Last week, my sister wanted to borrow my flash drive. She craved to get a copy of a Korean TV Series. I refused, knowing that she had her own flash drive and besides one of my living legacy is don’t lend personal things, doing so would break my self-made promise. If you have guessed that my decision was final, you would have been wrong. How could I resist on persistent pleading. Of course not. But little did I know, that was the most right decision I have ever made, at least at the time of this writing.
The Korean TV Series was “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho.” I saw it aired on a local channel, they always do, they can’t put up a good show and so they borrow from other countries and this has been the tradition of local channels, competing for who has to get the latest hit TV Series.
After I got the flash drive, some days later, I was about to delete the files in one button, all of them were already highlighted, waiting to meet the recycle bin. If you have guessed that my decision was final, then again you would have been wrong. Something about me wants to check out this series. I opened the first episode and moved the time bar to at least 10 minutes ahead. I was laughing, seeing the crumpled face of the protagonist, Cha Dae Wong, about to be sent to a military camp. I knew that although the series made me laugh, it would not get me hook to the story and so I watched some more and waited how would I react on the succeeding scenes. After I finished the episode, which was surprising since I only desired to see the main characters, I watched some more.
I won’t pretend that the series is not good. I am a decent student who studies my subject timely and makes it a priority or so I believe. At that time, I had an upcoming test on calculus and accounting and what supposed to be an intense weekend study turned out to be a lively weekend, consumed by siting in the front of computer, engrossed on that Korean series. The show was that good. Of course, I flunk the calculus test, I know my knowledge is not innate, and only God knows how far my accounting result would go. But I have no regrets. Not at all.
“My Girlfriend is a Gumiho” is a love story between a human and a gumiho, in layman term, a nine-tailed fox for which you can relay with the hit anime series “Naruto” because of the strengths and agility she posses but minus the jutsus and hand movements. However, Gumiho is not a ninja, just so we’re clear. Perhaps, some have already been disappointed and closed this window. What another fantasy love story, you say. That, too, was my first impression and I ask you to reconsider. If you have decided to see one romantic story ever in your life, let that be “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho”.
Five hundred years ago, Miho, the nine tailed fox, is locked up in painting for she was so beautiful that she disturbed the community: “The civil servants who need to study stopped their writing and the farmers who need to farm stopped their planting and the merchants who need to sell stopped working.” ( Yes I know, since when does beauty became a crime.) One day, Cha Dae Wong, a rebellious, eccentric teenager but a talented actor, loses his way home and ends up finding a cellphone signal on a shrine. There, Miho meets the man and uses him for her escape. But Cha Dae Wong freaks out and run. He falls from a series of rocks and is badly hurt. Miho helps him by giving her bead, a mana where Miho gets her strength and probably her life, and whether Wong likes it or not, Miho follows him to protect her bead.
In case you worry, even though Miho is beautiful, she is not really the center of attraction as it was five hundred years ago. Perhaps, it was because of the discovery of the cosmetics. The problem now is not her beauty but her desire to be a human, so she can be normally be with Dae Wong. She steps many boundaries both in Dae Wong’s life and her identity.
I always thought that special effects strengthen or weaken the film but I learned, as I was watching the series, that is not necessarily the case and in some cases they are close to being ignored. What really matters in a story is the script and the actors and here in this series you see it all. After I finished the last episode, I watched again the first episode. And, Wow. The actors’ acting is really convincing and excellent. They have managed to make a 360 degree turn of their characters from the start to the end without making it awkward or phony. The fun doesn’t stop there. Take notice of their soundtrack, the most wonderful soundtrack a love story could ever have, and before you know it you are already humming the rhythm. (My favorite was “Losing Your Mind”, in case you ask.) The series also takes a lot of creative scenes. The screenwriters,Hong Mi Ran and Hong Jung Eun, are worth mentioning. Thank you for making the script!
Another thing I like is how the story introduces conflict. They, the writers, seem to have full of ideas and they’re skill makes every conflict interesting, not one is ever worn-out. They don’t go for “every plot-point matters”. Like one time, there is an impending trouble of finding Miho’s identity when Wong’s auntie receive a warning. Although there is attempt to scrutinize Miho, the aunt never really found Miho’s identity. They use the conflicts realistically.Never too much, never less. Just enough to keep the story moving.
There is also a subplot of another love story of Wong’s director and Wong’s aunt. This really helps a lot in relieving tension in the series. The subplot is a comic relief.
This love story is the most intimate I have ever come across. The plot device of making a “gumiho” partner makes this attribute alive in the series. At the first part, Miho follows Wong for the bead, first attraction. At the time when Wong is healed, he shuns Miho. But when Wong is again injured, he goes for Miho, second attraction. However, Wong distances himself for Miho since he has already set his heart for someone. Miho finds way to please Wong, third attraction. And so on. You get many intimate scenes. Each episode you get at least two.
The whole series is composed of 16 episodes equivalent to 17 hours of pure laughter, drama and romance. What more can you ask for? And if you have guess if I would watched the series again, then you would have been right.
PS: Sorry if I have talked too much. I tried prune the review but I doubt I would achieve the feeling I want to express had it been any word lesser. I’m really sorry.
PPS: To date, this has been my longest review. And I managed to write longer sentences this time. Just saying. :]