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Take Care of My Cat (Goyangileul butaghae)

Take Care of My Cat (Goyangileul butaghae) (2002)

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70

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 3

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81

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 2,181

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Five girlfriends graduate high school in the Korean port city of Inchon. They set out to pursue their limited opportunities, vowing to continue their friendship into adult life. Hae-joo (Lee Yo-Won) is pretty and ambitious. She gets a job working for a brokerage house and soon moves away to Seoul. Tae-hee (Bae Doo-na) works part-time for her domineering father, and does volunteer work, helping out a romantic young poet with cerebral palsy. Ji-young (Ok Ji-young) lives with her grandparents in a

Unrated,

Art House & International, Drama

Jae-eun Jeong

Jul 6, 2004

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (5) | DVD (1)

Jeong's evocative visuals of the urban landscape and her savvy deployment of appliances only deepens the resemblance such stories have to our own lives.

May 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Newsday
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The problems and characters it reveals are universal and involving, and the film itself -- as well its delightful cast -- is so breezy, pretty and gifted, it really won my heart.

January 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Jae-eun Jeong's Take Care of My Cat brings a beguiling freshness to a coming-of-age story with such a buoyant, expressive flow of images that it emerges as another key contribution to the flowering of the South Korean cinema.

December 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A captivating coming-of-age story that may also be the first narrative film to be truly informed by the wireless age.

December 13, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Take Care is nicely performed by a quintet of actresses, but nonetheless it drags during its 112-minute length.

December 6, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The episodic film makes valid points about the depersonalization of modern life. But the characters tend to be cliches whose lives are never fully explored.

October 18, 2002
New York Post
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Jeong's women often interact via cell phone messaging, and one of the film's primary themes arises in the way contemporary relationships exist through wireless communication.

December 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmjourney

["Take Care of My Cat"] is an honestly nice little film that takes us on an examination of young adult life in urban South Korea through the hearts and minds of the five principals.

March 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The film engages with the divergent paths taken, linked by childhood friendship and a mewling kitten, but a third act event is presented so abruptly it confuses the viewer until it rebounds somewhat with a satisfying closure.

March 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The film wasn't preachy, but it was feminism by the book.

March 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The level of maturity displayed by this 33-year-old first-time feature director is astonishing, considering her inexperience and her subject matter.

December 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Jeong sensitively gives her film an underlying sadness as the young women cope with the changes in their lives

December 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The year 2002 has conjured up more coming-of-age stories than seem possible, but Take Care of My Cat emerges as the very best of them.

December 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Take Care of My Cat offers a refreshingly different slice of Asian cinema.

December 3, 2002 Full Review Source: BBC

In this vivid, emotionally complex ensemble piece, Korean writer-director Jeong Jae-eun portrays this extraordinary turning point in every woman's life.

October 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Sluggishly paced but otherwise harmless drama about coming of age in South Korea.

October 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Planet Sick-Boy
Planet Sick-Boy

A refreshing Korean film about five female high school friends who face an uphill battle when they try to take their relationships into deeper waters.

October 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Although laced with humor and a few fanciful touches, the film is a refreshingly serious look at young women.

October 17, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Take Care of My Cat (Goyangileul butaghae)

Multidimensional, coming-of-age drama about the evolving friendship between five female high school friends in the port city of Incheon, Korea who have high hopes of staying close but the harsh realities of work, family, and finding their place in the world get in the way while keeping in touch as best they can.

The film wins points for avoiding all of the contrived dramatic pitfalls such as the three act, there-must-be-conflict, grab-your-hankies structure, and instead simply lays out its events and characters with no grand tearjerker scenes or emotional cliche's. One of the most interesting things of the film is the major role given to cell phones in the characters' lives and the way text messages are displayed during the film. The cat in question is a birthday gift that is quickly returned because one of the girls doesn't have time for a pet, so the cat is passed from friend to friend.
August 6, 2008
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A refreshingly touching film about friendship which doesn't turn all sappy and cringeworthy. Highlights the division of friends as they adapt into adulthood with a lot of spirit and a slow paced but enticing script. Wonderful performances bring the characters and their relationships alive. Beautifully done.
April 9, 2008
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