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Director:
Writer:
Kim Jee-woon (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 June 2003 (South Korea) See more »
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Tagline:
Our sorrow was conceived long before our birth See more »
Plot:
A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
15 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Psychological Thriller, Horror, and Drama, all at their best See more (224 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Kap-su Kim ... Bae Moo-hyeon (Father)

Jung-ah Yum ... Eun-joo (Stepmother)
Su-jeong Lim ... Bae Soo-mi (Janghwa)

Geun-Young Moon ... Bae Soo-yeon (Hongryeon)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seung-bi Lee ... Mi-hee
Park Mi-Hyun ... Mrs, Bae (Su-mi's and Su-yeon's Mother)
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Directed by
Kim Jee-woon 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kim Jee-woon  screenplay

Produced by
Jae-Won Choi .... executive producer
Jeong-wan Oh .... producer
Jung-Wan Oh .... executive producer
Ki-min Oh .... producer (as Oh Gi-Min)
 
Original Music by
Byung-woo Lee 
 
Cinematography by
Mo-gae Lee 
 
Film Editing by
Hyeon-mi Lee 
 
Art Direction by
Geun-hyeon Jo 
 
Costume Design by
Soo-Kyung Ok 
 
Visual Effects by
Wook Kim .... visual effects supervisor
 
Other crew
Alex Panagakis .... publicist
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Janghwa, Hongryeon" - South Korea (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some violence and disturbing images
Runtime:
Korea:115 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:MA | Australia:R (DVD rating) | Brazil:12 | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Ireland:16 (original rating) | Ireland:18 (re-rating) (2005) | Japan:PG-12 | Malaysia:U (re-rating) | Malaysia:18SG (uncut version) | Mexico:B15 | New Zealand:R13 | Peru:18 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the hospital scenes, there is no scar on the back of Su-mi's hand.See more »
Quotes:
Mi-hee:There was a girl under the kitchen sink.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Janghwa Hongryeonjeon (1972)See more »

FAQ

Is this based on a novel?
Who are the ghosts that keep appearing around the house? (I.E. from under the sink, the window, etc.) Also explain their presence in the film.
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178 out of 210 people found the following review useful.
Psychological Thriller, Horror, and Drama, all at their best, 2 May 2004
Author: opiemar (sparky_870@yahoo.com) from United States

'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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