For this week's article I decided to do something
different. I decided to explore the Asian horror genre. The first movie
that I decided to watch was "A Tale of Two Sisters", a horror thriller
from the mind of acclaimed Korean director Kim Ji-woon which tells the
story of a pair of sisters, Su-mi and Su-yeon, who have to live with his
father's new mistress as they experience some supernatural occurrences.
Unfortunately I cannot give away too many detail about the plot without
spoiling the film but that's the essence of it.
This film was
highly acclaimed in South Korea when it came out and I can definitely
see why this was the case. The film features some chilling scenes with
tarrying imagery that I had not seen before. The cinematography is
incredible and features slow-mo shots and impressive camera work that
make this film a truly engaging experience.
The director of
this film created an asphyxiating atmosphere that made me focus on the
film the whole time. The script explores the deepest fears of the human
psyche and uses these fears to create an amazing film that is quite
frightening. The impressive visual effects and macabre soundtrack
highlight the non-linear story that will leave viewers mesmerized.
film explores the themes of love, childhood demons and revenge. The use
of horror elements are well balanced with the thriller elements so the
film never feels like a cheap horror movie or a bad thriller. The
imagery employed by the writer and director Ji-Woon Kim is truly unique
and it stands out above other horror films.
I was impressed by
the way the script was handled. I believe that I was not supposed to
understand what was going on until the closing minutes, So the film
keeps you guessing until the very end. Me and my girlfriend came up with
like four or five theories of what was going on until it was finally
over. I am not going to spoil the movie for you but I will say the whole
experience is highly satisfying.
Actress Su-Jeong Lim delivers
a tour de force as Su-mi, the main character in the film and I think
half of it comes from her looks alone. She is truly the example of a
perfect casting choice, she delivers her lines with confidence and
finesse and she truly carries the film on her shoulders.
first I thought I'd have trouble watching this film as the horror genre
isn't exactly my cup of tea, however the incredible atmosphere created
by the director, the excellent performance by our lead and the twisted
plot make this a film that should be enjoyed by fans and newcomers to
the Asian horror genre.