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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May 14, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
Wow.. where to begin. At the beginning, i admit, i was a little bored because i thought the scenes were quite meaningless. But just wait until the end. During the movie, for your first time watching it it's a given you will be confused. I recommend rewatching it again, or be like me and search online for explanations to the movie. There is some great explanations online that will be able to read more explain the whole movie, even on why they show the doctor is washing his hands at the beginning.
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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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    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

    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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    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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    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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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    Jun 13, 2003
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 55 min.


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