Popularity of 'Along With the Gods' continues in S. Korea's box-office

Park Sae-jin Reporter Posted : 2018-01-22 11:20 Updated : 2018-01-22 11:20
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SEOUL, Jan. 22 (Aju News) -- "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds", a fantasy film about Korean myth adorned with stunning visual effects, has kept its successful march in South Korea's box-office with more than 13 million moviegoers in 33 days.

The Korean Film Council said Monday that the movie has been viewed by about 13,452,000 people as of January 21, earning 108.6 billion won (101.7 million US dollars) since was released on December 20. It is still on the silver screen, attracting fans to a rollercoaster ride through the fantasy world of hell.

Now, the movie industry is watching whether the fantasy film will break the record set by "Roaring Currents", a 2014 film about Korea's 16th-century Joseon Dynasty naval commander, Admiral Yi Sun-sin, who scored dramatic victories against Japan. The 2014 film attracted 17.6 million moviegoers and earned 135.7 billion won.

"Along With the Gods", based on popular web-cartoon of the same title and directed by Kim Yong-hwa, recreated hell as described in Korean mythological folklores and Buddhism, giving a refreshing jolt to fans who got familiar with the images of hell described in the western culture. It was simultaneously produced with its sequel, which will be put on screens in August.

Popular actors Cha Tae-hyun and Ha Jung-woo took the main roles while Oh Dal-soo and Lim Won-hee appeared as supporting actors. The story held a strong message about family affection and had multiple tear-jerking points, a vital point in attracting middle-aged movie fans.