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The Witch: Part 2 The Other

This second chapter in the Korean sci-fi fantasy series runs in parallel with the first, telling the story of another teenager gifted with special powers. After an attack on the secret facility where she was raised, a nameless girl (Shin Si-ah) suddenly finds herself thrust into the outside world, where she is taken in by a young woman and her brother with problems of their own. Various competing factions are looking for the girl, although it does become confusing who is on what side. With an increased emphasis on CGI action and gore, this sequel lacks the slow-build tension and solid characterisation of the original film. However, the thrill-packed finale and some surprising revelations certainly whet the appetite for part three.

The Witch: Part 2 The Other

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There is an attempt to build up a relationship between The Girl, Kyung-Hee and her dorky brother Dae-gil (Sung Yu-been) which creates a few genuinely tender moments between these characters. But this is diluted by a story that is overstuffed with too many subplots and throwaway characters which makes it hard to follow the actual point of the film.

A girl wakes up in a huge secret laboratory, then accidentally meets another girl who is trying to protect her house from a gang. The mystery girl overthrows the gang with her unexpected powers, and laboratory staff set out to find her.

Moments later, she is taken into a van full of shady characters with another woman in captivity named Kyung-hee (Park Eun-bin), none of whom really unsuspect anything about the girl until the captors get a little aggresive, only to get summarily neutralized by the girl just before the van crashes, and Kyung-hee escapes the scene with her just before local law enforcement arrives. The rest of this particular arc sees the young girl, after recovering from injuries she sustained earlier on in events unseen in the film up until this point, acclimating to the safe and comfort of the remote home Kyung-hee shares with her brother, Dae-gil (Sung Yoo-bin).

this was... messy. so many different ways to show the softness of the main character without irrupting so painfully in the main plot and they chose the worst one. however I'm excited for part 3 and finally getting to see the sisters kicking asses together

Fothergilla Gardeni[i] was introduced into English gardens one hundred and thirty years ago [1765], and judging by the number of figures that were published of it in Europe toward the end of the last and at the beginning of the present century, it must at that time have been a well-known and favorite inhabitant of gardens from which it has now almost entirely disappeared, in spite of the fact that few shrubs present a more curious and beautiful effect than Fothergilla when it is covered with flowers. Its habit is excellent, too, and its foliage is abundant and rich in color.

Beyond the witch-hazels (Hamamelis), the genus Fothergilla is perhaps the second most recognizable and utilized member of the witchhazel family among gardeners. It is also the genus most closely related to Hamamelis. An exclusively North American genus, Fothergilla consists of two species, F. gardenii and F. major, both of which grow natively in the southeastern United States. Despite the favorable assessment of its ornamental traits by Sargent and others through the years, Fothergilla still remains underutilized, though new cultivar introductions as well as recent mentions in trade and popular publications are helping the cause (Darke 2008; Dirr 2009). Like its Ozarks relative, vernal witch-hazel (Hamamelis vernalis), the fothergillas carry with them winter hardiness well beyond their native range. They grow successfully at the Arnold Arboretum (USDA Hardiness Zone 6, -10 to 0F [-23.3 to -17.8C]) and even colder areas.

The taxonomists of the day were certainly not far off in their placement of Parrotiopsis with Fothergilla and then Parrotia. They are closely related on the family tree, with Parrotiopsis serving as the transitional link between the two other genera (Li and Bogle 2001). The most conspicuous difference in Parrotiopsis is the white floral bracts (modified leaves) that surround the conical cluster of flowers, which are apetalous but feature enlarged yellowish stamens, as is the case with both Fothergilla and Parrotia. These bracts are similar in function and appearance to those of flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), serving as a device to attract insect pollinators. The species is abundant in the northwestern Himalayan Mountains of India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan at elevations up to 9,000 feet (2,743 meters).

Corylopsis. All the species of this genus of shrubs of the Witch Hazel Family cultivated in the Arboretum have survived the winter with little or no loss of wood, but the flower-buds of the Chinese C. Veitchiana and C. Willmottae, and of the Japanese C. pauciflora and C. spicata have been killed by the cold, and the only species which has flowered is C. Gotoana of the elevated region of central Japan. This is evidently the hardiest of the plants of this genus, and as it has now flowered in the Arboretum every spring for several years there is good reason to hope that we have here an important shrub for the decoration of northern gardens. The flowers are produced in drooping spikes and open before the leaves appear, as in the other species, and are of a delicate canary-yellow color and pleasantly fragrant.

Corylopsis glabrescens (C. gotoana), reportedly the hardiest species and the most well suited for New England gardens, was first introduced into cultivation by Arboretum dendrologist John George Jack. He sent seeds back to the Arboretum from Japan in 1905, the year he spent touring Northern China, Korea, and Japan as only the second Arboretum staff member (after Sargent) to visit Asia. Another Arboretum connection to the genus came when Wilson and Rehder named several new Corylopsis taxa from the herbarium vouchers Wilson brought back from his early expeditions for the Arboretum. Although some of these Corylopsis have now been lumped together with other taxa, I think Wilson would be pleased to hear that the topic continues to confuse taxonomists even today!

The sweetgums (Liquidambar spp.) have traditionally been included in Hamamelidaceae, forming the subfamily Altingioideae along with two other genera, Altingia and Semiliquidambar. However, the members of Altingioideae have enough morphological differences from the rest of Hamamelidaceae that some taxonomists through the years have suggested that the group be elevated to their own separate family, Altingiaceae. Recent research at the molecular level supports this separate family, and some (though not all) taxonomic references now list sweetgums under Altingiaceae rather than Hamamelidaceae. The Arboretum has accessions of three Liquidambar species in the collection: L. styraciflua from North America, and L. acalycina and L. formosana, both from China. This large specimen of L. styraciflua (135-38-B) grows near the juncture of Bussey Hill Road and Valley Road.

Like Ja-yoon however and in a superhero cliché she finds refuge on a farm and helps to complete the family which had been ruptured by absence but her new happiness is fragile on several levels not least of them that the farmhouse is under threat from venal gangster Yong-du (Jin Goo) who wants the land to build a resort. In an undeveloped plot strand, it seems that Dae-gil has lingering resentment towards his sister for leaving for America and returning only when their father died with the intention of sorting out the estate while it otherwise seems clear that their father was himself a gangster who may have used his ill-gotten gains to buy the farm in the first place. This is no ordinary rural backwater, but one brimming with darkness as the backstreet doctor turned drunken vet makes clear. 041b061a72


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