SINGAPORE — Adapted from a popular online webtoon, My Roommate Is A Gumiho is one of the latest K-dramas to watch out for this May.
The series, to be aired on tvN in South Korea, is also iQiyi's first original Korean drama series, co-produced with Studio Dragon. It will be available to stream on iQiyi from 26 May.
The series features Hyeri (Record Of Youth) as Lee Dam, a 22-year-old college student, who accidentally swallows the magical marble of a 999-year-old nine-tailed fox Shin Yeo Woo, played by Jang Ki Yong (Born Again), and moves in with him.
If you're thinking of the current hit series on Netflix, Tale Of The Nine Tailed, this one is slightly different.
Nine-tailed foxes originate from East Asian mythologies, and grow a tail for every 100 years that they live. Those who live up to 900 years are exceedingly strong in power and wisdom. In Korean mythology, a gumiho is a nine-tailed fox spirit.
Yet, in folk tales and legends, nine-tailed foxes are notorious for being homewreckers and destroying marriages (and countries).
In contrast, My Roommate Is A Gumiho definitely puts a more atypical romantic K-drama spin to the mythological tales, making out nine-tailed fox Shin Yeo Woo into more of a daddy/elder brother figure to the youthful Lee Dam.
The college student moves in with the fox to try and figure out how to remove the marble from herself; for if a human swallows a gumiho's marble, they have only one year to live before the marble breaks and prevents the gumiho from ever becoming a human.
Will Yeo Woo successfully retrieve his fox marble from the human girl Lee Dam and become human, or will the young college student have just one year left to live?
Yeo Woo has lived quietly in the human world for hundreds of years, hoping to eventually become human. Unfortunately, he was just a step away from his goal when Lee Dam swallows his fox marble by mistake. The two try to work things out by moving in together, resulting in a tussle between the wilful youth of a young girl and the desperate indignity of a centuries-old entity.
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