Insect Woman (Chungnyeo)

  • Dir: Kim Ki-Young

  • South Korea, 1972, Korean, 116 min, 35mm

  • Cast: Yoon Yeo-jeong, Namgung Won, Jeon Kye-hyeon

The third film in Kim Ki-Young’s “Women Series” continues to dissect gender and sexual politics, this time through themes of adultery and impotence. When her father dies, Myeong-ja is forced to work as a barmaid, and soon becomes the mistress of Mr Kim, who rediscovers his manhood after sleeping with her. Kim’s wife pretends to accept the circumstances and even offers a house for the lovers, but Myeong-ja doesn’t know what is in store for her. Neurosis and psychosis soon take centre stage as the film turns more and more bizarre, its surrealism highly praised by legendary festival figure Pierre Rissient.



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