'Tale of the Nine-Tailed': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Lee Dong-wook's K-drama
'Tale of the Nine-Tailed' is the English title of the Korean drama titled 'Gumihodyeon'. The meaning of the Korean title is a nine-tailed fox and that fox happens to be the lead character in the show. According to tvN, the official show introduction reads, "What if my beautiful bride who promised to marry is none other than the fox sister in a fairy tale? What if the criminal who drove the jingling Samjae lives as a neighbor next to you? Let's imagine that the main characters in the fairy tale are human and living in Korea in 2020. 'Memories' and 'empathy' are the keywords of the times. Even though we live in a high-tech science and digital world, we are still chasing and fascinated by unknown mysteries. This drama brings out Korean indigenous ghosts that existed only in fairy tales, legends, and folk tales right now and by our side."
'Tale of the Nine-Tailed' is scheduled to premiere on October 7 and will be aired on tvN at 10.30 pm KST taking over the time-slot previously occupied by 'Flower of Evil'. The show can be streamed on Viki Global outside of South Korea.
According to tvN, "Most of the Gumiho who appeared in dramas were lovely female Gumiho. However, the protagonist of this drama is the man Gumiho. The supreme innocent man waiting for only one woman with a mysterious face that makes you want to take out the liver (heart) right now. Gumiho 'Lee Yeon' will be the most oriental fantasy that women dream of!"
The show will follow a gumiho hidden in the garb of a detective called Lee Yun who is being chased by a detective called Nam Ji-ah. Lee Yun used to be the guardian of the Baekdu-daegan mountain range and is a legendary nine-tailed fox who traveled between the mortal world and the afterlife killing demons. He only recently took on the human form and settled in the city, completely assimilating into human society. Meanwhile, Nam Ji Ah is a TV producer who specializes in supernatural investigative shows and when she comes across news of a genuine nine-tailed fox living in the city, she is determined to get him as a guest on her show. How Lee-yun's stepbrother Lee Rang causes conflict between Lee Yun and Ji-ah will be the main plotline.
Lee Dong-wook as Lee Yun
Actor Lee Dong Wook will play the lead role of a nine-tailed fox who is living in the mortal world as a human detective. The show follows his story and how he meets his one true love. Lee Dong-wook is known for his role in 'Goblin', in which he played the role of Grim Reaper after which he received acclaim for his role in shows 'Life' and 'Touch your Heart'. He had also appeared in a cameo in the show 'Search WWW'.
Jo Bo-ah as Nam Ji-ah
Jo Bo-ah plays the role of a television producer who specializes in investigating the presence of the supernatural. She is Nam Ji-ah and she has heard of the presence of a gumiho so she investigates the same through the show. Bo-ah was previously seen in 'Forest', 'My Strange Hero' among others.
Kim Beom as Lee Rang
Actor Kim Beom plays the role of Lee Yun's stepbrother Lee Rang who in the show hates humans as he himself is half-human. So he will be seen taking advantage of humans and manipulating them to serve his purpose. He will also add conflict to the relationship between Ji-ah and Lee Yun.
Other cast members include Hwang Hee as Shin Joo, Kim Jung-nan as Pal Ui-pa, Ahn Kil-kang as Hyun Ui-woong, Kim Hee-jung as Nam Ji-ah’s mother, Song Young-kyu as Nam Ji-ah’s father, Jang Won-hyung as Baek Shi-woo, Jung Shi-yool as Kim Soo-oh, Kim Kang-min as Pyo Jae-hwan and Jung Yi-seo as Kim Sae-rom.
The show is directed by Kang Shin-hyo who is known for his works 'Midas' and 'The Heirs' among others. 'Tale of the Nine-Tailed' is written by Han Woo-ri, who seems to be a new addition to the brilliant host of writers to join the world Korean movies and shows.
The trailer of the show released on September 29 on Viki portrays a rivalry between the characters Lee Rang and Lee Yun while Ji-ah turns out to be an investigator who gets dragged into a world that isn't her own. How will the three of their lives pan out?
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