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A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)



Critic Consensus: Restrained but disturbing, A Tale of Two Sisters is a creepily effective, if at times confusing, horror movie.

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South Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-Woon directs the psychological thriller Janghwa, Hongryeon (A Tale of Two Sisters), loosely based on an oft-filmed Korean folktale. Following the suicide of his wife, Mu-Hyun (Kim Gab-su) takes his two daughters out of hospitalization to stay in a remote country home with their stepmother, Eun-joo (Yeom Jeong-ah). Elder sister Su-mi (Im Su-Jung) is mean to her stepmother, while younger sister Su-yeon (Mun Geun-Yeong) is mostly silent. After a series of creepy disturbances, Eun-joo locks Su-yeon in the closet, which enrages Su-mi even more. When Mu-Hyun goes into town, Su-mi finally confronts her stepmother in a painfully revealing fight.more
Rating: R (for some violence and disturbing images)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ji-woon Kim, Kim Jee-woon
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On DVD: Mar 29, 2005
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Kab-su Kim
as Mu-hynu
Kim Gab-su
as Mu-Hyun
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Critic Reviews for A Tale of Two Sisters

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (20)

The atmosphere of mounting dread is matched by just-right performances, design and camerawork.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film feels haunted by the relationship between Im and Moon, who cling to each other in the face of a hostile hostess, even though that may not be their best option.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

There's a reason why Hollywood has been so busy in recent years remaking Asian horror movies. Scare for scare, they're generally better.

Full Review… | February 25, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

It may not be a pretty picture, but A Tale of Two Sisters is definitely a satisfying piece of less-is-more cinematic horror.

Full Review… | January 30, 2005
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The gorgeous slow-moving cinematography by Lee Mogae is remarkable.

Full Review… | January 28, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

How much you appreciate the film will largely depend on how effective you feel its big revelation is.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013

Audience Reviews for A Tale of Two Sisters

Sometimes it works better for a film to be more straightforward in order to be efficient, and in the case of this sinister Asian horror movie it turns out that it is quite unpredictable and fails to be as scary as it thinks it is precisely because it is strangely confusing up until the end.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


Unfolding like a Grimm fairy tale channeled through David Lynch, A Tale of Two Sisters is dreamlike, haunting, and thought provoking. Some of its plot points are disjointed. but the film works overall as a ghost story mixed with psychological thriller.

Edward Boxler

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