Okay, so maybe the one that stands out is the brilliant Whispering Corridors and everything else is either mediocre or just okay. Personally, I think Nightmare is a pretty good scare. But I digress. Sadly, up until recently it was considered that both Korea and Hong Kong were lagging behind in the genre: Korea still has yet to really stake their claim on the horror market, unlike the HK crossover hit The Eye. They still don't have the instant classic that Japan has with Ring , despite trying very hard with films like Wishing Stairs , The Uninvited , and more recently Acacia.
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Certainly those recent releases showed a marked improvement, after the almost purely derivative teen-chiller Phone stirred up renewed interest among Korean filmmakers and cineastes. Up until now, something was still oddly missing from all these films, which failed to make them stick in an audience's memory: too much emphasis was given to elements borrowed awkwardly from popular Japanese horror flicks, with nothing much original added along the line.
Okay, maybe calling it brilliant is an overstatement, but for me, this is a film the likes of which I have never seen before. Essentially a drama, with horrifying menace thrown in for good measure — not to mention a mind-boggling mystery — A Tale of Two Sisters not only succeeds in scaring you, but at the same time reaches to some deep-seated longing or loneliness in your heart.
This movie positively demands that the viewer immerses themselves emotionally in the melancholy and tense air of dread of the tale. Violent and unnerving, at the same time beautiful and touching, this is perhaps a horror movie unlike any other. It follows you around like a ghost. In a stark white hospital room, a doctor speaks to one of his patients - a young girl whose hair obscures her face.
She is questioned about a seemingly violent incident that happened to her and her family. She replies only with silence. The doctor continues to probe her with questions…. In another time frame, a car travels down a provincial road on its way to an old, yet well-taken care of house. A man steps out of the car, the father of two girls. And here we meet the two sisters of our story - Bae Su-mi played exquisitely by Lim Su-jeong , the elder sister, and Bae Su-yeon, the younger Moon Geun-yeong , come home to live after a stay at a hospital to "get well".
Once the girls arrive, evil stepmother Eun-joo Yum Jung-ah, last seen in Tell Me Something is all sweet and accommodating and motherly, much to the chagrin of the girls. At dinner, tension and rivalry are rampant The turn of events is not a happy one: in fact, the girls' father, Bae Moo-hyeon Kim Kap-su has to give two pills to Eun-joo after the meal. Later that night, strange things start happening in the house. Su-yeon experiences creaking floorboards, doors opening by themselves, hands appearing out of nowhere Su-mi investigates, and finds her father asleep on the couch instead of in bed with Eun-joo.
Su-mi fixes his blanket, only to be interrupted by Eun-joo, and the conversation turns into a massive argument between the two. Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! IMDb More. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Full Cast and Crew. Release Dates.
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Su-mi's father arrives to find an injured Su-mi lying unconscious. It is ultimately revealed that Su-mi and her father were alone in the house the entire time. The characters of Su-yeon and Eun-joo were manifestations of Su-mi's dissociative identity disorder. Throughout the film, Su-mi simultaneously switched personalities, acting as herself and Eun-joo.
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She hallucinated Su-yeon as a result of not being able to accept her death. In her "Eun-joo" mode, Su-mi imagined scenarios where she impersonates Eun-joo "abusing Su-yeon" but in reality injures herself to act out these situations. The bloodied sack simply contains a porcelain doll. The father and the real Eun-joo, a much different woman from the imaginary version, send Su-mi back to the mental institution. That night, Eun-joo hears footsteps in Su-yeon's old bedroom.
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Simultaneously, Su-mi hears a mysterious whistling and recognizes it as Su-yeon, which is in stark contrast to her delusion of Su-yeon, who was unable to whistle. Eun-joo enters the room to investigate and the real ghost of Su-yeon crawls out of the closet. It is implied that Eun-joo is killed by Su-yeon, who finally gets her revenge.
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Su-mi smiles, appearing to have finally found peace. Flashbacks reveal the day that led Su-mi to be institutionalized. Her father and Eun-joo, who was still the nurse of Su-mi and Su-yeon's mother at the time, arrive home, engaged to be married. This causes both sisters to become extremely upset. Su-yeon discovers that their real mother hanged herself in Su-yeon's closet, depressed by the engagement.
Su-yeon attempts to revive her mother, causing the closet to collapse on top of her and slowly crush her to death. Eun-joo decides to help the dying Su-yeon but encounters Su-mi, who engages in a heated confrontation with her. Angry, Eun-joo decides to leave Su-yeon to die and reminds Su-mi that she'll "regret this moment" as Su-mi leaves the house, unaware of both her sister and her mother's conditions. The film is loosely based on a popular Korean fairy tale " Janghwa Hongryeon jeon " which has been adapted into film versions in , , , , , and In the film, they are Su-mi and Su-yeon though the names still hold the meaning, Rose and Lotus.
Kim Jee-woon originally wanted Jun Ji-hyun to play Su-mi, but she refused the role because she thought the script was too scary.