The Divine Fury (Korean사자; Hanja使者; RRSaja; lit. emissary, with connotations of the underworld) 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.[4]

The Divine Fury
Promotional poster
Literal meaningEmissary
Revised RomanizationSaja
Directed byKim Joo-hwan
Written byKim Joo-hwan
Music byKoo Ja-wan
Distributed byLotte Entertainment
Release date
  • 31 July 2019 (2019-07-31)
Running time
129 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Budget₩14.7 billion[1]
Box officeUS$11.8 million[2][3]

Plot edit

The film tells the story of Yong-hoo (Park Seo-joon), a martial arts champion who gains divine powers to fight a powerful evil force. After a tragic childhood in which both of his parents died, Yong-hoo harbors deep resentment toward the Almighty.[5] He channels his anger to become a successful MMA fighter.[6] After a bout in the United States, he develops a stigmata, which forces him to seek the help of Father Ahn (Ahn Sung-ki).[7] The priest, who is an exorcist, sees potential in Yong-hoo after his wound defeats a demon.[5] The two partner up to battle demonic activity in Korea.

Cast edit

Special appearance edit

Production edit

The film began production on August 14, 2018. It reunites director Jason Kim and actor Park Seo-joon, after Midnight Runners.[8][9]

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,[10] and in the United States and Canada on August 16, 2019, distributed by Well Go USA Entertainment.[11]

Reception edit

The film was released on 1405 screens on July 31, 2019. It opened at second place with 380,092 admissions.[2] With a total production cost of ₩14.7 billion, it required at least 3 million (South Korean) admissions to cross the break-even point. The film was produced with a sequel in mind, but the successor is unclear due to the film's box office failure.[1]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "영화 '사자' 박서준, 2년 전 흥행 어게인? 글쎄…". Sports Donga. Retrieved June 4, 2023.
  2. ^ a b "The Divine Fury (2019)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 15 November 2022.
  3. ^ "Korean Film Box Office (Yearly)". Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  4. ^ 박서준의 '사자', 7월 개봉 확정…강렬한 기운 담긴 포스터 공개[공식]. (in Korean). Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Harvey, Dennis (2019-08-16). "Film Review: 'The Divine Fury'". Variety. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  7. ^ DeFore, John (August 15, 2019). "'The Divine Fury': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  8. ^ "MIDNIGHT RUNNERS Duo Step into the Ring for THE DIVINE FURY". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  9. ^ "박서준·우도환, '사자'로 뭉친다…'청년경찰' 감독 신작". Naver. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  10. ^ "Magnum Films". Dream Movie Australia. Retrieved 1 September 2019. In cinemas 8 August/Magnum Films/Lotte Entertainment/Purple Plan
  11. ^ "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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