A Tale of Two Sisters 2003

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Supernatural horror film by Korean director Kim Jee-Woon, based on the old Korean folk tale 'Jangha and Hongryun'. Su-Mi (Im Soo-Jung) and Su-Yeon (Moon Geun-Young) return home from a period of hospitalisation in a mental institution following the death of their mother to live with their father, Mu-Heon (Kim Kab-Su) and despised stepmother Eun-Ju (Yeom Jeong-A). No sooner have they returned than disturbing and inexplicable events start to occur: inanimate objects start to move of their own accord, and Su-Mi suffers from terrifying hallucinations, becoming convinced that the obsessive and unhinged Eun-Ju is keeping an awful secret from her and her sister.

Starring:
Mun Geun-yeong, Lim Su-Jeong
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 55 minutes
Starring Mun Geun-yeong, Lim Su-Jeong, Yum Jung-ah, Kim Gap-soo
Director Kim Jee-Woon
Genres Horror
Studio SONY DADC
Rental release 22 November 2004
Main languages Korean
Subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 55 minutes
Starring Mun Geun-yeong, Lim Su-Jeong, Yum Jung-ah, Kim Gap-soo
Director Kim Jee-Woon
Genres Horror
Studio PALISADES TARTAN
Rental release 25 January 2010
Main languages Korean
Subtitles English

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By carlosnightman VINE VOICE on 15 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
Described as the 'most frightening film since Ring' and a mix of psychological horror, ghost story and drama, A Tale of Two Sisters is a truly complex film with great depth, good performances, technological perfection, and a few scares. In truth it is vastly different from Ringu, but naturally with every Asian Horror movie featuring a long-haired, scary looking girl comparisons will be made. True, Ringu is the master, but this is of an entirely different breed. If you are a fan of Ringu, Asian horror movies in general then this is definitely one to see before the Hollywood remake, but be warned- it is difficult the first time round, and will likely not be what you expected.

The film begins in a psychiatric hospital, a doctor tries to get a young girl, Soo-Yeun to explain what has happened in her past. We then apparently flash back and meet two sisters, Soo-yeun and Soo-mi, their father and step-mum. The sisters are very close, but they have no respect for their father, and hate their step-mum. We do not know why. Soo-mi is quieter, Soo-yeun is protective of her and will not let any harm come to her. They have returned from a mental hospital but we do not know why. There is a coldness in the house, and a lack of understanding. The father seems passive, unable to understand his kids or relate to his partner, while the step-mum is very strange, ranging from cruel to hysterically happy. Soon strange things begin to happen in the house, noises, frightening ghosts appear, or perhaps they are hallucinations. The whole house is affected, but we do not know if it an evil power in the house, the threatening demeanour of the step-mum, or if it is all just a mirage.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By K. Pettican on 16 April 2005
Format: DVD
Sadly this film has been much neglected in the West - a real tragedy as it is one of the best psychological/horror/suspense films I have ever seen.
This Korean movie (based on an ancient folk-tale) is masterful -and that is no exaggeration. The acting is superb, and the direction outstanding.
One viewing may perhaps leave the viewer a little confused (I found myself checking out the internet movie database forums in order to fully understand the beautiful and complex film I had just watched) - multiple viewings are strongly recommended as it works on so many levels. This is no ill-thoughtout slasher horror movie - indeed it puts many other better known titles to shame, this is one of those very rare films that gives you so much more. Every scene is carefully crafted to add not only to the tension and emotion of the picture, but also to the symbolism that flows through the entire piece.
This honestly is a true classic of modern cinema. The DVD also comes with many great extras and hidden bonus features.
Buy 'A Tale of Two Sisters' before it becomes yet another great Asian film that is left hidden behind a shallow big-budget remake!
10/10
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By L. Dolan on 15 Feb. 2006
Format: DVD
A Tale Of Two Sisters, ah, where to begin? Great horror films have been few and far between of recent years. We've had The Sixth Sense, we've had The Ring, and now we have this (okay, it's not exactly new, but it's the latest great in the genre). It's based around the Korean folk tale, and is about two sisters who, after the death of their mother, are sent to a mental insitute. What they come home to though, is nowhere near your average family life.
Both them, and their step-mother, witness horrific goings-on in the house where they live. Their dead mother appearing in haunting visions, ghouls entering rooms where they sleep and pulling off their bed sheets, and ghostly forms hiding under the sink. Are the girls really mentally sound? Are they playing tricks on their step-mother? Or is there some other sinister force at work? You'll be asking these questions throughout, and it feeds you information that makes you change your conclusions constantly.
It definitely leaves an impact on you, and you'll find the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end whenever you walk into a dark room again. It doesn't pertain to usual western horrors, where more violence equals more horror. It's very much in the same vein as the Sixth Sense, but has, in my opinion, an ending far less predictable and far more distubing. The psychological aspects of 'A Tale Of Two Sisters', truly are top-notch. Creepy, mysterious, well-acted, and a great storyline. If you want those qualities, then look no further.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lucy on 16 Sept. 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A tale of two sisters is a brilliant film, i am lucky enough to have a cinema nearby that does an asian cinema season every year and i've become a big fan!
I was so glad i caught this one because it is the scarriest film i have ever seen! The film was amazing, the story was intriguing and kept me entertained and on the edge of my chair the whole way through!
I wont tell you the story line because i feel it wouold spoil it some how just take it from me this is brilliant!
I'd also reccomend looking out for another Korean Horror called The Phone which is also brilliant and very scary!
Please give these films a chance it is so sad when people do not watch foreign films because of sub titles your really missing out!
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