A Tale of Two Sisters

A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

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Su Mi and Su Yeon return home after an extended illness and hospital stay. Things have not been the same since their mother passed away. Their return is welcomed by Eun Joo, their stepmother. It's evident that Su Mi, the older and stronger of the two, isn't afraid to speak her mind when it comes to their family troubles. Su Yeon is more timid and wary of their stepmother and looks to read moreSu-mi for help. Continually picked on and harassed by their stepmother, the two have no choice but to endure the relationship for their father's sake. Su Mi promises Su Yeon that she will never let their stepmother beat them again. Unexplainable things start to occur at the house. Something has changed, no one knows what it is, but the sisters can feel it. On their first night back, Su Yeon hears someone running up the stairs, opening her door, and walking up to her bed. As soon as she pulls the covers over her head, they are pulled right off, yet no one is around. Could it be their stepmother trying to torment them? Or could it be that there's something more sinister at work, a supernatural force in the houses that wants to drive everyone away?

  • Native title:

    장화, 홍련
  • Also Known as:

    Janghwa, Hongryeon

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Feb 2, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
This is one of my favorite movies. I watched it expecting just another scary ghost story, but it turned out to be much more original than that. This story unfolds so well that I immediately wanted to rewatch it, and catch all the things I missed the first time. I will admit that the story can be a little confusing at times, and some scenes are very abstract/surreal, but by the end read more it all comes together brilliantly.

Im Soo Jung is really great as Su mi, and I loved the tension between her and Yeom Jeong-ah, and her sweet relationship with Moon Geun Young.

The cinematography is absolutely beautiful.

The music by Lee Byung Woo has become of one of my all time favorite musical pieces from a film. I just had to have the soundtrack, and it didn't matter that it was mostly different variations of the same awesome song.

Acting-Story-Music-Visually... This movie impressed me all around.

There was a remake made of this film called "The Uninvited", but the story was completely revamped. Though the remake was entertaining, it doesn't come close to this version.

I absolutely recommend this movie! I bought it, and have rewatched it many times.
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Jul 23, 2011
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
This movie is exceptional in part by its history and another by its cast.

The mystery is here until the end and leave a print in doubt even after completion.

The atmosphere created by the decor is impressive, stressful and disturbing, as well as the soundtrack that fits perfectly with the situations.

The acting is particularly striking, especially stepmother's one.

Emotions, thrills and bursts guaranteed.
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    Heathenkitties Jan 4, 2016

    It was okay; don't think I'd watch it again.

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    haitakaz Oct 31, 2015 - edited

    I think this movie was ok, but it's overrated

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      irish Dec 1, 2015

      I agrree. Having said that I did give it 7/10, but from the reviews I read, I was expecting to give it at least an 8.

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      haitakaz Dec 2, 2015

      Yeah I expected that too, but I gave it a weak 6

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      irish Dec 2, 2015

      I have a feeling that I actually liked it quite better than you. For me a 6 would be the same as giving it 3 stars or good.

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    mszither Oct 26, 2015

    bored................................................... T_T

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    GruviaGale Jul 15, 2015

    I was in the middle of the movie when I realized that I had seen the American version a long time before. I have to admit that the first 20 minutes are kinda boring, better said slow, the rest of the movie rewards it with the suspense but, it becomes confusing in the moment while revealing the truth, that could be the reason why I liked (?) the American version, because It was easy to understand. Though, I like more when a movie leaves me thinking after completed it.

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    AmyLovesDramas Jun 25, 2014

    This one had me thinking... pretty good, but definitely not the best horror movie I have seen.

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    Lizzie888 Feb 21, 2014

    it's overrated

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    rainecat Oct 26, 2013

    I regret that I'd unintentionally seen the American remake before this one. :(

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    gemmalynn Aug 28, 2013

    Is it scary?I'm planning to watch it,but I have mixed feelings about it.

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      Byancha Aug 30, 2013

      It's not scary, but it is kind of sad. Good movie though!!! You should watch to see for yourself.

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      gemmalynn Aug 31, 2013

      okay,thank you! :)

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      Byancha Aug 31, 2013

      Your welcome, any time! ;)

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    charyto May 26, 2013

    Hi! Where can I watch it?

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    crizbiii Apr 3, 2013

    The end just blew me away! It was an amazing movie!

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    kubra135 Apr 1, 2013 - edited

    it was a really confusing story. i didn't understand it.

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      Jessica Nov 21, 2013
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      kubra135 Nov 23, 2013

      thank you ^^

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    Bladey Mar 22, 2013

    a clever film, that actually makes you do a little thinking. it certainly needs to be watched in a more focused manner, especally if you come to the movie without being spoiled what it is actually about. If you know what the theme is before watching it, you know what to look out for Camerawork is actually quite useful in helping decipher some things. Def one of my favourite films.

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    chanqsun Feb 25, 2013

    i saw a movie just like this here in america, i forgot the name but it was pretty much the same. and i was honestly bored. prbly since i saw it alrdy...

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      dinnydcrips Feb 28, 2013

      is it The uninvited (emily browning)? i've watched the movie, is it really the same?

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      chanqsun Mar 1, 2013

      to me? yeah...not better...not worse. quite the same.

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    jacqueline Feb 16, 2013
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    LittleBozSheep Feb 4, 2013

    I watched the American version of this a few years ago before I discovered A-Movies, so I decided to watch this as my first Korean Horror as “what’s the harm I’ve seen this plot before so it can’t be that scary” ……. Wow I was wrong, this was soo much better than the American Version,
    However if you are looking for a Jumpy/scary kind of horror then I would suggest not watching this as it’s more of a psychological horror.

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      romnin18 Feb 20, 2013

      I think the american version more scary than this one


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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    Jun 13, 2003
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 55 min.


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