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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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This supernatural horror film from Kim Jee-woon is inspired by the ancient Korean folktale "Jangha and Hongryun." Set in an isolated lakeside house, it begins with two young girls, Su-mi (Im Su-jung) and Su-yeon (Mun Geun-yeong), returning home after a period of hospitalization following the death of their mother. In the meantime, their father Mu-Hyun (Kim Gab-su) has married Eun-joo (Yeom Jeong-ah), whom the girls obviously despise. Strange, violent visions begin to disturb Su-mi and she becomes convinced that Eun-joo is keeping a dark secret from the family. The American remake rights to A Tale of Two Sisters were sold to Dreamworks SKG in 2003.

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Kab-su Kim
as Mu-hynu
Kim Gab-su
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Critic Reviews for A Tale of Two Sisters

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (20)

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

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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.

September 26, 2005
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.

February 25, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

January 30, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

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

January 28, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The film seems unnecessarily vague on a rational level, but it's spot-on as a psychological study of a twinlike sibling relationship, and the ways in which memory can suppress trauma and soothe a mourning soul.

January 7, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Tale of Two Sisters

Sometimes it is better for a film to be more straightforward in order to work, and this sinister Asian horror movie is ironically too unpredictable for its own good and fails to be as scary as it believes to be (and that is because it is so strangely confusing until the end).

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Great scary movie. Had a hard time falling asleep.

Nani Vang
Nani Vang

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
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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