Starting Today: The Fiery Priest

Investigative comedy is a rarity in the world of Korean dramas, so it’s hard not to feel excited when a series employing that specific genre is about to premiere tonight. (Wait, have you noticed the recent trend of religious characters on Kdramaland? The previous series is even titled as simply as Priest.)

I’m talking about The Fiery Priest, which centers on a Catholic clergyman who ends up partnering with a police detective and a prosecutor after an elderly priest is murdered. Kim Nam-gil (Live Up To Your Name) plays the titular character, a priest with major anger management issues who is known among the mass goers for making spiteful and strong remarks in the pulpit. His partner in solving crimes is played by Kim Sung-kyung (Untouchable), a violent crimes detective who is likely to run away from the scene when things go bad. That’s quite an interesting pair, isn’t it? I could easily see myself laughing just by reading these character descriptions and knowing that both actors have a proven track record of being so good in comedy roles, Kim Sung-kyung’s performance in Reply 1988 in particular, I could hardly say no to watching the series.

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Rounding out the main cast is beauty-queen-turned-actress (3rd runner-up, Miss Universe 2007) Lee Ha-nee (Rebel: Thief Who Stole The People), who plays an excellent and ambitious prosecutor who is willing to take risks to gain more influence and authority. She’s the kind who thinks she’s always right, and I could see her attitude raising the eyebrows of Kim Nam-gil’s character when she gets actively involved in solving the murder and other cases that have something to do with the church.

On a recent interview with the cast on the Cultwo Show, Lee Ha-nee revealed that Kim Nam-gil will be showing his fighting skills for the show. Kim said he got injured a lot for his stunts, and the action scenes are something the audience should look forward to in the series.

Director Lee Myung-woo, who is best known for his works Whisper and Punch heads the production for The Fiery Priest. The screenplay department is headed by Park Jae-bum of hit comedy Chief Kim and Baeksang-winning medical series Good Doctor.

What happens when an obnoxious priest, a clumsy detective, and an aggressive prosecutor come together to solve a case? We’re off to find out today, as The Fiery Priest will premiere at 10 p.m. KST and make history as the first SBS drama to air on Fridays and Saturdays.

Jessene Mariano

Jessene is a writer and translator for Kdramapal. Being a licensed professional teacher and Korean culture enthusiast, she has conducted Korean language classes for college students and the Korean-Filipino community for free. Growing up with a lot of Korean uncles and aunts while learning martial arts, she has been exposed to Korean culture ever since she was a young girl. She considers singing as her first love, but anything Korean is a close second. When she's not working, she enjoys traveling and reading poetry. Her favorite place in South Korea is Gunsan (a city in Northern Jeolla) and she considers Hongdae her second home. If she were to be a famous Korean actress for a day, she'd be Gong Hyo-jin. Jessene can be reached at [email protected]