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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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Every family has its dark secrets. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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?


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 »


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


Mi-hee: There was a girl under the kitchen sink.
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Version of The Story of Jang-hwa and Heung-ryeon (1956) See more »

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Better than all the Ringu's, Ju-on's and Jian Gui's together!!
30 April 2005 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Perhaps I'm one of the only avid horror fans who thinks that the recent overload of Asian shockers is so over-hyped! Films like "Ringu" or the "The Eye" – which are praised all over the world – simply didn't convince me and they looked more boring than frightening. Well, this blunt opinion doesn't go for the South Korean gem "A Tale of Two Sisters". This is a stylish and utterly complex psychological terror-tale that REALLY gets under your skin! The plot, based on a local folklore tale, might be a little too confusing to get this film listed among the all-time greatest genre achievements, but the atmosphere and tension-building surely provokes feelings of great respect. This is one of those few films that are impossible to label: the events in "Two Sisters" qualify as mind-bending horror as well as intense family drama and a deeply psychological portrait. Besides a mesmerizing story, "A tale of Two Sisters" also has all the great elements that I feel are usually missing in Asian horror films like compelling music, good acting and innovative camera-work. The mansion were the family events take place is brilliantly illustrated like a truly creepy place where secrets and danger lurk behind every door. Several sequences (like the dinner with relatives or the nightly appearance in the girls' room) are pretty much the ultimate in eeriness. They really made me feel uncomfortable and I do like to believe that I've seen my share of spooky horror. "A Tale of Two Sisters" is a terrific movie-adventure and a definite must see for Asian film fanatics. A little warning for people with a short attention-span, though: this movie forces you to have your eyes and ears focused at at all time. It's also a film that requires repeated viewing, even though no one will never really "get it" for a full 100%.

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