[News] Gumiho: Tale of the Fox Child Holds Drama Press Conference

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As for the adults, Han Eun-jung called it her “good fortune” to be cast as a gumiho, described as “every actress’s fantasy.” It’s a familiar character of folklore and has been acted by a number of actresses in past projects, including Go So-young, Song Yoon-ah, Park Shi-yeon, and Park Min-young.

The gumiho, or traditional fox spirit, is considered a meaty role and melds together two sets of tropes that kdramas just love: the horror-thriller aspect and the woman as fox. The gumiho brings the fright factor of ghost stories (think vampires in Western lore, or to a lesser extent banshees or even succubi), and her fox nature is like a literal manifestation of the foxy lady archetype. (In English, a foxy woman means a hottie, but in Korean it has additional — often negative — connotations. She’s wily, cunning, and a man-eater.)

In addition to those three ladies, the drama also features Jang Hyun-sung as the fox-child’s human father, who had nothing but praise for his child-actor co-stars. He said, “They’re like colleagues more than children actors. They’re so good that they’re very dependable. Children’s hearts are pure, so the expressions they convey are pure. There are a lot of things I can learn from them.”

Meanwhile, 23-year-old Seo Joon-young (in the hat below) plays Jang’s silent servant — which also makes him Han’s servant, and he harbors secret feelings for her. His reticence isn’t just a character trait, though, as it seems he’s actually mute. (Gah, I’m a sucker for this type of character. It just kills me.) His character is described as a “momjjang” servant, which means muscular and built. As Seo recently packed on 10 kg for a film role, he had to shed that weight to get in shape for this one.

Rounding out the cast are Baek Bong-ki (Pasta) in a comic role, Yoon Hee-seok (Secret Reunion) as a mean governor in pursuit of the gumiho, and actress Kim Jung-nan (Partner).

Gumiho: Tale of the Fox Child premieres next Monday, July 5.

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Source: OSEN, TV Report, MY Daily