Recently I watched a romantic comedy series called “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho“. According to Korean legend a Gumiho (or Kumiho) is a creature (specifically a nine-tailed fox) that can freely transform, among other things, into a beautiful girl often set out to seduce men, and eat their liver or heart (depending on the legend). I can say without a doubt that I really, really, really liked this series. It was one of the best and most satisfying television series that I’ve watched in a long time and the last episode didn’t end the story with a cliff hanger like “The Nine Lives of Chloe King” series did. The script writers did a fine job weaving a wide breadth of aspects that will appeal to the greatest number of people. It has action, suspense, drama, romance, comedy and a secret situation that no one can imagine.
Generally I have been very reluctant to watch anything that would require me to endure subtitles. A friend of mine told me (on more than one occasion) that I just don’t know what I’ve been missing – and now I see how true that was. If you can bring yourself to watch a made for television series with subtitles and you’re looking for something to recharge your spirit then you will most likely really, really, really like “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho”.
There is one thing I do want to mention. While watching the series it did feel at times that some of the actors weren’t “into” their characters role. That may or may not be due to reading the subtitles. I may have been missing some important gestures, expressions, events or maybe I just didn’t quite “get” the translation due to cultural differences. You may or may not have the same impression. Whatever the reason for that impression it was easy to dismiss because the storyline was so good.
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“My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox” is a 2010 South Korean romantic comedy series starring Lee Seung-gi and Shin Min-ah. It aired on Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) from August 11 to September 30, 2010 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 16 episodes.
“After meeting a mysterious yet very beautiful girl, a wannabe action star discovers that she’s, in fact, a gumiho — a legendary fox with nine tails — who longs to transform herself into a true human.” – Netflix
“Cha Dae Woong’s only goal in life is to become an action star; until then, he’s perfectly happy spending his father’s money and skipping classes to go to action school. When his grandfather starts chasing him down for his prodigal ways, Dae Woong accidentally frees a 500 year-old Gumiho, or a nine-tailed fox, from a painting in the temple. Legend has it that the mythical creature takes the form of a beautiful woman to manipulate men and then eat their livers. Afraid for his life, Dae Woong makes every attempt to ditch her, until she makes him an undeniable offer: teach her how to be a human, and in return she will lend him her magic orb, which would help him do a lot more stunts and propel him to become a star. Eventually, the two fall for each other, but can love exist between a man and a Nine-Tailed Fox? From the writers of You’re Beautiful, this winning romantic comedy offers wonderful chemistry between its two leading stars, Lee Seung Gi and Shin Min Ah, and a great twist to a well-known Korean folktale.” – Hulu
More Korean Romantic Comedies and Dramas
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