Take Care of My Cat

Critics Consensus

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.

82%

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Total Count: 28

83%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 2,200
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Movie Info

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.

Cast

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

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (11)

  • 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

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

    Dec 3, 2002 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Russell

    BBC.com
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Take Care of My Cat

  • Apr 09, 2008
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2008
    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. <a href="http://s273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/?action=view¤t=TakeCareOfMyCat.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/TakeCareOfMyCat.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
    El Hombre I Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2006
    This is destined to be a few hundred people's favorite movie of all time. It follows five (well 3 really) best friends from highschool now in their early twenties in a painfully realistic way. Bae Du-na especially stands out, but the performances are solid all round. Another little gem that Korea should be rightly proud of.
    J H Super Reviewer

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