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7/10
"A glass of wine after fighting demons makes me sleep like a baby."
classicsoncall21 February 2020
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Not bad as far as demonic possession stories go. Mix in a little martial arts action and you've got a unique take on the worlds of devils and exorcisms. Oh, and don't forget the demon creature that takes on aspects of the Creature From the Black Lagoon; that was kind of special. The story revolves around a young martial artist (Seo-joon Park) who loses faith in God following the death of his father when he was just a boy. Carrying that doubt into adulthood, he is suddenly afflicted with stigmata and seeks recourse with a Vatican priest who specializes in exorcisms. At the same time, a local night club owner is himself a demon in disguise, and is the one responsible for the death of Park Yong-hoo's father. With creative special effects set amid the dark environs of Seoul, Korea, the fighter and the priest engage in a number of rituals to cleanse afflicted individuals, while Park himself begins to appreciate his mentor's faith and God's mysterious ways in bringing him to the aid of those who suffer. In a final confrontation with the demon, Park introduces what I like to call the fiery palm technique, which smotes down Ji-sin's (Do-Hwan Woo) accomplices and defeats the devil himself. You might give this a try if you're in the mood for something just a bit different.
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9/10
Wholly enjoyable South Korean exorcism effort
kannibalcorpsegrinder20 November 2019
After losing his father as a child, a champion boxer finds that he has been afflicted with stigmata and begins traveling with a Vatican-sanctioned priest performing exorcisms in South Korea looking for a Satanic cult leader, and when he finds the man is responsible for the death of his father team up to cast out his evil.

There was a lot to like with this one. Among the better aspects on display is the fact that this one offers plenty of intriguing aspects to the religious undertones found within the storyline. The fact that the story is transposed to South Korea with all the usual trappings found in supernatural and exorcism stories with plenty of focus on his stigmata is a wholly impressive feat, giving this a recognizable and familiar grounding that is to be expected in such a situation. The various connections made to regular religious practices, including the priests who are shown performing the usual Christian rituals and exorcism practices as well as the Satanic interactions occurring under the nightclub operating as a front for the cult. That also leads into their conversations about his faith growing up and how he's waned over time which comes into play with the stigmata he has that allows for some rather intriguing philosophical debates about their religion that gives the film some extra weight. The other strong aspect to like here is the film's fun supernatural horror aspects. Starting with the dream sequence of seeing the religious ceremony that allows him to become possessed by the burning cross in his hand, the onslaught of possession tactics displayed here manage to give this some fun elements. The scenes of the shadows coming to life and toying with him are quite fun, as is the fiery exorcism attempt in the church where they attempt to exorcism the victim but eventually have to use his spiritual powers to finally cleanse the spirit. That there's a series of other exorcism attempts they perform in the community trying to track down the leader of the Satanic cult is where this one really works the best, offering up engaging battle tactics, impressive special effects and plenty of action in the battle to finally stop it leading up to the final fight as there's a lot of fun methods on both sides to get the upper hand in the brutal, emotional battle. Overall, these here are what hold this one up as the film does have a few big problems. The main one is the usual issue associated with these films in that there's no reason for this one to be as long as it. The love affair with adding over-the-top melodrama into everything here, from the overbearing intro that gives us far too much backstory than it really needs as it can tell this story in much sharper manners without going so heavily into these dramatic tendencies. This also causes a large issue with the film focused much more on their relationship and his journey back to the light of his faith that the main villain is incredibly underwhelming and not at all that scary, with no build-up at all in his motivations or purpose or what his plan actually is with all the possession attempts and cult practices are really for. That causes for a severe drop-off in the tension of the final battle where it's just another demon possession to overcome instead of the culmination of their journey, but this isn't a detrimental issue and only brings it down slightly overall.

Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Violence and Language.
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3/10
Ho hum
phd_travel5 April 2020
I must have missed something but I thought it started out Okay then as the horror and exorcisms came in it got boring. Park's face remained rather bland for much of the show. Also the photography was darker than it should have been.
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1/10
awful
FeastMode26 March 2020
I could tell within the first 5 minutes that this was going to be bad. i tried to give it a chance. that lasted until the 49 minute mark. and i was done. i'm generally not a fan of exorcism movies. and this is basically a crappy version of constantine, a movie a gave a 3/10. (1 viewing, 3/26/2020)
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7/10
Different
westsideschl8 December 2019
A different take (mixing MMA fights w/exorcism) on the evil Satan (as a demon water snake maybe; don't know as we don't see him, but maybe next film) as he torments human souls. A bit stereotyped as to flashing room lights; crows; levitation; evil looking screams.
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5/10
Not bad, but THE PRIESTS was much better. Too much religious propaganda here.
paulclaassen17 April 2020
'The Divine Fury' reminded me of 'The Priests', also a South Korean film.

The film certainly delivers its share of noise in the form of screams, growling, snaring, etc. At least the cinematography is beautiful, considering its a horror film, and the visuals were also very good. I enjoyed the fact they didn't play loud 'scary' music during some of the scenes, like Hollywood usually does. Note creepy background effects, like shadows. This is always highly effective instead of in-your-face visuals. Some images are truly disturbing.

The story itself isn't really unique. We've seen this a dozen times before. The bad guy conducting his evil from a club was a bit cliched. The club itself was a great design, though. As for the acting, the best actor by far was Sung-Ki Ahn as Father An. There was nothing special about Seo-joon Park's acting as the lead. The little boy was a much better actor.

My main criticism about the film is the religious propaganda. If I didn't know any better, I'd have believed this to be made by the Church (or the Pope himself!) to promote Christianity. At times, their religious conversations seemed to go on forever, eventually sounding like a sermon. That was a bit much for a horror film...

The climatic finale was good.
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8/10
MMA VS THE DEVIL
kirbylee70-599-52617921 December 2020
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Some of the most fascinating movies are coming out of Korea and thankfully Well Go is there to make sure they find their way to the American market. When you realize that the Oscar winner for best picture came from Asia it makes you take a second look at what they have to offer. This item was one that I enjoyed from start to finish.

Yong-hoo (Park Seo-joon) is a young man traumatized by the death of his parents at an early age. Taking all of that rage he uses it to survive becoming a top fighter and finally making his way into the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) combat. But something happens to him he never saw coming. He suddenly develops stigmata (the appearance of bodily wounds, scars and pain in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ) on his hands. This is even stranger since he abandoned belief in religion due to his parent's death.

Seeking answers he meets and then consults with Father Ahn (Ahn Sung-ki) after a bout in the US. Father Ahn is an exorcist with the Church. Yong-hoo accompanies the priest on a visit and the marks on his hands help when it comes to saving someone from a demon. Father Ahn sees potential in Yong-hoo and attempts to recruit him in his battles but Yong refuses.

The inevitable happens when Father Ahn is in desperate need of help. Was there ever any doubt that Yong-hoo was going to follow this path? This leads to an action packed showdown at the end of the film that results in a satisfying conclusion. The only question one is left with is when will there be a sequel?

The film is that perfect combination of genres that makes for a fantastic sum of all its parts. There is humor, action, martial arts, drama, horror and more all melded into what many would think would be something cheesy and unspectacular. Instead the viewer is pleasantly surprised with a movie that holds your interest from start to finish. While many movies from foreign countries lose something in translation that's not the case here.

The odds aren't good that you'll find this on the shelf of local Redbox. For me I would recommend it highly enough to say it's worth adding to your personal collection. Well Go has done a fantastic job with the transfer of the film with the cleanest look possible to a well-made production. This one is worth looking for in whatever format you can find it.
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8/10
Two intriguing loners are fighting off maleficient demons
kluseba15 January 2020
The Divine Fury is a South-Korean fantasy drama with horror elements that seems to be the starting point for a growing franchise. This film focuses on mixed martial arts fighter Yong-hoo who has lost his father as a child. Since that moment, he has lost his faith and lives in isolation. Yong-hoo starts hearing voices that try to have a negative impact on him and is having terrible nightmares but continues to ignore those signals. One day however, he dreams of getting hurt in a nightmare and awakes with a mysterious wound in the palm of his hand. Since regular doctors are unable to find a cause or cure for that phenomenon, Yong-hoo consults a shaman his chauffeur recommends him. She tells him that he is haunted by demons but that the ring that belonged to his father is protecting him. The shaman recommends him to contact a priest working for the Vatican who has come to Seoul to fight a Dark Bishop who is committing crimes in the name of the Devil. Upon meeting priest Ahn, mixed martial arts fighter Yong-hoo realizes that his mysterious wound has the power to exorcise demons. The two men become partners in order to track down and defeat the Dark Bishop together.

This movie convinces on numerous levels. The story has great pace and is refreshingly straight despite a few creative twists and turns here and there. The sinister settings in Seoul look gorgeous and especially the discotheque that serves as a hideout for the Dark Bishop is absolutely stunning to watch. The characters in the movie have depth and are rather unusual for a fantasy movie. The martial arts fighter is surprisingly calm, careful and sensitive while the priest is a mild-mannered veteran. The movie avoids any heroic tropes similar Hollywood flicks tend to offer. The film is equally a drama and an action movie. The characters are fleshed out and face inner and outher struggles but they are also involved in intense fighting scenes with demons and the Dark Bishop. The horror elements are rather mild in this film which can even be recommended to teenagers who usually prefer superhero movies.

There aren't any significant negative elements to mention. The story isn't particularly creative and somewhat predictable at times. The introduction might slightly overstay its welcome. It remains to be seen whether the idea to develop a franchise out of this movie is going to be a successful strategy or going to water down the quality of the upcoming releases.

As it is now, The Divine Fury is an entertaing fantasy movie that combines energetic action, profound drama and mild horror elements. Fans of the aforementioned genres as well as of Hollywood's superhero movies will discover a fresh take on the idea of two lonesome protagonists fighting off evil spirits and maleficient criminals. The Divine Fury certainly is one of the most convincing and recommendable contemporary fantasy movies.
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8/10
Enjoyable Watch
Foutainoflife2 January 2020
This film just sorta sucked me into it. The story is solid in my opinion. The actors are well seasoned and the sets are appealing. There wasn't much to complain about with it but the version I watched had english subtitles that were choppy. I could make it out but I know it would've been much better had the subtitles been more fluent. I say check it out.
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3/10
Sigh. Just A Commercial For The Pope.
redrobin62-321-20731129 October 2019
In many ways, "The Divine Fury" is a pale ripoff of the 46-year-old masterpiece "The Exorcist." The difference here is the Koreans opted to REALLY hammer the greatness of their god into your brain. It was overkill, really. The special effects were okay, but the over-acted melodrama and cliched scenes could only be appreciated by someone who'd never seen an exorcism-type film before, and there are many. "The Divine Fury" gets an 'E' for effort. They tried, but skip this one.
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7/10
Constantine meets Mortal Kombat
lojitsu24 April 2020
Here's the Lowedown on "Divine Fury" (NR - 2019 - Blu)

Genre: Horror/Paranormal/Martial My Score: 6.9

Cast=4 Acting=8 Plot=7 Ending=9 Story=6 Scare=4 Jump=4 F/X=9 Creep=10 Fights=8

After his father's death, a man turns from his faith and becomes an MMA fighter. When a stigmata appears on his hand, he seeks the help of a priest only to get caught up in a fight he never anticipated.

"When my father died...God did nothing." This Korean film was a lot of fun. Not particularly scary, but good fight and exorcism scenes made for a solid watch. It was like taking 'Constantine' and throwing in some Mortal Kombat for good measure. Ultimately, I think it was trying a bit too hard to be a good possession movie and a good martial arts movie...but they came close to making it work.
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6/10
Weak script.
AJ_McAninch11 February 2021
The cast works hard, but the writing is not good enough for the star quality of the leads. I'm surprised Park Seo Joon took the part.
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8/10
Loved it
yankeedoo6 September 2019
Acc to reports Koreans did not like it much. But I sure did watch it it's superb
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1/10
Ignore it, waste of time
ramisaakter9 April 2021
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Korean horror trends to be really good but its re awful. I can't believe, I just wasted my 2 hours watching this crap. It's an exorcism movie with no scary ghost.... :) Maybe I would rate this a bit more if it has at least scary ghosts but it's all about possessed with demon. A follower and worshiper of Lucifer is trying to control everyone through black magic and the priest and the actor are trying to help them.

This is all about it. Isn't it a usual story?

We have seen at least 100 of stories like this in horror movies. Even they are better than this.
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4/10
Not Many Action Scenes!! 😒
HadiAriyan071 September 2020
The filmmakers are dead serious about this one !! From a technical angle, the movie looks great from cinematography, editing and lighting all looks great. Where the movie field is dead serious tone that the moviemakers kept in the lengthy running time and lack of action unfortunately.
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2/10
It's like constantine
ansirahka5 February 2020
But with knock offs asian cast and very bad visual effects
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8/10
Fight the Power of Evil
wjosephjorob10 January 2020
Good Horror film, the acting and the chemistry of the lead actors were compelling, I love how they even threw in a bit of humor to lighten up certain stages of the film, the fight scenes and the Demon battles were intense , I hope this don't get ignored, because if you like exorcism themed films this one is a winner and probably the best one from 2019, I like a Horror film with compassion sometimes .
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10/10
Watch it if you want something fresh
ham-ma24216 December 2019
There aren't many movies about exorcism, and those who are, are usually about just one story/exorcism and that's why they kinda fail, unless delivered in a deeper manner.

This movie is great because of how deep the plot/script is and shows a great reality of exorcists. Though the interesting part how they all show the dark side without showing more of the Light side, they show the faith and beliefs rather than the actual Light beings, though they show the demon side of things. Also the whole MMA background is very thin here, just some spice in this whole soup, though in the end it tastes better xd.

The acting, cinematography, tensity, soundtrack and the story is amazing. If you like something fresh, action, thrilling and mixed with horror~, then check it out.

P.S The main fight is not hollywood 2 hits and dead, it's a good one.
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8/10
HOLY SMOKE!
nickeyblack3512 August 2020
Great movie. There were some interesting things in this movie. It was more dramatic than scary. At least to me. I watch a lot of horror, but this had its moments. A few creepy moments... etc. Overall a good piece of work. I recommend it.
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6/10
Good exorcism movie
nickyb-791319 October 2019
Made very well without a hint of being small budget. All the technicals of lighting and sound are as good as any big budget offering. The biggest issue for me was the English subtitles were very poor. "Our daily diet" may well be the literal translation but a polished subtitle would have said "bread". However, the hard coded subs were created by a Korean fan group and not professionally made by the creators do on dvd or Netflix These will be improved, I imagine. These type of misses really caused me to be distracted. If you like the Korean horror genre it should be one to watch though clearly influenced by the American exorcism subclass of horror which is why I suspect Koreans were not as fond of it as I was. Worth watching to the end even if it's not your bag, if you like a good martial arts fight.
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8/10
interesting
FlavioMiguelPereira21 September 2019
Lets forget a bit about the story but the movie was a surprise to be in korean, great scenario and great actors.

Wont speak about the story but it would be nice to have it in a english movie.
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5/10
More action in the trailer than in the movie
sophaljonesy25 August 2019
An MMA fighter joins a priest to exorcise demons while struggling with his own. The premise seems interesting but u fortunately tbe movie spends too much runtime on the drama, while not necessarily making the lead any more likable. In fact, he looks just like an annoying angsty teen. Though he has a tragic past, tbe way he acts does not make his character more sympathizing. On the contrary, the villain is much more fun to watch because the actor just plays a straight up stereotypical cult leader villain. And the actor manages to do it with a straight face, whicb is admirable. The exorcism scenes are great and suspenseful. It is helped with the presence of a veteran actor playing the stoic exorcist. Though the build up is awfully slow, the final fight scene is great. The fight choreography was brutal and the special effects make it seem like a superhero movie. However, it took too long for the payoff and there had been more action instead of needless brooding, this movie would have been much much more entertaining.
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1/10
NOT IN ENGLISH
wendywells627 October 2020
Got our hopes up when we rented this, you could have at least given us subtitles!!!!
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10/10
Very enjoyable movie
sdsande12 October 2019
This movie is for everyone, I loved it both as a Catholic and as a action movie buff. Wonderful cinematography and a solid performance from every single actor. I would highly recommend this movie to everyone.
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6/10
I like the humour
bananasonata7 September 2019
It is good but I have seen better exorcist-type movie. Particularly like the conversation between Park and Father Ahn. Fighting scenes were great, tension building was good. Overall a good Friday movie if you are looking for something scary to watch.
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