Along With The Gods rolling out part 2

SEOUL • South Korean blockbuster film series Along With The Gods is ready to start its second story, more confident than ever.

The Along With The Gods series is based on a popular Web comic of the same name, written and illustrated by cartoonist Joo Ho-min. The story deals with the afterlife from the perspective of traditional Korean mythology.

The first instalment Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds, released in December last year, was the second-most commercially successful movie in Korean box-office history, selling more than 14.4 million tickets. It was also pre-sold to 103 countries, including Singapore and Malaysia, and has become the best-selling Korean film of all time in Taiwan.

"I was so pressured and overwhelmed by the success of the first part," director Kim Yong-hwa said at a press event held last Friday in Seoul. "I guess the audience could have been generous about the first film as it was a domestic one."

The first and second parts were shot together last year, the first such endeavour in the Korean film industry. While the first film was about what the afterlife is like, the second focuses on the characters and their stories.

The cast, including Ha Jung-woo, Ju Ji-hoon and Kim Hyang-gi, stressed the difficulties of shooting two films simultaneously. The three play spirits who escort and defend the deceased.

Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days will be released in South Korea next month.

THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 09, 2018, with the headline 'Along With The Gods rolling out part 2'. Print Edition | Subscribe