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A Tale of Two Sisters (Deluxe Edition) (2004)

Kap-su Kim , Jung-ah Yum , Kim Jee-woon  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Su-jeong Lim, Geun-Young Moon, Seung-bi Lee
  • Directors: Kim Jee-woon
  • Writers: Kim Jee-woon
  • Producers: Jae-Won Choi, Jeong-wan Oh, Jung-Wan Oh, Ki-min Oh
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Korean (Dolby Digital 5.1), Korean (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007M2374
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,173 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Tale of Two Sisters (Deluxe Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc 1:
  • Feature Film
  • Commentary with director, cinematographer and lighting director and stars
  • Hidden Feature: A Letter from Su-yeon
  • Disc 2:
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Cast Interviews
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Post Production Documentaries
  • To The Viewer - Director's Analysis
  • Psychiatrist's Perspective
  • Hidden Feature: A Letter from Su-mi
  • Photo Gallery

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Two young sisters recovering from an unnamed trauma must face a mysterious past in this excellent South Korean shocker. A worldwide hit upon its release and based on an old Korean fairy tale; two sisters (wonderfully played by Su-jeong Lim and Geun-yeong Mun) come to live with their cold and distant father and turn-on-a-dime stepmother in a house where nothing is as it seems. A wonderfully haunting score, starkly beautiful imagery, and a labyrinthine plot that twists and turns at every dark corner all set the stage for a riveting and often terrifying guessing game of a movie. Equal parts drama, mystery, and ghost story, A Tale of Two Sisters is a richly complex and challenging cinematic treat that may very well demand repeat viewings. --Matt Wold

Product Description

Something strange is happening when Su-mi and her younger sister, Su-yeon, come home to their fathers large but dark and somewhat foreboding house after a stay in the hospital. Their dad is taciturn and burdened, and their stepmother, Eun-joo, greets them with forced enthusiasm and more than a little sense of irritation. But thats nothing compared to what happens when bedtime rolls around. Stylish and shocking, this visually arresting tale of family secrets and uncertain realities is based on a traditional Korean folktale. Guaranteed to have you gasping for breath with each successive scare. 2 disc set features over 2 hours of bonus footage.

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143 of 153 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Horror Film with Genuine Human Drama. April 20, 2005
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"A Tale of Two Sisters" is a rarity among horror films that combines genuine human drama with spookiness. And it goes one better in presenting the audience with a multi-layered mystery that reveals itself gradually. Teenaged Su-mi (Im Su-jeong) and her younger sister Su-yeon (Moon Geun-yeong) return home to their father and stepmother after a stay at a mental hospital. Su-mi is outspoken, resentful of her stepmother, and always protective of the more reserved Su-yeon. Shortly after the girls arrive, strange things begin to happen around the house. Su-mi is plagued by horrific nightmares that may or may not be real. Objects seem to replicate themselves. Images of people appear and disappear. Their stepmother (Yeom Jeong-ah) blames the girls and then the house. Su-mi blames her stepmother. Their father (Kim Kab-su) blames everyone's inability to adjust to their new circumstances. Events from the past which are alluded to but never explained may hold the answer. Or is an otherworldly presence at work?

It's not surprising that "A Tale of Two Sisters" owes much of its success to its credibility. The relationships of these people - the resentful and protective older sister, the concerned but frustrated father, the cold and jealous stepmother- are in the forefront of the narrative, not secondary to the horror. Deep-seated emotions drive the characters, not fear. Unlike most horror or mystery films, we understand less of what's going on than the characters do. Writer/director Kim Ji-woon keeps the audience in the dark until nearly the end of the film. Since these are credible characters, we want to understand what's happening to them, and that sustains our interest. Layers of the mystery are peeled away gradually, revealing a genuine human tragedy with horrific implications.
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72 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I will never let this happen again." September 5, 2005
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Two sisters Su-Mi and Su-Yeon return to their home after a period of convalescence after the death of their mother. Their father awaits them with his new bride - Eun-joo, once a nurse on the father's staff. Su-Mi is intensely angry with both her father and her new stepmother, and from this broken relationship, the film moves forward. But this quickly turns into far more than a wicked stepmother film.

Bit by bit director Ji-woon Kim makes it apparent that there is something deeply wrong. Bad dreams turn into bad reality and back again as viewers learn not to trust the evidence of their eyes. Kim uses a lot of sudden inserts that will have you hitting the pause and step buttons repeatedly, but to no avail. It is a wicked woman, an insane girl, or a haunted house that lies at the dark center of this bleak tale?

This is not so much a horror story as dark tale of characters in search of a resolution - one that uses horror as its metaphor. Gestures and glances leave no doubt in anyone's mind that behind the characters words lies a secret that divides them onto separate parts. Only the two young girls seem to find solace together, but their quiet moments are continually disturbed by their step-mother, who seems mad as a hatter. But, as you can probably tell now from this review, almost nothing is as it seems.

The direction really is brilliant. Careful use of color and shadow make their rural home into a haunted gothic mansion. Memories, not ghosts though, are the lurkers in the shadow, and it is up to the viewer to try to find the real thread in a truly layered plot. Images, especially the use of hair and facial profiles contribute to the double meanings. The acting is also excellent, a far cry from the what we're used to in oriental horror. Having watched Ringu recently I can honestly say that this is the better film.

Have somebody with you when you watch this film. You will want the company before this is over.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt human tragedy and the madness that ensues June 19, 2005
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First impressions should not always be taken as par for the course. That’s the lesson I’ve learned after my second viewing of this Korean film. While impressed at the technical wizardry of director Ji-woon Kim, his film still left me with a sour taste in my mouth after the initial viewing. “A tale of two sisters” is one of those films that has a major twist in the plot that makes you rethink the entire events you’ve previously seen. If done right this technique can be a clever move, however it seems to have been done to death in the thrillers of the past 5 years or so. As soon as the credits rolled a strange combination of feeling dumb and disappointed hit me and I felt like I’d missed the whole point of the movie. But although dismayed once the credit rolled I still could not get this film out of my head. The very next day I decided to give it another viewing and I’m glad I did. All of a sudden, key pieces of dialogue revealed themselves to be much more important than previously thought and actions that were once confusing suddenly made a lot more sense. This is a film that commands a second viewing to be fully appreciated. Trust me on this one.

Sisters Su-mi (the older and strong-willed sister) and Su-yeon (the younger and more timid one) return to their father’s home, a large rural and gothic house, after being away at the hospital due to extended and unspecified illnesses. Almost immediately after arriving, their shallow, condescending stepmother is on their case accusing and criticizing them for an assortment of things like not cleaning their rooms, being messy, supposedly being rude, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great suspense movie!
This seemed like a great suspense movie.😀 I've seen quite a lot of Korean movies. This one sayid it all.
Published 1 month ago by J. Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars SUSPENSEFUL
I BOUGHT THIS FOR MY SON AND HE LOVED IT. I WATCHED ITWITH HIM AND ENJOYED IT AS WELL. WOULDN; CLASSIFY THIS IN THE HORROR GENRE, IT IS MORE OF A SUSPENSE FEATURE.
Published 5 months ago by DELILAH
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a real horror movie, but an interesting movie still
As mentioned, not a real horror movie- but its more about the story of 2 sisters. It might be a bit confusing the first time, but either look it up and watch it again to really... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Two Sisters
Now this film is a keeper! A great Korean horror creeper for fans of Asian horror like myself! This film has a great story as well as many creepy scenes that stick with you long... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Valerie Cheseborough
1.0 out of 5 stars A tale of two sisters
This movie was strange, confusing, boring, and most of all NOT scary. My whole family and I watched this last Halloween and were very disappointed especially based on the rave... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kelly L McNamee
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well made
A Tale Of Two Sisters is a South Korean psychological horror film. It is inspired by a folktale called ''Janghwa, Hongryeon''. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Fuwwyfootpaws
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story
The story is wicked good but I can only give three stars for the aggravation the subtitles gave me. I usually don't mind subtitles, but Asian subtitles seem....odd.. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Anne Carandini
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This is by far my favorite Asian horror flick. I was very pleased to find it at such a low price!
Published 12 months ago by Amy U
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't get this unless you have a region-free blu-ray player
It's Region B (or 2, I don't remember) and won't work on American players. However, it is a great movie, my 2nd favorite Asian movie.
Published 12 months ago by Patrick Saunsaucie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful way to delve into the human mind
This was a slow-paced, 2 hour movie that provided a very tricky plot.
A story about a haunted house turns into a story about a young girls dissociation while coping with the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Unitas31
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A Tale of Two Sisters Questions......
I would suggest going to the board for this film at IMDb and reading opiemar's EXCELLENT explanation of all the confusing points. A worthy read.
Oct 13, 2008 by S. Radler |  See all 2 posts
2-disc special edition... subtitles?
Yes, everything is nicely subtitled, including the interviews, commentaries, and the two special "letters" from the two sisters.

It's a beautiful package!
May 21, 2008 by Thomas G. Morrison |  See all 2 posts
Tale of Two Sisters American Remake
OH MY GOD, I couldn't agree with you MORE! This is so well put too, you articulated my thoughts about this exactly.
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