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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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Every family has its dark secrets. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

In the original story, the sisters' names are Janghwa and Hongryeon (Rose Flower and Red Lotus). In the movie, they are Su-mi and Su-yeon (still meaning Rose and Lotus). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Bae Soo-yeon: Did you go to my room?
Bae Soo-mi: [nods] Hmm.
Bae Soo-yeon: Who was it?
Bae Soo-mi: That woman.
Bae Soo-yeon: Stepmom?
Bae Soo-mi: [nods] Hmm. It's strange.
Bae Soo-yeon: What is?
Bae Soo-mi: That woman is strange. And so is this house.
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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Scariest Haunted House Movies (2020) See more »

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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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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:

$1,045,830
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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