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Natural City (2003)

Naechureol siti (original title)
In the year 2080, the world is connected by a massive computer network. Combiners have developed a process that allows them to merge the souls of human and machine/cyborg, wreaking havoc in... See full summary »

Director:

Byung-chun Min

Writers:

Jae-rim Han (screenplay adaptation), Byung-chun Min
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ji-tae Yu ... R
Jae-un Lee Jae-un Lee ... Cyon
Rin Seo Rin Seo ... Ria
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eun-pyo Jeong Eun-pyo Jeong ... Croy
Doo-hong Jung Doo-hong Jung ... Cyper
Eul-dong Kim Eul-dong Kim
Hyo-Seon Kim Hyo-Seon Kim ... (as Hyo-seon Kim)
Ju-hye Ko Ju-hye Ko ... Ami
Chang Yun Chang Yun ... Noma
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Storyline

In the year 2080, the world is connected by a massive computer network. Combiners have developed a process that allows them to merge the souls of human and machine/cyborg, wreaking havoc in a deeply divided society. This movie shares traits with other films like Blade Runner and Ghost in the shell. A visually impressive piece, with a strong emphasis on relationships. Genre - Sci-Fi, Dystopian. Written by Makai

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

5 September 2003 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Natural City See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$124,677
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 2080. See more »

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Early in the movie R is shot in the hand. He wears a bandage around his hand after that. This bandage appears and disappears on his hand throughout the rest of the movie. See more »

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Excellent film
2 May 2005 | by mattieman73See all my reviews

I don't understand the low rating of this picture.

THIS is what science fiction SHOULD be!!! Too much sci-fi has become pretty people in black PVC or leather bondage gear blowing things up in 360 slow-mo. Natural City actually sits back and tells a tells a story without bludgeoning us with Matrix-lite effects.

This is as much a sad tale of love denied as it is a renegade cop, a cyborg, a "hooker with(out) a heart of gold" and the military-industrial complex of a the future.

YES, the story is derivative of Blade Runner. Most, if not all, sci-fi of today is derivative of either Blade Runner, Mad Max or 1984. Move on. Enjoy the good stuff when it happens.

LOVED the fact that they did not stomp all over the subtleties of this movie with the standard industrial metal soundtrack that is de riguer in much sci-fi. The piano score was haunting and kept us grounded in R's sorrow for his pending loss.

Come into Natural City with an open mind and no Blade Runner hang-ups and you will be rewarded with a very good film. Not since Minority Report have we seen sci-fi done with this much respect paid to thinking grown ups.


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