Entertainment Weekly - 04/15/2005
"Beautifully shot and disturbingly oblique, TALE has twists, turns, and a moody presence more unnerving than any mere ghost..."
Based on a Korean folk tale, A TALE OF TWO SISTERS is a highly acclaimed horror film from director Ji-woon Kim. The film delicately balances a slow, building atmosphere of dread with sudden horrific shocks through stately, handsome cinematography and a suitably spooky musical score. Soo-mi (Su-jeong Lim) and Soo-yeon (Geun-yeong Mun) are sisters, released after a spell in a mental hospital to return to their father's gothic mansion. Once home, they meet their new stepmother (Jung-ah Yum), who they mistrust and suspect of some vague wrongdoing. Around the same time, perhaps uncoincidentally, a series of strange events begin to occur, apparently the work of a poltergeist. Already struggling with the presence of their new stepmother, the ghostly actions threaten to destabilize the girls' fragile mental states. A TALE OF TWO SISTERS joins RINGU and JU-ON in the cycle of films rejuvenating Asian horror.