Kim Joo-hwan’s supernatural MMA thriller, The Divine Fury, is officially screening as a late addition to this year’s 23rd edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival. A day after its South Korean release, the film will screen on August 1 immediately following Hiroyuki Imaishi’s animated powerhouse feature debut out of Studio Trigger, Promare. Well Go USA has slated an August 16 U.S. select theatrical release.
The Divine Fury is written and directed by Kim and boasts a dazzling mix of horror and mixed martial arts starring Park Seo-jun (Parasite), Woo Do-hwan (Tempted) and Ahn Sung-ki (The Divine Weapon). Park plays a champion fighter who, as a child, abandoned his Christian faith, only to become afflicted with stigmata as an adult. When he realizes that he may at the center of a demonic plot to take over the Earth, he uses his martial arts prowess to take out the ghouls sent to destroy him.
“…THE DIVINE FURY features a panoply of actors with undeniable talent.” says programmer Rupert Bottenberg who also praised the film’s spectacular special effects on the website. “With its epic battles that see a champion fighter decking demons with powerhouses punches, THE DIVINE FURY is solid entertainment that will raise the adrenaline level to perilous peaks at Fantasia! Do not miss this!”
Fantasia’s announcement on Wednesday is also proudly hailing a special encore screening of Lee Won-tae’s hit Don Lee/Kim Moo-Yul action thriller, The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil. That programme quickly sold out its Quebec Premiere on July 13th and reportedly had festival audiences screaming for more.