If you thought Train to Busan was the best Korean movie you’ve seen so far, wait till you watch Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds, which is showing in cinemas now. At least, according to more than 13 million viewers in South Korea, this movie is worth watching.
The movie, which was released on December 20 in South Korea, has risen up the charts to become the third biggest hit in Korean box office history. According to Wikipedia, it has 13,592,481 admissions to date, edging out 2015 movie Veteran from its original spot.
The movie tells the story of a fireman (Cha Tae Hyun) who died and has to pass seven trials and tribulations within 49 days in order to be reincarnated.
He is helped by a trio of guardians, acted by Ha Jung Woo, Ju Ji Hoon and Kim Hyang Gi.
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Think of it as watching Haw Par Villa in movie form, only less gruesome. But the main draw of the movie is also its heartstrings-tugging plot. The movie weaves in the theme of filial piety without nagging about it throughout the movie.
Of course, its star-studded cast helps too. Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds stars veterans, such as Lee Jung Jae, Kim Hae Sook and Oh Dal Su. Lee Jung Jae plays King Yeomra, the supreme ruler of the Underworld.
Joining the actor list is also EXO’s D.O., or also known by his birth name Do Kyung Soo as an actor, who acts as a depressed soldier. When the movie was released, many moviegoers expressed their awe over his realistic acting, and some even thought he was a full-time actor instead of an idol group member.
The movie opened in Singapore two weeks ago, and is currently showing at Golden Village and Filmgarde cinemas. Golden Village told us that the movie has grossed $603,000 at the box office as of January 23, screening in 12 GV cinemas.
Judging from a previous box office ranking sent by GV late last year, it looks like Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds has charted itself in the top 10 of Korean box office hits in Singapore.
This is the first part of the two-film installment. Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days will be released in South Korea in summer this year.
Watch the trailer below.
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