Take Care of My Cat

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In observing the friendships between a group of South Korean girls, Take Care of My Cat uncovers trenchant truths about young lives in flux and society at large.



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Average Rating: 3.7/5

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In the port city of Icheon, 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.


Bae Doo-na
as Tae-hie
Yu-won Lee
as Hye-ju
Yo-weon Lee
as Hae-joo Shin
Ok Ji-yeong
as Ji-young Seo
Ji-young Ok
as Ji-young
Eun-ju Lee
as Ohn-jo
Tae-kyung Oh
as Chan-yong Uhm
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Critic Reviews for Take Care of My Cat

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  • 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 | Rating: 3.5/4

    Gene Seymour

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jan 16, 2003 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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.

    Dec 13, 2002 | Rating: 4/5
  • A captivating coming-of-age story that may also be the first narrative film to be truly informed by the wireless age.

    Dec 13, 2002 | Full Review…
  • Take Care is nicely performed by a quintet of actresses, but nonetheless it drags during its 112-minute length.

    Dec 6, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 18, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for Take Care of My Cat

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. Photobucket

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El Hombre Invisible

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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.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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