The Divine Fury

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The Divine Fury
The Divine Fury poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Hangul사자
Revised RomanizationSaja
LiterallyEmissary
Directed byKim Joo-hwan
Written byKim Joo-hwan
StarringPark Seo-joon
Ahn Sung-ki
Woo Do-hwan
Music byKoo Ja-wan
Production
company
Distributed byLotte Entertainment
Release date
  • 31 July 2019 (2019-07-31)
Running time
129 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
LanguageKorean
Box office$11.1 million[1]

The Divine Fury (Korean사자; RRSaja; lit. Emissary) is a 2019 South Korean action horror film written and directed by Kim Joo-hwan. It stars Park Seo-joon, Ahn Sung-ki and Woo Do-hwan. The film was released on July 31, 2019.[2]

Plot[edit]

The film tells the story of Yong-hoo (Park Seo-joon), a martial arts champion who gains divine powers to fight with a powerful evil force. After a tragic childhood, which involved the deaths of his parents, Yong-hoo has harbored deep resentment towards the Almighty.[3] He uses this anger to become a successful MMA fighter.[4] After a bout in the United States, he develops a stigmata, which forces him to seek the help of a Father Ahn (Ahn Sung-ki).[5] The priest, who is an exorcist, sees potential in Yong-hoo after his wound defeated a demon.[3] The two partner to battle demonic activity in Korea.

Cast[edit]

  • Park Seo-joon as Yong-hoo
  • Ahn Sung-ki as Father Ahn
  • Woo Do-hwan as Ji-shin
  • Park Ji-hyun as Soo-jin
  • Jung Ji-hoon as Ho-seok
  • Sim Hee-seop as Father Kim
  • Lee Seol as Seol (cameo)
  • Seo Jeong-yeon as Soo-jin's Mother
  • Jo Eun-hyung as Hong-jin
  • Park Jin-joo as Chinese restaurant delivery woman (cameo)
  • Choi Woo-shik as Father Choi (cameo)
  • Kim Si-eun as Nun Theresa (cameo)
  • Lee Seung-hee as Possessed Man (cameo)
  • Kim Seon-min as Angela
  • Jung Eui-soon as Veronica
  • Kim Bum-soo as Bum-soo
  • Lee Chan-yoo as Yong-hoo (young)

Production[edit]

The film began production on August 14, 2018. It reunites director Jason Kim and actor Park Seo-joon, after Midnight Runners.[6][7]

Release[edit]

The film was released in cinemas in Australia and New Zealand on August 8, 2019, licensed by Purple Plan and distributed by Magnum Films,[8] and in the United States and Canada on August 16, 2019, distributed by Well Go USA Entertainment.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Korean Film Box Office (Yearly)". Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  2. ^ 박서준의 '사자', 7월 개봉 확정…강렬한 기운 담긴 포스터 공개[공식]. entertain.naver.com (in Korean). Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Marsh, James (2019-08-14). "The Divine Fury: The Exorcist meets MMA in Limp Korean Thriller". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  4. ^ Harvey, Dennis; Harvey, Dennis (2019-08-16). "Film Review: 'The Divine Fury'". Variety. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  5. ^ DeFore, John (August 15, 2019). "'The Divine Fury': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  6. ^ "MIDNIGHT RUNNERS Duo Step into the Ring for THE DIVINE FURY". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  7. ^ "박서준·우도환, '사자'로 뭉친다…'청년경찰' 감독 신작". Naver. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  8. ^ "Magnum Films". Dream Movie Australia. Retrieved 1 September 2019. In cinemas 8 August/Magnum Films/Lotte Entertainment/Purple Plan
  9. ^ "THE DIVINE FURY (2019) - Official Movie Site – Coming Soon". Well Go USA Entertainment. Retrieved 1 September 2019. UNITED STATES: August 16, 2019/CANADA: August 16, 2019

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