Along With The Gods The Two Worlds

Director Kim Yong-hwa procedures behind the camera again with los webcomic adaptation "Along With ns Gods: ns Two Worlds."


Taking ns page representar Buddhist dogma entailing karma, judgment and rebirth y spinning one achingly sincere immortality adventure representar it, directivo Kim Yong-hwa returns from a four-year hiatus with a three-hanky weepy that’s not almost as lattice as it have to be. Following ns hit música romance 200 Pounds Beauty and, much more recently, Mr. Go, ns 3D China-Korea co-production about a baseball-playing gorilla, Kim steers away from more overtly comedic moralizing because that an old-fashioned crowd-pleaser about family y sacrifice. Based on ns webcomic Singwa Hamgge, precise “With God,” Along With the Gods: the Two Worlds had uno massive opening weekend in ~ the end of ns year at página de inicio in sur Korea — thoroughly trouncing such competition together Yang Woo-suk’s Steel Rain and Star Wars: The last Jedi. If audible sniffles space anything to walk by, continued success in Korea will certainly be complied with swiftly by ir a buscar reactions regionally, particularly given the strong, recognizable actors led by The Handmaiden star Ha Jung-woo. That, Kim’s commercial track record y the film’s sentimental cosa could also assist garner attention in urbano markets overseas as clever counter-programming.

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When firefighter Kim Ja-hong (Cha Tae-hyun, still best-known for My Sassy Girl) die in the hilera of duty, he’s greeted by uno trio of guardians — Deok-choon (Kim Hyang-gi, Thread that Lies), Hewonmak (Ju Ji-hoon, Asura) and their reaper boss Gang-lim (Ha) — who are also his escorts through ns afterlife. The is notified that since he was ns paragon that virtue in life, he’s eligible because that reincarnation within cuarenta y nueve days, as long as he’s acquitted in seven trials ~ above seven various levels the “hell.” ns trials room designed to juicio whether or no Ja-hong is guilty of any kind of betrayal, indolence, violence, deceit and so on. As uno bonus, his guardians/de facto defense lawyers Deok-choon and Hewonmak have the right to earn their own reincarnation if they’re successful in their debates on his behalf. They’ve to be stuck in limbo uno while and really, really desire to get out, however when a vengeful heart starts to stalk ns group, it puts all your plans in jeopardy. Los spirit’s interferencia compels Gang-lim come investigate, also though he’s no technically permitted to interference in earthly affairs, y soon ns complicated family background surrounding Ja-hong’s mute mother, his aspiring lawyer brother Su-hong (Kim Dong-wook) and a life of poverty emerges.

Along With ns Gods is invited up with greenscreen and CGI, several of it extremely messy, but by the same token it mirrors off part vivid environmental set pieces, like ns soft roll dunes of los desert of Ja-hong subsidiario impiety trial, or the snowy, blue-tinged hills of injustice. In general, the film is strong technically, but proper though it may be, Bang Jun-suk’s syrupy, string-heavy score in the last act is likely to cause cavities. It’s too long by at least veinte minutes (yes, we obtain to see all 7 trials), the otherworldly “chases” over the city’s rooftops are simply wasted space y a subplot pivoting ~ above Gang-lim’s old past adds so little to los bigger picture it can have to be excised completely con zero stare consequences.

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But all that is just window dressing, as the film really rests on the shoulders that its cast y the sentimental (sometimes maudlin) story. In fairness, this is unapologetically emotionally stuff (call her mother), y Kim harbors cuales ambitions to anything else.

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In los lead role, Cha turns in the same hang-dog, misty-eyed performance he has been carrying for most of his career. He’s innocuous sufficient here, however he’s likewise a tocar too unperturbed through his whole ordeal (at the very least until the eventualmente waterworks). Fortunately, Ha is top top hand to bring some of ns same originalmente authority the did come The Handmaiden, though this time around he gets to be un bit funnier, together does lee Jung-jae as rey Yeomra, los all-powerful God that Death. Veterans oh Dal-su and Lim Won-hee as a pair of afterlife prosecutors, and Kim Su-an as los juvenile, lollipop-sucking goddess the deceit, all leaving indelible impressions by bringing ns right balance of drama and levity to your scenes, y all make Cha — and the entire película — look good.

Production companies: Realies Pictures, Dexter StudiosCast: Ha Jung-woo, Cha Tae-hyun, Ju Ji-hoon, Kim Hyang-gi, leer Jung-jae, atraer Lee, Kim Dong-wook, Doh Kyung-soo, oh Dal-su, Lim Won-hee, Jang Kwang, Jeong Hae-gyoon, Kim Su-an, Kim Hae-sook, leer Gyoung-young, Kim Ha-neulDirector-screenwriter: Kim Yong-hwaProducers: won Doung-yeon, Kim Ho-sung,Executive producers: Cha Won-chun, Kim Yong-hwaDirector of photography: Kim Byung-seoProduction designer: lee Mok-wonCostume designer: Jo Sang-gyeongEditor: Kim Jino, Kim Hye-jinMusic: Bang Jun-sukWorld sales: Lotte Entertainment