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.
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