Gu Family Book

Gu Family Book (2013)

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Choi Kang Chi, born as a half-human-half-mythical-creature, goes through struggles in order to live more like a human than anyone else despite not being able to become human. He is the son of Gu Wol Ryung, the guardian spirit of Jiri Mountain, and Yoon Seo Hwa, an ordinary human. Choi Kang Chi later was raised by adopted family. He grows up as an outspoken character who's full of curiosity and one day, read morehe realizes that he's a half-human-half-beast through a certain incident and starts living his second life. While going through the struggles, he met Dam Yeo Wool who is a master of martial arts and archery at a young age and then, they both fall in love with each other.

  • 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
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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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Another gumiho story with the star lead as lee sung gi.. Really good...
Recommended by Anjaly
- both the male lead have supernatural power or something even though the main lead of gu family book is not a prince or soon to be king.
- both have a combination of supernatural and historical genre
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    jesy 26 days ago

    This is amazing! very touching drama...Highly recommended! just the ending left hanging...

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    BK-Vixen Aug 13, 2017 - edited

    I need more historical Korean dramas with a badass female lead T.T
    I loved Suzy's role in this

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      KatySarang_TGeyes 4 days ago

      Watch princess soo baek hyung. I hate long dramas but liked that. Really great. Also watching Chinese drama princess weiyoung, really great so far, love the female lead

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      BK-Vixen 3 days ago

      I have princess soo baek hyun on my list actually. If you recommend it then maybe I should watch it soon. Does it have a tragic ending like almost every historical korean drama I have watched though? :/

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      KatySarang_TGeyes 3 days ago

      No it has a happy ending!

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      BK-Vixen 3 days ago

      Yay!! Will be watching it soon then :3

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      KatySarang_TGeyes 3 days ago

      Also it's technically king's daughter soo baek hyun I said the wrong thing. haha

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    joannesmith Aug 1, 2017

    i sooo can't wait for Lee Seung Gi to get out of military service in Oct...need more shows like this.

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    shepaintedfire Jul 24, 2017 - edited

    I would really have liked a second season...

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      chococheese Aug 12, 2017

      So it ends with a cliff hanger?? I dont like dramas w cliff hangers and will drop this if so. :(

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      shepaintedfire Aug 12, 2017

      More or less, it has an end to the story, but it's kind of an open end so... makes you wonder what happened after it, like the Scarlet Heart: Ryeo one, for example... x.x

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      BK-Vixen Aug 13, 2017

      nooooooo don't stop this trust me it is amazing.. I am like you and don't like shows with some type of open endings so I am glad I never knew about it before I finished watching it. Trust me on this. It is AMAZING! You will be missing out if you just drop it. It even made it to my top 5 dramas

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    iNeedSomeJisoos Jul 7, 2017

    Not one of the best dramas out there, but difinitely not one of the worst. It had a nice start but the story kind of slowed down as you went deeper into the drama, but the ending was pretty good that it would be nice if there were a second season.

    Definitely a good drama to watch if you have no other dramas to watch at the moment.

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    Nazuna Jun 20, 2017

    I watched this drama back when I was just a middle schooler, but even then I didn't watch it properly.
    Now I am watching this again, properly, and wow. I am in love with this drama. I can't stop watching. Kang Chi & Yeo Wool has just become one of my favorite kdrama otps. Their chemistry is really great. I love how Yeo Wool accepts Kang Chi for who he is, not caring about his looks. Ugh my heart.

    Like everyone else here, I'm screaming for season 2. They can't leave us hanging like this!
    PS: MBCdrama made a compilation of Kang Chi & Yeo Wool in their channel. Are they trying to kill me or this a sign for season 2?

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    Nazuna Jun 20, 2017

    I watched this drama back when I was just a middle schooler, but even then I didn't watch it properly.
    Now I am watching this again, properly, and wow. I am in love with this drama. I can't stop watching. Kang Chi & Yeo Wool has just become one of my favorite kdrama otps. Their chemistry is really great. I love how Yeo Wool accepts Kang Chi for who he is, not caring about his looks. Ugh my heart.

    Like everyone else here, I'm screaming for season 2. They can't leave us hanging like this!
    PS: MBCdrama made a compilation of Kang Chi & Yeo Wool in their channel. Are they trying to kill me or this a sign for season 2?

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    Nancy May 10, 2017

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    LukasQ Mar 23, 2017

    the ending was just............
    want a new season so badly

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    mark andrew Jan 12, 2017 - edited

    Please..give us the season..everyone's waiting for the continuation of Kang chi and Yeo wool love story.. we are all hanging and curious what happened after Kang chi and Yeo met again after 400+ years..;(

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    makeuptemple Dec 16, 2016 - edited

    did they dubbed Lee Seung Gi? his voice seems different

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    nightingle Dec 15, 2016 - edited

    I hope season 2 will released soon curious to watch it ....one of my favorite kdrama

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    LinLi Nov 11, 2016 - edited

    Seriously LOVED this drama!
    It made me cry the first episode and second and third and so on.
    Both Lee Seung Gi and Suzy's acting was so amazing!
    The love story of Kang Chi's parents were so so so... (can't find a word to describe the amazingness)
    The chemistry between Yeo wool and Kang Chi was unbreakable.
    This is seriously one of my Favorite dramas! The story line and plot took creativity to another level.

    If your wondering if you should watch it. Watch it!!! Now!!! What are doing reading my comment about how amazing this drama is. Hmm???

    ( just saying--some parts may be ummm sexual... in bad way)

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    naccu Nov 10, 2016 - edited

    I wonder some times how much better this drama could have been with a different ending :/
    Still great though!

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    Raphs Oct 26, 2016

    Since it's my first Sageuk drama, I have no words to describe how I loved Gu Family Book. Man, sometimes I was laughing with the characters and sometimes I was crying my eyes out and aghhh it plays with your emotions so much! But I kinda like dramas like that so it was no problem. On episode 2 I was already sweating from my eyes .-. and all the 24 episodes got me wondering what would happens next and it wasn't boring to me. The cast was really great to me and Lee Seung Ki stoled my heart hahah :3 I'll miss this drama so much (and Kang Chi's smile) TT.TT

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.

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  • Score:

    8.4 (scored by 10,159 users)
  • Ranked:

    #209
  • Popularity:

    #140

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