TV Review: My Girlfriend is a Gumiho (Kdrama) (Spoilers!)

I can’t believe that it’s only been a little more than a month since I’ve last posted anything here. I keep on telling myself that I’ll post, but I keep on forgetting, or sometimes, I’m busy or I’m having fun with friends or family that I end up with no time for posting. So, for the meantime, I’ll leave you with one out of the four reviews that I have been meaning to post.

For once, I’m not posting about a jdrama. My Girlfriend is a Gumiho (My Girlfriend is a Nine-tailed Fox) has everything that a good Korean drama has. Romance, comedy (hilarious situations), intrigues, and plot twists that will keep you wondering what will happen next.

My Girlfriend is a Gumiho (My Girlfriends is a Nine-tailed Fox)

A spoiled college student, and a wannabe action star (Dae Woong) escapes from his grandfather who just wants to keep him in check and wants him to graduate properly. Dae Woong ends up in a provincial town in the middle of nowhere. He finds shelter from the rain that same night in a nearby temple while trying to look for signal to call his aunt. He suddenly hears a disembodied girl’s voice telling him to draw tails on the painting in the temple. He does, not knowing what he is in for. The temple monk, noticing that something is amiss goes to the temple to check if everything is okay. Scared, Dae Woong runs for his life and falls off the edge of a hill. All of a sudden, a beautiful girl with nine glowing tails stands over him and saves him by giving a magical bead of some sorts that will heal him.

The next day, he encounters the mysterious girl, however he doesn’t believe her when she says that she is a nine-tailed fox and has saved his life. He tries to shake her off as she follows him to the city. As proof of the fact that she is a magical creature, she shows him her tails and tells him that if she takes out the bead while he is still injured and not completely healed, he will die, and that until the day that the bead is no longer in his body, she has to stay close to him.

Even though he at first is scared of her, he grows to be very fond of her as he teaches her the ways of the modern world. (The world that she remembered was from 500 years ago!) The secondary arc in the series is the nine-tailed fox’s journey in trying to become human. And, there is the hilarious side story of an unusual romantic relationship between Dae Woong’s ‘old maid’ aunt, and a famous action movie director at Dae Woong’s school.

Throughout the series, the couple face obstacles by various situations, by both friends and relatives, humans and magical beings alike.

One thing that I really liked was that despite that Korean dramas sometimes tend to get draggy, and sometimes the pacing isn’t right, it wasn’t draggy at all and the overall pacing was just right.

The actors were really good. The characters had the right chemistry with each other and no one overdid each other. Standouts were Lee Seung Ki (who played Dae Woong), Shin Min Ah (Mi Ho/Gumiho/Nine-tailed Fox), Sung Don II (Director Ban) and Yoon Yoo Sun (Dae Woong’s aunt).

I’ve only seen Lee Seung Ki when I’d channel surf and come across a Filipino dubbed version of Shining Inheritance, which I admit, I only see when I ride the bus. (I’m not a big fan of Kdramas being dubbed in the local language.) He had good chemistry with Shin Min Ah, and he acted the part well. (I have to see Shining Inheritance to properly judge his acting.)

I was pleasantly surprised with Shin Min Ah. I last saw her in the Devil, which was later remade into an awesome Japanese drama called Maou (starring Ikuta Toma and Ohno Satoshi), and I remember that I wasn’t really impressed with her acting…or maybe it was because I found her character in the Devil to be too weepy for me. She really shone here, acting the part of a feisty…magical being, and was able to get the right amount of everything. She wasn’t too annoyingly perky, or very weepy when it called for her to be sad. She was able to get the right mix of acting and emotions in this drama. The role suited her a lot, and I must say that I honestly didn’t recognize her as the girl from the Devil, which I think is good.

The romantic and hilarious moments shared by Yoon Yoo Sun (Dae Woong’s aunt) and Sung Dong II (Director Ban) was a great side story. I think what makes it a good side story to the drama is that it fit well with the main story and that it didn’t overpower the main story line. Their situations were cute and hilarious, and the OST during the times they shared the screen were really perfect. I also didn’t recognize Yoon Yoo Sun as her character in the last drama I watched her in was the complete opposite of her character here. Get this, Yoon Yoo Sun was the Queen (not the Queen Mother, the grandmother) in Princess Hours, or more popularly known as Goong.

Aside from the acting, the cinematography, CG and OST were good as well.

Another thing that got me was the recurring theme of being human and acceptance of those who know and care about her for who she is regardless of whether she is human or not.

What was highly amusing was that she was trying to ‘learn’ how to be human, not just through her experiences but through the television…especially on how she learned about the concept of daughters and mothers-in-law.

“Mi Ho: Why is the older woman screaming at the younger one?

Teacher Dong Ju: That’s what you call a mother-in-law. They always do that.”

(It’s not word for word, but basically that’s what I did remember.)

To non-magical beings, humans must be hilarious.

It’s also interesting that she, a magical being who doesn’t feel much pain, and has super powers is willing to give that all up for a mortal life where there is hunger, sadness, pain, and death. Maybe being human has it’s perks, too, and of course, what better motivation is there than a cute performing arts student/wannabe action star who used to be half scared to death because of the constant death threats posed at him unless he feeds his nine-tailed fox girlfriend some meat.

Well, that’s all for now. Look forward to more reviews in the next month, specifically Arashi’s Ninomiya Kazunari’s fall drama, Freeter, Ie o Kau; and two non-Asian, American movies- Sucker Punch and Red Riding Hood.

Until next time, HAPPY WATCHING!

Overall rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

(Note: four hearts is the highest overall rating)

Other dramas you might enjoy: (feel free to recommend as I have nothing in mind right now. will add later. 🙂 )

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