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NYAFF 2007: “I’m a Cyborg, But That’s Okay.”

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"Lights here aren't very friendly, are they?"
Park Chan-wook (mostly) trades in the vengeance for offbeat romance in "I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK," a love story set in the most adorable mental institution in all of Korea. Lim Su-jeong plays Young-goon, who’s committed following a possible suicide attempt after she’s convinced herself that she’s actually a cyborg and therefore do not need to eat. Pop star Rain is Il-sun, who suffers from the delusion that he’s
disappearing and that he also has the ability to steal aspects of people’s personalities. It’s meant to be fanciful, but Park both engages the fact that little sympathy or understanding is given to those suffering from mental illness in many parts of Asia — Young-goon’s mother doesn’t understand why her daughter can’t just act normal enough to not disturb the customers at their family-owned restaurant — while displaying no particular understanding of mental illness himself. The craziness of everyone in the asylum has a direct cause, whether it be parental abandonment, societal pressure or just a particularly traumatic event (however you choose to define that — in one case, it’s failing an audition for the Edelweiss Boys and Girls Choir, which would be a dire blow to us as well).

Park is a prodigious pop filmmaker, and while "I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK" doesn’t zip along like his earlier work, it offers a snappy, sun-soaked view of the shelter from a unkind world that group delusions have provided the institution’s residents. The film would be slight even without the failings mentioned above, but Lim, wafer thin and capable of producing some decidedly uncutesy rictus expressions, does manage to find flashes of genuine sadness in her character’s suffering. Park, meanwhile, having gotten his chirpy jollies out, will next move on to vampire movie "Evil Live."

"I’m a Cyborg, But That’s Okay" will screen at the IFC Center June 24 at 6:20pm and June 30 at 8:15pm. It has no US distribution.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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