Director: Stephen Shin
Runtime: 91 minutes
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese (with English subtitles)
Rating: NC16 (Some violence and nudity)
Rebellious and spirited, American-born Chinese Catherine works as a waitress in New York City. After a near-fatal run-in with a secret agent, she wakes up in a CIA facility where she is implanted with a microchip and trained to be a cold-blooded killer. Operating under the assassin code name ‘Black Cat’, she is transferred to Hong Kong on a mission where she is forced to choose between a new found love and the agency.
Bordering on nihilism, Black Cat strays away from the classic Girls with Guns model, whilst still retaining some of the genre’s traits. Fight scenes are few, as the protagonist’s conflicts are primarily psychological. As the heroine transforms into a government controlled cyborg, the film provides a glimpse into the complexities of technofeminism, illustrating the problematic dynamic between woman, discipline, and machine.
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