Lee Dong-wook is back in another drama entitled “Tale of the Nine-Tailed.” The tvN fantasy drama is set to air this October. This marks Lee Dong-wook’s return to the fantasy genre after the hit drama “Goblin.”
From Grim Reaper to ‘gumiho’
Lee Dong-wook made his mark when he starred as the Grim Reaper in “Goblin.” This time he portrays the role of Lee Yeon, a modern “gumiho” or nine-tailed fox. The nine-tailed fox is a mythical creature commonly found in Korean folk tales. In the official poster for the drama, Lee Yeon’s true identity is revealed as light shines from his fox-like eye.
Here’s a brief synopsis from Soompi:
“Lee Dong Wook portrays the gumiho Yi Yeon, who once ruled as a living god of the Baekdudaegan Mountain Range but now lives in the city. He travels between this world and the underworld while working as a judge who punishes monsters that disturb the world of the living. He has everything from wealth and charm to exceptional intelligence, but Yi Yeon will get caught up in a cruel love story as he becomes entangled with humans.”
Meanwhile, Kim Bum plays the role of Lee Yeon’s half brother Lee Rang. Lee Rang was born from a human and a “gumiho.” Unlike his brother, Lee Rang is dangerous and is expected to bring conflict to the story. Lead actress Jo Bo-ah is a producing director (PD) who is determined to hunt down the gumiho.
‘Gumiho’ or vampire?
In the teaser for the “Tale of the Nine-Tailed,” we see Lee Dong-wook in a dim-lit house. The video also shows flashes of haunting scenes. He steps forward and we see his pale face and honey gold eyes, almost like Edward Cullen’s eyes.
The whole vibe of this drama is similar to the American TV series “The Vampire Diaries.” Kim Bum’s character reminds me of the unapologetic yet charismatic Damon Salvatore played by Ian Somerhalder. Will he be a villain or not? I guess we’ll find out soon.
The “Tale of the Nine-Tailed” starring Lee Dong-wook is set to premiere on tvN on October 7, replacing “Flower of Evil” on its time slot.