South Korean Hit 'The Divine Move' to Get U.S. Release


The action film that recently topped "Transformers: Age of Extinction" at home is readying to hit North American cinemas.

SEOUL — The Divine Move, one of South Korea's most commercially successful films so far this year, will open in the U.S. on July 25.

The star-studded action film recently topped Transformers: Age of Extinction to become one of the fastest selling films in the Korean box office this year, despite being limited to ages 19 and over. It is also set to hit European screens this summer. The Divine Move has been invited to tour seven major German cities as part of the local Fantasy Filmfest's lineup, from Aug. 27 through Sept. 21.

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In the Asian region, the film is slated to be released in China, Taiwan and Thailand in the fall.

Distributed by Showbox/Megaplex, The Divine Move has brought in close to 3 million admissions in a country with a population of just 50 million, totaling $21.26 million as of Thursday. It accounts for more than 25 percent of ticket sales in South Korea after Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

The Divine Move stars regionally popular actor Jung Woo Sung as a professional "baduk" (Korean chess) player infiltrating the local underground gambling scene to avenge his brother's death.

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Director Jo Bum-gu said that the film's success may lead to launching a franchise, particularly since its conclusion is open-ended and strongly hints at the possibility of a sequel. Jung has expressed an avid interest in taking part should one be made. Last year, Cold Eyes, also starring Jung, became one of the year's highest grossing films in spite of competition against successful imports such as World War Z and RED: The Legend.