A Tale of Two Sisters (Deluxe Edition)
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- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great service. Fast delivery, great disc quality. I give a high recommendation.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
I ordered a used copy and was very happy. I have watched this movie over and over and have never been bored. Eerie but beautiful. I recommend this movie to everyone.Published 1 month ago by Shelby Nicole Swafford
I bought this together with Ringu and Shutter (the original). Boy that was a wild night!! Anyways... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Blake Dawson
This movie was AWESOME!!!!! I felt I needed to apologize to my neighbors for my screams! Glad I bought it. I'll be touting it out as a Halloween tradition from now on. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Miss Cinnamon Boots
. . . and one of the best movies, as well. I watch a wide variety of movies and shows, and I'm certainly not bound by any deep love of foreign films, so I'm not going to review... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Rosenberg
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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
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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
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OH MY GOD, I couldn't agree with you MORE! This is so well put too, you articulated my thoughts about this exactly.
Feb 22, 2009 by KoRmen | See all 9 posts
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