The Priests (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Revised Romanization||Geomeun sajaedeul|
|Directed by||Jang Jae-hyun|
|Produced by||Baek Ji-sun |
|Written by||Jang Jae-hyun|
|Based on||12th Assistant Deacon|
by Jang Jae-hyun
|Starring||Kim Yoon-seok |
|Music by||Kim Tae-seong|
|Edited by||Shin Min-kyung|
|Distributed by||CJ Entertainment|
|Box office||US$36.9 million|
The Priests (Korean: 검은 사제들; RR: Geomeun Sajedeul; lit. "Black Priests") is a 2015 South Korean supernatural mystery thriller film written and directed by Jang Jae-hyun, based on his award-winning short film 12th Assistant Deacon. 
A young girl who belongs to Father Kim's parish becomes comatose after a hit-and-run accident. Father Kim finds out she is possessed by an evil spirit. Father Kim along with a rebellious young seminarian named Choi who is unsure about spiritual warfare, try to exorcise the demon and confine it in a piglet. Members of rosicrucianism inform Father Kim that two of their priests were killed by this demon. During the exorcism, the demon manifests, inflicting unnatural bodily rashes. Choi initially runs out halfway through the exorcism attempt, but eventually decides to return, determined to finish what they started. Father Kim tells him to believe this ministry isn't in vain and the reward is in the Lord’s hand (Isaiah 49:4). Choi replies by quoting Ezekiel 2:6, and affirms he is prepared now. When they try to free the girl from the demon's powerful hold, they realize that the demon they are facing is an ancient one named Malphas and is far more dangerous than they ever thought. However, they manage to confine it in the piglet, but the police arrive and try to arrest them for killing Young-shin, acting on a complaint by her extremely traumatized parents. Choi runs out with the pig, faces many obstructions but successfully drowns it in the river as instructed by Kim (Luke 8:33). Young-shin who was considered dead shows signs of life, and Father Kim's and Brother Choi's rashes disappear.
- Kim Yoon-seok as Father Kim
- Gang Dong-won as Deacon Choi
- Park So-dam as Young-shin
- Kim Eui-sung as Dean of clergy
- Son Jong-hak as Monsignor
- Lee Ho-jae as Father Jeong
- Nam Il-woo as Abbot
- Kim Byeong-ok as Professor Park
- Cho Soo-hyang as Agnes
- Park Woong as Bishop
- Lee Jeong-yeol as Young-shin's father
- Kim So-sook as Young-shin's mother
- Jeong Ha-dam as Shaman Young-joo
- Kim Soo-jin as Father Kim's younger sister
- Don-Don the pig as the Pig
Awards and nominations
|25th Buil Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Park So-dam||Won|
|Best New Actress||Nominated|
|16th Women in Film Korea Awards||Won|
|7th KOFRA Film Awards||Won|
|11th Max Movie Awards||Won|
|21st Chunsa Film Art Awards||Won|
|52nd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress||Won|
|10th Asian Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|3rd Korean Film Producers Association Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|37th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Won|
|Best New Director||Jang Jae-hyun||Nominated|
|Best Editing||Sin Min-kyeong||Nominated|
|Best Music||Kim Tae-seong||Nominated|
|Technical Awards||Baek Sang-hoon-I (Visual effects)||Nominated|
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