To Jung-hoon (played by Jung Jae-hwal), who works for a magazine, there is a woman known as his aunt, but in fact his life and hers are entangled with lust. Ko Gwee-jah (played by Sunwoo Yong-nyeo) loses her husband on the first day of her honeymoon. Eventually she leaves her hometown with Jung-hoon, the son of the widower who had a crush on her. Years pass and Gwee-jah has taken total control over the adult Jung-hoon, both sexually and mentally. All the women who approach Jung-hoon are cruelly punished by unknown powers, as is Jung-hoon himself whose desperate wish to escape Gwee-jah ends in tragedy.
By bringing the visual conventions of erotic B movies and horror into the narrative structure and ambiguous plot of the mystery genre, The Cat Woman presents an impressive portrait of the threatening and monstrous dimension of female sexuality through the image of the ‘phallic mother.’ The images of felines and shamanism position women as ‘the other’, who evokes primal fear, by eluding to the notion of primitivism and irrationality. At the same time, the full framing, the unstable camera angle and red lighting of the sex scenes in the film present female sexuality and the female body as both threatening and alluring. (Joo You-shin)
Hong PaHong Pa
Hong Pa studied Writing at the Sorabol College of the Arts and worked as screenwriter for numerous films. In 1972, he made his featue film debut with Devoted Love. His repertoire of films are The Cat Woman(1974), Wood and Swamp(1975), What Will We Become and Where We Meet Again?(1978), Fire(1979), Like Flame Unexpectedly and Outgoing (1882).