The Priests (film)

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The Priests
The Priests (film) poster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Hangul검은 사제
Hanja검은 司祭
Revised RomanizationGeomeun sajaedeul
McCune–ReischauerKŏmŭn sache*ltŭl
Directed byJang Jae-hyun
Produced byBaek Ji-sun
Song Dae-chan
Oh Hyo-jin
Lee Yoo-jin
Written byJang Jae-hyun
Based on12th Assistant Deacon
by Jang Jae-hyun
StarringKim Yoon-seok
Gang Dong-won
Music byKim Tae-seong
CinematographyGo Nak-sun
Edited byShin Min-kyung
Zip Cinema
Distributed byCJ Entertainment
Release date
  • November 5, 2015 (2015-11-05)
Running time
108 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Box officeUS$36.9 million[1][2]

The Priests (Korean검은 사제들; RRGeomeun 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.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] [11]


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.



The film was number-one on its opening weekend, with ₩13 billion.[12] By its third weekend, the film had grossed ₩35 billion at the South Korean box office.[10]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Recipient Result
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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  3. ^ Kim, June (9 December 2015). "Rendezvous for KIM Yun-seok and GANG Dong-won". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  4. ^ Conran, Pierce (10 March 2015). "BLACK PRIESTS Goes Into Production". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  5. ^ Kil, Sonia (15 June 2015). "THE PRIESTS Wraps Up in Paju". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  6. ^ Ahn, Sung-mi (5 October 2015). "Kang Dong-won and Kim Yun-seok become priests". K-pop Herald. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  7. ^ Lim, Jeong-yeo (6 November 2015). "Kang Dong-won's The Priests releases to heated response". K-pop Herald. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  8. ^ "The Priests collars top box office success". The Korea Times. 8 November 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
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  10. ^ a b Kevin Ma (November 23, 2015). "Inside Men wins South Korea box office". Film Business Asia. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
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  12. ^ Kevin Ma (November 10, 2015). "The Priests possesses South Korean cinemas". Film Business Asia. Retrieved November 11, 2015.

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