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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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Su-mi's Doctor
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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)  »

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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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The movie is inspired by a famous Korean folk tale "Janghwa Heungryeonjeon." See more »


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


Moo-hyeon Bae: Soo-mi, I know you're very angry with me. And I know I'm a bad father.
Bae Soo-mi: You're not even a bad father.
Moo-hyeon Bae: It's cold so let's go inside.
Bae Soo-mi: I will.
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Dark and authentic film of the world of the imagination's ability to distort and frighten..
26 November 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film two years ago in the cinema, and fell in love with this dark tale of two brooding teenage sisters coping at home in their large country house with their father and step-mother. Their relationship with their step-mother is strained to say the least, with the step-mother appearing to be increasingly becoming unstable in her battles with the younger girls. The film though slants with Oriental style ghost effects and horror, which adds a strange and unsettling aspect to the story that on first viewing is not clear, but is all the more intriguing.

The direction is incredibly good, and the acting is stunning, with the step-mother in particular incredibly good swinging from one mood style to another in the film. The large house adds eeriness, and there are enough points in the film where you will jump out of your seat. This film to me clearly shows why Korean cinema is possibly the best most original in the world at the moment. You simply don't get anything like this in the Western World, sadly,and really i can see it being influential on film makers around the world in the next decade.

Highly recommended viewing in my opinion, a real joy and scare...

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