Eerie horror flick about a pair of sisters who return to their family home after spending time in a mental institution, forcing them to deal with past traumas, a neglectful father, a cruel stepmother, and an interfering ghost.
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A modern masterpiece of horror cinema. Kim Jee-woon shows his incredible range, and his brilliant visual style comes into view almost fully formed. The central performances are superb, and the way the film changes pace and tone almost effortlessly is masterful. The sense of foreboding, of something underneath the surface ready to break out reminded me of Bong Joon-ho or Michael Haneke at their best.
Dreamlike, terrifying, absurd, and convoluted. A Tale of Two Sisters is one of the scariest films I've seen in a while. I had to check my pulse a few times while watching it. Some of the elements, especially the glossy cinematography and emphasis on psychological horror hearken back to Tourneur. This is a beautiful and tragic film; further proof why South Korea is making some of the best movies in the world.
I loved the whole Korean Gothic aesthetic that Ji-woon Kim went for in this one. The film itself was similar to the rest of his output, highly enjoyable but not all too memorable.
Regardless, its still a favorite of mine despite its various plot holes and flaws.
The most memorable ominous threat K-horror suspense film. Way above the obvious iconography of 'The Grudge' but level pegging with 'Ringu'. Slightly non-linear, certainly surreal and full of sequences that stay with you way after the screening of the film.
An incredible scary but beautifully shot horror film from a filmmaker I definitely need to see more by (I love Good, Bad and the Weird). The atmosphere in this film is absolutely incredible and the cinematography/production design blew my fucking mind. I will admit I don't totally understand the story but I think I get it on a pretty basic level but all that tells me is that I'll need to watch it again! I loved it.
I'll be honest, there's nothing here you couldn't see coming from a mile away if you pay attention to details. Yet the nice horror iconography and exceptional final act make up for a lot of the generic stuff.