A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) — Horror/Thriller (7/10)

February 20, 2009 at 7:33 pm (Movies) (, , )

I heard that this is the highest grossing film of all time in South Korea… so, you can probably guess this is South Korean film… and you’re right! The director, Jee-Woon Kim does some really oddball films. He’s done a segment for the horror compilation Three Extremes 2 (by the way, if you ever get the chance to see Three Extremes, the first one, then do it! There’s some great stuff there).

Anyway, this film has two things going for it:

1) It doesn’t explain what is going on as it just starts… occuring. The whole time, you’re going, “What are you talking about? Who is this family? What are they talking about?” Yes, it is confusing, but I think that confusion mostly plays out to the film’s advantage (for the twist-ending, of course).

2) There are some interesting themes that the film tackles that make the impact reasonably effective. The film goes into regret, disappointment and hate (but mainly regret, which makes it more interesting than your usual Asian horror film these days).

That being said, the “scares” and “chills” are nothing to speak of. Don’t watch this trying to be scared. I’d watch this just to try and understand and to counter your wtf? moment that run through your brain. The film in some regards, is really typical. The look and images doesn’t do anything for you like say The Grudge, which was a horrendous film.

The movie that came out a few weeks ago, The Uninvited, that is a remake of this film. I wonder how much they changed. I’m sure they must have drastically changed a few elements because this film would never work in the realm of America.



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