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 manís fears and
fantasies. That man is Young-gul, a lonely and rather morbid student in late
1970ís 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
manís body his skeleton comes back to taunt him. As if that werenít 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 liverÖ.
The director, Kim Ki-young, was one of Koreaís 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