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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manicmuse
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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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moriiroozu
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Sep 7, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
As a huge horror fan, the deep realistic portrayal of how terrifying human beings' minds can be makes psychological horrors my very favourite horror typed genre to watch.

I had very high expectations for this movie and it did indeed tick all the right boxes! This movie is so well written, directed, set and acted - from the eerie music to dark surroundings, this movie has no faults whatsoever. The history and read more youth of this film is such a brilliant visual education factor. And the story is so well explained and acted that it is, without a doubt, a must watch!
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    AmyLovesDramas 27 days ago

    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

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

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      Drinds Nov 21, 2013
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      kubra135 Nov 23, 2013

      thank you ^^

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      apple_pendragon 22 days ago
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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 15, 2013
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    Mcrew05 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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    wind Feb 1, 2013

    I felt like I was watching 10 movies in the seam time ..
    it was so confusing , really weird movie ..
    I give't 7/10

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    bokami Dec 16, 2012

    i've watched almost all available horror movies that i know since this genre always interest me but often end up disappointed because of their brain dead cliche storyline and only focus on cheap scares or gores...but ATOTS has the most complex storyline in any horror that grace on my face with the highest replayability. The problem is....this was more of a family drama than a boo scare horror flick

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    Joowonholic Dec 12, 2012

    I dont hate this but dont like it either. Im a fan of horror movies but this one let me down. I wont recommend it to someone who'd watched several top rated horror films. you'll just end up dissapointed and pissed like me.

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    hyeongy Jul 15, 2012

    Really like this movie, and it's also the first Korean media I ever watched. It is pretty confusing so I don't think it's that easy to appreciate the first time round. I think it's better to watch it, go read a summary and then watch it again. It's not really "scary" so much as psychological and very impactful.

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  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Movie
  • Release Date:

    Jun 13, 2003
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 55 min.

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