Janghwa, Hongryeon (A Tale of Two Sisters)
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South Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-Woon directs the psychological thriller Janghwa, Hongryeon (A Tale of Two Sisters), loosely based on an oft-filmed Korean folktale. Following the suicide of his wife, Mu-Hyun (Kim Gab-su) takes his two daughters out of hospitalization to stay in a remote country home with their stepmother, Eun-joo (Yeom Jeong-ah). Elder sister Su-mi (Im Su-Jung) is mean to her stepmother, while younger sister Su-yeon (Mun Geun-Yeong) is mostly silent. After a series of creepy disturbances, Eun-joo locks Su-yeon in the closet, which enrages Su-mi even more. When Mu-Hyun goes into… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The atmosphere of mounting dread is matched by just-right performances, design and camerawork."
‑ , Time Out
"It may not be a pretty picture, but A Tale of Two Sisters is definitely a satisfying piece of less-is-more cinematic horror."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"How much you appreciate the film will largely depend on how effective you feel its big revelation is."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Kim Ji-woon's psychological skin-chiller painstakingly teases apart the traumas that bind a widower, his teen daughters... and his high-strung second wife in a suffocating web of guilt, suspicion and fear. The American remake, The Uninvited (2009), pales"
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Miss FlickChick
"Despite its third-act problems, A Tale of Two Sisters easily passes the scare test."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"The film feels haunted by the relationship between Im and Moon, who cling to each other in the face of a hostile hostess, even though that may not be their best option."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"The gorgeous slow-moving cinematography by Lee Mogae is remarkable."
‑ John Terauds, Toronto Star
"...boasts a suffocating atmosphere and a disjointed storyline that turns the screws on your nerves while leaving you to puzzle over the plot"
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Kim Jee-Woon's serious approach has its merits, but it also creates some problems that mar, without ruining, the film's effectiveness."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"This is a carefully structured film about grief and guilt, as well as horror. They don't resolve every disturbing moment or confusing element: they leave some questions hauntingly unanswered."
‑ Philippa Hawker, Sydney Morning Herald
"There's a reason why Hollywood has been so busy in recent years remaking Asian horror movies. Scare for scare, they're generally better."
‑ Renee Graham, Boston Globe
"The film seems unnecessarily vague on a rational level, but it's spot-on as a psychological study of a twinlike sibling relationship, and the ways in which memory can suppress trauma and soothe a mourning soul."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"It's truly a masterpiece in the end."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A very tasty exercise in supernatural and psychological horror."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"I like what it's trying to do -- use a ghost story surface to tell a tale of guilt, blame, and madness -- but was disappointed in the conventional tactics it used."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
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