Following the death of their mother, sisters Su-mi and Su-yeon are sent to convalesce in a mental hospital. When they are released, they are greeted by their father and taken home. Once there, it becomes obvious that this isn't the wholesome family unit that the girls' new step mother wishes it was. On their first night home disturbing and seemingly unexplainable events - footsteps on the stairs, doors opening of their own accord - begin to occur, and strange hallucinations plague the family. It soon becomes impossible to tell whether it is the sisters' unstable mental health, the cruel mind games played by the step mother, or the dark presence of a supernatural force which is at work within the house.
An outstanding piece of psychological horror.
- A Tale of Two Sisters review by CP Customer
Without giving too much of the plot away, 'A Tale Of Two Sisters' revolves around two young sisters, Soo-Mi and Soo-yeon, who after the death of their mother are sent to a mental institution. On their return home their father awaits with his new bride Eun-joo, at first their new stepmother warmly greets them into their new home, but soon her feelings turn to irritation and hostility. Overall, this is one of those horror films which has few scares but instead grips you in sustained feelings of dread and anxiety. The whole film is absolutely spellbinding, with sunning direction, cinematography, great acting and a superb twist in the tale. If you're a fan of Asian cinema then this is definitely a must see.
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Creepy horror story lacks punch
- A Tale of Two Sisters review by Alphaville
A modern take on a traditional Korean fairy-tale, Kim Jee-woon’s third (2003) feature is as gorgeously filmed as you’d expect from the visually imaginative director. It’s also something of a slow-moving tour de force. As a horror story it never really gets going. Most viewers will find it a long drawn-out affair, long on creepy atmosphere but short on incident. There’s a brilliant reveal after 75min but you may not care by then. A disappointing watch.
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I Can Only Endorse Alphaville's Critique.
- A Tale of Two Sisters review by Cato
Some pretty nasty horror bits, but a very OTT story. I must admit that the girls acted extremely well, and that the sounds were extremely atmospheric. I must say though, that I didn't really care how the story ended.
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Utterly confusing to me
- A Tale of Two Sisters review by WA
First off I'm a massive fan of Souht Korean cinema and Kim Jee-woon movies. But this one just leaves me cold. I've watched it twice now, and the second viewing even knowing what's coming still baffles me with how events turn out. Technically a masterpiece, but terribly slow and ponderous, guess I'm just not smart enough to appreciate the plot twists. Consequently, I can't recommend this for anything other than amazing camera angles and impressive production and direction.