That Woman is Strange – A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

NOTE: There will be NO SPOILERS for the film in this blog post.

About six years ago, I decided to ‘up my horror game’ so to speak. At the time, I hadn’t seen many foreign horror films so I decided to start with Asian horror films.

However, American remakes of Asian horror films were already abundant with The Grudge (2004), Dark Water (2005), The Ring (2002), and The Uninvited (2009). I didn’t want to start with any Asian horror films that I had seen the remakes of yet. Luckily for me, I had yet to see that last one, The Uninvited, which was the remake of the Korean horror film, A Tale of Two Sisters (2003). 

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Tag line: “Every family has it’s dark secrets.” A Tale of Two Sisters poster (2003).

While searching online for the “Top 10 Asian Horror Movies” I came across some shiny gems but the one that stood out to me the most was A Tale of Two Sisters. The concept is as follows:

After their mother’s untimely death, a teen girl and her sister are sent to a mental institution. When they are finally released and returned home, they find out their emotionally distant father has remarried the definition of a fairytale stepmother. She is strict, cruel, and also very strange. Something is not right with her and something is not right with the house the sisters have returned to. What could it be?

A part of me feels bad because this blog post is so short but the conclusion to this film is so phenomenal that I absolutely cannot spoil it for you here. You must watch it.

I will say that it’s beautifully filmed, well acted, incredibly spooky, and heartbreaking. Oh and it’s also a great feminist horror film.

So, I guess I up-ed my horror game with A Tale of Two Sisters in more ways than one.

A Tale of Two Sisters passes the Bechdel test with flying colors, it normalizes periods, explores mental health, and the women in the film outnumber the men. Actually, the

Su-mi comforts her sister, Su-yeon in A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

men who are featured in the film don’t talk much at all. The women in the film are treated well (as well as anyone can be treated in a horror film, that is) and they run the show. The women are the villains, the heroes, and the ghosts and I think that’s the real reason why I fell in love with it the first time, and I think that will be the reason you’ll love it too.

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