A Tale of Two Sisters Reviews

  • Oct 13, 2020

    "A tale of two sisters" is an exquisitely crafted psychological horror drama by director Kim Jee-woon. The director wisely chooses to present the story in a slow pace acompanied with gawning pieces of music which perfectly matches the excruciating atmosphere of guilt and grief. The sequence of the film is a bit confusing initially and leaves people with questions without any explaination, therefore, viewers must not miss any even tiny detail. The movie breaks out of the mould shaped by tropes related to invisible and invicible ghosts and touches on more tangible issues: family, ignorance, obsession with the past. The slow camera movements when scenes start to edge towards the horror direction and having every character move slower than paint drying, incredibly effective and unnerving. The reality and imagination blend toghether and enables viewers to decide and have their own assessments. The plot twist is truly calculated but unpredictable, therefore, it is undeniable that the film is a little bit tricky and comlicated but still a masterpiece which pushes viewers' emotions to the climax.

    "A tale of two sisters" is an exquisitely crafted psychological horror drama by director Kim Jee-woon. The director wisely chooses to present the story in a slow pace acompanied with gawning pieces of music which perfectly matches the excruciating atmosphere of guilt and grief. The sequence of the film is a bit confusing initially and leaves people with questions without any explaination, therefore, viewers must not miss any even tiny detail. The movie breaks out of the mould shaped by tropes related to invisible and invicible ghosts and touches on more tangible issues: family, ignorance, obsession with the past. The slow camera movements when scenes start to edge towards the horror direction and having every character move slower than paint drying, incredibly effective and unnerving. The reality and imagination blend toghether and enables viewers to decide and have their own assessments. The plot twist is truly calculated but unpredictable, therefore, it is undeniable that the film is a little bit tricky and comlicated but still a masterpiece which pushes viewers' emotions to the climax.

  • Oct 08, 2020

    One of my favorite movies of all time, I don't know how many times I've seen it, yes, every time I do it it surprises me, something new is always discovered. This movie is loaded with tension and has its good plot twists.

    One of my favorite movies of all time, I don't know how many times I've seen it, yes, every time I do it it surprises me, something new is always discovered. This movie is loaded with tension and has its good plot twists.

  • Jul 10, 2020

    Un poco tediosa, pero entretenida.

    Un poco tediosa, pero entretenida.

  • May 30, 2020

    David Nusair nails it in his review, this movie is infuriatingly vague, I had to read the wiki to even understand the ending, and even then I don't see what they were talking about with the major ending scene. Rotten, rotten, rotten. Avoid.

    David Nusair nails it in his review, this movie is infuriatingly vague, I had to read the wiki to even understand the ending, and even then I don't see what they were talking about with the major ending scene. Rotten, rotten, rotten. Avoid.

  • Feb 17, 2020

    Starts off really slow, but it gets weirder and creepier as it goes on. Really good, every fan of the genre should give it a watch.

    Starts off really slow, but it gets weirder and creepier as it goes on. Really good, every fan of the genre should give it a watch.

  • Oct 03, 2019

    You may need to watch one of those "Explained" videos after watching the movie, but A Tale of Two Sisters is a slow-paced but effective psychological horror drama that works due to its creepy imagery and atmosphere, good direction, eerie score, and use of mostly imagery instead of dialogue to tell its story.

    You may need to watch one of those "Explained" videos after watching the movie, but A Tale of Two Sisters is a slow-paced but effective psychological horror drama that works due to its creepy imagery and atmosphere, good direction, eerie score, and use of mostly imagery instead of dialogue to tell its story.

  • Sep 23, 2019

    SPOILERS. So disappointed by this movie, I don't see whats the buzz is all about, good cinematography but the plot specially the end when you find the cause of it all is plain stupid and makes no sence why cause they never show or tell what the problem with the mother was (could be mad and/or just took the affair of is husband waaaay to far) or why the stepmother let the sister die under the weight of the closet, the development of this two main characters (mother and stepmother) to the plot is really superficial at best. I don't see why one sister would feel responsable for the death of the other, many point at the dialogue she has with the stepmother when she has just left her sister under the closet ... but that is so forced is stupid.

    SPOILERS. So disappointed by this movie, I don't see whats the buzz is all about, good cinematography but the plot specially the end when you find the cause of it all is plain stupid and makes no sence why cause they never show or tell what the problem with the mother was (could be mad and/or just took the affair of is husband waaaay to far) or why the stepmother let the sister die under the weight of the closet, the development of this two main characters (mother and stepmother) to the plot is really superficial at best. I don't see why one sister would feel responsable for the death of the other, many point at the dialogue she has with the stepmother when she has just left her sister under the closet ... but that is so forced is stupid.

  • Nov 10, 2018

    Based on and old Korean folklore tale called "Janghwa Hongreyon-jon", Kim Ji-woon brings us this sadistically suspenseful display which will have you gripped to your seats but keeping your feet well off the ground. Su-Mi is released back to her family home after spending time in a mental institution. Whilst excited about being back with her sister and father, she's at unease when she meets her overbearing stepmother. Since being home, Su-Mi has begun to notice not only their home is being haunted by a twisted ghost, but also her stepmother is extremely cruel and abusive. This film blends the beautiful Korean surroundings with a dark dysfunctional family atmosphere. Over the two hours you will a film so precisely done that all the scares are in the right places and it's not rushed, which is a frequent problem with modern day horrors. Sometimes, less gore is more and that is certainly the case with Tale of Two Sisters. The awkward relationship between the sisters and their parents, the constant questions at the beginning as why she was sectioned and the overall psychological experience makes this a film not to be missed.

    Based on and old Korean folklore tale called "Janghwa Hongreyon-jon", Kim Ji-woon brings us this sadistically suspenseful display which will have you gripped to your seats but keeping your feet well off the ground. Su-Mi is released back to her family home after spending time in a mental institution. Whilst excited about being back with her sister and father, she's at unease when she meets her overbearing stepmother. Since being home, Su-Mi has begun to notice not only their home is being haunted by a twisted ghost, but also her stepmother is extremely cruel and abusive. This film blends the beautiful Korean surroundings with a dark dysfunctional family atmosphere. Over the two hours you will a film so precisely done that all the scares are in the right places and it's not rushed, which is a frequent problem with modern day horrors. Sometimes, less gore is more and that is certainly the case with Tale of Two Sisters. The awkward relationship between the sisters and their parents, the constant questions at the beginning as why she was sectioned and the overall psychological experience makes this a film not to be missed.

  • Nov 03, 2018

    Surprisingly boasted critics of the movie made me want watch it. It was an incredible disappointment, the story is half an hour talks about nothing. The characters are not well-developed and opened on the screen, so you just cannot feel compassion to any of them. It is given that if you haven't read the original story you would hardly understand what's going on. However, there is some sense in the plot if you are patient enough to watch it till the end, there were so many "jumps out of the dark", which have no logical connection with a story. I am not going to leave spoilers, just to say that the director is trying to scare you with effects he imagined not based on a story. Overall, I feel sorry foe spending time on this. Cannot believe there are so many good feedbacks on here.

    Surprisingly boasted critics of the movie made me want watch it. It was an incredible disappointment, the story is half an hour talks about nothing. The characters are not well-developed and opened on the screen, so you just cannot feel compassion to any of them. It is given that if you haven't read the original story you would hardly understand what's going on. However, there is some sense in the plot if you are patient enough to watch it till the end, there were so many "jumps out of the dark", which have no logical connection with a story. I am not going to leave spoilers, just to say that the director is trying to scare you with effects he imagined not based on a story. Overall, I feel sorry foe spending time on this. Cannot believe there are so many good feedbacks on here.

  • Oct 27, 2018

    Corea del Sur no se queda atrás en sus intenciones de emular el cine americano y japonés, en lo que respecta a fórmulas conocidas del género de terror. Sin embargo, se debe destacar que, en cuanto a la realización de este film, realmente se logra marcar un punto y aparte en cuanto a lo convencional, y más bien, se concibe un producto con la suficiente identidad como para ser su propia cosa. Esta película recuerda un poco el estilo de Guillermo del Toro (aunque no es esa su intención), y nos presenta una serie de escenarios agradables, música atmosférica y emocional, que entran en contraste cuando se nos muestran los "espectros" y aterradoras visiones que se suscitan de vez en cuando. Esto hay que resaltarlo bastante, porque no se abusa del efecto sorpresa y, más bien, se opta por la progresión narrativa por encima de todo lo demás. Es gracias a esto, que el film presenta varios giros de situaciones (algunos con mayor sutileza que otros) que favorecen a intensificar la tragedia implícita en la complicada relación de la disfuncional familia expuesta en el film. Este es su mejor aporte...aunque ello no quiere decir que sea perfecto. El problema de reservar una "verdad" hasta el final, con el fin de generar una sorpresa en el espectador, es que se tiende a sacrificar la lógica y el sentido común de todos los personajes que, supuestamente, son los que están en el lado correcto del tablero (en este caso, el padre de familia). Pero, si pasamos por encima este detalle, la película casi no presenta ningún tipo de fallas a nivel narrativo, audiovisual, y mucho menos, a nivel de interpretación. Y en ese sentido, esta película cumple con ser un cuento "perturbador" para un público juvenil y adulto.

    Corea del Sur no se queda atrás en sus intenciones de emular el cine americano y japonés, en lo que respecta a fórmulas conocidas del género de terror. Sin embargo, se debe destacar que, en cuanto a la realización de este film, realmente se logra marcar un punto y aparte en cuanto a lo convencional, y más bien, se concibe un producto con la suficiente identidad como para ser su propia cosa. Esta película recuerda un poco el estilo de Guillermo del Toro (aunque no es esa su intención), y nos presenta una serie de escenarios agradables, música atmosférica y emocional, que entran en contraste cuando se nos muestran los "espectros" y aterradoras visiones que se suscitan de vez en cuando. Esto hay que resaltarlo bastante, porque no se abusa del efecto sorpresa y, más bien, se opta por la progresión narrativa por encima de todo lo demás. Es gracias a esto, que el film presenta varios giros de situaciones (algunos con mayor sutileza que otros) que favorecen a intensificar la tragedia implícita en la complicada relación de la disfuncional familia expuesta en el film. Este es su mejor aporte...aunque ello no quiere decir que sea perfecto. El problema de reservar una "verdad" hasta el final, con el fin de generar una sorpresa en el espectador, es que se tiende a sacrificar la lógica y el sentido común de todos los personajes que, supuestamente, son los que están en el lado correcto del tablero (en este caso, el padre de familia). Pero, si pasamos por encima este detalle, la película casi no presenta ningún tipo de fallas a nivel narrativo, audiovisual, y mucho menos, a nivel de interpretación. Y en ese sentido, esta película cumple con ser un cuento "perturbador" para un público juvenil y adulto.