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A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

Janghwa, Hongryeon (original title)
A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.

Director:

Jee-woon Kim (as Kim Jee-woon)

Writer:

Jee-woon Kim (screenplay) (as Kim Jee-woon)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kap-su Kim ... Moo-hyeon Bae (Father)
Jung-ah Yum ... Eun-joo Heo (Stepmother)
Soo-jung Lim ... Soo-mi Bae (Janghwa)
Geun-young Moon ... Soo-yeon Bae (Hongryeon)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Woo Ki-Hong Woo Ki-Hong ... Sun-kyu
Dae-yeon Lee Dae-yeon Lee ... Su-mi's Doctor
Seung-bi Lee Seung-bi Lee ... Mi-hee
Mi-hyeon Park Mi-hyeon Park ... Mrs. Bae (Su-mi's and Su-yeon's Mother) (as Park Mi-Hyun)
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Storyline

Two sisters who, after spending time in a mental institution, return to the home of their father and cruel stepmother. Once there, in addition to dealing with their stepmother's obsessive and unbalanced ways, an interfering ghost also affects their recovery. Written by Anonymous

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Our sorrow was conceived long before our birth See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

13 June 2003 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tale of Two Sisters See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Uninvited (2009), which is the American remake, was to be originally titled "A Tale of Two Sisters" just like this movie. See more »

Goofs

In the hospital scenes, there is no scar on the back of Su-mi's hand. See more »

Quotes

Bae Soo-yeon: Did you go to my room?
Bae Soo-mi: [nods] Hmm.
Bae Soo-yeon: Who was it?
Bae Soo-mi: That woman.
Bae Soo-yeon: Stepmom?
Bae Soo-mi: [nods] Hmm. It's strange.
Bae Soo-yeon: What is?
Bae Soo-mi: That woman is strange. And so is this house.
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Connections

Version of The Great Story of Jang-hwa and Hong-ryeon (1962) See more »

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You MUST see this!!!
5 December 2005 | by afdiazrSee all my reviews

I love horror films, but I think they work way better when they hide a dramatic impact behind (The Devil's Backbone, The Exorcist, for example). This is that kind of film, and it's not only eerie and terrifying when it has to be, it is also really beautiful. A Tale of Two Sisters starts really slow, so if you're in a hurry to see ghosts in the first 20 minutes you will be disappointed. Actually this is not a ghost story –though there are some. It's something more complex, and it's done in such a way that it beats Ringu and The Grudge out of the ring no sweat. A Tale… is a way more clever film than those huge cultural hits, because it really cares for its characters, and the direction is flawless. Every detail in this film will leave you breathless if you're the kind of person who loves to pay attention to details while watching a movie. The acting is superb, specially from the stepmother and the main girl. Those two are worth the price of the ticket alone. Do yourself a favor and watch this awesome film.


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