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A Tale of Two Sisters
Directed by Kim Jee-woon • 2003 • South Korea
Starring Kim Kap-su, Yum Jung-ah, Lim Soo-jung
Inspired by a popular Korean folktale, Kim Jee-woon’s dreamily disturbing, spectrally beautiful psychological puzzle helped to popularize K-horror abroad when it became the first of its genre to be distributed in the United States. Following an extended stay at a mental institution, disturbed sisters Su-mi (Lim Soo-jung) and Su-yeon (Moon Geun-young) return home. But it’s far from a happy family reunion, as the girls’ relationship with their icy stepmother (Yum Jung-ah) has taken a dark turn. A series of disturbing and unexplainable events roil the household. Could it be their stepmother trying to torment them, or is a more sinister supernatural force at work?