Korean Horror: A Tale of Two Sisters (35mm)

A Tale of Two Sisters

South Korea | 2003 | 114 min. | Kim Jee-woon

October 8, 2023

Korean Horror Film Talk & Screening Series

A young girl returns home with her sister after being released from a psychiatric hospital, but disturbing events surrounding their stepmother hint at something haunting their family. Presented on 35mm.

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After undergoing treatment for shock and psychosis at a psychiatric hospital, teen girl Su-mi is relieved to return home to her younger sister, Su-yeon. But their happy reunion is short-lived, as soon after, Su-mi begins having bizarre visions that seem to revolve around their suspiciously cold stepmother. Who—or what—is haunting their home? Though adapted from a Korean folktale, A Tale of Two Sisters found global popularity as the one of the first Korean films to receive a wide US/UK theatrical and DVD release. A true classic, its gothic, psychological, tragic, and ambiguous frights would define Korean horror for a generation of filmmakers and audiences.

Content Advisory: Depiction of suicide, psychological terror, ghosts, blood, jump scares.

  • Director: Kim Jee-woon
  • Principal Cast: Lim Soo-jung, Yum Jung-ah, Kim Kap-su, Moon Geun-young, Mi-hyeon Park
  • Country: South Korea
  • Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 114 min.
  • Producer: Jeong-wan Oh, Ki-min Oh
  • Screenplay: Kim Jee-woon
  • Cinematographers: Mo-gae Lee
  • Editors: Im-Pyo Ko, Hyeon-mi Lee
  • Language: Korean
  • Format: 35mm