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Joseon Exorcist -- Episode 1: Human Greed and Evil Spirits

If only human greed had limitations, the world would have been at peace, with an imperceptible depth of avarice. Peace is just a dream, or so they say.

The premise of the story beings with Prince Lee Bang Won, who later becomes King Tae Jong, while patrolling the northern region, comes across evil spirits whose sole existence is to rule over humans. Although the Prince captures the spirit and seals it away, ten years later, it resurrects itself because of the rampant existence of human greed and unabashed desires. This, in turn, raises the question of whether evil is something one is or is it something one does in the name of a higher cause. It seems this and many other questions similar to it is what the King, his children, and even the people will have to answer as they try hard to protect that which is most precious to them.


I've been waiting on Joseon Exorcist from the moment I saw its promotions, and now that it's here, I cannot contain my excitement for it. Kam Woo Sung back on the small screen after his super special drama, The Wind Blows, is a treat, and to see him starring against Jang Dong Yoon and Park Sung Hoon and in a horror drama nonetheless is compelling indeed. I miss Kingdom, and to have another drama similar to it in genre airing right now is like a dream come true, so to speak.


However, having watched the first episode, I can now see how different Joseon Exorcist is to Kingdom. Joseon is about fighting evil spirits that, yes, are similar, but rather than turn into zombies, humans who are attacked are controlled by these evil spirits, not just physically but psychologically and religiously. I am completely impressed by the actors' great performances as they perfectly transformed into their characters. To that end, I cannot wait to see what more Joseon Exorcist has in store other than the fierce battles each undertakes to protect the ones they love the most. Watch Episode 1 here.

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Exorcist dramas aren't my fav but I planned to watch this. I won't because they cancel it. I feel so bad for all the crew. The actors even posted letters to apology when it wasn't their fault. I hope it doesn't affect their career.

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renur
renur
Mar 26, 2021

Gosh. Yeah I saw few minutes back. I read the articles related to China claiming for kimchi and hanbok. The use of Chinese items in the series has stirred disappointment among Korean citizens. They even wrote a petition to Blue House. Cancelling the drama is a bit out of the blue, but most of the sponsors dropped out. So, I guess SBS was not left with any other option. I will say the timing of this drama was wrong. They are also going against Shin Hye Sun because of Mr. Queen. Don't know, so much negativity. Not good. The production team, actors and staff of 'Joseon Exorcist' didn't deserve it. I heard 'River' drama is also reshooting first 6 episodes…

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renur
renur
Mar 28, 2021
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I 100 percent agree with you. They are literally ruining her career. This was her first drama as FL and she gave her best and came out as one of the aspiring actresses. Now its time for her to go up and enjoy her success. The worst part is these people enjoyed her drama and now once it's over, they are bickering. I was also impressed how South Korea being a small country influenced the whole world with Kpop and their culture. Its quite difficult to reach the people who speak in different language. I also feel bad. Bad phase for Kdramas. 😑

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renur
renur
Mar 23, 2021

lol I have not watched the first episode yet, but I wanted to watch the drama and now after reading your reviews I am reassured. I like exorcist dramas like my last favorite one 'The Guest) with Kim Jae Wook(another talented actor and one of my favs). Kingdom series is so awesome and Season 2 - Each episode was daebaak. Waiting for their prequel this year and I think need to wait for Season 3. There are so many awesome upcoming dramas this year.😀 I saw Kam Woo Sung in 'Should we kiss first?'. I couldn't finish it but he was great.

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Seni Seni
Seni Seni
Mar 26, 2021
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Can you believe this show was cancelled -- check it out, I'm still a bit dumbfounded

https://www.k-dramabanter.com/announcements

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