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
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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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    LinLi 21 days ago - 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 22 days ago - edited

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

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    RaphsGomes 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

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    darkeyes1208 Oct 7, 2016

    im still waiting also for a second season..

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    smel Sep 21, 2016

    2016....still waiting for season 2

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    joyje Sep 17, 2016

    This drama is one of the best of korean costume drama I have watched so far. Enjoyed the drama and all the cast were great. Great acting. There might be a part 2 in the future.

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    Krispey Sep 13, 2016

    One evening at 11pm i tought it was an excellent idea to find another drama to watch and since my recent obsession with historical dramas i found this. At 4am I had to sleep because of uni. Half slept through some lectures and rushed my way home and watched the rest nonstop. Was it worth it? Hell yes!:D Its been a while since I've watched a drama nonstop and left me with all these feels, I laughted my ass off, I smiled, I wanted to kill someone, I cried so much that my bf had to come hug me (now that i think of it its the same feelings i have during my period haha), and it just left me with a gooood feeling :D <3

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    LinLi Sep 1, 2016

    This drama is good especially the sad parts can make you cry a lot but the happy parts are limited so if you perpared for crying a lot this is the drama you want.

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    Kiseki Aug 17, 2016 - edited

    Trying to feel the monstrosity of Kang Chi transforming into a beast but all I see is glowy eyes and... maybe claws. Um... Beast?! Sorry looks like a human who got something in his eye. Alright just color me bloody skeptic, I don't understand why Kang Chi and his father are so eager to become human for. As it is now they heal immediately from wounds and is free of worry about death, starvation, money and pretty much every need that plagues humans. I honestly don't see a bad in being a mystical beast. Not to mention apparently they are compatible with human females and can make babies. Seems like a win/win situation, just stay a mystical creature for peeps sake!

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      5Clivi Nov 1, 2016 - edited

      but the thing is, they live over a hundred years. which means, they are afraid to watch their partners die from aging and be left alone. and it's impossible to live among people when their partner reach old age while the other still looking 20 yrs old. that's hard to explain. if ever they decide to live together it will be in the mountain where no one can see them. that is insanely lonely way to live.

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    Kiseki Aug 16, 2016

    If this drama started on episode 3 it would have been much more enjoyable. As it is I snoozed my way through the prequel...

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    celestialdragon Aug 10, 2016 - edited
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    Ineta Aug 5, 2016

    Things I liked: Lee Seunggi's acting, the originality?, the plot was often quite interesting and eventually only got better, the ending.
    Things I disliked: the slow pace in the first part of the drama and before the last few episodes, which made me start skipping through the episodes, there were bad CGs, it did often seem like they're trying too hard to be dramatic and the dying scenes were often just.. bad.
    I won't go ahead and recommend this to anyone, I didn't really see why people love it as much as they do, but if you want to watch this, do so but please don't have any expectations. I did get disappointed.

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    5Clivi Aug 1, 2016

    i just find the villain here kinda stupid. with his illusion trick he can actually get rid of any one he needs. he failed big time as a villain. the female lead is also somewhat stupid for getting herself into trouble. she deserved all the harms that came her way. I enjoyed the bromance lol, actually shipping for the two male leads haha

    i almost dropped this one in the middle, the whole drama can actually fit in 16 episodes, i find it unnecessary to be 24 episodes

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    NesrineTao Jul 8, 2016
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    5Clivi Jul 1, 2016

    only started this today, choi jin hyuk brought me here, but i guess he will only appear in a few episode :(

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 9,067 users)
  • Ranked:

    #192
  • Popularity:

    #102

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