Gu Family Book

Gu Family Book (2013)

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Gumiho (Nine-Tailed Fox) Choi Kang Chi's human mother fell in love with Gu Wal Ryung, the guardian god of the Jiri Mountains. Chased by their enemies, Seo Hwa sends Kang Chi in a basket down the river so that he will not be captured. The Choi family finds baby Kang Chi floating in the river and raise him. Kang Chi discovers his true identity by chance one day, and he becomes determined read moreto become a real human.

  • Native title:

    구가의서
  • Also Known as:

    Guga Uiseo; Gugaeuiseo; Ancient Medical Book; The Writings of Nine Houses ; Book of the House of Gu ; Guga Medical Book

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amrita828
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Mar 30, 2015
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Please forgive me if this review's going to be a little unconventional, I'm in no mood for serious considerations on a drama that doesn't take itself too seriously. The followings are random conversations between me and my watching partner, aka my husband (H). Try to imagine us as the two old men at the end of The Muppet Show.


H: Why the heck is he (Seung Gi) pining for that almost sister read more of his when he can have the prettier and much nicer one (Suzy)?
Me: He thinks she's a boy.
H: Rrrrrright. And the winner of Genius of the Year is…
[Kang Chi finds out Yeo Wol's a girl in a slightly unorthodox way]
H: Ok, I take back everything I've said before: the guy IS a genius!!!!

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[scene: Kang Chi and Yeo Wol are staring into each other's eyes]
H: Whoa, he's finally going to kiss the girl
Me: Hmm, I wouldn't be that optimistic.
H: Trust me, he has that glint in his eyes. He's going to kiss her, I tell you!
Music: "Saranghaee, saranghaeeeeeeeeee, SARANGHAEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE…"
[more staring followed by sudden wrist grabbing]
H: Finally…
[off they go eating]
*collective and colourful grunts from the audience*
Me: He clearly hasn't taken after his father
H: Yeah, daddy knew his business. Save the girl, hide the girl, kiss the girl, ta-da… a BABY!

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[the monk urges Kang Chi to flee for the nth time]
Me: Is that monk ever going to give a valuable advice? Nobody listens to him anyway.
H: Ikr? That monk is as useful as a concrete parachute (he used a different simile, but it can't be repeated here)

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H: His eyes turned green! What do you think, is he going to morph into Perry Parky now?
Me: Sure, Perry Park would bomb them all, but if you want him to kiss the girl, Shin Se Gi's definitely the one to morph into.
H: Shin Se Gi had red eyes and eyeliner.
Me: True. Like daddy gumiho, now that I think of it.
H: Daddy again. Are we sure Kang Chi's not the monk's child?
(references to Kill Me, Heal Me are sort of involuntary. I hereby decline every responsibility)

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Me: What do you think is that Gu Book about?
H: A kissing manual?
Me: A recipe for Kimchi, more likely.
"Saranghaee, saranghaeeeeeeeeee, SARANGHAEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE…"

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[Kang Chi, his face half covered with a scarf, is surrounded by his comrades, all demanding to know who he is]
Me: Are we the only ones who would recognize him from a 10-km distance? I mean, the clothes, the hairdo, the bracelet…
H: I know. Perhaps they think it's the head Gisaeng incognito. After all, they share 1 neuron among the 20 of them.

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Me: LOL, now that thug thinks his dongsaeng Kang Chi's gay. A gay gumiho is an interesting take of the trope
H: So he too thinks Yeo Wol is a boy? This drama should be called "The Goofy Family Book"

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H: Ha, now he's really going to kiss the girl!
Me: You may be right this time. The moment is perfect and the song is clearly suggesting romance.
[7 and a half minutes later, the scene is still frozen like it was 7 and a half minutes before]
Me [making coffee]: Are their heads a little closer now?
H: Hmmm, I'm not sure. 2 cm closer, maybe?
Me: All right, I'm making sandwiches. And please mute that misleading Saranghae song before I explode.

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To give this review some semblance of usefulness, let me conclude by saying this is a highly entertaining drama, with a good, rounded-up plot, lots of fun – although laughter is often involuntarily induced - a Seung Gi who never fails to put me in a good mood by simply existing, a lovable Suzy, a despicable villain with a certain, almost compelling elegance, good romance and a fairy-tale feel that won't let you down. Recommended to everyone looking for a light watch with glints of unexpected depth and an awesome finale . If you have a watching partner to frolic with, so much the better.

P.S. Allow me a tiny spoiler: the kiss does come, after all, much to the joy of the two Muppet Old Men.
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Chrisstina
28 of 33 people found this review helpful
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Jun 17, 2014
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
Kyaaaaaaaaaaaa this drama is just WOW big times!!!!!!Every scene was better than the previous one! The only question that I was asking myself during this drama was: "Why I haven't watched this drama before?"

Why you MUST watch this drama!
- A beautiful pure love story between a gumiho Choi Kang Chi and Dam Yeo Wool
- intense with a lot of action!
- it makes you laugh
- and what I read more always LOVE about a quality drama is that it gives you all EMOTIONS

The beginning was soooo DAEBAK! A love story between Choi Kang Chi's father and mother was something that it made me keep watching it! l And then (after the first 2 episodes) my addiction started! EVERY SCENE IS UNPREDICTABLE AND FULL OF TWISTS!!!!!
The ending of this drama is EPIC! I can't get over it and keep replaying that scene over and over! :D

Music: This drama has one of the best OSTs of all time! From the thrilling to the romantic ones! I seriously loved every ost in here!

Acting:
Suzy is a good actress,I like her, but yet her crying face seems a little fake. She pulled this off pretty good ;)
OMG! Lee Seung Gi was a major reason why I started this drama. I'm a big fan of him and in this drama he was AMAZING! OMG, while he was crying I was crying along with him :'(
The other ones are pretty good too :D

Too add one more reason why I liked this drama is that there are true quotes about life, love, friendship...
I just LOVE this kind of drama and I soooo thank writers! It's very unique and epic!
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE! :D
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Blood is modern about a doctor infected with a supernatural virus, and Gu Family Book is about a half-gumiho.
The main characters personalities are different but they look very similar when they are "transformed". (Green eyes long nails etc)
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    Ookami 12 days ago

    i need dramas like this with kickass stong female lead :D

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    dramaconnoisseur 17 days ago

    Always a pleasure to watch Lee Seung-gi! The mythical place (?) is so beautiful I really like it. This drama made me teary many times while watching.
    In need of season 2 please?! :(

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    Kimtan 18 days ago

    Wow amazing drama I love it so much amazing amazing beautiful wonderful wow

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    woolchild 25 days ago

    a lot of staring in this drama lol

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    IndyYulia23 Dec 22, 2015

    so many quote in this drama, I LOVE IT ^^

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    hollywillow Dec 17, 2015

    i just don't get it why Lee Seung Gi's character in every drama always yelled furiously and do something stupid before thinking... I'm getting sick of him honestly

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    WhiteLilly Dec 8, 2015 - edited

    Watched it a second time. Still great.

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    Joowonholic Oct 24, 2015

    It got into me when Chun joo says

    "THERE ARE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FIRST AND LAST LOVE.
    FIRST LOVE MAKES A PERSON GROWS. LAST LOVE COMPLETES A PERSON."

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    Joowonholic Oct 24, 2015

    Impressive drama! Woooahh. I've never been this satisfied for a long time watching a kdrama. I love everything about it. I really had a great time watching it. :)

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    ParkShinHyeILY Oct 15, 2015 - edited

    I was planning on watching this drama but then I saw comments saying stuff like "you can't end it like this! What a cliff hanger! There has to be a season 2!" etc. Is there a bad ending that requires a second season? If so should I still watch it? (I hate cliff hangers D:)

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      TenchiKat Oct 17, 2015

      you should. it's a great drama and the end is great. but! it was so great that we want a season 2. and you could say they ended it with some kind of an open ending but...if there was a season 2 you would know what was going to happen, and that's the point, that you just want to watch it happening, that's the point of ""you can't end it like this!".
      really watch it....great drama :) i recommend it <3

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      ParkShinHyeILY Nov 6, 2015

      I'm watching it now and it's great! Thanks for the recommendation :D

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      TenchiKat Nov 7, 2015

      happy you like it :3

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    modupe fagbohun Oct 2, 2015 - edited
    Reveal Spoiler »
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      IndyYulia23 Dec 22, 2015

      I'm still not satisfied with the ending, that's why I need the season 2 XD

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    modupe fagbohun Oct 2, 2015

    No season 2 guys they made the movie in 2013 if there was a season 2 they would have done it since

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    modupe fagbohun Oct 2, 2015

    I watched this movie 2years ago but I still love it. Lee seung gi and Bea Suzy together in a movie

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    Melyssia Oct 2, 2015

    It's my favorite darama i love it <3

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    TiffanieLeo Sep 11, 2015

    i hope they will continue making the season 2

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    24
  • Aired:

    Apr 8, 2013 to Jun 25, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    MBC
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.

Statistics

  • Score:

    8.5 (scored by 7,799 users)
  • Ranked:

    #136
  • Popularity:

    #76

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