December 4, 2011 3 Comments
My love affair with Korean cinema and the often bemused rejection of horror movies continues in today’s post. A Tale of Two Sisters is a 2003 Korean horror movie that is directed by one of my favorite directors, Ki Ji-Woon (A Bittersweet Life, I Saw The Devil). The film is an adaptation of an old Korean story entitled Janghwa Hongryeon jeon, which thanks to wikipedia and the internet translates into “The Story of Janghwa and Hongryeon” which you can read about here. In the traditional Asian horror cinema, there are plenty of ghostly looking kids with stringy black hair and some visceral imagery. I am not sure why that is the norm, but it really seems to be the standard in horror movies, which is why I am adverse to wanting to watch horror movies that use this insipid plot devices all the damn time. After taking a look at this movie, this is really the only film that should be allowed to use that thematic element.