The Divine Fury (Korean: 사자; Hanja: 使者; RR: Saja; 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.
|The Divine Fury|
|Directed by||Kim Joo-hwan|
|Written by||Kim Joo-hwan|
|Music by||Koo Ja-wan|
|Distributed by||Lotte Entertainment|
|Box office||US$11.8 million|
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. He channels his anger to become a successful MMA fighter. After a bout in the United States, he develops a stigmata, which forces him to seek the help of Father Ahn (Ahn Sung-ki). The priest, who is an exorcist, sees potential in Yong-hoo after his wound defeats a demon. The two partner up to battle demonic activity in Korea.
- Park Seo-joon as Yong-hoo
- Lee Chan-yoo as young 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
- Lee Seung-hee as Possessed Man
- Sim Hee-seop as Father Kim
- Kim Si-eun as Nun Theresa
- Kim Seon-min as Angela
- Kim Bum-soo as Bum-soo
- Ryu Kyung-soo as Doctor
- Seo Jeong-yeon as Soo-jin's Mother
- Jo Eun-hyung as Hong-jin
- Jung Eui-soon as Veronica
- Kim Ye-ji as Past Apostle
- Hikaru Yamamoto as Maria
- Rika Adachi as Lola
- Rina Takeda as Mean Girl
Special appearance 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, and in the United States and Canada on August 16, 2019, distributed by Well Go USA Entertainment.
The film was released on 1405 screens on July 31, 2019. It opened at second place with 380,092 admissions. 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.
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In cinemas 8 August/Magnum Films/Lotte Entertainment/Purple Plan
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UNITED STATES: August 16, 2019/CANADA: August 16, 2019
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- U.S. and Canada official web page
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