I’m one of those girls that claim I don’t like romantic comedies because they’re just too girly and I’m more ‘one of the lads.’ This claim is of course a lie, but up until now I’ve managed to cover up the soul-destroying truth by concentrating on manly-meat pie-esque movies. Then I watched Cyborg She and now I believe that there is a stone-cold cyborg just waiting to be turned into a hopeless romantic out there for everyone. Every year, young Jiro spends his birthday buying himself a gift and then going for dinner at the same restaurant alone, not ideal. One year he meets a pretty girl at the restaurant and after quite an eventful evening together (usual birthday banter involving stealing and being chased through Chinatown) she disappears. Exactly one year later the girl returns to the eatery and saves Jiro from being killed by a frenzied gunman before revealing that she is in fact a cyborg sent from the future to protect Jiro from an impending calamity.
Hold the phone. Hasn’t this been done? I vaguely remember something about a Californian governor and that kid from American History X? No? Oh OK, let’s move on then. So the pretty robot girl tries to become part of human society which obviously leads to amusing and somewhat predictable consequences (a robot doing “The Robot” at a club? Comedy genius). She makes a bit of a name for herself as the local superhero with the standard saving-people-from-burning-building formula while slowly (and by slowly I mean not at all) understanding the concept of human emotion. As expected, Jiro finds himself a little fond of his new androidian friend and a little frustrated that she never shows emotional response. Poor little lad, all he wants is to be loved.
Now, I’m not going to be sparing of the truth, there’s this whole time-travelling back story which I just didn’t really understand, but I’m going to put that down to personal difficulties (I don’t care if there were two DeLoreans in 1885 and I still don’t understand Terminator) I don’t really think it’s that pivotal to the plot, except that it somehow leads to an earthquake and, being a Jae Yonug Kwak film, a worthy twist in story line.
I must admit that the crossover of romantic comedy, sci-fi and disaster movie is a little awkward, but by no means boring. I’m also not going to categorise this as a ‘girly’ movie as there is enough adventure and disaster to satisfy the males, besides the female lead is hot. I was left wondering how Jiro could fall in love with something that I could only consider a good-looking laptop, but these doubts were hastily diminished as she drank a bottle of beer and her head spun out of control, who doesn’t find that charismatic? The acting is brilliant to the point where I would laugh out loud and the special effects are actually quite impressive, I know you may find that hard to believe so I suggest you watch it.