Release date in South Korea : 2003/06/13
Genre : Fear
Duration : 115min
Director : Kim Ji-woon
Cast : Im Soo-jeong, Yeom Jeong-ah, Kim Kap-soo, Moon Geun-yeong, Park Mi-hyeon, Woo Gi-hong.
Brief Synopsis :
A Tale of Two Sisters (Janghwa, Hongryeon literally 'Rose Flower, Red Lotus' ) is a 2003 South Korean psychological horror film by Kim Ji-woon. The film is inspired by a Joseon Dynasty folktale entitled "Janghwa Hongreyon-jon", which has been adapted to film several times.
A Tale of Two Sisters won Best Picture at the 2004 International Fantasy Film Awards (Fantasporto). It is both the highest-grossing Korean horror film and the first to be screened in American theatres. It grossed $72,541 in the US. An American remake called The Uninvited starring Emily Browning and Arielle Kebbel as the sisters opened in 2009.
Eun-joo, the stepmother, welcomes two sisters who come back home after recovering their health, but Su-mi, the elder sister, intentionally avoids her and Su-yeon, the younger sister, shows a smack of fear for her stepmother. On their first night, Su-yeon sneaks in Su-mi's room confessing there is someone in her room and Su-mi sees a ghost of her late mother who hung herself in Su-yeon's closet. Strange things begin to happen since then; a ghost haunts the house and stepmother's birds are poisoned to death. Assuming Su-yeon is behind the inauspicious incidents, the stepmother locks her in the closet, and when Su-mi learns about the cruel punishment, conflict between the stepmother and two sisters gets bitter than ever.
One day, Mu-hyun, the father goes to town and Su-mi finds there is no sign of her younger sister, Su-yeon and Su-mi sports Eun-joo dragging a big bag through the dark corridor leaving bloody stains behind her. Su-mi follows bloody trace of the bag and she confronts with Eun-joo on her way of tracking. They starts to fight vehemently and Su-mi falls down struck by Eun-joo in the end. A while later, Mu-hyun comes back to the house and founds Su-mi fallen on the floor alone and enraged Mu-hyun exclaims that Su-yeon was already dead. His exclamation awakes a series of memories and hidden secrets buried deep inside of Su-mi.