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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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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:
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)
Gi-hong Woo Gi-hong Woo ... Sun-kyu


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Fairytales have never been this Grimm See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Chiaroscuro, an effect of contrasted light and shadow, lighting scheme is used. See more »


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


Eun-ju: As much as you hate it, I'm the only one in this world you can call mother, got it?
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Version of The Story of Jang-hwa and Heung-ryeon (1956) See more »

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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

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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