A Tale of Two Sisters


A Tale of Two Sisters

Critics Consensus

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



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Average Rating: 3.8/5

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Movie Info

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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Critic Reviews for A Tale of Two Sisters

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

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • This is a carefully structured film about grief and guilt, as well as horror. They don't resolve every disturbing moment or confusing element: they leave some questions hauntingly unanswered.

    Jan 17, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 26, 2005

    Noel Murray

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

    Feb 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.

    Jan 30, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • The gorgeous slow-moving cinematography by Lee Mogae is remarkable.

    Jan 28, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | 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

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Great scary movie. Had a hard time falling asleep.

Nani Vang
Nani Vang

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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

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