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Take Care of My Cat at the KCC

Take Care of My Cat is commonly included in critics’ choices of the top Korean films of the decade. Fans of actress Bae Doo-na need not hesitate.

Take Care of My Cat - posterTitle: Take Care of My Cat (2000)
Director: Jeong Jae-eun

Running Time: 112mins
Screening Date: 7pm, 8 September, 2011
Number of Seats: 130
Theatre: Multi Purpose Hall, KCCUK

In the port city of Incheon, five female friends struggle to stay close while forging a life for themselves after high school. When one of the groups, upwardly-mobile Hae-ju, moves to Seoul, the other girls deal with the loss in different ways. Feeling most rejected, shy Ji-yeong finds comfort in her new friendship with rebel Tae-hee.

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4 thoughts on “Take Care of My Cat at the KCC

  1. It’s certainly in my list of the top Korean films of the 2000s, and it’s one of my favourite films from anywhere and anytime.

    There’s a short perceptive review here:
    An extract from that review: “What I love about this film is that it’s so subtle with a lot of sensitivities for the characters. There’re not really good and bad characters in the movie; in other words, they’re just people.” Without – I hope – giving too much away about the plot, even an unsympathetic character is sympathetic.

    And near the start of the film is a visual joke that for me is almost as good as the stone throwing scene in “Our Hospitality” or the billiards scene in “Sherlock Junior” (both films by Buster Keaton).

    From the end of Darcy Paquet’s review at:
    “This movie seems to get on the inside of what it is like to be young. From its ultra-cool soundtrack to its clever use of text messaging, the film is filled with memorable details that remain long in the viewer’s memory.”

    It’s worth adding that there are now rather a lot of good films by directors from South East Asia (South Korea, China, Japan, Malaysia, etc) who are women. Some of the films have women centred themes, others don’t. This is one of the former, but should be seen by anyone who is interested in films which explore relationships between people in an intelligent way.

  2. Afterthought: on reflection, although this film does explore relationships between a group of young women, that does not necessarily mean it has a woman centred theme. Whilst there’s nothing wrong with a film which explores women (or any other group) centred themes, I think this is more universal than that.

  3. I saw this film at the KCC because I spent a year living and working in Incheon as an English teacher. The nearest Western equivalent to this film I can think of is “Sex & the City”, also about the professional and private lives of a group of women (in New York). What particularly struck me is that many of the probems that the women face in the film are not very different from those women encounter in any society (making the tea in the office, lack of appreciation from men, caring for relatives).

  4. I’ve really tried to like this film, but never really got to appreciate it. So many people I respect say it’s really good. So I’m sure it is. But it’s never been a favourite of mine.

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