Monday, May 23, 2011

A Rather Cute Tale of Mythical Beastiality (Ok, I'm kidding...not)

Fantaseryes, you say? Korea has them too. One of ABS-CBN’s newest Koreanovelas, My Girlfriend is a Gumiho (Nine-Tailed Fox) sweeps the Philippines by storm, offering a fun medley of a story—a modern-day romantic comedy with a mythological twist.

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Ever since I finished Boys Over Flowers ages ago, I can’t remember watching any other Korean TV series from the pilot episode to the finale with unwavering interest. One morning I caught my potato couch sister smiling widely in front of the tube, and I observed that she’s watching the commercial-trailer for a new Koreanovela.  The boy lead didn’t make much of an impression to me but the leading lady immediately caught my attention.  She’s called Miho—short for gumiho—a simple girl with tousled long black hair and clad in a white dress. Her posture gives her an aura reminiscent of Japanese horror movies (ever watched Ring: Zero, when Sadako’s still alive and she still does not wear her curtain of hair in front of her face? Yes that’s who Miho reminded me of). But when she flashes that dimpled smile, all the creepy vibes are driven away. She’s all sweetness and cuteness.

The scene that my sister’s grinning at: Miho doing some cute wriggling motions with her fingers as she calls after the guy (“Dae Woong! Gustung gustung gusto kita!”). The guy pretends to be annoyed, but when he faces away from Miho, he furtively gives a charming, self-satisfied grin. I’m a sucker for adorable things and with the two main characters radiating an odd kind of cuteness, I decided to watch at least an episode and see if I I’ll like it. And I did.

The premise of My Girlfriend is a Gumiho is simple. With his grandfather wanting him to attend college, Cha Dae Woong goes to the temple because he doesn’t want to study; he wants to be an action star. A female voice coerces him to draw nine tails on the 500-year-old fox painting in the temple, and he unwittingly releases the legendary gumiho. In different occasions Dae Woong and the gumiho saved each other’s lives. The gumiho, in the form of a beautiful woman, follows Dae Woong around because her Orb (“bead” in the Tagalog dub) or the source of her strength is inside Dae Woong, giving him strength after his fatal fall in the mountain. Dae Woong must now take care of the gumiho while the Orb is healing him, buying her food so she won’t eat him.Things get complicated when a half-human goblin goes to incarcerate Miho back into the painting and—much later—offers a deal with her that thickens the plot: becoming human.

I try to avoid spoilers as much as I can. I will be watching this series until the end, for sure. :)

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