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

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  13 June 2003 (South Korea)
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A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.


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Credited cast:
Kap-su Kim ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Woo Ki-Hong ...
Dae-yeon Lee ...
Su-mi's Doctor
Seung-bi Lee ...
Park Mi-Hyun ...
Mrs. Bae (Su-mi's and Su-yeon's Mother)


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

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Release Date:

13 June 2003 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

A Tale of Two Sisters  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$95,697 (Hong Kong) (22 August 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ji-hyun Jun refused the role of Su-mi because she thought the script was too scary. Ironically, her next project was another horror film, Uninvited (2003), which was translated into English as "The Uninvited." Coincidentally, "The Uninvited" is the title of the American remake of this film. See more »


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


Eun-ju: As much as you hate it, I'm the only one in this world you can call mother, got it?
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Version of Janghwa Hongryeonjeon (1972) See more »

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User Reviews

Top notch South Korean horror.
8 June 2004 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

"A Tale of Two Sisters" is a brilliant South Korean psychological horror that left me speechless.The film offers some delicious moments of ghastly horror and is extremely creepy.The small cast of actors is truly excellent,with lead Im Soo-jung being especially memorable in the lead role.The direction by Kim Ji-woon is well-handled and the cinematography is absolutely gorgeous.The plot is slightly confusing,but some scenes are wonderfully eerie.The action is rather slow,but I was not bored in the slightest;I was extremely curious and intrigued.The house,where the film takes place looks incredibly menacing and isolated."A Tale of Two Sisters" is along with "Ringu" and "Kairo" one of the most original Asian horror films I have ever seen.Watch this masterpiece as soon as possible.My rating:10 out of 10.

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