Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

Su-Yeon and Su-Mi come to live with their father and his controlling wife after the death of their mother, but their lonely house by the lake is also home to a restless spirit that haunts the girls and invades their nightmares. A deeply moving character drama at heart, A TALE OF TWO SISTERS is made most effective by Su-jeong Lim and Geun-Young Moon's touching performances. Jung-ah Yum is equally impressive as the girls' wicked stepmother, whose incredible range allows her to deceive the audience from the very start. Director Ji-woon Kim is a master of his medium, displaying a complete control over the light, color, texture, and mood of his film. The elegant score continues to accentuate the underlying emotion as well. Kim introduces a strong symbolism, primarily through his use of the color red as a central motif to foreshadow future events. Each of the subtle elements in the film lead up to shocking but well played reveal that is sure to astonish its audiences. A TALE OF TWO SISTERS therefore benefits from repeated viewings in order for the viewer to truly appreciate the craftsmanship that went into the intricately designed finale. Along with Chan-Wook Park's VENGEANCE trilogy, A TALE OF TWO SISTERS solidifies South Korea as the new leader in Asian cinema.

Rating: 10/10.

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6 comments:

  1. This is such a great film. I haven't seen it for a while, but was really impressed by it. It’s moving, sad and immensely creepy in equal measure. Ji-woon Kim has the ability to make the most everyday, mundane situations sinister as hell. The scene when the stepmother is in the kitchen and reaches under the sink to retrieve a pin is spine chilling stuff!!

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  2. fantastic movie, one of my favorite Asian flicks! totally agree with you on the repeated viewings

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  3. In my top 10 of all time, this is a fabulous ghost tale that has raised the bar for cinema as a whole and completely transcends the genre!

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  4. You all have such great taste :) Definately one of my favorites also. I agree with James that making the nundane sinister just creeped me out.

    Cheers!

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  5. A rare blind buy from me that I did regret. Love this film. The U.S. version, meh.

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  6. Geof that is so funny, I bought it on a blind buy too at Gamestop for $2, best blind buy EVER.

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