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Woman Chasing the Butterfly of Death


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Year: 1978

Rating: 18

Director: Kim Ki-young


Kim Ja-ok

Nam Kung Won

Kim Man

Am Park

Hyang Lee

Country: South Korea

Label: Mondo Macabro

Like a kind of crazy cinematic ghost train ride, Woman Chasing the Butterfly of Death take us on a journey deep into the darkness of one man’s fears and fantasies. That man is Young-gul, a lonely and rather morbid student in late 1970’s South Korea. Narrowly surviving a murder-suicide attempt by a woman wearing a butterfly pendant, he next finds himself besieged by a seemingly insane bookseller who claims he can never die. Even after Young-gul burns the man’s body his skeleton comes back to taunt him. As if that weren’t enough, the poor student then finds himself the victim of a beautiful thousand year old woman (she looks about 25) who says she is hungry and wants to eat his liver….

The director, Kim Ki-young, was one of Korea’s most successful film makers. His 1960 production The Housemaid is now a recognized classic of world cinema. With this film he goes far beyond the bounds of the real and takes us into a world where anything seems possible, a world where a kind of dream logic rules. Almost impossible to summarize, the film is nevertheless insanely enjoyable. A real one of a kind production that opens our eyes to the limitless possibilities of cinema.


Format: Blu-Ray
Region/TV Standard: Region 0
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
Running Time: 117 mins
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Case Type: Standard
Extra Features::

- Interview with actress Lee Hwa-si
- Interview with producer Jeong Jin-woo
- Interview with cinematographer Koo Jong-mo
- Interview with Darcy Paquet
- Audio commentary by Kenneth Brorsson and Paul Quinn of the What's Korean Cinema? Podcast
- Mondo Macabro previews

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