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Film

신과함께-죄와 벌 (Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds)

Country

South Korea

Director

Kim Yong-hua

Year

2017

Cast

Ha Jung-woo, Cha Tae-Hyun, Ju J-Hoon

Details

Colour 139 mins

A heroic firefighter dies, and finds himself facing seven trials in the Buddhist afterlife in order to be reincarnated. This film and its sequel are based on a webcomic series "Singwa Hamgge" by Joo Ho-Min. Which in its turn is based on a famous Buddhist painting "Ten Kings of Hell".

Visually spectacular in its depiction of the Buddhist hells, the film almost is a roller-coaster ride through the afterlife. The imagination on display overshadows the other elements of the film.

There is courtroom drama here as the three guardians helping the firefighter pass the trials (for their own shot at reincarnation) contend with the prosecutors. There is some comedy. The heroic firefighter may not be so much of a paragon as it appears. Really glad I chanced upon this film on a long-distance plane flight.