A Tale of Two Sisters (장화, 홍련 Janghwa, Hongryeon literally ‘Rose Flower, Red Lotus’) is a South Korean psychological horror movie. The film is inspired by a Joseon Dynasty folktale entitled “Janghwa Hongreyon-jon”, which has been adapted to film several times. The film opens in a psychiatric hospital, where a doctor is interviewing a young girl whose dark hair hangs over her face. He shows her photos of her family in an attempt to coax her into talking about “that day”. In an apparent flashback, we see a family arrive at their house in the country. Two girls, Su-mi and the younger Su-yeon, step out of the car and go off to play while their father walks into the house. Later, when they go inside, they are met by their new stepmother, Eun-joo. We learn that the girls’ mother has died. Eun-joo tries to be conciliatory to them at first, but their clear resentment of and indifference to her drives her to become shrill and hectoring and she storms off.
Our sorrow was conceived long before our birth.
Every family has its dark secrets.
Im Su-jeong as Su-mi
Moon Geun Young as Su-yeon
Yeom Jeong-ah as Eun-joo (Stepmother)
Kim Kap-su as Moo-hyeon (Father)
Directed by Kim Ji-Woon
Written by Kim Ji-Woon
Music by Lee Byeong-wu
Release date Flag of South Korea June 13, 2003
Running time 115 min.