Two sisters who, after spending time in a mental institution, return to the home of their father and cruel stepmother. Once there, in addition to dealing with their stepmother’s obsessive and unbalanced ways, an interfering ghost also affects their recovery. –IMDb
Kim Jee-woon, born July 6, 1964, entered Seoul Institute of the Arts, but left school and worked in the theatre scene. He began his career as a stage actor, then stage director, and finally has become one of the most popular and acclaimed figures among modern Korean directors/screenwriters. His second screenplay, The Quiet Family (1998), won him the Best Screenplay prize in a local contest, and Kim went on to make his directorial debut with this screenplay. The film was invited to many film festivals. Kim’s films, from The Quiet Family (1998) to last year’s A Bittersweet Life, have been hailed by critics and audiences alike for his unique style and storytelling. His second feature, The Foul King (2000), drew more than 2 million spectators, while his astounding horror film of true visual elegance, A Tale of Two Sisters (2003), reached 3.5 million viewers nation-wide. It went on to be remade by Dreamworks in the US. —AsianMediaWiki
In-laws. Along with Oldboy, the South Korean renaissance continued with this slow-burning revival of the K-horror genre it notionally resembles. Unlike Oldboy however, its clinical framing counteracts the beguiling set-up alongside it at first - eventually unfolding into a more unnerving take on serious family dysfunction, with its creeping female psychosis placing it in the league of Repulsion. Its pivotal revelation, while seemingly premature, and potentially negating much of the action, belatedly breathes new life and meaning into its trauma.