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Lotte Presents ALONG WITH THE GODS Sequel and More in Cannes
May 15, 2018
- Writerby Pierce Conran
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After a strong 2017, which included the hit cop comedy-thriller Midnight Runners (2017) and the fantasy epic Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017), which became the second most successful Korean film of all time, Lotte Entertainment has high hopes for their new lineup of films being presented at the Film Market during this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
With expectations high in the wake of the first film’s success, sequel Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days is the biggest film in Lotte’s lineup this year. Once again directed by
KIM Yong- hwa and featuring HA Jung-woo, JU Ji-hoon and KIM Hyang-gi as archangels guiding the recently deceased into the afterlife, the follow-up, which was shot simultaneously with the first installment, adds Don LEE (aka MA Dong- seok) of THE OUTLAWS (2017) to the cast.
Following the success of their fantasy drama Be With You last month, Lotte’s next title is LOVE+SLING, which was released in Korea on May 9. This comedy-drama features YOO Hae-jin (LUCK-KEY, 2016) as a widowed father whose son pursues wrestling despite not having any interest in the sport. Before long, a young woman comes between them.
14 years after his dark romantic crime drama The Scarlet Letter (2004), director BYUN Daniel H. is about to return with the political drama High Society. The project combines PARK Hae-il (The Last Princess, 2016) and Su Ae (Midnight F.M., 2010) as a middle-class couple who aspire to rise the ranks of society.
From The Fatal Encounter (2014) director LEE Jae-
kyoo, Intimate Strangers is a remake of the Italian comedy-drama Perfect Strangers, originally released in 2016. YOO Hae-jin and CHO Jin- woong (The Handmaiden, 2016) lead the cast of this story of a dinner party that goes wrong when a game is played in which each participant must share the content of their phones.