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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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 »

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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

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When the film was originally released, It became both the highest-grossing Korean horror film of all time and the first one to be screened in American theatres. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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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Connections

Remade as The Uninvited (2009) See more »

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User Reviews

 
Dark and authentic film of the world of the imagination's ability to distort and frighten..
26 November 2005 | by joebloggscitySee all my reviews

I first saw this film two years ago in the cinema, and fell in love with this dark tale of two brooding teenage sisters coping at home in their large country house with their father and step-mother. Their relationship with their step-mother is strained to say the least, with the step-mother appearing to be increasingly becoming unstable in her battles with the younger girls. The film though slants with Oriental style ghost effects and horror, which adds a strange and unsettling aspect to the story that on first viewing is not clear, but is all the more intriguing.

The direction is incredibly good, and the acting is stunning, with the step-mother in particular incredibly good swinging from one mood style to another in the film. The large house adds eeriness, and there are enough points in the film where you will jump out of your seat. This film to me clearly shows why Korean cinema is possibly the best most original in the world at the moment. You simply don't get anything like this in the Western World, sadly,and really i can see it being influential on film makers around the world in the next decade.

Highly recommended viewing in my opinion, a real joy and scare...


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