THE WITCH 2 – THE OTHER ONE (2022) 9 reviews plus US release news

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The Witch: Part 2 – The Other One is a 2022 South Korean action mystery film and a sequel to The Witch: Part 1 – The Subversion (2018). Also known as The Witch 2: The Other One

Written and directed by Park Hoon-jung (The Childe; Night in Paradise; The Witch: Part 1 – The Subversion; V.I.P.; The Tiger; New World; The Showdown).

Actress Kim Da-mi reprises her role from the first film. The movie also stars Cynthia aka Shin Sia, Park Eun-bin, Seo Eun-soo, Jin Goo, Sung Yu-been, Jo Min-soo and Lee Jong-suk.

Somewhere, a girl wakes up in a huge secret laboratory. The girl accidentally meets Kyung-hee who is trying to protect their house from the gang who harasses her. When the gang bumps into the girl, they are overpowered by her unexpected power.


In the meantime, the secret laboratory starts to find the missing girl. Who is this mysterious girl and why is she being chased?

In the US, Next Entertainment World released The Witch: Part 2 – The Other One On-Demand (VOD) platforms on June 15, 2022. Well Go Entertainment will release the film on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD on November 8, 2022.

“While the narrative may fare much weaker this round, Park Hoon-jung’s knack for strong visuals and staging, late-game revelations, and an epic climax make up for it. Curiously, one crucial piece of setup gets withheld until post-credits. But overall, The Other One does move the needle forward and opens up intriguing new possibilities for the third chapter.” 3.5/5 Bloody Disgusting

The Witch: Part 2 is not as cohesive as one would hope from a sequel to the much loved The Witch. But on a technical level, it surpassed my expectations, leading to some great sequences. This remains a fun franchise with a lot of promise, even as I found myself increasingly less enthused by the expanding mythology of this story world.” CineFiles Movie Reviews

” …a wild, visceral ride that’s at once incredibly disjointed and compelling. Park Hoon-jung sticks to his guns, winning points for delivering something very different to the usual Korean action blockbuster, and hopefully, the film’s awkward title won’t put open-minded genre audiences off giving it a shot.” Eastern Kicks

“All in all, this is a solid action movie with some great combat sequences. It is not always narratively coherent and little is added by way of developing the basic premise, but it delivers what most fans will be looking for. The events of the first film are neatly woven in, and it does lay the groundwork for a third.” 3.5/5 Eye for Film

“There’s no oomph behind it, because there’s nothing to invest in, but at least it’s something to gawk at. Park can stage and shoot the hell out of some action, though The Witch 2: The Other One eschews the blood and brutality of the first film in favor of action that’s more akin to the CGI flippity flopping and blurry pixelated thrashing about of modern Hollywood superhero movies.” Grade: C, The Last Thing I See

“The effects are good even if the characters are barely sketched in, despite the pages and pages of dialogue. Once it finally gets going, The Witch: Part 2, the Other One is impressive. But there’s nothing here that transcends the genre…” 2/4 Movie Nation

“Some blood-soaked and perhaps overly busy action scenes suggest that the makers of The Witch: Part 2. The Other One still don’t know how to synthesize their overstuffed grab bag of pulpy tropes and stock characters. Even Harvey’s character points out (repeatedly) that Jo-hyeon curses a lot…”

“While the plot of The Witch Part 2: The Other One seems to suggest that it is merely the middle chapter of a supposed trilogy, I do admit that I ended up enjoying this film better. The main reason for this is a greater emphasis on the violent action, though you also end up relating to Cynthia and the bond she grows, Kyung Hee and Dae-Gil. There is also a fair bit of comic relief in the film…” 4 out of 5, Sean Kelly on Movies

“Most of the third act is set up for the next movie, which is unfortunate. Just when Shin finally gets some agency, she loses it to franchise building, which is too bad. It’s the worst thing about the movie, which has been teasing post-Other One plot lines throughout, but always additively. Sometimes too much additively, but never at the expense of Shin.” The Stop Button

“It is unfortunate that Park decided to flesh out the world more than the narrative, but it is an interesting world. Where it stumbles is as a follow-up to an effective genre hybrid that used both horror and action in equal measure. The Witch: Part 2. The Other One just never quite nails either because it seems more interesting in crafting a universe than a story.” Tilt

The Witch 2: The Other One is full of dialogue that could have been trimmed and half-formed ideas that I’m guessing are seeds of plot elements for the inevitable third film. But they’re merely annoyances during this one. If Park Hoon-jung had paid a bit more attention to the film at hand rather than setting up the next entry in the franchise, The Witch 2: The Other One would have been a much better film.” 3 out of 5, Voices from the Balcony


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