Show Introduction: Joseon X-Files

Posted by Stephanie on January 29, 2013


joseon xfilesI have been dreading reviewing this show. Not because I didn’t like it. The show was highly stylized and was full of spooky fun. It’s just—I don’t know what it all means—was there meant to be a purpose? I think there was, I just need to work harder to find it. This will also be my second crack at trying to figure out what the hell happened in those last two minutes. Does anyone know? Seriously guys, I can’t be the only one who came away from that drama saying, “Uh…what?”

It will actually be weird rewatching Joseon X-Files. Why? Well, we’re still watching Stars Falling From the Sky for Operation Kdrama Chat, starring Kim Ji Hoon. I’m also simulcasting Flower Boy Next Door co-starring Kim Ji Hoon, and now watching Joseon X-Files starring—you guessed it—Kim Ji Hoon. I’m thinking I need to watch Love & Marriage this weekend to make it a four-shot.

Side note: This is the last drama of Kim Ji Hoon’s before he fulfilled his army duty. Hmmm… This is a cable network, I wonder what the chances are of us getting a second season are. I always laugh when people ask this. Of course not–you don’t get second seasons in Kdrama–unless of course it’s a cable network. Maybe this wasn’t meant ot be such an open ended drama.


Joseon X-Files: Secret Book (aka Secret Investigation Record) broadcast on TvN for 12 episodes from 8/20/2010-10/29/2010. This was the last drama Kim Ji Hoon acted in before his Army duty.

Synopsis (From DramaFever)

Tightly plotted, critically acclaimed Secret Investigation Record blends sci-fi chills and historical thrills in this fantastic story. Based on real cases from Korean history, this “X-Files”-esque drama pulled in high ratings for its genre. Kim Hyung Do, originally an ordinary inspector for the government, rises in the ranks due to his undying passion for his trade. Chosen for a secret organization which investigates unexplained phenomena, he soon stumbles across a series of mysterious, supernatural events, and sets out to discover the truth behind them. In his quest he is helped (and sometimes hindered) by Heo Yoon Yi, whose enthusiastic belief in the supernatural stands in stark contrast to his own cool-headed logic (making them the Mulder and Scully of the K-drama world). Wonderfully filmed and suspenseful, this drama skillfully weaves together mystery, drama, and a little romance in a concoction of science fiction and historical intrigue. Kim Ji Hoon stars as a government investigator in 17th century Korea. Im Jung Eun (Swallow the Sun) and much-loved Kim Gab Soo (Cinderella’s Sister) co-star.

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