Gu Family Book: Foxy Korean Fantasy Drama Charms Audiences

Lee Seung Gu, hit star Korean Actor Gu Family Book

Lee Seung Gi and Bae Suzy stir up plenty of romantic chemistry in the hit Korean Drama Gu Family Book.

By Tabrez

Gu Family Book (also known as: Ancient Medical Book / The Writings of Nine Houses / Book of the House of Gu / Kang Chi, the Beginning)
Ratings and Review: 9 out of 10

It’s always a sure bet that Lee Seung Gi star billing will draw substantial audiences, and with over 20 episodes aired, Gu Family Book  moved to first place in the Seoul ratings according to AGB Nielsen. The hot star plays a half fox, half human semi-supernatural being, Kang Chi, who grows up thinking he’s a human. With a lesser actor, such a premise might have resulted in 3rd or 4th in the ratings, typical for a fantasy. Fox stories (think, werefox or half spirit, or magical creature) are not new to Korean drama, nor is Lee Seung Gi, who played in the hit drama My Girlfriend is a Nine Tailed Fox. Lee Seung Gi also sings many of the songs on the amazing soundtrack.

Watch clips of some romantic scenes from Gu Family Book to the OST MV] 더원(The One) _ Best Wishes to you(잘 있나요)(Kangchi, the Beginning(구가의 서)OST Pt.6):

Gu Family Book engages with a lively pace, and a unique combination of fantasy, action, historic tapestry, and romance (plenty of romance, but no kiss until episode 17), all beautifully interwoven. This is a hopelessly endearing and charming drama.

Kang Chi (Lee Seung Gi) is convincing as a charming, mythical creature with special powers. His father is thousand years old gumiho mountain spirit named Gu Wol Ryung. Abandoned by his human biological mother, he is adopted by another human, played by Lee Yeon Hee. As part of a subplot, she is the daughter of a Yangban killed for the treason.

Number one in Nielsen, Gu Family book

Lee Seung Gi, always charming with his famous trademark smile, helped bring Gu Family Book to number one in the Nielsen Ratings in Korea.

Kang Chi, found floating in a river by the Park family grew up oblivious of his magical heritage, apparently a human child, unaware of his heredity or special nature for twenty years. Oblivious, he lived his life under the care of Park Moo Sol, the righteous owner of 100 Year Inn.

His life changes with the arrival of a stranger at the inn. Suddenly, Kang Chi’s life is swept up in a tsunami of mysteries. In a twist, Kang Chi was forced to be under the protection of his father’s slayer Pyung Joon. A dramatic incident helps Kang Chi realize his his half human-half fairy creature.

Gu Family book starring Lee Seung Gi

Lee Seung Gi, uses is foxy good looks to play a half fox (supernatural creature)-half human in the inventive fantasy-romance Korean Drama Gu Family Book.

Progress Review

Gu Family Book maintained high quality and garnered rave reviews with each episodes, steadily growing from 7th place in episode one to 1st at episode 20 in the Nielsen Ratings. Romantic tensions between Kang Chi (Lee Seung Gi) and  Dam Yeo Wool (Bae Suzy) is a major driving force behind the popularity of this drama.

Lee Seung Gi, an engaging and versatile actor with superb comic styling and appealing looks, helps hold the interest of fans, but the story is inventive enough to stand on its own merits.

The supernatural aspects his not unique to Korean drama, but doesn’t always work to draw large audiences, yet here it is part of a tightly written and acted drama sure to please. The art direction is also worth mentioning, with a camera that loves all the characters.

Lee Seung Gi  helped make Gu Family Book a number one hit.

Lee Seung Gi helped make Gu Family Book a number one hit.

Korean Drama- Gu Family Book
Korean Title- Gugai Seo
Genre- romance fusion, period fantasy
Episode- 24
Director- Shin Woo Cheol
Writer- Kang Eun Kyung
Broadcast Channel- MBC

Main Cast

Lee Sueng Gi as Choi Kang Chi
Bae Su Ji as Dam Yeo Wool
Lee Sung Jae as Jo Kwan Wong
Lee Yoo Bi as park Cheong Jo

Supporting Cast

Lee Yeon Hee as Yoon Seo Hwa (young)
Yoon Se Ah as Yoon Seo Hwa (old)
Choi Jin Hyuk as Gu Wol Ryung
Sung Joon as Geon
Yon Yeon Seok as Park Tae Seo

Other Credits
Dam Pyung Joon
Admiral Lee Soon Shin
Wol Sun
Gob Dan
Deputy Seo

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