Friday, October 10, 2008
"A Tale of Two Sisters" is a Korean horror film based on a traditional Korean fairy tale. Su-Mi and Su-Yeon return to their home after having been hospitalized in a mental hospital after the death of their mother. There they are greeted by their pretty and well-groomed stepmother, and it soon becomes apparent that there is no love lost. The sisters retreat to their room, unhappy with the tension in their home.
Soon strange things begin happening. Su-Yeon awakens frightened after seeing a ghostly hand reaching around her bedroom door. Su-Mi has nightmares of a woman crawling towards her and her sister on the bed. And throughout it all, the girls are discouraged by their stepmother to "bother" their father.
Su-Mi is left to care for her sister Su-Yeon, protecting her from the cruel barbs of their stepmother and comforting her as they both continue to feel more and more isolated and frightened. When the stepmother begins seeing frightening visions as well, she blames the girls, saying strange things have been happening ever since they returned home.
Has the girls' presence really awakened a lonely and vengful ghost in the house? Or are there even darker and more sinister reasons for the strange occurences? What does their stepmother have to do with all of this, and why does she continue to discourage them from speaking to their father?
This movie is much too disturbing for young kits, pups, or beans. While nothing graphically violent happens in the movie, the whole film is imbued with an eerieness that will give the viewer chills. My fur kept standing on end just because it was so creepy! However, I couldn't make myself stop watching it, and even I was surprised by the twist at the end. Let me tell you, it is a major feat to surprise this kitty! I give "A Tale of Two Sisters" two paws up and a spooked arched back for being such a well-done, psychological horror film.