Jeong Jae-eun, who has received attention through many remarkable short films, such as Girl’s Night-Out and Yujin’s Secret Codes, which won her the Grand Prize in the Asian Short Film and Video Competition section at the 2nd Women’s Film Festival in Seoul, made her feature debut with Take Care of My Cat. What experience do girls in their twenties have? The calm and delicate view of the camera follows the everyday lives of the 5 girls who are on a journey from the space and time of girlhood to adulthood and from school to society. Their lives are nothing special or exciting but beneath the calm exterior there is a subtle anxiety and a turmoil about their future.
Take Care of My Cat is remarkable for telling a genuine story of young women’s friendships and relationships, which have not had much focus in mainstream Korean cinema. The film takes a unique approach, exploring class contradictions, as the woman’s experiences of growing up and organising their lives are set against the unique geopolitical conditions and landscapes of Incheon. Tae-hee dreams of escape, looking at an airplane and a ship in Incheon, which is both the largest port in Korea and also an international airport. The last scene, where Tae-hee removes her own figure from her family portrait and attempts to travel abroad with Ji-young, offers a provocative but light-hearted feminist pleasure. (Kwon Eun-sun)
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Born in 1969, Jeong Jae-eun studied film at Korean National University of the Arts. After making many short films, she made her feature debut with Take Care of My Cat. In 1997 she won the Grand Prize at the 2nd International Women’s Film Festival in Seoul with Yujin’s Secret Codes and Grand Award for her graduation short film, Girl’s Night-Out at KUNA Film Festival. Take Care of My Cat was invited to many film festivals including Berlin International Film Festival 2002 and International Film Festival Rotterdam 2002. Her film includes If You Were Me (2003) and The Aggressives (2005).