The 2003 Korean horror movie A Tale of Two Sisters (장화, 홍련 Jang-hwa, Hong-ryeon) gets a Hollywood remake. Janghwa Hongryeon translates to “Rose and Lotus” but the film was known as A Tale of Two Sisters in its international release.
The American version is called The Uninvited and will be released in the United States on 30 January, 2009. DreamWorks paid US$1 million for the remake rights.
According to Korea.net, the original Korean version is the most successful Korean-made horror movie to date. The plot is an old one, stemming from a folktale of the Joseon Dynasty which was also named “Rose and Lotus”, after the names of the two main characters. It had earlier been adapted into film in Korea in 1956, 1962 and 1972.
Kim Ji-woon wrote the screenplay and directed the original and Korean stars Mooen Geun-young and Im Soo-jung played the two sisters. A Tale of Two Sisters was nominated for several awards at various international film festivals. To top that, Im Soo-jung won the Best New Actress Award at the Pusan International Film Festival in 2003, and Kim Ji-woon received the festival trophy for best film at Screamfest, an annual horror film festival held in Los Angeles.
The US version stars Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, Elizabeth Banks and David Strathairn. The remake is directed by British brothers Charles and Thomas Guard and produced by the same people who made The Ring (Japanese horror classic) and Disturbia.
If you are a fan of horror movies, be sure to ear-mark this one!