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A Tale Of Two Sisters [DVD] [2004]

Kap-su Kim , Jung-ah Yum , Kim Jee-woon    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Su-jeong Lim, Geun-Young Moon, Seung-bi Lee
  • Directors: Kim Jee-woon
  • Writers: Kim Jee-woon
  • Producers: Jae-Won Choi, Jeong-wan Oh, Jung-Wan Oh, Ki-min Oh
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Nov 2004
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000621OT8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,221 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally... Horror films return to form. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Reviews! 15 Dec 2007
By carlosnightman VINE VOICE
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most beautiful 'horror' film ever 1 April 2005
By Ruth Ludlam VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
NB: This film is fabulous - and so is this DVD _apart_ from a bizarre defect in the quality of the transfer (or maybe it's just my copy) which means the background is constantly flickering. It's not very noticeable at first, but after a while it starts to get irritating.
Anyway, it's worth putting up with cos this is the best Korean film I've ever seen - forget Oldboy and see this instead. You can appreciate it on so many levels.
Level 1) It's so scary you'll be unable to sleep for a week. Because the horror is all contained within the house, ordinary domestic items become the source of the terror. The film plays with all your deep-rooted childhood fears of cupboards and the darkness under the sink and doors opening in the night. And makes them actually mind-numbingly terrifying... It's stuff that would be cheesy if Hollywood tried to do it, but done so cleverly and creepily here that you will not be able to turn the lights off at night. The only blood in this entire film is the small episode where Su-Yeon starts her period, and it's deliberate. Ji-woon Kim being unconventional and brilliant. There's also a theme about familial 'blood' and the strong ties that unite families...
Level 2) Visually, it's gorgeous. Watch the wallpaper. It seems to sum up the mood of the film, and somehow manages to be disturbing despite being very Willam Morris-esque. Like a lot of the best Asian horror films, it's got tons of absolutely brilliant atmosphere.
Level 3) It's a fabulous study of the human mind, and an extremely clever piece of film-making. The plot twists are so clever and unexpected you have to admire the director's genius (he also wrote the script).
Level 4) it's a tragedy, about guilt and grief.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 11 days ago by Mel_Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars It's one of the best movies and certainly best horrors
Seen this a while ago and guessing from the reviews it's *that* movie.

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Published 11 days ago by Michal Suchanek
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 28 days ago by Mr. Terence Rayner
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 1 month ago by DJT
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
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Published 2 months ago by bene
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to see why it's the highest-grossing Korean movie since records...
Well, this has gone straight onto my "watch it around once a year" list, the only film so far to join Event Horizon. Read more
Published 2 months ago by PixieMidori
5.0 out of 5 stars Pay attention and you'll love it.
If you're expecting to be spoon-fed a simple american style 'horror' film then you will be sorely disappointed and will no doubt give this excellent film a one star review. Read more
Published 2 months ago by smash
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sound, great imagery
Quite a jump-inducer, given it is not following hollywood prescription, even when you know the hand is going to shoot out from under the cupboard. Excellent sound, great imagery. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Sterghios A. Moschos
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1.0 out of 5 stars not ENJOYABLE at all
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