.

"Cyborg" revolves around a young female Yonggun (played by Im), who believes she is a cyborg and is hospitalized in a psychiatric ward, and a young man named Il-soon (played by Rain) who chases after her.

The star director and cast caused a lot of media attention since the making of the film. But after a nationwide release on Dec. 7, only some 780,000 people have watched the movie at theaters as of Dec. 20. CJ Entertainment, which distributed the film, plans to close the screening around next week.

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