The Witch: Part 2. The Other One

The Witch: Part 2. The Other One (Korean마녀(魔女) Part2. The Other One; RRManyeo) is a 2022 South Korean science fiction action horror film written and directed by Park Hoon-jung. A sequel to the 2018 film The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion, it stars Shin Si-ah, Jo Min-su and Park Eun-bin. The film was released on June 15, 2022[3] by Next Entertainment World.[4]

The Witch: Part 2. the other one
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Promotional poster
Hangul마녀(魔女) Part2. The Other One
Revised RomanizationManyeo2
Directed byPark Hoon-jung
Written byPark Hoon-jung
Starring
CinematographyKim Young-ho
Music byMowg
Production
company
Film company this month
Distributed byNext Entertainment World
Release date
  • June 15, 2022 (2022-06-15)
Running time
137 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
LanguageKorean
Box officeest. US$22.9 million[1][2]

The film opened at number one at South Korean box offices and surpassed one million admissions after four days,[5] and two million after eleven days of release.[6] The Witch: Part 2 is currently the third highest-grossing Korean film of 2022 with a gross of US$22.11 million and 2.80 million viewers.[2]

SynopsisEdit

A 'girl' escapes from a secret laboratory called the 'Ark'. Siblings Kyung-hee and Dae-gil meet the ‘girl’ and become friends. Characters with different purposes appear and seek out the 'girl'.

CastEdit

  • Shin Si-ah as girl (official name: 'Ark 1 Datum point')[7]
  • Jo Min-su as Doctor Baek[8]
  • Park Eun-bin as Kyung-hee[9]
  • Seo Eun-soo as Jo-hyeon, a head office agent who goes out to get rid of the girl
  • Sung Yoo-bin as Dae-gil, Kyung-hee's younger brother and 'girl's only friend.[10]
  • Jin Goo as Yong-doo, the boss of an organization that disturbs the peaceful daily life of the siblings Kyung-hee and Dae-gil.[11]
  • Kim So-min
  • Kim Ki-hae[12]
  • Seo Yi-ra as Tou 4[13]
  • Jung Ra-el[14]
  • Justin John Harvey as new stealer working with Jo-hyeon.[15]
  • Cha Soon-bae
  • Chae Won-bin as Tou 4[16]

Special appearanceEdit

ProductionEdit

At the 23rd Busan International Film Festival on October 5, 2018 the director Park Hoon-jung and actor Kim Da-mi attending the stage greetings for the film The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion announced the sequel. On being asked about the sequel he explained, "As those who have seen it, expect it, but it will be the story after that shown in the movie."[17]

Shin Si-ah auditioned for the role of the protagonist in the summer of 2020, and was selected after beating 1,408 others.[7][21] Lee Jong-suk after finishing his military duty in 2020, made a comeback with a role in this film. Warner Bros. Korea, the holders of 'Witch' license, signed a contract with Next Entertainment World (NEW) for director Park Hoon-jung's next film: Witch 2. NEW made the investment and will also distribute the film.[19] The original crew of The Witch: Part 1 joined in this version too. Apart from director Park Hoon-jung, cinematographer Kim Young-ho, art directors Hwa Seong, Choi Hyun-seok, to the martial arts director Kim Jung-min are working together.[22] Park Eun-bin is coming back to big screen after nine years, since her last appearance was in 2013 film Secretly, Greatly.[23]

Filming began in the late December 2020 and was wrapped up on April 19, 2021.[24] The Witch: Part 2. was filmed on Jeju Island, which was the backdrop for the ending scene of the The Witch: Part 1. Jeju Stone Culture Park and the Glass House, located in Seopjikoji, were filming sites where crucial scenes were filmed.[25]

Release and promotionEdit

The film release which was scheduled for April was postponed due to COVID-19.[26] It was released theatrically on June 15, 2022 in South Korea.[3]

The film is promoted with some unique ways adopted by distributors. Some of the online and offline promotional methods have attracted attention of the people. From May 9, the official website of the film provided confidential information related to the 'girl' (Shin Si-a) who escaped the secret laboratory. In addition, it is planning first-class confidential fan art contest that runs until June 6. From May 16, the bus stops around Gangnam and the bus stop on Gangnam-daero from Sinsa station to Yangjae station were occupied by the advertisement installed as lenticular, giving impression of a 'Witch Road', attracted attention of people visiting the area.[27]

The film has been sold in 124 countries around the world and it will be simultaneously released in 11 countries along with domestic release.[28]

The film was invited to the 26th Fantasia International Film Festival and was screened for its Quebec premiere on July 29, 2022.[29][30]

Home mediaEdit

The film was made available for streaming on IPTV (KT olleh TV, SK Btv, LG U+ TV), Home Choice, Google Play, TVING, WAVVE, Naver TV, KT skylife, and Cinefox from July 14, 2022.[31]

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

The film was released on June 15 on 1,796 screens.[2][32] It opened at 1st place with 266,526 admissions at the Korean box office,[33][34] and crossed 1 million cumulative admissions on the fourth day.[5] It took 11 days to cross 2 million viewers,[6] and 18 days to cross 2.5 million viewers.[35]

As of August 2, 2022 it is at 3rd place among all the Korean films released in the year 2022 with gross of US$22,106,667 and 2,803,936 admissions.[2]

Weekly admissions (Based on the Integrated Computer Network for Cinema Admission Tickets)
Admissions and Box office rank as of respective weekend date[36][37]
Week ending Admissions Rank at BO
Weekend Cumulative
June 19, 2022 1,006,411 1,455,225 1st
June 26, 2022 401,214 2,240,393 2nd
July 3, 2022 212,586 2,637,935 3rd
July 10, 2022 55,857 2,772,674 5th
July 17, 2022 9,952 2,799,695 10th

Critical responseEdit

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 73% approval rating, based on 11 reviews with an average rating of 6.30/10.[38]

Kim Young-sik of Within News reviewing the film wrote, that the "appearance of the Absolute who is stronger than the strong one" has "completed the basic character build-up of the 'witch' worldview." Kim praised the performances of Seo Eun-soo and Jin Goo writing, "Actors Seo Eun-soo and Jin Goo's big performances in saving the main characters are also a highlight of this work." Concluding review Kim stated, "The film is a work like burning oil that makes you look forward to the upcoming 3rd installment by inserting an expanded worldview into the film." Kim further stated, "In addition, the film shows the audience an expanded worldview with the advent of a new absolute. The story structure has been simplified compared to the first part, and the characters are also at the expected level, but the Absolute Girl's ability will exceed the audience's expectations.[39] Meagan Navarro of Bloody Disgusting rated the film 3.5 out of 5 and criticised the weak narrative, writing, "While the narrative may fare much weaker this round," but appreciated the director Park Hoon-jung’s "knack for strong visuals and staging, late-game revelations." Praising the climax Navarro wrote, "The Other One does move the needle forward and opens up intriguing new possibilities for the third chapter."[40] Roger Moore film critic rated the film with 2 stars out of 5 and found the film tardy and lengthy. Moore wrote, "Park Hoon-jung’s everything-but-the-Korean-kitchen-sink sequel to 2018’s The Witch: Suberversion... a simple, slow-moving witch-hunt story whose clutter keeps it from ever truly getting up to speed."[41]

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