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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.

Director:

Jee-woon Kim (as Kim Jee-woon)

Writer:

Jee-woon Kim (screenplay) (as Kim Jee-woon)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

On August 24, 2013, the tenth anniversary of this movie was held at the cinematheque KOFA in South Korea. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Bae Soo-mi: Shall we kill them?
Bae Soo-yeon: Let's set them free.
Bae Soo-mi: She'll have a cow if we mess with her precious. I'd hate to see that.
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Connections

Version of The Story of Jang-hwa and Heung-ryeon (1956) See more »

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See this masterpiece before Hollywood destroys it.
17 January 2005 | by simonmills47See all my reviews

The recent history of Hollywood remakes of ghost/horror films from the East has been dismal. This film will inevitably suffer the same fate, so get a copy on e-bay or similar.

It is well photographed and the sound is superb. Viewing on a good screen and with a good 5.1 or DTS enabled sound system is recommended. Obviously it is subtitled, so if that puts you off, then I wouldn't bother with this. Dubbing rarely works and simply would not do here.

It is also genuinely frightening, with excellent performances from a cast who will be unfamiliar to Western audiences. I would particularly single out the stepmother character, who was utterly brilliant. The ending will have you wanting to watch it again, if you can cope. The plot is relentless, and offers no comforting moments of release along the way.

If I do have a small criticism, there is perhaps a detectable influence in certain scenes from the Japanese version of The Ring. We have, however, accepted straight copies of other peoples' ideas for Western films for years, and so my point is a limited one which did not prevent me from giving it 10/10. I believe most fans of this genre will derive huge "pleasure" from this film which I for one hope goes down as a classic.


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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

13 June 2003 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tale of Two Sisters See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,060, 5 December 2004

Gross USA:

$72,541

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,045,252
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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