The Witch 2: The Other One Blu-ray Review


  • Director ‏ : ‎ Park Hoon-Jung
  • Actors ‏ : ‎ Shin Sia, Park Eun-Bin, Seo Eun-Soo, Jin Goo, Sung Yu-Been
  • Dubbed: ‏ : ‎ English
  • Studio ‏ : ‎ Well Go Usa
  • MPAA rating ‏ : ‎ NR (Not Rated)
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ South Korea
  • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 1
  • Media Format ‏ : ‎ Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Run time ‏ : ‎ 2 hours and 18 minutes
  • Release date ‏ : ‎ November 8, 2022

         For many years we could see the impact of cinema on television, with sitcoms shifting from the staged three-camera theatrical set-up to the open style of single-camera shows and the finality of limited series. In more recent years, it has also felt like television has had an impact on movies, with loose ends intentionally left for sequels and opening up possibilities for cinematic universes. This sequel to The Witch: Subversion has this impact, beginning a new strand of the narrative rather than continuing the original story. The Witch 2: The Other one adds more to the existing universe, but audiences may be disappointed to find that the primary purpose seems to be setting up the next film.


        Another criticism that has been made about this sequel to the popular South Korean sci-fi action film is that it essentially repeats the storyline of the first film, with new characters. In some ways this is true, with the narrative following a girl named Ark 1 (Shin Si-ah) who escapes from a secret laboratory to live with a family in their remote home. Kyung-hee (Park Eun-bin) is facing her own problems with a gangster named Yong-doo (Jin Goo) trying to strongarm her into selling the home she shares with her younger brother Dae-gil (Sung Yoo-bin). The siblings invite Ark 1 to stay with them, discovering she has a ferocious appetite and abilities similar to those displayed by Ja-yoon (Kim Da-mi) for all to see on the competition singing TV show in the first film.


        These powers come in handy when Yong-doo brings thugs to the home to harass Kyung-hee, but they also draw the attention of others with powers who are hunting Ark 1. So many characters have powers in this sequel, it begins to feel like South Korea’s version of an X-Men film at times. But even that is a bit too generous, because without a wide variety of abilities and a similar story to the last film, The Witch 2 is lacking in creativity. Although there are some great action sequences, the narrative drags a little in the middle and ends in a way that makes it feel like an extended trailer for the next installment.


        Despite the repetition of the plot and the lack of resolution, The Witch 2 is an easy view. In the larger sense, it may serve as a necessary chapter in the franchise, even if it has the unfortunate feel of a middle film. Those who liked the first movie will find much to enjoy, and there are even some rather bold choices made in the narrative. It is only when comparing it to the first film that The Witch 2 seems to fall short. Ultimately, it will come down to the next installment to determine the quality of this film, which is another sign this franchise is built with the serial nature of television in mind.


        The Blu-ray release for The Witch 2: The Other One includes a behind-the-scenes featurette. This is essentially the only special feature, other than a trailer and optional English dubbing.


Entertainment Value: /10

Quality of Filmmaking: /10

Historical Significance:  /10

Special Features: /10

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