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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May 1, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
It knocked me out of my socks and for good this time! It's not your usual scary movie, however I'll warn you that you're in it for some toss 'n turns, confusion, and unexpected scenes. This film isn't a film to be watched only once. In order to comprehend it well, it must be watched for a second time. Pay close attention to clues, scene details, and make sure you know how read more to connect the scenes together in order to unravel the actual storyline.

By the time the end arrives, your brain will result in confusion, however you'll find the film hits a full circle. You'll know this when you see it!

Storyline: Mysterious, dark, and disturbing. The house well sets the setting of the story with its old style furniture and flowery wallpaper.

Acting/Cast: Remarkable applause to the acting of the stepmother. Very convincing! The sisters' relationship is well portrayed. The father adds the extra which he is quite significant.

Music: The OST fits smoothly with certain parts of the story and well done with the spooky and horrific effects!

Since I never watched 'The Uninvited', this is my first horror film done by the South Koreans and I believe the original are always the best! If you're a true horror fan and enjoy stories with a psychological twist, take this movie for a whirlwind ride...
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    Revalina Mariana May 22, 2017

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    ran Apr 19, 2017 - edited

    can someone pls give me the horror warning? like how horror was this? feel free to set your reply as spoiler

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      Karinsil May 1, 2017

      If it's not too late, I found it quite scary sometimes. There are a few jump scares and some unpleasant visuals. But after watching till the end, it wasn't so scary anymore. The movie has a huge plot twist which, in my opinion, makes the happenings less scary. If you are not used to a bit of horror then it might be scary to watch :P

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      ran May 4, 2017

      thank you sm! i've yet to watch this bc i'm kinda scared! i won't watch this alone, then

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      Karinsil May 4, 2017

      np~ It's a good movie though :D

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    claudya87 Apr 13, 2017

    In my mind Moon Geun Young was a good actress..until she fell from grace with some of her acting/series. This movie is not bad per se but not really excellent either. I didn't like it but that's just me.

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    Nagelfar Dec 7, 2016
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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 - edited

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

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      PriRiRin May 12, 2017

      Dropped it half a way. It was too slow for me and I only got like one or two scary scenes.

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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 - edited

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

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      Yume Nov 5, 2016

      What is the american remake called?

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      Masterbator Jul 15, 2017

      In case you haven't found out yet, it's called 'The Uninvited'

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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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      apple Jun 30, 2014
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  • Country:

    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    Jun 13, 2003
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 55 min.


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    7.6 (scored by 2,473 users)
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