A Tale of Two Sisters

June 13th, 2003


A Tale of Two Sisters

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A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 7.4/10 (21,082 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Director: Jee-woon Kim

Stars: Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Su-jeong Lim

Two sisters who, after spending time in a mental institution, return to the home of their father and cruel stepmother. Once there, in addition to dealing with their stepmother's obsessive and unbalanced ways, an interfering ghost also affects their recovery.

Kap-su Kim - Bae Moo-hyeon (Father)
Jung-ah Yum - Eun-joo (Stepmother)
Su-jeong Lim - Bae Soo-mi (Janghwa)
Geun-Young Moon - Bae Soo-yeon (Hongryeon)
Seung-bi Lee - Mi-hee

Taglines: Our sorrow was conceived long before our birth


Official Website: Official site [Italy] | Tartan Films [United States] |

Release Date: 13 June 2003

Filming Locations: Yusin-ri, Yureo-myeon, Boseong-gun, Jeollanamdo, South Korea

Technical Specs

Runtime: Korea:

Did You Know?

The movie is inspired by a famous Korean folk tale "Janghwa Heungryeonjeon."

Continuity: In the hospital scenes, there is no scar on the back of Su-mi's hand.

Eun-ju: Do know what's really scary? You want to forget something. Totally wipe it off your mind. But you never can. It can't go away, you see. And... and it follows you around like a ghost.

User Review

Psychological Thriller, Horror, and Drama, all at their best

Rating: 10/10

'A Tale of Two Sisters', or 'Janghwa, Hongryeon', is a true masterpiece. Brilliant psychological thriller, heart-wrenching drama, and gripping horror all wrapped up in one beautifully orchestrated package. From the intricate plot, to the beautiful cinematography, to the absolutely perfect casting, every aspect of this film is extraordinary.

For fear of revealing too much concerning the plot, I will just say it is very satisfying. While it may appear to be a little difficult to understand at first, it does a good job of explaining things in the end. And whether you prefer psychological thriller, drama, or horror, I promise you will not be disappointed.

From a technical standpoint, its nearly flawless. The set, the cinematography, lighting, and especially the soundtrack, all are captivating. The waltz seemed an odd choice at first, but proved to be an ingenious choice.

As for the casting, we're talking absolute perfection. I'm Su-jeong is totally convincing as the defiant, yet troubled Su-mi. Mun Keun- yeong is equally convincing as her emotionally traumatized sister Su-yeon. These two girls were magical on the screen. I will certainly be looking into their other films. Yeom Jeong-ah is deceitfully cheerful and hauntingly evil as the stepmother. Finally, Kap-su Kim gives an excellent performance as the weary, broken father.

I truly love this film. If you have yet to see 'A Tale Of Two Sisters', I strongly recommend locating a copy. It is a real gem, worthy of anyone's collection.



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