Insect Woman

  • Dir: Kim Ki-Young

  • South Korea, 1972, 116 minmins, 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.


    In-theatre Screening


    1. Screenings at ALL commercial cinemas : tickets are available at URBTIX till 5pm one day before respective screening, after which tickets will be available only at the box office of the respective venue on the day of screening, subject to availability.

    2. Screenings at HK Arts Centre and M+ Cinema : tickets are available at URBTIX outlets until one hour before the screening, after which tickets are available at URBTIX website and mobile app. On-the-day tickets will also be available at the Self-service Ticketing Kiosk of the respective venue, subject to availability.

    3. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

    4. While it is the HKIFFS’s policy to secure the best possible print of the original version for all its screenings, the HKIFFS appreciates its patrons’ understanding on occasions when less than perfect screening copies are screened.