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Film Date :   June 13, 2003
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A Tale of Two Sisters

A Tale of Two Sisters - (English) TYPE4

A Tale of Two Sisters (장화, 홍련 Janghwa, Hongryeon literally 'Rose Flower, Red Lotus') is a 2003 South Korean psychological horror film by Kim Ji-woon. It is both the highest-grossing Korean horror film and the first to be screened in American theatres.

The film is inspired by a Joseon Dynasty folktale entitled "Janghwa Hongreyon-jon", which has been adapted to film several times. An American remake called The Uninvited starring Emily Browning and Arielle Kebbel as the sisters opened in 2009.

The movie begins with a girl named Su-Mi being brought to a psychiatrist by a nurse. The girl remains unresponsive despite the psychiatrist's questioning, until he shows her a picture of her and her family. She then looks contemplatively through the tangle of hair that obscures her face to the window.

Su-Mi is eventually brought home by her father (Moo-Hyeon) along with her timid sister, Su-Yeong, but instead of entering the house they spend the day at the wharf. When they do decide to come home, they are met by their difficult stepmother (Eun-Joo) who busies herself with dinner after they walk away from her.

At dinner, the atmosphere is tense and when the girls are informed their uncle is visiting the next day, Su-Mi leaves and Su-Yeong follows. Eun-Joo sits alone at the table, looking frustrated (and with the pills their father earlier left for her).

That night Su-Yeong awakens from her sleep to find somebody entering her room. She hides under the blanket, but it is pulled from her and she flees to her sister's room in terror. Su-Mi promises Su-Yeong that she will always be there for her, and they fall asleep.

Su-Mi awakens after a nightmare in which a female ghost emerged from her wardrobe and stood atop her bed to find that she and Su-Yeong have begun their period, as has her stepmother, on the very same day. The girls look at some old photos, which reveal to the audience that Eun-Joo was a nurse and a coworker of their father, who was a doctor. Su-Yeong sees scars on Su-Mi's and accuses Eun-Joo of mistreating her sister. They have an argument. Eun-Joo still hosts the dinner for which the uncle arrives.

During the supper, however, Eun-Joo acts strangely while everybody else sits in uncomfortable silence. When she begins to settle, the silence is shattered by the uncle's wife, who begins to choke and convulse on the floor.

After being medicated, the wife and uncle leave behind Eun-Joo and her husband. He quickly left for the bedroom, and she investigates under the sink. A mysterious hand reaches out to grab her arm. The father thinks that the stepmother is imagining things and gives her pills. She insists that strange events becomes frequent since Su-Mi and Su-Yeong returned. Her suspicions are only intensified after her pet bird is slain and found in Su-Yeong's bed. She goes into a rage and locks Su-Yeong in the wardrobe, and after Su-Yeong is freed the father asks Su-Mi why everything is going wrong....

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