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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

Credited cast:
Kap-su Kim ... Moo-hyeon Bae (Father)
Jung-ah Yum ... Eun-joo Heo (Stepmother)
Soo-jung Lim ... Soo-mi Bae (Janghwa)
Geun-young Moon ... Soo-yeon Bae (Hongryeon)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Woo Ki-Hong Woo Ki-Hong ... Sun-kyu
Dae-yeon Lee Dae-yeon Lee ... Su-mi's Doctor
Seung-bi Lee Seung-bi Lee ... Mi-hee
Mi-hyeon Park Mi-hyeon Park ... Mrs. Bae (Su-mi's and Su-yeon's Mother) (as Park Mi-Hyun)
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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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Our sorrow was conceived long before our birth See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

13 June 2003 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tale of Two Sisters See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

chiaroscuro (an effect of contrasted light and shadow) lighting scheme is used. See more »

Goofs

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.
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Connections

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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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