History Film / ATaleOfTwoSisters

10th May '17 1:44:02 PM TheAimz
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The film is inspired by a Joseon Dynasty folktale entitled ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janghwa_Hongryeon_jeon Janghwa Hongryeon jeon]]'', which has been adapted to film several times. [[ForeignRemake An American remake]] titled ''[[Film/TheUninvited2009 The Uninvited]]'' was released in 2009 not to be confused with a completely different Korean horror film from 2003 also titled ''The Uninvited'', nor the 1944 American film of that name.

The film centers around two teenage sisters, the older Su-mi and the younger Su-yeon, returning to their father Moo-hyeon's house after a stay in a mental institution following the death of their mother. They frequently clash with their new stepmother (formerly their mother's nurse), Eun-ju, who behaves in an incredibly difficult manner around them (and who becomes increasingly cruel and erratic over the course of the film). Coinciding with their return home, however, are several eerie and frightening events (doors opening by themselves, bizarre apparitions, strange sounds, and terrifying nightmares, amongst other things), and it quickly becomes uncertain if these events are real, a product of the girls' disturbed mental states, or the cruel mind games played by Eun-ju. Or is it something else entirely?

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The film is inspired by a Joseon Dynasty folktale entitled ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janghwa_Hongryeon_jeon Janghwa Hongryeon jeon]]'', which has been adapted to film several times. [[ForeignRemake An American remake]] titled ''[[Film/TheUninvited2009 The Uninvited]]'' was released in 2009 [[SimilarlyNamedWorks not to be confused with with]] a completely different Korean horror film from 2003 also titled ''The Uninvited'', nor the 1944 American film of that name.

The film centers around two teenage sisters, the older Su-mi and the younger Su-yeon, returning to their father Moo-hyeon's house after a stay in a mental institution following the death of their terminally ill mother. They frequently clash with their new stepmother (formerly their mother's nurse), Eun-ju, who behaves in an incredibly difficult manner around them (and who becomes increasingly cruel and erratic over the course of the film). Coinciding with their return home, however, are several eerie and frightening events (doors opening by themselves, bizarre apparitions, strange sounds, and terrifying nightmares, amongst other things), and it quickly becomes uncertain if these events are real, a product of the girls' disturbed mental states, or the cruel mind games played by Eun-ju. Or is it something else entirely?
10th May '17 1:30:27 PM TheAimz
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* AmbiguousSituation: It's never made entirely clear if [[spoiler:Moo-hyeon and Eun-ju were actually having an affair, or if it was merely an assumption by the girls and their mother.]] Additionally, assuming that [[spoiler:they were romantically involved, it isn't clear if they actually did get married, as the girls seem to assume, or if it was a fling that has since ended.]]
** As it turns out, [[spoiler:[[RealAfterAll there]] ''[[RealAfterAll is]]'' [[RealAfterAll a ghost in the house after all]], but it is unclear just how many of the unsettling events in the house were influenced by it.]]
10th May '17 1:24:07 PM TheAimz
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* MurderByInaction: [[spoiler:As it turns out, Eun-ju saw Su-yeon being crushed to death by the wardrobe, but ultimately decided to leave her to her fate, mainly to spite Su-mi.]]



* TheReveal: Three, and they're all equally as unexpected and shocking as each other. The first is when it is revealed that [[spoiler:Su-yeon has actually been dead all along, having died prior to the events of the film, and her presence is most likely a figment of Su-mi's imagination]] (although it can also be interpreted that [[spoiler:her presence is a non-malevolent ghost who doesn't even realise that she's dead]], but that depends on how you view the film). The second is when it is revealed that [[spoiler:Su-mi was imagining herself to be Eun-ju, due to a severe case of multiple personality disorder, and Eun-ju was never in the house throughout the events of the film to begin with - the real Eun-ju only shows up at the end (and in a flashback), to help return Su-mi to the mental institution]]. Third, [[spoiler: Eun-ju turns out to have knowingly allowed Su-yeon to die]]. Oh, and let's not forget that [[spoiler: [[RealAfterAll there actually IS a ghost in the house]], though exactly how much influence it had on events prior to its literal last-minute appearance is unclear]].

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* TheReveal: Three, Several, and they're all equally as unexpected and shocking as each other. The first is when it is revealed that [[spoiler:Su-yeon has actually been dead all along, having died prior to the events of the film, and her presence is most likely a figment of Su-mi's imagination]] (although it can also be interpreted that [[spoiler:her presence is a non-malevolent ghost who doesn't even realise that she's dead]], but that depends on how you view the film). The second is when it is revealed that [[spoiler:Su-mi was imagining herself to be Eun-ju, due to a severe case of multiple personality disorder, and Eun-ju was never in the house throughout the events of the film to begin with - the real Eun-ju only shows up at the end (and in a flashback), to help return Su-mi to the mental institution]]. Third, [[spoiler: Eun-ju turns out to have [[MurderByInaction knowingly allowed Su-yeon to die]]. die just to spite Su-mi]].]] Oh, and let's not forget that [[spoiler: [[RealAfterAll there actually IS a ghost in the house]], [[AmbiguousSituation though exactly how much influence it had on events prior to its literal last-minute appearance is unclear]].]]
18th Apr '17 12:28:35 PM Mdumas43073
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'''''A Tale of Two Sisters''''' (aka ''Janghwa, Hongryeon'', literally ''Rose Flower, Red Lotus'') is a 2003 UsefulNotes/{{South Korea}}n 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.

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'''''A ''A Tale of Two Sisters''''' Sisters'' (aka ''Janghwa, Hongryeon'', literally ''Rose Flower, Red Lotus'') is a 2003 UsefulNotes/{{South Korea}}n 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.
2nd Apr '17 12:12:43 PM QueenofSwords
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** And, possibly, [[spoiler: the reveal of Su-mi's psychosis might mean that Eun-ju didn't really allow Su-yeon to die, as it was most likely Su-mi or her budding Eun-ju split personality who did it, and her mental illness and/or guilt makes her rationalize the events differently as a [[SanitySlippage futile attempt]] to cope. This ''may'' be supported by the intense gaze of the father and doctors to Eun-ju before she sees Su-mi when she is being committed for the second time. If this is the angle the viewer chooses to take, it can lead to another interpretation of the ending scene (of the supposed ghost attack): The catatonic state seen at the first scene is because the Su-mi persona is "locked" in a white room, since she can't face the reality. The Su-yeon persona will shatter and disappear, for she can only exist while the Su-mi persona believes in it. The Eun-ju persona (which wanted to be the dominating one) was then destroyed by the "ghost" of Su-yeon (the scene played not in reality, but in the mind plane of the girl)]].
26th Mar '17 7:33:59 PM QueenofSwords
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Eun-ju. [[spoiler: Or not.]]

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Eun-ju. [[spoiler: Or not.]]Eun-ju, ''especially'' after TheReveal.
5th Jan '17 2:16:36 PM Gregzilla
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** In ''The Uninvited'', [[spoiler:Rachel (the Eun-ju equivalent) ''was'' around the whole film. The reason Anna (Su-mi) intially cracked was that she witnessed her father cheating on her mother with Rachel and decided to burn the house down. A trail of gasoline and a knocked-over candle result in her mother and Alex (Su-yeon) burning alive in the second house before Anna can reach the main house. Guilt drives her insane.]]



** ''The Uninvited'' had a suitably freaky one as well [[spoiler: and it's confirmed to ''be'' the girls' mother.]]
5th Jan '17 2:15:01 PM Gregzilla
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* ForeignRemake: ''The Uninvited''.

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* ForeignRemake: ''The Uninvited''.''{{Film/The Uninvited|2009}}''.
1st Jan '17 9:16:28 PM Crimson_Vega
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** And, possibly, [[spoiler: the reveal of Su-mi's psychosis might mean that Eun-ju didn't really allow Su-yeon to die, as it was most likely Su-mi or her budding Eun-ju split personality who did it, and her mental illness and/or guilt makes her rationalize the events differently as a [[SanitySlippage futile attempt]] to cope]].

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** And, possibly, [[spoiler: the reveal of Su-mi's psychosis might mean that Eun-ju didn't really allow Su-yeon to die, as it was most likely Su-mi or her budding Eun-ju split personality who did it, and her mental illness and/or guilt makes her rationalize the events differently as a [[SanitySlippage futile attempt]] to cope]].cope. This ''may'' be supported by the intense gaze of the father and doctors to Eun-ju before she sees Su-mi when she is being committed for the second time. If this is the angle the viewer chooses to take, it can lead to another interpretation of the ending scene (of the supposed ghost attack): The catatonic state seen at the first scene is because the Su-mi persona is "locked" in a white room, since she can't face the reality. The Su-yeon persona will shatter and disappear, for she can only exist while the Su-mi persona believes in it. The Eun-ju persona (which wanted to be the dominating one) was then destroyed by the "ghost" of Su-yeon (the scene played not in reality, but in the mind plane of the girl)]].
8th Sep '16 3:49:48 AM Beatlemania
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'''''A Tale of Two Sisters''''' (aka ''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.

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'''''A Tale of Two Sisters''''' (aka ''Janghwa, Hongryeon'', literally ''Rose Flower, Red Lotus'') is a 2003 South Korean UsefulNotes/{{South Korea}}n 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.
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