Luis' Review of A Tale of Two Sisters
A Tale of Two Sisters(2003)
A beautiful horror film that sensitively demonstrates the sixth sense better than any other.
Director Jee-woon Kim (The good, the bad, the weird) creates an indistinct masterpiece that illuminates a dark tale of treachery, torment and tribulation starring Kim Gab-su (She's on Duty) Jeong-Ah yeom (H, Sad Movie) Moon Geun-yeong (Love me not, Innocent Steps) and Lim Su-jung (Come rain, come shine, I'm a Cyborg, but that's ok) in a horror classic that is as everlasting as The Exorcist.
Synopsis: Su-mi (Su-jung) comes home having been released from the hospital with her sister Su-yeon (Geun-yeong) then come into contact with their evil stepmother who has plotted an idea to get rid of them both.
There is quite a lot of chatter about Rose & Lotus (Janghwa, Hongryeon) which makes it as eternal as it has been on most message boards. Whether the film is scary or not, it doesn't take away from the artistry the film makers applied into this work of art. From the beautifully eerie house and the haunting unsettling score, to the quelling cinematography and a cast of acting brilliance, this film gives it all that you want from a horror point of view.
Never really knowing what truly happened in this Korean folktale, you'll have a lot of discussions trying to figure out what exactly happened. However, the idea is that there is a basic concept within the story, but with many twists and turns that keep you guessing at every moment's time.
This cannot be considered the best horror film ever made, but merely the best film ever made of its kind; a psychological film that will never be forgotten.