[ZenithNews=Gu-hyun Kwon] More than 14 millions audience watched the movie. This is the second highest record followed by The Admiral: Roaring Currents. The movie is called Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (a.k.a. Along with the Gods). There were a lot of concerns about the film before it was released. The film is based on a famous webcomic which already has a huge fandom. Some of them were excited and some of the were worried about the film. The main character from the original work, Ki-han Jin, the lawyer, was omitted in the film. Another main character, Ja Hong Kim (Tae Hyun Cha)’s job has changed. The appearance of the Yeomra (Jung Jae Lee) is also a hot potato of the film, too. Those concerns turn out to be unnecessary.
Along with the Gods eventually was a box-office hit. The expectation on Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (a.k.a. Along with the Gods 2) followed along. Actually, the production of the Along with the Gods franchise is a significant challenge in Korean movie history. Both of the film were shot simultaneously. The budget of the production was 40 billions korean won. Luckily, the first series has reached its break-even point but it sure was a risky attempt.The director, Yong Hwa Kim and his crew break the wall and now they are meeting the audience again from the sequel, Along with the Gods 2.
Along with the Gods 2 starts with the afterlife guide of the Soo Hong Kim (Dong Wook Kim). The story starts from where it was ended in the previous series. Dong Wook Kim, have received compliments for his realistic acting from the prequel, opens up the sequel with his story. In the sequel, he is the main character. The real main characters of Along with the Gods 2 are the three afterlife guardians. Soo Hong Kim from the afterlife and the God of House (Dong Seok Ma) from the the real life lead audience to Gang Rim(Jung Woo Ha), Haewonmak(Ji Hoon Ju), and Deok Choon Lee(Hyang Gi Kim)’s past to the 1000 years ago.
The film has 3 settings. The first is Gang Rim and Soo Hong Kim’s on the way to their afterlife. It's based on the afterlife set from the previous work, The set is actually a tribute to one of the scenes from Jurassic Park, a dinosaur scene. The secret behind Soo Hong’s death is also revealed in the film. Based on Soo Hong’s story, the story of Gang Rim, the buried truth for thousand years, and many other relationships between various characters are portrayed. The film can be seen as the period of the prequel.
The second setting is the ghetto town which Chun Sam Heo, the old man and his grandson, Hyun Dong live in. The God of House guards them. The grandfather who is on his deathbed, and his grandson, are in poverty but the mood is very upbeat. Dong Seok Ma and Ji Hoon Ju cheer up the mood. The God of House has a deadly force but has no economic sense. Haewonmak has less power than the God of House, but he has a silver tongue. The chemistry between the two is fun enough to amuse the audience.
The last setting goes back more than a thousand years. The story of three afterlife guardians’ past is being told by the God of House. The God of House tells who were the three afterlife guardians, what happened between them, and how they become afterlife guardians. The narrative starts to get powerful at this point. Especially when Ji Hoon Ju appears as a White Wildcat is tremendous enough to say “Along with the Gods is rediscovery of Dong Wook Kim, Along with the God 2 is rediscovery of Ji Hoon Ju."
The director Yong Hwa Kim proved that he is one of the best storyteller in Korean film industry. He said “Along with the Gods is only a teaser for Along with the Gods 2,” and turns out, it was true. The hints that are given in the prequel are all grown in the sequel. The film solves the problems which fans from the original work have complaint. More than just solving those problems, the film tried to make the fans to expect more on the third installment of the Along with the Gods trilogy. Along with the Gods 2 succeeded to complete the storytelling perfectly. Plus, it’s more fun. That’s the most important part for art film and commercial film. Also, the film tried to avoid being "too dramatic", that many criticized about about the prequel.
Now, the audience can “go along with the gods”. This is the second chance for audience to enjoy. We are expecting on the third chance to “go along with the gods” again.
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