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[Drama 2019] The Fiery Priest, 열혈사제 - "WE WILL BE BACK !"

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April 29, 2019


Interview

"The Fiery Priest" Kim Nam-gil "Bad Guy to Comedy"

 

Source: EDaily via HanCinema.net

 

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"I like B-class comedy movies like "Shaolin Soccer", "The Funny Movie" and "Dachimawa Lee". My comedy comes from Stephen Chow and Im Won-hee. When I first started comedy in "Pirates" (2014), people said that it was truly me. I have a standard when it comes to choosing movies and dramas, and that's if the message is clear and if there is humor behind it. We need laughter in our lives".


The interview was full of laughter. He was a born-storyteller. His jokes lightened up the mood and there was no 'bad guy' to be seen around him. We are talking about actor Kim Nam-gil, who recently starred in the SBS Friday / Saturday miniseries "The Fiery Priest", which ended on the 20th.

 

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Kim Nam-gil played Kim Hae-il, a former special agent and current priest. His anger management issues are the traumatic result of when he was an agent, so he's always losing it. However, his anger for justice was reasonable. His comedy and hidden parodies such as the satire of the club Rising Sun, which mocks the Burning Sun issue, contributed to the drama's popularity. The final episode of the drama ended with 22.0% (according to Nielsen Korea).

 

The actor gave credit to his colleagues. Eum Moon-seok in the role of Longde, Ahn Chang-hwan in the role of Ssong-ssak and Ko Kyu-pil in the role of Oh Yo-han were in the limelight. Kim Nam-gil said, "Everyone was perfect. Thanks to that everyone evenly got their share of the spotlight, and I'm most happy about that". This is also a reason why season 2 is in discussion right now. "I wish the members of season 1 can join the next season too", he hopes.

 

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Another factor of the drama was the dynamic action. There were a lot of action scenes where Kim Nam-gil had to use his long legs, thus the injuries to the wrist and ribs. The production told him to take a break, but Kim Nam-gil had a different approach. He felt responsible for the viewers. He continued to film on painkillers. He said, "Everyone around me paid so much attention to me when I got hurt that it was almost embarrassing".

 

There was word of concern regarding the fact that he was a 'violent priest'. However, Kim Nam-gil, who is of no religious background, put more weight on the fact that his character was a former special agent. While preparing for the drama, he met priests in person and realized the images of priests and his character are completely different. There were some who actually gave him confidence. Kim Nam-gil said, "Thanks to this opportunity, I became close to one of them. The anger my character portrays is justifiable for the sake of the happiness of others".

 

Kim Nam-gil debuted in 2003 through MBC and rose to stardom in the MBC drama "Queen Seon-deok" and SBS "Bad Man". Then he suddenly left for National Service right after "Bad Man". "It was a chance for me to force my excitement down", he says. He sends the message of alternating happiness and sadness. He said, "I always commit myself to something thinking this could be my last piece of work". That's what he tells his juniors too.

 

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We asked about the ordinary Kim Nam-gil. He replied that he's just a part of society. He enjoys hobbies like running and listening to music, he takes the subway from Suwon to Gangnam, and sometimes drives his small car. He also doesn't put weight on evaluation or numbers, but tries to make the most of his days. He claims he doesn't seek prizes, although he's a candidate for the Best Actor in Dramas at the 55th Baeksang Arts Awards.

 

"I used to put meaning into everything when I was young, and when I wasn't on the list of candidate I would be suspicious. However, from some point on, I realized that was me being rude to my colleagues and the staff that work with me. I decided not to care. I am happy to see senior actors be chosen for awards. It's a place for celebration. I plan on celebrating".

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April 29, 2019

 

Production Costs Go up and Dramas Become Comprehensive Art

 

Source: KMIB via HanCinema.net

 

The background music for "The Fiery Priest" has us excited every once in a while. The lyrics to the title song "Our Neighborhood Hero" by NORAZO, synced with priest Kim Hae-il (Kim Nam-gil), who purified Gudam from evil, and the melody just made the drama that much more exciting.

 

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Unlike the past, where dramas were focused mainly on the story alone, dramas these days are turning into comprehensive art. The music, the filming techniques, and the art of a drama require more attention than they used to before. The strategy is to secure a comparative advantage in the intense drama competition in order to secure viewers.

 

How is the background music made? Most go through several meetings and request several songs that fit the atmosphere. When the singer has been decided they go into recording, but the number of songs is quite a few. Someone in charge of OST for "The Fiery Priest" said, "We asked for a song that expresses Kim Hae-il's anger for his creators when we decided on "Our Neighborhood Hero". It was chosen out of 15 songs and 6~7 people. Looking at the whole list of OSTs about 6 songs were chosen out of 100".

 

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Eye-catching filming techniques are also a differentiating factor from other dramas. A couple of cases in point are the tvN dramas "Secret Forest" and "Confession - Drama" that continue the genealogy of well-made genres. "Confession - Drama" has been receiving favorable feedback with a 5% viewing rate thanks to the excellent performance of Lee Junho and Yoo Jae-myung, as well as the cinematic production.

 

The delicate sequence of legal scenes and thrillers make you especially immersed. Director of photography Kang Seung-gi said, "When it comes to emphasizing the thriller elements, we used the hand-held camera (which allows you to feel the shaking of the hand) to make blunt moves and save the vividness of the situation. On the other hand, legal scenes were filmed with a moving-camera, to capture the expressions of all the actors, and to try and connect the emotions to make viewers feel like they were in court themselves. While the former color sensitivity was mostly blue tone, the latter was colorless and realistic". "Doctor Prisoner", which cost about 10 billion in production costs, used an anamorphic lens for high-priced wide-screens to create a cinematic feel with excellent color.

 

The art director played a big role too. The quality of the drama depends on the quality of the set. "Doctor Prisoner" successfully stole the scene with a fresh visual of the prison. CP Hwang Eui-kyung said, "For most of the set except for the outside of the prison, we tried to blend reality and creativity. In order to save the ease of the camera moving and the three-dimensionality of the drama, we designed a double-decker prison that is not common in Korea. The addition of red, not gray, color to the prison walls was also an attempt to differentiate the entire atmosphere from ordinary criminals".

 

Park Min-young and Kim Jae-wook's "Her Private Life" is a story that takes place in an art museum, hence more attention was paid to the artifacts that were to appear in the drama. Producer Lee Sang-hee said, "We went through various discussions with galleries and artists to pick out 100 art pieces that will be shown throughout the first 8 episodes. We worked hard to make a set-up like a real art museum and select pictures that can make the characters stand out".

 

Thanks to this, viewers can see quality dramas in their home rooms. Drama critic Gong Hee-jung said, "Due to global OTT such as Netflix, the market has expanded and production technology has developed rapidly. Various backgrounds, including the increase in the number of domestic dramas produced, seem to have served as a catalyst to boost producers' desire to create".

 

 

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@triplem thank you sooo much for the twitter subs! They’re a great help! Im also watching My Fellow Citizen now hahaha that icon of yours! 

 

Kim Nam Gil is gonna be on Entertainment Weekly panel as a host I think. 

 

Hwang Cheul Beom and Prosecutor Kang will be on Happy Together. The show must be that popular if they are on a KBS show. 

 

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16 minutes ago, sassybella said:

Hwang Cheul Beom and Prosecutor Kang will be on Happy Together. The show must be that popular if they are on a KBS show

Bobby , song sac and Big Buns NASA will be on we will channel you. :) just to add on.

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Namgil and Hanui at the Baeksang Arts Awards tonight. Hope Kim Nam Gil will win the award !

 

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3 hours ago, sassybella said:

@triplem thank you sooo much for the twitter subs! They’re a great help! Im also watching My Fellow Citizen now hahaha that icon of yours! 

 

Kim Nam Gil is gonna be on Entertainment Weekly panel as a host I think. 

 

Hwang Cheul Beom and Prosecutor Kang will be on Happy Together. The show must be that popular if they are on a KBS show. 

 

Welcome dear . Come join us on the Dear Citizen thread . I love that drama 

 

KNG agency update. Hmm looks good @sushilicious

 

The other actor I love in the same category as KNG is Yeo jin Goo . But I have to say , I badly  want KNG to win this 

 

 

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Honey Lee looks stunning!! ~ Phoenix Seon, woohoo!!!

 

Now I want KNG to win too, since the only nomination for FP is him. FP has got to win something!!!

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I hope he win , when we gonna know the result :mrgreen::joy:

 

* he look stunning with that suit thanks @triplem if anyone see my eye candy there supporting Kim , share please :tounge_xd::joy:

 

 

@Lawyerh & @sushilicious need to come and see their eye candy wearing suit but without moustache  :mrgreen:

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12 minutes ago, Ameera Ali said:

I hope he win , when we gonna know the result :mrgreen::joy:

 

Yeah waiting for good news...

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Cr.kimnamgillovers

 

#Feelinghopeful.... :heart:

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I’m watching it live :) so will update here :) 

 

i think it’s still early Because they are at the best educational show 

 

i think it’s close @Ameera Ali @Lawyerhbecause we are at best supporting!

 

@Lawyerh senior glasses won sky castle 

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Posted (edited)

Look at his expression. ...:lol:.. considering how Long these awards are , he must be bored & I would be feeling hungry 

Honey gorgeous as ever , walking in 

 

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@triplem lol his face same as mine lol

 

While waiting for him...now we are at best creative play..i was siting now im lying on my bed lol

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8 minutes ago, sushilicious said:

@triplem lol his face same as mine lol

 

While waiting for him...now we are at best creative play

Look at his face 

They r sitting together ..having telepathic conversation... :D 

 

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2 minutes ago, katakwasabi said:

 

Lol! Both of them look bored in those shots :sweatingbullets:

I know rite . How Long have they been there ? :joy: I’m twiddling my thumbs waiting for the results . So bored myself...just searching for stuff 

 

Just now, sushilicious said:

He did not win..

Nooooo . Who won? 

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