The movie series “Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds” and “Along With the Gods: The last 49 Days” will be presented in the coming 51th Stiges Film Festival on 5th October, 2018, it is a landmark for Korean movies to make a difference in the international market.
The Stiges Film Festival is one of the world’s foremost international film festival which presents outstanding fantasy and horror movies. Since 1971, the festival has gone through 46 years and given awards to those excellent actors and filmmakers for their incredible effort and accomplishment in the fantasy and horror movie.
The first film “Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds” has been a huge success in the Korean film history for being the second highest grossing movie of all time with over 105 US dollar gross in Korea. In addition, the film was sold to 12 counties and regions even before its official release in 2017, and there were another 90 countries purchased the film at the American Film Market that took place in Sant Monica.
“Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds” is adapted from a cartoon. It tells a story of an ordinary fireman named Kim Ja-hong who died from saving the life of a little girl. He is assigned to three grim reapers that will help him to go through 7 trials in the following 49 days of his death. I was deeply moved by how much the Kim gives to his family. He was born in a single parent family. They are suffering from great poverty since his mother in unable to speak and his younger brother is too young to work. Kim need to support his family, and being a fireman is far less than enough to do that, so he must do 4 jobs at the same time. He doesn’t seem to know how much he can get out of him as a ordinary person, the only thing he knows is that there is someone counting on him, and the harder he work, the less he will have to worry about how to survive.
There was a scene that impressed me the most. Kim, along with the three grim reapers, is standing his trial for all the lies he told in his life. The judge shows him hundreds of letters he wrote to his mother, telling her not to worry about him, while he risks his life everyday to save others’ life. We will always want to turn to our family whenever we feel vulnerable, but Kim can’t even for a moment because he cannot afford to be weak. Poverty will not have so much power to drive a man like this, it is his love for the family that drives him all the time. Even though, Kim seems to be leading a miserable life, he never loses faith in it, and he will smile when he thinks of his family. It is always love that keep this man moving forward, and I believe love is always the reason for everyone to be strong.