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Facing the demonic with faith and science in OCN’s Priest

Is exorcism the new serial killer in dramaland? Where OCN’s other exorcism drama The Guest teams up a priest with law enforcement, upcoming show Priest will take on a slightly different approach, with two priests, played by Yeon Woo-jin (Nothing to Lose) and Park Yong-woo (Life Tracker Lee Jae-goo), and a medical doctor, played by Jung Yumi (Investigation Couple). It’s an interesting mix of faith and science clashing in the face of paranormal happenings, so I’m eager to see how that conflict plays out on screen.

The posters that have been released by the show are appropriately moody and dark, with our team of priests and doctor worriedly standing over a hunched patient in one, and them all looking towards the same direction in the other. The caption on both posters say, “In the end, what should never have come has returned.”

Although they all have a common enemy, our three leads have wildly different beliefs and values. Yeon Woo-jin’s character, is an exorcist who puts faith above all else, while Jung Yumi’s doctor puts, appropriately, life above all else. Park Yong-woo is the most ambitious, or maybe the most naive, of the three, and tries to protect everything as they fight against the demonic.

Priest is one of OCN’s new project shows where they’re bringing together film and drama talent, and to that end, director Kim Jong-hyun, of Take Off 2 and Superstar Mr. Gam, will be at the helm, while rookie Moon Man-se will pen the script. Other Chungmuro behind-the-scenes talent, like music, camera, lighting, and art directors, will be involved in the OCN exorcism show, no doubt making it as creepy and disturbing as they can make it.

OCN’s Priest will follow currently airing Player, and take over the Saturday-Sunday slot starting November 24th.

Via iMBC

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Hmmm, I'm hoping this will be different from The Guest, because I am loving that drama.

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Similar thoughts. Comparisons with The Guest are inevitable, but I'm loving The Guest so much, I think it'd be fun to watch a second take. BUT it does need to be different.

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I'm excited for Yeon Woo Jin..

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Interesting , I think OCN will be my new home .

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OCN loves you @waadmay.

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They better show it in different ways , like sending me an airplane ticket and hiring me at the station , you know I can help them out a lot 😉😉

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Send them your resume. You can be a fan-service consultant, to make sure they are providing just the right amount of lighting on cheekbones.

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Do you a certified translator ???
And should I send it to the station email address or should I track down the CEO private email address ???🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

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Thanks for the news @tipsymocha

It seems we are now in the 'demonic' and 'spirit-powered' phase of drama production and viewing. I hope we get more in-depth and somewhat different takes on healing, curing and liberating the human spirit in these kinds of shows! 😇 I would really like to see more detailed and true-to-life (than even The Guest's) version of exorcism and understand the 'logic' of possession. So I guess, I'll be watching this show!!! 😈 😆

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Have You seen "Ghost seeing Detective Cheo Yong", first OCN foray in supernatural murder mystery with Oh Jiho. It's pretty good and never seen better fitting surname, because that your first thought seeing how fine Oh Jiho is.

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@shach Thanks for this.

Yes, I did watch most if not all episodes of Cheo Yong ... it was fun. :D The 2nd series did not really continue from where the 1st left off though. Still it was quite good.

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After the mess that was "Investigation Couple", I'm not sure I'm ready for another Jung Yumi drama.... Not now, not ever

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Me too!
But beats me how it finished with the highest viewership in its run

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🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

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I haven't watched The Guest and only saw the first episode of The Ghost Detective. I will have no drama to compare this on. It will be a new kdrama genre for me to explore.
Yeon Woo Jin got me checking out his new show. So please be good (and not too scary).

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Thanks for the update, @tipsymocha! You had me at Yeon Woo-jin. Holy Shroud of Turin, Batman! Thanks for the reminder. I'm developing a bit of exorcism fatigue, and thought I had put this show on my to-watch list when it was first announced, but it slipped past me. I like the idea of a medical angle on possession and an examination of the non-corporeal parts of the human being that modern science cannot address -- but which will have to be dealt with. THE GUEST's law enforcement element, combined with pleasingly ecumenical Mugyo-Catholic collaboration in tracking and combating malign spirits, has made for a compelling show. Amazingly, it has not scared the pants off me. I'm intrigued as to how PRIEST will put its own unique spin on the exorcism genre. (Full disclosure: I've never watched THE EXORCIST, the film that launched the genre back when I was too young -- or was it too chicken? -- to watch it in a cinema. I read enough reviews to know that I'd never get through Linda Blair's scenes. Cluck, cluck.)

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Clucking along beside you!! 🐔 ? ... Or rather 🐣 should I say, "Cheep, cheep!"

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Some people say that the theme raised in the film/drama is actually a reality that exists in society. Has there been a phenomenon like exorcism or something related to the demonic power lately in South Korea?

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Oh sure. Not just Korea alone. America has quite a few exorcism/haunting movies but South Korea has also explored this with movies like The Wailing and The Priests. Shows like Rescue Me (also an OCN show), dealing with a cult, hint at this too. Similarly, after Rescue Me aired, it was revealed/rumored that Park Bo Gum may be a part of a cult that deals with things like that. So, I would say it's definitely a real life concern, though if one believes in it or not is up to the individual.

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I remember watching The Wailling and the next three days the film continued to haunt me. Errrr...

Park Bo Gum? Hmmm...

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The Wailing is definitely not something to watch in the dark. I deliberately watched it in the daytime on a bright, sunny day and still got the shivers! T__T

And yes! It was quite big news. He even responded to it. Word is that he was born into it though...so.... :/

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Very interesting to know another side of PBG..

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Oh a lot has been on the news lately, especially with the cult like things:
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45492913
This is the news from 19th Sept 2018, a lot later after Rescue me was aired.
Some Photos from real life korean exorcisim: (Warning: Some images can be disturbing https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5573595/south-korea-mudangs-ritual/)
Apparently in Germany it was a high profile case in news last year:
https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/south-korean-woman-gets-6-years-over-exorcism-death-in-germany
And the wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_shamanism
Another article on things going wrong:
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/jenhchoi/the-strange-true-story-of-my-uncle-the-exorcist

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Wow .. thank you for the information @oppafangirl.. You have been very thoughtful and even deliberately give information from various sources. I will read it one by one.

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Don't know about Korea, but in Japan those kind of movies have been common for years. Which strikes me as rather odd - many of the Japanese one deal somehow with a Christian idea, yet only about 2% of Japan is Christian. But they also seem to love all kinds of ghosty movies.

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Japanese ghosty things are kinda creepy too.. I remember watching The Ring, even in the daylight with rommies but still we screamed all the way! @[email protected]

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Yeon Woo Jin!!!
Ahhh this looks good. I'm getting Rescue Me vibes even though the plots are vastly different but I get the same intrigue and creepiness. I'm a scaredy cat but I always end up watching this type of stuff. D:

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Hope it will be as good and thrilling as Guest. If its well done I don't mind the repetition of genre. I am a sucker of investigation-crime-thriller series but it feels like there is not enough of them. I mean good ones.
Anyway fighting priests.

BTW not sure if yeon woo jin's cheek bones could be as attractive as kim jae wook's.

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I actually have great difficulty picturing Yeon Woo Jin in a serious role as a priest. I keep imagining him as Gong Gi Tae in Marriage, Not Dating!!!

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Gong Gi Tae just upped his game of avoiding marriage - by joining priesthood.

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Good one!!

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Omo.. totally can see Gong gi Tae doing it(before he met Jan Mi ofc.Coz that's canon😉)

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Same, plus I truly love supernatural twist to investigation mystery so I am all in.

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too many hot priests these days..

*sprinkles holy water*

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Haha, my thoughts exactly 😂

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Ain't that the gospel truth.

See what I did there.... I'll see myself out.

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OCN should just change their name to October Content Network.

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All set, ready, bring it on! We are here for OCN dramas. And dear OCN, please pay your electricity bills on time, it really strains my eyes to watch all these scenes shot in dark.

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In an effort to reduce lighting costs, the show will use the same low light scenes as The Guest ? 💡🔦🕯

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Practically no light, not even reflector light!!!

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i’d be hesitant to go to a low light hospital. 🤔

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😂😂
I think they're funnelling all their lighting budget into the cross.

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🤣🤣🤣🤣

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As dark as The Guest is, it is still better lit than most American television and film. I think part of the reason I turned to kdrama is I can actually see what's happening.

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LOL

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Could it be OCN decided to product this show because it costs them less electricity bills?

Something like, "Let's go green by producing horror dramas!"

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Another trio after The Guest? Count me in.. I guess I will be more brave after watching 16 episodes of The Guest and ready for another 16 episodes of scary ghost on my screen 😉

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On one hand, I want this show to be dark because of the genre, but on the other hand, I'm a huge scaredy cat and in most circumstances would never watch this. Guess I'll finally watch my first scary Korean drama. If I could get through My Love, Madame Butterfly for Park Yong-woo, this can't be too bad...

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LOL Is one of your Parks here too?

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Yes! :)

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Which ooooooooooooooone?

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Park Yong-woo is one of my favorites ❤️

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@lovepark gaaaaaah I'm a dolt! I didn't realize he's the one in the cast T___T Err... good luck watching this show for him. >___<

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First they makes us hot and bothered by serial kullers, now they makes us have this unpure thoughts over priest? But this reminds me that The Guest is nearing its end 😔😔😔 I dont mind if we get the same dark tone tbh. I always love a good horror drama but my hottest priest still Father Mateo/Choi Yoon/Kim Jae Wook, YWJ can contest KDW as no.2 😁😁😁

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*Killers

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True no matter how great it gets it will never have the cheekbones...

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Yeon Woo Jin looks like he's looking at something creepy and unbelievable in the second poster.

I'M IN!

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@waadmay here, let's start!!

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Great , I will after watching ep5 tomorrow morning .
The priest is pretty amazing and approach the exorcism differently from The Guest .

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See below for my long series of comments on the show, you should know what you caused! I absolutely adore this show now.

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Starting with the most novel thing for me (because i have never seen it before: Inception + Exorcism). I can't believe that it made so much sense but has never been tried before (not that I have seen every show on these topic but if there has been please let me, i would love to see another take on this concept.)

The shows strong point came a bit late than when I was expecting. I was not into it because I had finished guest not on such a high note (@waadmay adores it a lot more than I do, and its thanks to her persistence that I actually managed to reach uptill this episode of The Priest).
Obviously after The Guest I was not ready for another show on exorcism and dark lights and gore (This show is also produced by OCN and then are not supposed to go easy on dark and gore). To my surprise, I found the first episode very light friendly and nothing gore almost (though there is a medical part to the story and that is where you see more blood).

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The second great thing about the show: The cast
They nailed the casting.
I never knew that Yeon Woo-jin would be so perfect in his role of Priest-in-training. (Yes, its important to keep a note of that in training part.) He is playing a playful priest. He takes his job seriously but not by the book. Also is not known to be patient.

Our resident doctor Jeong Yu-mi is smart and doesn't give damn about the manual. She does what is the best in a particular situation for the patient.

Our Senior Priest Park Yong-woo , the person in charge of training and the person who is responsible to answer at the church for the exorcisms performed. He has a really melodious voice and you can listen to him praying on the loop in latin and korean.

Then there is a hacker (Yes, you read it right) he helps with the important technical support. Its very important now a days. Also they record their exorcism and have an archive.

Then there is a rich chaebol financer woman, who doubles as a landlady and provides important support for procuring materials for exorcism.

Lastly, we need have a teddy like police officer for legal support and tracking. You never know what you need.

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The team is great especially after they all came together to help with dangerous cases .

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Spoiler abound
THREAD WITH CAUTION:

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Ep1- Ep2: @waadmay I am not sure that I paid enough attention to this show in these episodes but what stuck out to me the most was how easy going was our Priest in Training (hence forth PIT).

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Ep3- Ep4: The fun begins. I woke up to this show and its doing great. A lot of things had me gasping for breath.
1. Are there actually rules for hypnosis which work or is it going to go haywire soon?
2. In case you die in the dream, do you get out of hypnosis or our PIT was saved by the ticket to venezula ?
3. What was that Kiss?
4. How actually did the exorcism succeed?
I saw that she had cockroaches crawling out of her mouth and then she choked on them and then PIT was transferred to the wedding dressing room?
5. Who is this doctor anyway?
6. Why did the bell not end the hypnosis?

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Havent watch it butI want to know about no. 4 too. Saw a clip on that and makes me wonder about wth happen in Priest world 😂😂😂. Safe to say no.4 just increase my interest on Priest tbh.

And seems like their team is better equipped.

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I cant count. No.3. That kiss. Not no.4 😑😑😑

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I think they were immensely invested in the dream world to the point the bell didn't wake them up because we know who built that world and had the upper hand in it , and he was messing with their heads completely .
And I think his panic towards the doctor allowed the demon to separate them and get him to that white room , by the way you should take a note that the demon was already weak from the first exorcism which was performed on the kid hence he easily shoved him out and the exorcism was a success .
But I think they missed Some things too , like you are near a large body of water why don't you pray to make the water and place holy for your exorcism , even in the dream you've chosen a holy place .
Just Why , Why ???!
And for the death in the dream , I think it was the case for the doctor , not our PIT since he should be trained but I was really worried for him and the ticket maybe has something to do with the demon or the connection between the team and the shock from the gun shot was what woke him up from the hypnosis ,I think .

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So you should know that things are getting more complicated and tangled up , apparently our doctor is a demon magnet and demons are seeking her out for something big , and lives are at stake .
There are more layers to be peeked and secrets to be revealed .

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