A Tale Of Two Sisters

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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. ~ Tom Vick
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Kim Jee-woon's chilling Korean gothic tale puts a modern spin on some of the standard elements of classic horror stories. Set in an appropriately gloomy old house in which even the floral wallpaper seems to ooze menace, it even features a wicked stepmother. Young, icily beautiful Eun-joo (Yeom Jeong-ah) is hardly the cackling old hag of fairy tales, but she takes no less delight in torturing her stepdaughters. Kim effectively brings out the hidden terrors that children's imaginations can bring to ordinary domestic objects like wardrobes and sinks -- only in his film, some of those terrors are more than figments. Like fellow contemporary horror masters Hideo Nakata (The Ring) and M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense), Kim gets the goose bumps going with a constant feeling of creeping dread and finishes with a satisfyingly macabre plot twist. A Tale of Two Sisters never deviates from the age-old conventions of horror movies, but it hits its marks exceedingly well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2005
  • UPC: 807839001457
  • Source: PALISADES TARTAN FILMS
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lim Su-jung Su-mi
Yeom Jeong-ah Eun-joo
Kim Gab-su Mu-Hyun
Mun Geun-yeong Su-yeon
Technical Credits
Kim Jee-Woon Director, Screenwriter
Lee Byeong-woo Score Composer
Jo Geun-hyeon Production Designer
Oh Gi-min Producer
Go Im-pyo Editor
Oh Jeong-wan Producer
Lee Mo-gae Cinematographer
Ok Su-gyeong Costumes/Costume Designer
Lee Byung Woo Score Composer
Kim Yeong-cheol Co-producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An odd tale indeed...

    This movie is EXCEPTIONAL. It is not one of those slasher fliks that seem to overrun the horror sections in movie shops today. This story follows two sisters who just returned from a stay in a hospital because they were feeling sick. They are taken by their rather stoic father to a huge country manor and are given a rather cold and annoyed greeting by their step mother. It is around that point that it should be noted that these two girls are NEVER seperated. It seems one cannot exist without the other. Eventually, the whole atmosphere changes in this movie. As one scene is replayed over and over, everything begins to change. The step mother and older sister become more and more unstable, the father more silent. Things truly go downhill when it is belived that the step mom is abusing the younger sister. But one must remember that reality and imagination are almost entirely indistiguishable from one another at this point. Some people do not like this movie because they get turned away during the scene repetitions. but if you truly love a good thriller without a constant flow of blood, you will love this movie. Stick it out when you sit down to watch, and always pay attention. Something may come up that gives away the secrets, but you have to look carefully at all times. Happy watching!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Foreign Film!

    The movie Tale of Two Sisters (that was remade in the US as The Uninvited) follows 2 sisters as they are reunited after one of them returns from hospital stay after their mother died. The father has remarried and thus starts the twists and turns of this movie.

    Not a movie for someone who wants instant gratification. This movie has a slow burn that pays off in the end. It was remade in the US as the Uninvited but I highly recommend that you watch this first then watch the American version as the original has a better progression and is better written (though some things are lost in translation). Watch it with a friend as you will want to discuss this film afterwards!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good pick

    this tale of two sisters was great, real interesting and entertaining. guaranteed to keep you involved!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Tale of Two Sisters

    This is one memorable movie. That's a good horror movie on my list. Basically the story has this, a family, a house, and creepy ghosts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfect Psychological Thriller!

    A Tale of Two Sisters is one of my favourite movies. Wonderful direction, a terrifying, yet touching story of two sisters living with their father and stepmother. Great if you love slow-burning, twisty atmospheric thrillers! I wholeheartedly recommend this movie to any film fan. -mags

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