A Tale of Two Sisters (Janghwa, Hongryeon)
Release year: 2003
Director: Jee-woon Kim
Starring: Soo-jung Lim, Geun-young Moon, Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Woo Ki-Hong, Dae-yeon Lee, Seung-bi Lee
After spending time in a mental hospital following the tragic death of their mother, two sisters (Lim and Moon) return home to their father (Kim) and his new wife (Yum). But the very first night strange things starts occurring making the family wonder if a ghost has followed the girls into the house.
This critically acclaimed Korean horror movie inspired by the folktale ‘Janghwa Hongryeon jeon’ is both he highest grossing Korean horror film as well as the first of its kind to be screened in American theatres. The movie is a slow burner but the beautifully shot movie leaves you plenty to watch along the buildup. Stunning nature, delicate shots of the cast and an amazing colourful house as background makes this as pretty for the eyes as the story is disturbing for your soul. It begins so quietly. Shots linger a bit too long, making you feel unsure and the characters react so strangely to each other, that the sense something isn’t right is constantly growing. This isn’t your usually bloody horror flick but more a psychological horror creeping its way through the running time and as it works best with the surprises intact, let it stay with this: you feel like you have no idea what is going on and you end discovering you had no idea what was going on. Perfect for anyone looking for a different kind of horror than the average slasher film.
The movies were remade in the American movie The Uninvited (2009).
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