The Age of Beasts

A woman murdered a neighbor who raped her when she was nine years old 21 years later and said “I didn’t kill a human being, I killed a beast.”
She looks back at the age of beasts when human trafficking and kidnapping of women became daily life issues for women.

In the late 1980s, the expansion of democracy caused major changes in the lives of women. Women's awareness of human rights was also gradually increasing. However, women were not yet the subjects of an equal democratic society.
Women fight to enact a special law on sexual violence.

  • Jae-eun JEONG
    Take care of my cat
  • Jae-eun JEONG
    Take care of my cat
  • Jisun YOUM
    Modern Korea documentary series
  • Jae-eun Jeong
  • Kijo KIMM
    Modern Korea documentary series
  • Minjun PARK
    Modern Korea documentary series
  • KBS
    Production Company
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Feature, Television
  • Genres:
    Archive footage driven
  • Runtime:
    48 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 25, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    Korea, Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Korea, Republic of
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 25th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival #Bifan
    Korea, Republic of
    July 8, 2021
    Domestic Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 57th Baeksang Arts Awards
    Korea, Republic of
    May 13, 2021
    Best Educational Show
  • 50th IFFR International Film Festival in Rotterdam
    June 1, 2021
    Internatioanl Premiere
    Official Selection: Cinema Regained
  • DC Korean Film Festival
    Washington DC
    United States
    June 15, 2022
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • KBS Media
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Jae-eun JEONG

Jeong Jae-eun is a Korean film director who debuted in 2001 with <Take Care of My Cat>
Her main interests are the changes in urban environment and women’s history. She directed an architecture documentary trilogy, and she directs both movies and documentaries.
She is the first independent producer and film director to join KBS’s “Modern Korea” documentary series.

Awards: Jeong's first feature film was Take Care of My Cat (2001), a story of friendship and growth among five young women in their twenties. It swept numerous awards at international film festivals, including the NETPAC Award and New Currents Award Special Mention at the Pusan International Film Festival,
the FIPRESCI Prize at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, a KNF Award Special Mention at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the Best Picture award ("Golden Moon of Valencia") at the Cinema Jove Valencia International Film Festival, among others. Jeong also won Best New Director at the 2002 Korean Film Awards.

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Director Statement

The documentary begins with the 'Kim Bu-nam case', which led to the enactment of the Special Act on Sexual Violence, and ends with the first trial judgment of 'Professor Shin Case', the first sexual harassment-related lawsuit.

The director Jeong says
“ When I look at the logic that ‘the struggle against sexual violence causes conflict between men and women,’ and the remarks of the victims of Professor Shin’s case, I feel frustrated that “nothing has changed”.
When looking at the poor records of women's struggles, we were making records in which women became subjects. If history is a record embedded in a massive hard disk, an archive documentary is ‘disk defragmentation’. History will clean things up, and history will be biased towards the writings of men.”