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Take Care of My Cat

Directed by Jeong Jae-eun, 2002
22January 2010

"Cats are fussy, independent, and don't listen to what you tell them", says director Jeong Jae-eun. If they don't like their home, they simply leave." For Jeong, an avid cat lover, the animals are also a fitting symbol for the vitality and attitude of Korea's young women. Take Care of My Cat tells the story of such women (and their cat) with a freshness and originality that placed it among one of the best films in the year of its release.

Take Care of My Cat is coming of age film that chronicles the lives of a group of friends - five young women- a year after they graduate from high school. It portrays the heartbreaking changes and inspiringdifficulties they face in both their personal and professional worlds. The film tells the story of five women who are just beginning their lives after graduating from high school. Each of the women face different challenges, be it family or money, but they are united in their need to try new things and to be taken seriously.

The plot traces several stories at once but highlights the conflicts that its protagonists face, both among InKo Screenings themselves and with a society that largely overlooks them. Hye-joo who dreams of becoming a successful career woman, is trying to break free from her sense of inferiority in relationships that include family and friends. Her best friend Ji-young is disappointed with Hye-joo’s drastic change and becomes closer to Tae-hee who has always been the most caring of the girls.

She is a dreamer wishing to lie on a floating boat and watch the stars in the sky. One day, Tae-hee packs a bag and decides to set out in search of her own world. She asks Ji-young to join her. One of the most exciting aspects of this film is the new talent it highlights. This is the first feature film by director Jeong Jae-eun, following a string of award-winning short films. After its festival premiere at the Pusan International Film Festival, Take Care of My Cat went on to screen at a number of international festivals, including Rotterdam and Berlin. 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

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