Tale of the Nine-Tailed, the kdrama we’re going to be really excited about in about 2 months. I feel it, I feel it in my kdrama bones. Side note, I’ve been writing about kdrama and the like for 8ish years. You’d think by now the spell check would realize I actually mean it when I’m trying to type out kdrama.
Grammarly: Are you sure you don’t mean drama?
Stephanie: Yeah. Pretty sure.
Getting Back To It!
I’ve kept my eye out for Tale of the Nine-Tailed since it was first announced the show was a thing. I think we all have those actors we keep our ears out for? Oh, so and so is going to be lead? Well, maybe I’ll check it out. For me, for some reason, Lee Dong Wook is one of those actors. Why? No idea. I’ve literally seen him in one show, one variety show, and have a few of his back catalog on the ‘maybe I’ll watch this if I have time’ list. You know that list, that list that’s filled with shows that never quite make the cut? The shows where you swear if time were to magically pop up in your calendar you’d surely settle down with, and yet… you know you’d still find an excuse not to watch it?
Yeah, that list.
Anyway, the man of many tears, Lee Dong Wook is one of those actors for me. And Tale of the Nine-Tailed is one of those shows. Will it be one I actually watch? Or will it hit…the list?
I can say, it has something else in its favor, Kim Bum! Gah, I really like Kim Bum and if there’s an actor who I watch out for more than Lee Dong Wook, it’s Kim Bum and apparently, in this show, it looks like he plays a bad guy! Or the brother of Lee Dong Wook who really embraces his gumhio side. Yeah, in other dramas we really are trained to love the gumhio but classically, these mythical characters are out there for one thing and one thing only…to eat your liver, or maybe your heart. Could you imagine going out on a date with someone as cute as Kim Bum and then suddenly have them wanting to nom-nom your innards?
Here’s the synopsis:
The story features the mythical nine-tailed fox, or gumiho, Lee Yeon who has just settled in the city. Able to transform into human form, he goes about cleansing human spirits, all the while creating havoc. Enter the talented television producer Nam Ji Ah whose current show features urban myths. With nerves of steel, she will stop at nothing to secure unusual, if not dangerous, subject matter to showcase. She sets her sights on Lee Yeon who appears just too good to be true; irresistibly handsome, intelligent, fit; in fact the ideal guest. But his heartlessness will render doubt in her that he is indeed of this world.
Step-brother to Lee Yeon is the captivating Lee Rang, reputed to be the most dangerous of all gumihos living among humans. Despite being half-human himself, he harbors a deep-seated contempt for all people. For sport, he will unleash his seductive prowess upon his human-du-jour, by promising to grant them their wishes, only to trick them into paying a hefty price for their earthly desires.
I’m finding the possible combination of Lee Dong Wook and a villainous Kim Bum a hard pairing to say no to and my guess is I’m not going to be the only one. I think there’s a lot of us out there of a certain kdrama watching age who have a soft spot for one, if not both of these guys. And that possibility could make this a very popular show.
As Tale of the Nine-Tailed hasn’t released a poster, a character shot, a teaser, has only just done its first read through, and isn’t scheduled until October, we have a lot of time to ponder the idea of this show. I’m looking forward to seeing the tone they’re going to take and can’t wait for the first teasers!