Janghwa, Hongryeon (A Tale of Two Sisters)
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This supernatural horror film from Kim Jee-woon is inspired by the ancient Korean folktale "Jangha and Hongryun." Set in an isolated lakeside house, it begins with two young girls, Su-mi (Im Su-jung) and Su-yeon (Mun Geun-yeong), returning home after a period of hospitalization following the death of their mother. In the meantime, their father Mu-Hyun (Kim Gab-su) has married Eun-joo (Yeom Jeong-ah), whom the girls obviously despise. Strange, violent visions begin to disturb Su-mi and she becomes convinced that Eun-joo is keeping a dark secret from the family. The American remake… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"The atmosphere of mounting dread is matched by just-right performances, design and camerawork."
‑ , Time Out
"The gorgeous slow-moving cinematography by Lee Mogae is remarkable."
‑ John Terauds, Toronto Star
"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
"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
"...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
"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
"Ji-woon Kim may be the Korean David Lynch and his juxtaposition of seemingly innocent and suddenly searing situations is marvelously unnerving, as are the constantly shifting personalities of most of his characters."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"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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