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A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
"Janghwa, Hongryeon" (original title)

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A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.

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Storyline

Two sisters who, after spending time in a mental institution, return to the home of their father and cruel stepmother. Once there, in addition to dealing with their stepmother's obsessive and unbalanced ways, an interfering ghost also affects their recovery. Written by Anonymous

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stepmother | death | ghost | tragedy | boy | See more »

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Rated R for some violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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13 June 2003 (South Korea)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$94,923 (Hong Kong) (22 August 2003)

Gross:

$95,697 (Hong Kong) (22 August 2003)
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In the original story, the sisters' names are Janghwa and Hongryeon (Rose Flower and Red Lotus). In the movie, they are Su-mi and Su-yeon (still mean Rose and Lotus). See more »

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In the hospital scenes, there is no scar on the back of Su-mi's hand. See more »

Quotes

Eun-ju: There's something strange in this house.
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Version of The Story of Jang-hwa and Heung-ryeon (1956) See more »

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User Reviews

 
Psychological Thriller, Horror, and Drama, all at their best
2 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'A Tale of Two Sisters', or 'Janghwa, Hongryeon', is a true masterpiece. Brilliant psychological thriller, heart-wrenching drama, and gripping horror all wrapped up in one beautifully orchestrated package. From the intricate plot, to the beautiful cinematography, to the absolutely perfect casting, every aspect of this film is extraordinary.

For fear of revealing too much concerning the plot, I will just say it is very satisfying. While it may appear to be a little difficult to understand at first, it does a good job of explaining things in the end. And whether you prefer psychological thriller, drama, or horror, I promise you will not be disappointed.

From a technical standpoint, its nearly flawless. The set, the cinematography, lighting, and especially the soundtrack, all are captivating. The waltz seemed an odd choice at first, but proved to be an ingenious choice.

As for the casting, we're talking absolute perfection. I'm Su-jeong is totally convincing as the defiant, yet troubled Su-mi. Mun Keun- yeong is equally convincing as her emotionally traumatized sister Su-yeon. These two girls were magical on the screen. I will certainly be looking into their other films. Yeom Jeong-ah is deceitfully cheerful and hauntingly evil as the stepmother. Finally, Kap-su Kim gives an excellent performance as the weary, broken father.

I truly love this film. If you have yet to see 'A Tale Of Two Sisters', I strongly recommend locating a copy. It is a real gem, worthy of anyone's collection.

(10/10)


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