Along With The Gods: The Two
The film was shot as one but presented in two parts. The first part, Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds, was released on 20 December 2017. In June 2018, it was announced that another two sequels are scheduled to be filmed in 2019. The sequel, titled Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days, was released on 1 August 2018.
Along With The Gods: The Two
On the way to the Hell of Deceit, ghouls attack as the physics of Hell begins to morph. This change indicates that a member of Ja-hong's family had died and become a vengeful spirit. Gang-rim leaves the party to investigate as the rest proceeds. In the Hell of Deceit, Ja-hong is accused of writing fake letters to the family of those who had died, one of whom is Ji-yeon, the daughter of his fallen colleague. Gang-rim supernaturally links with Deok-choon from the living world to defend Ja-hong, stating that Ja-hong had also written fake letters to his mom to cheer her up, allowing her to focus on her health. And that the letters to Ji-Yeon, despite her actually understanding that her father was dead, helped her cope with her loss. The evidence is thrown out and the charges are dismissed.
The trio pass through the Hells of Injustice and Betrayal without trial. In the Hell of Violence, Ja-hong is tried for beating Soo-hong when they were younger while the latter was suffering from malnutrition. As Ja-hong was not forgiven, he is convicted and is about to be punished when Gang-Rim instructs Deok-choon to request for a combined trial at the next court, the Hell of Filial Impiety. The request is granted. Ja-hong reveals that, due to poverty, he intended to commit familicide but was discovered by Soo-hong. In a fit, he beat up Soo-hong and fled out of guilt, opting not to be a burden and dedicate his life to supporting them.
At the Hell of Filial Impiety, Ja-hong is immediately judged by Yeomra to be guilty. He learns that on the night of his attempted murder-suicide, his mother was actually awake and had decided to allow it, knowing that she was a burden on her family. Soo-hong, with the help of Gang-rim and Won-maek, enters his mother's dream and learns that she had already forgiven Ja-hong for that night. Since sins that have been forgiven in the living world are not allowed to be judged in the afterlife, Ja-hong is allowed to reincarnate.
Afterward, Gang-rim realizes that Yeomra had been meddling with his investigation of Soo-hong. He decides to confront Yeomra directly and chooses Soo-hong as the group's final soul before their own reincarnation.
Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds was released in the Korean cinemas on 20 December 2017. The film was pre-sold to 12 countries and regions including: Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, the U.S and Canada at the Asian Film Market in Busan. Further to that, the film was pre-sold to another 90 countries at the American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica, California, U.S.A, increasing the number of countries released to 103 in total.
Upon its release in the theaters, the film attracted 422,339 viewers on its first day and topped the box office with nearly US$2.9 million gross. By 22 December 2017, the film surpassed the 1 million viewer mark and grossed a total of US$9.3 million.
On 28 December 2017, Realies Pictures, the production company of Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds, announced a television adaptation of the film. According to the company, the script will be written in 2018, and the drama would be produced in 2019.
Won is currently in talks with Netflix to produce a television series based on his record-breaking films Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds and Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days, while at the same time working on producing a third and fourth film in the franchise.
In the same vein, he produced Warriors of Dawn, starring Lee Jung Jae and Yeo Jin Goo, but that film flopped. Around the same time, the trailer for Along with the Gods received negative feedback because some said it was not true to its webtoon inspiration. Won despaired, but ultimately he learned that when you encounter rejection or hardship, it's important not to be too hard on yourself. One failure does not necessarily predict another.
He began working on the first film with CJ E&M Entertainment but continued with Lotte Entertainment because CJ E&M was cautious about producing two films at the same time, especially if the first was not a proven hit.
Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Ja-hong gets on his knees and begs the guardians not to destroy the vengeful spirit. At first it's because he thinks that the vengeful spirit is his mother. Then it turns out that the vengeful spirit is his brother. Even so, he asks that no harm comes upon his brother.
The Atoner: Ja-hong's constant self-deprecation comes from his intense feelings of guilt over planning his family's murder 15 years ago. He had planned on killing his chronically-ill mother, then his brother, then himself, but ultimately couldn't go through with it. He ran away from home and spent the next 15 years working himself to the bone to support his family.
Dead to Begin With: Ja-hong perishes at the beginning of the movie, although he isn't aware of it initially.
Driven to Suicide: Reached this point as a teenager. He almost committed a murder-suicide, but was stopped by his brother.
Fainting: He's overworked himself so much in the past that's he's fainted from exhaustion, complete with a nosebleed.
Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic. He's selfless and dedicated to the well-being of his family, but prone to frequent self-deprecation.
Friend to All Living Things: He's shown to have risked his life to save not just human lives, but also animal lives.
Heroic Sacrifice: Ja-hong sacrifices his life to save a little girl from a burning building, thus setting up the rest of the movie.
Heroic Self-Deprecation: Ja-hong continually insists that he is not a paragon. He rejects this idea to the point of nearly sabotaging his trials multiple times. As the film progresses, we learn that it seems to stem from guilt.
Humble Hero: Ja-hong is this when he isn't being self-deprecating.
Momma's Boy: Ja-hong is very dedicated to his chronically ill mother, working multiple, often dangerous, jobs in order to make sure all of her medical bills can be paid and that she, as well as his brother, can live comfortably. He spends the majority of his trip through Hell worried about her. His brother Soo-hong shares similar sentiments.
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He beat the crap out of his brother as a teenager after the latter stopped him from smothering their mother in her sleep.
Workaholic: Not only is he a firefighter, Ja-hong also takes a variety of jobs on the weekends. The only rest that he's gotten in 15 years is death.
Badass Longcoat: Wears a long coat and is a capable swordfighter.
Big Damn Heroes: Although not physically present, Gam-ling saves Ja-hong from getting his tongue cut out during a trial. Gam-ling possesses Deok-choon in order to deliver a crucial counter-argument at just the nick of time.
Cool Sword: His Whip Sword that can also function as a Flaming Sword.
Consummate Liar: When investigating the identity of the vengeful spirit, Gang-lim pretends to be a grieving man saved by Ja-hong. He's able to flip from calm to teary-eyed and back in a split-second. Ja-hong's mother is completely convinced.
Dark and Troubled Past: Implied through the brief flashbacks that we see of his past.
Determinator: Goes really far out of his way to give Soo-hong's vengeful spirit closure, even though he's not allowed to interfere with the living world. He faces a lot of obstacles during his investigation into Soo-hong's death, but refuses to give up.
Flight: He can zip around the sky in the living world, allowing him to chase down the vengeful spirit.
Flashback: Suffers these throughout the course of his investigation into Soo-hong's death.
Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic. Stern and unemotional, Gang-lim leads his team with a level head and a will of steel.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gam-ling is stern and doesn't take Ja-hong's self-deprecation well. He rips Ja-hong a new one when the latter's ill-timed self-deprecation almost costs them a trial. Despite this, Gam-ling goes out of his way to help Ja-hong and Soo-hong get closure. Instead of just incinerating Soo-hong's angry spirit and calling it a day, Gam-ling goes out of his way to capture him and locate his body so that he can be properly buried. He also personally delivers Ja-hong's rice cooker and letter to his mother after Ja-hong is allowed to reincarnate.
Identity Amnesia: Averted. He's the only one of the guardians to remember his human life.
Invisible to Normals: He's invisible to the living most of the time, but can choose when to become visible. People that're close to death can see him all the time though.
The Leader: Gang-lim is the oldest and most experienced member of his team. He directs the assistant guardians and the defendant throughout their journey through the seven hells.
Master of Illusion: Can create illusions in the living world that allows him to blend into whatever environment he's currently in.
Psychic Link: Shares one with Deok-choon, allowing them to communicate over long distances. Gam-ling can also use it to temporarily possess Deok-choon's body.
Spell My Name with an S: Gam-ling has also been seen transliterated as Gam-ring.
Time Master: Of a sort. He can rewind time in a certain area in order to view past events.
Badass Longcoat: Sports an ankle-length coat and is a very capable fighter. He's responsible for defending Ja-hong and Deok-choon while Gang-lim is absent.
Cool Sword: TWO cool swords at that! He can combine them into a Blade on a Stick.
Deadpan Snarker: Haewonmak's Establishing Character Moment is asking if Ja-hong really believed he could survive the height he jumped from the burning building. Sometimes his snark provides some much-needed Comic Relief.
Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric. Outspoken and action-oriented, but also insensitive and harsh.
Hot-Blooded: Haewonmak has a tendency of acting on impulse, something that his superior is very much aware of. He is the most likely to act on his emotions out of the three guardians, blurting out his thoughts and throwing himself into action without a second thought.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Haewonmak is snarky and irreverant, often complaining about having to defend Ja-hong. He wants to hurry up and finish his work so that he can reincarnate as the son of a rich man. Despite his jaded attitude, he still does his utmost to defend Ja-hong and ensure that Deok-choon is protected from the various hazards that they encounter.
Knight in Sour Armor: Haewonmak is very disillusioned with his occupation and is the first to suggest calling it quits when things start going south. He'll still do all he can to protect Deok-choon and defend Ja-hong unless ordered otherwise.
The Lancer: Contrasting the professional Gang-lim and cheerful Deok-choon, Haewonmak is rather cheerfully sarcastic and irreverent. He's the first to bring up objections to plans and the most open about his apathy towards his job.
Not So Above It All: Moved to tears during Soo-hong's last conversation with his mother.
Only in It for the Money: He's only acting as a guardian in order to earn reincarnation. He couldn't give less of a crap about the spirits that he defends.
Sand In My Eyes: Haewonmak is seen tearing up during the finale as well as trying and failing to be discreet about it (shaking/twitching your head's not going to make the tears go back in, dude), evoking this trope without saying anything.