Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Tale of Two Sisters/Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)

Note:  This review was originally posted to my Epinions account.

There are certain movies that beg to be watched a second time. This is one of those movies. For that reason, I can’t really go too much into the plot, as it would actually ruin the movie several times over. I can give you a basic rundown of the movie.

It starts with two girls being released from a mental hospital after a traumatic event, which is not initially specified. They arrive home to find that they have a stepmother to get used to. Neither girl seems to like her much, as is to be expected with a stepparent. Things take a turn for the bizarre about halfway through.

Even having seen the movie, I still don’t completely understand it. I’m going to have to sit on it for a while and watch it again. This isn’t one of those mindless movies that you rent after a hard day of work. You really have to pay attention to what’s going on. Even most of the characters don’t seem to know everything.

I definitely recommend the two-disc set. I believe that there’s another set that’s only 1:30 in length. This release is 1:55. (I got as far as 1:49; I’m assuming that the credits round it out.) Not having seen the original release, I can’t be certain what the new material is.

It’s really the second disc that I recommend. There were deleted scenes with commentary as to what the context of the scenes were as well as why they were deleted. I found this to be very interesting. Also interesting was the feature on the making of the poster. The person who photographed it was speaking as to what went into taking the picture and what various aspects meant.

There was a certain hyper-real quality to some of the scenes in the movie. The images seemed very sharp in contrast with the rest of the movie and even with other movies. I don’t know if this was intended or if it has something to do with my computer. However, the entire movie does beg the question: What is real?

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