In a Variety article, Mi Hui Kim (2001) hailed the emergence of an ‘era of female empowerment in South Korean cinema’, citing the popularity of movies released that year with strong women characters such as My Sassy Girl,

Take Care of My Cat and One Fine Spring Day. Leading the list was My Wife is a Gangster (dir. Cho Jin-gyu), a romantic comedy/action film about the exploits of a female mob boss who marries a sweet and unsuspecting civil servant to fulfil the wish of her dying sister.