Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days

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Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days
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Theatrical poster
Directed byKim Yong-hwa
Produced byKim Yong-hwa
Won Dong-yeon
Screenplay byKim Yong-hwa
Based onAlong with the Gods
by Joo Ho-min
Starring
Music byBang Jun-seok
CinematographyKim Byung-seo
Edited byKim Hye-jin
Zino Kim
Production
company
Realies Pictures
Dexter Studios
Distributed byLotte Entertainment
Release date
  • August 1, 2018 (2018-08-01)
Running time
141 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
LanguageKorean
Budget₩20 billion
(US$18.3 million)[1]
Box officeUS$92.5 million (South Korea)[2]

Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (Korean신과함께-인과 연; RRSin-gwa-hamkke - Ingwa Yeon) is a 2018 South Korean fantasy action film[3] directed by Kim Yong-hwa and based on a webtoon by Joo Ho-min, Along With the Gods. It serves as the sequel to the 2017 film Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds. It stars Ha Jung-woo, Ju Ji-hoon, Kim Hyang-gi, Ma Dong-seok and Kim Dong-wook. The film was released on August 1, 2018.[4][5][6][7][8]

A third and fourth installment is currently in development, with Kim Yong-hwa returning to direct the sequels.[9]

Plot[edit]

The three grim reapers Gang-rim (Ha Jung-woo), Haewonmak (Ju Ji-hoon) and Lee Deok-choon (Kim Hyang-gi) will guide their 49th soul Kim Soo-hong (Kim Dong-wook) to the underworld trials. Meanwhile, God of the House (Ma Dong-seok) will recover the grim reapers' memories from 1,000 years ago.[10]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Supporting[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Along With the Gods Part 1 and 2 took ₩40 billion (around US$36.6 million) to produce. Both parts of the film were shot simultaneously. Dexter Studios, one of Asia's largest film production and visual effects studios, who was behind director Kim Yong-hwa's previous film Mr. Go (2013), created the visual effects for the film. It was reported that around 300 artists and technicians took part in the film's production.[1]
  • Chinese production company Alpha Pictures invested $2.2 million.[20]
  • Filming began on May 26, 2016, and ended on March 22, 2017, for part 1 and 2.[21]
  • Some scenes that featured actors Oh Dal-su and Choi Il-hwa were re-shot due to their controversies as they were replaced with substitute actors.[22]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 67% based on 6 reviews and an average rating of 5.7/10.[23]

Elizabeth Kerr of The Hollywood Reporter gave a mixed review and wrote, "Though the two films were shot simultaneously, there’s a sense of 'more' to Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days that doesn't really do it any service. Like many a sequel bent on topping its predecessor to prove the first entry wasn't a fluke, the end result is just a bigger, noisier, less focused slog rather than continued world-building."[24]

Noel Murray of Los Angeles Times gave a mixed review and wrote, "While Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days is awkwardly bloated, it does eventually develop some momentum. Once viewers get accustomed to a movie that can move within minutes from courtroom drama to dinosaur attacks, they may enjoy the overwhelming spectacle of it all."[25]

Box office[edit]

South Korea[edit]

Prior to its release, Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days set the record for the highest pre-sale tickets in South Korea's box office history with 60.5% reservation rate. The rate reached 42 million, outdoing the record of the 2017 film The Battleship Island which reached the same number of reservations on the day before the opening of the film.[26]

The film also broke the opening day record in South Korea by attracting 1,263,788 viewers on the first day of its release, which is more than twice the amount of Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (422,339 viewers).[27][28][29][30] On the second day of its release, the film attracted more than 2 million viewers.[31][32] On August 4, the film attracted 1,466,416 viewers, making the film set a record of the most viewers in a single day, surpassing Avengers: Infinity War that attracted 1,333,310 viewers in a single day before.[33] On August 5, it was reported that Along with the Gods had attracted 5,409,817 viewers on its fifth day, making the film the fastest to reach such number, surpassing Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds which set the record in a week, and The Admiral: Roaring Currents, the first most viewed film in Korea, which set the record in a six days.[34] Along with the Gods placed first in the weekly box office.[35] The film accumulated $46.2 million from 6.2 million admissions.[36] Along with the Gods holds the record for the fastest film to reach 7, 8 and 9 million views in South Korean box office history.[37][38] It passed 10 million views on August 16, 2018.[39] The film passed 12 million views as of August 30, 2018, becoming the 13th most-watched film of all time in South Korea.[40]

Taiwan[edit]

On its first day of release, Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days scored 37 million.[41][42] It became the film with the biggest opening week gross for any Korean film in Taiwan, scoring 5.8 million in ticket sales in a week. The film had the third-highest first week sales after Avengers: Infinity War and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in Taiwan.[43]

Hong Kong[edit]

Prior to its official release, Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days scored 8 million in pre-sale in Hong Kong.[44] On its day of release in Hong Kong, the film earned 3.18 million, topping the box office.[45] On August 9, the film reached 10 million[46] and scored 20 million on its fourth day of its release,[47] achieving the highest first week sales in Hong Kong.[43]

Other countries[edit]

Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days had the biggest opening week gross for any Korean film in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan.[43]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards Category Recipient Result Ref.
27th Buil Film Awards Best Director Kim Yong-hwa Nominated [48]
Best Art Direction Lee Mok-won Nominated
55th Grand Bell Awards Best Film Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days Nominated [49][50]
Best Director Kim Yong-hwa Nominated
Best Editing Kim Jin-oh, Kim Hye-jin Nominated
Best Art Direction Lee Mok-won Nominated
Best Costume Design Jo Sang-kyung Nominated
Technical Award Jin Jong-hyun Won
Best Planning Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days Nominated
39th Blue Dragon Film Awards Audience Choice Award for Most Popular Film Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (2nd) Won [51]
18th Director's Cut Awards Best New Actor Do Kyung-soo Won [citation needed]
55th Baeksang Arts Awards Technical Award Jin Jong-hyun (VFX) Pending [52]

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