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A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

Janghwa, Hongryeon (original title)
A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.


Jee-woon Kim (as Kim Jee-woon)


Jee-woon Kim (screenplay) (as Kim Jee-woon)
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23 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Lim Soo-jung ... Soo-mi Bae (Janghwa)
Jung-ah Yum ... Eun-joo Heo (Stepmother)
Kim Kap-su ... Moo-hyeon Bae (Father)
Moon Geun-young ... Soo-yeon Bae (Hongryeon)
Mi-hyeon Park Mi-hyeon Park ... Mrs. Bae (Su-mi's and Su-yeon's Mother) (as Park Mi-Hyun)
Gi-hong Woo Gi-hong Woo ... Sun-kyu
Seung-bi Lee Seung-bi Lee ... Mi-hee
Dae-yeon Lee ... Su-mi's Doctor
No Seung-Jin No Seung-Jin ... Director Hwang
In-hyeok Song In-hyeok Song ... Mr. Jang
Yeong-sil Lee Yeong-sil Lee ... Middle-Aged Woman
Ae-ri Won Ae-ri Won ... Closet Ghost / Nurse 1
Seong-Young Kim Seong-Young Kim ... Nurse 2
Song-i Kim Song-i Kim ... Young Soo-mi
Seo-in Park Seo-in Park ... Young Soo-yeon


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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Fairytales have never been this Grimm See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Lim Soo-jung, who played Su-mi, originally auditioned for the role of Su-yeon. Ironically enough, the same thing would happen in the remake The Uninvited (2009) where Emily Browning originally auditioned for the role of her sister Alex before being cast as Anna. See more »


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


Bae Soo-yeon: Did you go to my room?
Bae Soo-mi: [nods] Hmm.
Bae Soo-yeon: Who was it?
Bae Soo-mi: That woman.
Bae Soo-yeon: Stepmom?
Bae Soo-mi: [nods] Hmm. It's strange.
Bae Soo-yeon: What is?
Bae Soo-mi: That woman is strange. And so is this house.
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A Dark Psychological Drama
20 February 2012 | by JesusIsCuteSee all my reviews

Two things you should understand before you see this movie.

1. While it was the highest grossing film in South Korea the year of it's release, this is by no means a reflection of it's ability to appeal to a mainstream western audience, especially a modern American audience. Simply put, this film requires not only a proper attention span, but the mood to really dive into the characters minds.

I've heard many people complain that the movie starts out boring, but that never crossed my mind because i was genuinely charmed by the friendship of the two sisters.

2.This is not a horror movie, it's a psychological ghost story, with a heart, and if you let yourself in, it will make you feel happy then shred your nerves to pieces. There is little blood/gore. The movie slowly builds up suspense and dread and brings you into the protagonists psyche by never revealing too much.

The best thing about this movie is that it delivers an equally beautiful opening and ending sequence. And while ultimately answering your questions, leaves you with the same uncertainties you had going into the film.

Do not expect a 'thrill ride' or a lot of jump scares. This movie is atmospheric, beautiful, complicated and despite what others may say against this statement, i truly believe this is a masterpiece of modern cinema.

My advice: Watch it alone, be attentive, turn off the lights and let yourself be immersed.

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Release Date:

13 June 2003 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,060, 5 December 2004

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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