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Tale of Two Sisters [Blu-ray]
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After convalescing in hospital, two sisters return home to their father and stepmother. Su-mi is the older sister and she's prepared to speak her mind. Su-yeon, however is more wary and still haunted by bad memories of the place, she becomes an easy target for her stepmother's bullying. But then there are the strange things that start happening in the house. Is this their stepmother trying to torment them or is there something more sinister hiding in the shadows?
- Behind The Scenes Feaurette
- Widescreen 1.85:1 MPEG4 AVC
- DTS - HD Master Audio 5.1 Dolby True HD
- Languages - Korean
- Subtitles - English
- Disc - BD25
- Region Code B
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This is a dark, well made film, with some scary scenes and jump scares. It's well acted, and has a good (and believable) storyline. I guessed what was going on early on in the film, but there were still twists and turns I didn't anticipate. Things did start to drag on midway, and I did get bored, but my teen remained glued to it. The story became a little confusing towards the end. The final scenes did upset my teen, only because it made them 'think' and feel bad for one of the characters.
PS. Some blood, minimal gore. No nudity/language. Suitable for 13+ as long as you are aware of what your child can/cannot cope with!
Unfortunately, this (Blu-Ray) version is a train-wreck:
I can see no difference in quality between this and the Region 2 DVD version, which has director/cast commentaries. and interviews with the main characters. This (the Blu-Ray version), has none of the 'extras' that I would expect for an extra £3. Do yourself a favour. Get the DVD: The extras are well worth watching and listening to, and you lose very little (if any) film quality.
I have no idea why Palisades Tartan Video (I lent the Tartan Asia Extreme DVD to a friend and never got it back) have stripped the blu-ray of extra content; their Oldboy offering has two commentaries, and much more.
The story is complicated and clever, I would definitely recommend watching the film a few times after the first viewing just to spot how everything fits together and especially how the characters interact. The explanation on the DVD and various articles on the plot I have read online do not help you to understand the plot, rather confuse it more so, the simplest and most satisfying way is to concentrate and watch everything fall into place on the second or third viewing.
Maybe I'm exaggerating the complexity of the plot(now I think about it I am), but it's clear from other reviews and the reactions of people I have shown the film to that some people can't appreciate a film unless everything is made crystal clear at the end by a narrator.
Anyway, more about the film. It's a dark setting as far as films go and makes for tense moments throughout the film. Some may find the film abit slow and plodding but I would urge you to take solace in the plot which doesn't feel slow after you know what's going on and the excellent directing which is very artful and pleasing to the eye, especially the transistions between order and chaos that the director portrays so well.
In conclusion, a disturbing look into the human phyche with a brilliant plot but not for the action/gore generation. More an arty thriller that can be watched several times and doesn't tire easily, definitely a must see in my book, you can have the ring anyday, I'll take this.
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!
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