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The action begins on Gu Family Book
by | March 20, 2013 | 114 Comments

Wonder twins, activate! Yay, here’s our first glimpse of action on the new fantasy fusion sageuk Gu Family Book, starring Lee Seung-gi as a half-gumiho, half-puppy, and Suzy as the bow-and-arrow-wielding heroine that he’ll fall in love with. Right now they look more like partners in crime, which hey, would be a nice change of pace. I don’t expect the drama not to have any damsels in distress, but it already gets points for making our heroine a fighter. I’m so excited for something actiony right now — the more high-flying fun the better. Please be badass. Please be badass.

Seung-gi seems to be having a lot of fun knockin’ some heads together and showing off his gumiho strength. I hope they really go to town with the supernatural element and give him some powers too. It’s no fun when they skimp on the super for a superhero. The rest of the stills are from the teaser, with only tiny glimpses of our two leads. It’s mostly just an intro to our half-gumiho hero Choi Kang-chi — from human mother Lee Yeon-hee and gumiho father Choi Jin-hyuk.

The title Gu Family Book is a reference to a gumiho legend (in this storyverse) about a centuries-old book that’s rumored to contain the secret to becoming human. No one’s seen the book, and there’s no telling whether it exists or is just a gumiho bedtime story passed down through the generations. Kang-chi wants more than anything to become human, and so the story will be his journey to chase down this legend.

Suzy plays Dam Yeo-wool, daughter of a martial arts teacher (played by Jo Sung-ha), who learned to fight and is particularly skilled with a bow and arrow. Yoo Yeon-seok (pictured below) will be Kang-chi’s rival — he’s the son of the man who takes Kang-chi in as an orphan (which also makes him Lee Yubi’s oppa), and he’ll be the cold cynical scholar who challenges Kang-chi for the heroine’s affections.

So far it seems like the world will have a strong mythology and lots of action, so I’ve got my fingers crossed that it delivers. Gu Family Book premieres April 8 on MBC.

Via Sports Seoul


114 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. JoAnne

    Can Seung Gi just wear his hair like that all the time from now on? With that ‘OMG I’m having so much FUN!’ face?

    • 1.1 Saturtledaisy

      I second this ~~

    • 1.2 dewaanifordrama

      I know, right?! This drama looks like it might be a lot of fun. Yay! We need some laughs.

    • 1.3 Betty

      I don’t know for the hair but it sure looks like he is having fun which is a great thing!

      • 1.3.1 a_diva

        my sentiments exactly. hair–not so much, but yay for all the fun he looks like he’s having!

      • 1.3.2 MicolaM

        I Know. In one of the stills he looks like he’s about to laugh.

    • 1.4 Cynthia

      You’re right! Although I loved his dramatic turn in K2H, this just looks like so much FUN – and it’s been awhile since we’ve really had a funny, kickass drama to fangirl over – really looking forward to ‘The GU’s’!

    • 1.5 rheina07

      *reserve place to ship this half gumiho-half puppy version of seung gi!!!*

      He is justttttttt TOOO CUTEEE !

    • 1.6 JO

      Also, his skin got paler! I remember him bemoaning how tan he got on 1N2D and how stressed his skin was becoming because of the show.

    • 1.7 hana


  2. Ally

    He is so cute!!!

    • 2.1 Ivoire

      I am looking forward to this drama as well. LSG and Suzy look so cute on the stills and in the trailer and they do look like they are having a lot of fun, which, yay!!!!

      Question: GF mentioned Lee Yubi in her post. Does anyone know who she is and who she is played by? Thanks!

      • 2.1.1 lemondoodle

        Lee Yubi is the actress who is playing Kangchi’s first love/girl he grew up with. She was Choco in Nice Guy.

        • Ivoire

          Oh I see, thanks for the explanation, Lemondoodle

  3. Mia

    How Many Episodes Will There Be ???

    Suzy has become more mature…. can’t wait !

    • 3.1 Kiara

      I think 24.

      • 3.1.1 Mia

        24 ? great ^^

  4. KS

    Can’t wait for this!

    • 4.1 rika

      nice kick puppy

  5. Rashell

    Aww puppy looks so cute and fighty. I’m excited for this one. Please, please drama don’t disapoint!!

  6. franz

    Here is the teaser trailer for it:



    • 6.1 Kiara

      Choi Jin-hyuk looks awesome. Hope he doesn’t disappear in just 1 episode.

      • 6.1.1 lemondoodle

        Pretty sure he’s going to be around awhile. It’s mention he doesn’t age so he’ll show up when Kangchi is an adult.

        • crazyajummafan

          If I’m not wrong, according to the synopsis, his father will be lured to the ‘dark side’ and Kang Chi would be up against him quite a bit. So we’ll be seeing quite a fair bit of him.

          • Kiara

            Thank you :). Now I’m officially excited lol.

    • 6.2 Raitei

      That trailer totally looks awesome and kind of chilling. Can’t wait for the drama to begin! So excited! X3

  7. Carole McDonnell

    Wow, looks like I’ll be watching two Gu dramas.

  8. Saya

    ‘The title Gu Family Book is a reference to a gumiho legend (in this storyverse) about a centuries-old book that’s rumored to contain the secret to becoming human. No one’s seen the book…’

    Apparently, no one’s seen My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, either XD

    I just looooove the meta of LSG and gumiho. So awesome. Anyone else?

    • 8.1 PollyRose

      Ha, very much so.

  9. lemonade candy

    please be badass~please be badass~

  10. 10 alua

    “Wonder twins”

    Hmmm, your opening words made me think it would be sort of fun to have a K-drama with real twins… not a romance story of course (duhhh!) but a sageuk with sword-wielding half-magical heroes, you know like a mischievous Woochi (the Kang Dong-won one) x 2.

    Totally random thought… 😀

  11. 11 gaea

    *Crosing all my twenty fingers*

  12. 12 PollyRose

    I am getting more excited for this one every post I read. If it’s anything like Arang and the Magistrate, lots of action, humor, and solid world building, maybe a side of creepy and some “Oh no, what’s happening?!”, I will be a happy girl 🙂

  13. 13 Kitzeekat

    Lol with the gumiho puppy 🙂 love you GF!

  14. 14 Piggies

    I’m in love with the stylist here! LSG hair looks awesome and his costume is spot on. For some reason, sageuk costumes either go in the direction of being either really bright or really dull. But this is one of the better ones I’ve seen. The colors, the proportions, the attention to detail!
    Although I did notice that LSG’s costume is more fabulous than everyone else’s…either I’m just bring biased or the stylist is….hmmm…..

    • 14.1 Piggies


    • 14.2 msim

      The stylist is also going for it with Suzy too.
      No fake lashes and 2013-barbiedoll make-up here.

      These 2 are irresistible – I’m gleefully smiling already.

  15. 15 Keya

    I love this haircut on oppa! OMG how can he be so cute, so badass, and have this great hair all at the same time?!?! Can’t wait for this drama to be released and end my drama fast!

  16. 16 Cindy

    YES, this looks so promising! After the disappointment that is Level 7 (no need to further dwell on that), I need a new drama with a compelling story that makes sense in its own universe and gets me totally hooked! I really miss watching a drama with a forwarding plot, that totally draws me in (like Gaksital or The Princess´ man) and whose protagonists act so persuasively, that I feel utterly lost in my own surroundings when I´m not glued to the screen anymore….
    Is it to much to ask from the drama gods???

  17. 17 Kiara

    Hope its going to be as good as Arang.

  18. 18 lemondoodle

    Seunggi looks like he’s having fun. I’m still not sure what to actually expect from this drama, but I’m excited anyway.

  19. 19 Quiet Thought

    This appears to be the show Dae Woong was going to make after he finally got Mi Ho back with her one remaining tail.

  20. 20 Farhana

    Oh my gosh I love their matching hair… I love Seunggi – can’t wait for this!

  21. 21 sell

    Please be good Puppy! I want to see Seunggi and his action moves nowwww!

    BTW, I read news at Soompi’s thread that Kimura Kenji will be in this drama too.. Man, I forgot his name :-). He will be a warrior. It’s okay, I like him 🙂

  22. 22 ruro

    “Half gumiho-half puppy”?? Hahaha I luv u girlfriday! :)) just look at the stills but already love his character, how can he be so adorable and badass at the same time? I wonder how puppy can transform into a beast later ? It must be very interesting, :))), omg, never really anticipate adrama this much, april, please come faster!!!

  23. 23 Sponge

    Oh gosh i squeeeled seeing the first image, so cute, can’t wait for the fun badass action, finally a drama i’m REALLY looking forward to! I hope it doesn’t disappoint considering my current drama slump

  24. 24 Sunshine

    LOVING THE HAIRSTYLE LSG GOT! i think he is one of the few the can rock that look! i think i wanna check this b/c of lsg and suzy!! love these two!!

  25. 25 Osi

    Can April come faster, please? I can’t wait.

  26. 26 Abbie

    Looks great! Really want to see this!

  27. 27 NOODLE

    Hey but what happens to Sung joon there is no mention of him??!! 🙁 He is still a part of this right??????

    • 27.1 lemondoodle

      He’s still Suzy’s bodyguard. He doesn’t seem to have a big role.

      • 27.1.1 Kiara

        Why does she need a bodyguard if she can fight?.

  28. 28 JenJen

    I can’t wait but I wish Suzy’s hair was in a different style. Right now it’s like Suzy and SeungKi are sporting a couple’s haircut from the getgo.

  29. 29 sweetspring

    counting down the days!!! Lee Seung Gi I MISS YOU!!!

  30. 30 Taber


  31. 31 Brenda

    I didn’t think I’d be, but I am SUPER excited for this =D

  32. 32 bd

    Don’t buy LSG as an “action hero” – but then again, didn’t buy him as a wannabe action hero actor in MGIAG either.

    We’ll see if the writing and the rest of the cast is up to par.

    • 32.1 scbound

      you are probably very excited for this project, so that you have a place to come post your neg comments We all learned a long time ago you dont like LSG so just dont watch his shows or read posts concerning him. Grow up and and do something productive with your time rather the spouting your ignorant hate comments.

      • 32.1.1 Smiles

        @bd…. I don’t know what LSG has done to you, but d**n you sure have some deep hating for the boy… Let it go already

        • bd

          Try to address the issue.

          Do you really see LSG as an “action hero”?

          Heck, there are plenty who don’t see Shia LeBoeuf as an action hero (or anything resembling a film star) – and they wouldn’t be wrong either.

          • crazyajummafan

            Just because you don’t see him as an action hero, doesn’t mean that others don’t!!!
            When I first saw LSG, it was in 1n2d, and I couldn’t envisage him as an actor. But I can now, after seeing him act!

            Really, the ppl who don’t see Shia LeBoeuf as an action hero, shouldn’t watch his ‘action’ movies… unless they want to give him a chance to prove their perceptions wrong. But if after watching these so called action shows, and they still hold the same opinion, then they should just stop watching his action movies!!! Likewise, the same advice goes to you and your opinion of Seunggi. Why waste your time watching the drama and even bothering to comment negatively, and picking fights with ppl???This is not the first time. Don’t you have better things to do with your time? Or do you just want to seek attention???

      • 32.1.2 bd

        Oh, gee – didn’t know that everybody has to have the same OPINION of LSG.

        Plenty of posters have different opinions about other actors than what I have – the diff. is I don’t WHINE about their having diff. opinions.

        • lemondoodle

          You don’t have to have the same opinion. Just not sure why you continue to torture yourself watching and reading things he’s in when you’ve made it clearly many times you can’t stand him. Most people avoid things they don’t like. 🙂 Have fun though.

          • pogo

            Sometimes people have to suffer through performances by actors they think aren’t great when the drama happens to also star someone they DO like (because like it or not, dramas/movies are a team effort), so I suggest some people around these parts grow up and stop behaving like Twihards.

    • 32.2 kopytko

      Some people don’t understand what they read. You wrote YOU couldn’t see LSG as an action hero, not that you forbid anyone from doing so. As far as I remember the rule of Beanuts Gallery is to “rant or rave”, so anyone can express their opinion, as long as it isn’t offensive or disrespectful. Criticizing is a common practice here, too.
      So what would be some people’s problem?

      I am with you about LSG – a puppy with dimples in his cheeks is not the first image that comes to one’s mind when thinking about action hero. It doesn’t insult him as a person or actor – it is just an opinion, everybody can have one, even if it doesn’t mean worshhipping LSG (or whomever). And even a viewer who isn’t a LSG fan can be interested in the story.

      • 32.2.1 Kiara

        I think LSG is great guy but as an actor I’m just not that into him, same with Suzy. I love sageuks and that reason alone would make me watch this show plus I’m excited to see Choi Jin-hyuk in it.

    • 32.3 Maris

      An important trait for any good actor is the ability to transform and portray the role well. It has nothing to do with their real personality or looks. Every new role is like a challenge for them to play it convincingly so that the audience forget the actor behind the that particular character.
      I have faith in LSG’s ability to do this challenging role well based on what I know. He actually has been training himself for this role by taking lessons in an action school, loosing weight to give a fitter look(not that he needed to) etc. he is a perfectionist and has constantly improved with each outing as an actor. I have a feeling he may yet surprise everyone with how good he can be in this new role ……even those who believe in his abilities.

  33. 33 Kdramas

    I am actually really looking forward to this.

  34. 34 orenji

    Couple hair? LOL cute~ This drama keep casting the people i like. Park Joo-hyung is the new addition. It’s been a while i felt super excited for a drama. I hope it packs with real action especially from the leading lady. I love badass heroine. I can’t wait to see official stills of the other casts especially Sung Joon and Lee Yubi. The trailer is awesome. First impression is really good but PD-nim and Writer-nim,please be good until the end,ok?

  35. 35 kfangurl

    Yay this drama is looking like it’s going to be fun & awesome ^^ Please be fun & awesome!! And all the way through, please!

  36. 36 snow_white

    can’t wait…. 🙂

  37. 37 Tiff

    Ahhh LYH so pretty! Excited for this!

  38. 38 KDrama Fan

    Thanks GF for the update.

    I’m being cautious about this. I’d rather have low expectations and be pleasantly surprised rather than the other way around.

    However I do have hope that the drama will be easier to believe as a period piece compared to one with contemporary battles. The disappointment in that pitiful battle on the island in K2H still lingers.

  39. 39 varms

    Jo Sung Ha! One of my favorite Kdrama ahjusshis ever! Looks like a cute fantasy sageuk.

  40. 40 Arhazivory

    *melts* A happy half-Gumiho is really attractive.

  41. 41 vee

    I’m a bit excited for this, but I was underwhelmed with the trailer. I don’t know, it looked fantastic but there was just something missing. Also, Suzy with a sword was a bit awkward, but they were just small clips sooo I can’t quite say whether or not she’s bad or bad asssss yet! I’m hoping she’ll be able to deliver, and Seung gi as well!

    • 41.1 jiki

      Suzy looked really awkward with sword ,that`s what bothered me the most! She looks like pretty princess that is holding sword for a first time! Also i don`t think anybody wore hair like that in Joseon time! Her hair looks very modern!
      That said she looks super pretty but hope her acting improved! And i hope her and Seunggi have chemistry!

      • 41.1.1 pogo

        She looked like she was posing for a photoshoot/MV with the sword, lol

        I just hope it’s better in the actual drama, it’ll probably get good ratings but I’m more into this for the second leads than the leads.

  42. 42 fsf

    seung gi is not sauve chiselled handsome type. he looks so baby face.

  43. 43 Sajen

    look show right now I don’t even care if you’re good or badass just be fun. After That Winter I’m going to need something fun, so really I don’t care if you’re an illogical mess just be fun, please.

  44. 44 Amy

    Can’t wait! Hope it doesn’t disappoint! 🙂

  45. 45 bellaluna

    Cool, I love that the action in this drama is not lame like in Faith, Seung gi looks so awesome & enthusiastic, guess his action dream is finally comes true. Cant wait to see the real scenes

  46. 46 redfox

    hope this fantasy doesn´t repeat the fate of Faith .

    and please no magic fire balls, those only work with 12-year olds

  47. 47 TellMe

    Suzy is a badass heroine!!!

  48. 48 cimori

    LSG looks so enjoyable in that picture, always smile. 🙂

    but for Suzy, oh my, lets pray to all of god in universe that her acting will not messed up in this drama, at least do much better rather than in Big drama (suzy is so sucked / acting suck in big drama)

    • 48.1 pogo

      She looks great when she’s standing still, but I hope to god she’s better with the action than that teaser made it seem. (and the acting too, but maybe it won’t matter here?)

      • 48.1.1 cimori

        cross finger so this drama won’t get drowning like big drama (got lowest rating )

        • viaww

          cimori you are kind of poeple with rotten heart,, i’ll said agree if someone said ” poeple like you not deserve to going to heaven” ^^

      • 48.1.2 Maris

        Yes, she seems so harmless for a person with sword in her hand. The expression also do not correlate with it. But, she does look cute like a girl having fun with the sword.

  49. 49 gwen

    oh wow, lee yeon hee looks incredibly beautiful in these stills. It’s such a pity that even after she’s had so many projects to hone her skills, her acting’s not quite there. If she can prove herself to be more of a veritable actress, she could definitely go so much further…

  50. 50 haha

    I like what I see from the teaser! LSG and Suzy looks great, and I can feel both characters from their expressions. Can’t wait until 8th April!!

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