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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.

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(as Kim Jee-woon)

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(screenplay) (as Kim Jee-woon)

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Cast

Credited cast:
... Moo-hyeon Bae (Father)
... Eun-joo Heo (Stepmother)
... Soo-mi Bae (Janghwa)
... Soo-yeon Bae (Hongryeon)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Woo Ki-Hong ... Sun-kyu
Dae-yeon Lee ... Su-mi's Doctor
Seung-bi Lee ... Mi-hee
Park Mi-Hyun ... Mrs. Bae (Su-mi's and Su-yeon's Mother)
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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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Every family has its dark secrets. See more »


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

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13 June 2003 (South Korea)  »

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Director Jee-woon Kim originally wanted Ji-hyun Jun to play Su-mi, however Jun refused the role of Su-mi because she thought the script was too scary. Ironically, her next project was another horror film, 4 inyong shiktak (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

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

Quotes

Eun-ju: Do know what's really scary? You want to forget something. Totally wipe it off your mind. But you never can. It can't go away, you see. And... and it follows you around like a ghost.
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Remade as The Uninvited (2009) See more »

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Psychological Thriller, Horror, and Drama, all at their best
2 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

'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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