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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:
Top notch South Korean horror. See more (226 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)

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:
Gianna 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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the hospital scenes, there is no scar on the back of Su-mi's hand.See more »
Quotes:
Eun-ju:As much as you hate it, I'm the only one in this world you can call mother, got it?See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as The Uninvited (2009)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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118 out of 157 people found the following review useful.
Top notch South Korean horror., 8 June 2004
Author: HumanoidOfFlesh from Chyby, Poland

"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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