Tale of the Nine Tailed
Tale of the Nine Tailed (Korean: 구미호뎐; Hanja: 九尾狐傳; RR: Gumihodyeon; lit. Tale of the Nine-Tailed Fox) is a South Korean television drama starring Lee Dong-wook, Jo Bo-ah and Kim Bum. It aired on tvN from October 7 to December 3, 2020, every Wednesday and Thursday at 22:30 (KST) with 16 episodes. A spinoff titled, The Untold Story Of The Tale Of The Nine-Tailed, will make up for the halt in production of Episodes 13 and 14 of the original series to "ensure better production".
|Tale of the Nine Tailed|
|Also known as||Tale of the Gumiho|
The Tale of a Gumiho
|Developed by||Studio Dragon|
|Written by||Han Woo-ri|
|Directed by||Kang Shin-hyo|
|Ending theme||Blue moon|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Executive producer||Kim Young-kyu|
|Producers||Park Jin-hyung |
|Running time||65–70 minutes|
|Production companies||Studio Dragon|
|Original release||October 7 –|
December 3, 2020
Lee Yeon (Lee Dong-wook) -an over 1000-years-old Gumiho and once the guardian mountain spirit of Baekdudaegan -is now a city dweller. He works with Taluipa(Kim Jung-nan)-an agent in the Afterlife Immigration Office and the protector of the Samdo river- to eradicate supernatural beings that threaten the mortal world. He lives in the city where he is assisted by his loyal subject, veterinarian, and fellow Gumiho, Goo Shin-Joo.
On a mission to capture a fox that has killed and eaten the livers of many humans and is now marrying a man in the guise of a human woman, he is spotted by Nam Ji-ah (Jo Bo-ah) -a smart, ferocious, and dauntless producer at TVC Station.
Ji-ah recognizes Yeon when he is leaving the venue and later spots him on camera through his red, distinctly marked umbrella. She finds where Yeon lives, suspects him of being supernatural, and ultimately tests her theory by jumping off of his flat with a memory chip that contains a video of Yeon fighting another fox (Lee Rang- his half-brother) with their powers, forcing Yeon to follow and save her.
It is then revealed that as a child, on her ninth birthday, Nam Ji-ah was involved in a road accident in which her parents were supposed to be dead. However, Ji-ah is the only one who remembers that two other people, not human, posed as her parents. They were foxes trying to eat Ji-ah but she was saved by Lee Yeon. Even though he compelled her to forget him, the magic did not work on her. Later, she found herself at the accident site but her parents’ bodies were never discovered.
It motivated her to believe that her parents were alive and so she decided to look into supernatural beings and look for any way to find and rescue her parents.
The twist- Nam Ji-Ah is the lookalike of Ah-Eum, a human who was the first love of Yeon.
She died at the hands of Yeon while trying to save him from Imoogi- an evil earth dragon who wanted to inhabit the body of the guardian mountain spirit. By abusing his powers, a heartbroken Yeon stopped the boat carrying Ah-Eum across the Samdo River, kissed her, and gave her a fox bead while asking her to promise to be reincarnated. In return, he promised Ah-Eum that whenever she came back, he would find her through the bead.
Throughout centuries, Yeon encountered several lookalikes of Ah-Eum but none bore the fox bead.
The story progresses as Lee Yeon tries to fight his growing attraction to Nam Ji-ah despite the absence of fox bead, his investigation as to why Ji-ah not only looks like Ah-Eum but also resembles her habits, and his reaction upon discovering that she indeed is his first love.
Meanwhile, Yeon has to deal with Lee Rang(Kim-Bum), his half-brother who felt abandoned when Yeon abdicated his post as guardian mountain spirit to work with Taluipa in exchange for Ah-Eum's reincarnation. Rang develops a deep grudge against his brother for choosing Ah-Eum over him and being the mountain's protector. With the assistance of Ki Yoo-ri(Kim Yong-ji), he continuously harms human beings as a way of antagonizing his brother.
In this mix is added the also reincarnated earth dragon. Imoogi is back and this time, he wants not only Yeon's body but also Ji-ah's heart.
With so many humans, demons, and supernatural beings standing between their reunion, just how the nine-tailed Mountain Spirit and fierce Production Director will protect their love, pacify the broken hearts around them, and beat the hellish being that craves their bodies, hearts, and lives makes up the rest of the story.
- The titular gumiho (nine-tailed fox). Former mountain spirit and guardian of Baekdudaegan, lover of Ah-eum and half-brother of Lee Rang. He carries out missions from the Afterlife Immigration Office while searching for the reincarnation of Ah-eum.
- Jo Bo-ah as Nam Ji-ah / Ah-eum
- Park Da-yeon as young Ji-ah / Ah-eum
- Nam Ji-ah is a 30-year producer at TVC Station. She is the reincarnation of Ah-eum who was Lee Yeon's past lover, the exiled princess, and the seventh daughter of the King. To save her father, who was possessed by the Imoogi, she allowed the Imoogi to reside in her body instead, promising to take him to Yeon. She asked Lee Yeon to kill her so that she could protect him from sacrificing himself.
- A half-blood gumiho and Lee Yeon's younger half-brother, who seeks revenge on his brother by creating mischief. He intentionally causes harm to humans, which causes trouble to Yeon in turn. He hides his caring nature while harboring a deep grudge for his brother. As a child, he was abandoned by his human mother in the Forest of the Starved. There, he was attacked by the spirits of the villagers but was saved by Yeon. He followed his brother to the mountain to start anew and lived happily. But when Ah-eum died, Yeon left Baekdudaegan and abdicated his status as the mountain spirit, leaving Rang alone on the mountain, thus causing the growing hatred for Lee Yeon.
Mythical Beings around Lee YeonEdit
- Kim Jung-nan as Taluipa
- Younger sister of King Yeomra (supreme ruler of the underworld), and wife of Hyunuiong. She works at the Afterlife Immigration Office managing the list of dead souls and gives missions to Lee Yeon. She appears to be cold-hearted but has a strict motherly affection for Yeon who calls her "Granny" in return. She had a son named Bok Gil who died but cannot be reincarnated again because he killed himself by jumping into the Samdo River.
- Ahn Gil-kang as Hyunuiong
- The gatekeeper of Samdo River, the husband of Taluipa and father of Bok Gil. He also works at the Afterlife Immigration Office and briefs dead souls before entering the underworld. He appears to be both obedient and scared of his wife.
- Hwang Hee as Koo Shin-joo
- Lee Yeon's loyal subject and friend, also a gumiho. After having bewitched innocent humans to lose their minds in revenge for his sisters who were killed by human traps, he fled from the former mountain spirit he served to save his life and ended up at Lee Yeon's forest. He was saved by Lee Yeon, who refused to return him to the mountain spirit and since then decided to dedicate his life for him. In present day, he is a veterinarian who can speak to animals using his magic necklace. He liked Ki Yoo-ri from the first time he met her.
- Owner of the restaurant where Lee Yeon and Nam Ji-ah's team at TVC Station usually dines in. She knows all the supernatural beings in the world. She's a widow living for hundreds of years already. Her husband was devoured by a tiger through the Spirit of Darkness' trick on someone's greatest fear.
Mythical Beings around Lee RangEdit
- Lee Rang's loyal accomplice, a young gumiho from Russia. She was saved by Rang from a zoo where she was being maltreated. As her way of payment for saving her life, she eagerly carries out Rang's orders in causing trouble to his enemies. She assumed the identity of the 24-year old director of Moze Department Store who died while trekking in Nepal.
- A serpent beast in human form, the nemesis of Lee Yeon, who has the power to read others' minds. Centuries ago, he was born in a cave where people were dying of the plague. He took the body of the King, Ah-eum's father, as host. To save her father, Ah-eum allowed the Imoogi to transfer to her body for him to meet Yeon. He was killed by Yeon while inside of Ah-eum. In the present day, he is reborn at Eohwa Island with the help of Kwon Hae-ryong and Lee Rang. As a child, the Imoogi sucks the life out of his babysitters as his meal, turning them into mummified corpses, to be fully grown in a short period of time. In his adult form, he has the same face as Bok-gil, the deceased son of Taluipa and Hyunuiong. He was originally a dragon that would become the mountain spirit, but was disqualified after a human spotted him in his dragon form. Hence, he wants to take the body of Lee Yeon, Baekdudaegan's former mountain spirit and marry Nam Ji-ah, the reincarnation of Princess Ah-eum who was supposed to be a sacrifice for him. With the help of his servant, the CEO at TVC Station, he disguised himself as Terry, an intern in Ji-ah's team at TVC Station. It is eventually revealed that Imoogi was responsible for infecting Bok Gil's wife leading to their deaths.
- Jung Si-yul as Kim Soo-oh
- A young boy who is adopted by Lee Rang. In his previous life, he was the puppy dog Geomdung raised by Lee Rang which was given to him by his brother Lee Yeon, and he died due to a fire set by humans in the mountains 600 years ago. Soo-oh first appeared as a kid at the park met by Lee Yeon. Later on, Soo-oh immediately recognized Lee Rang at the sidewalk, though Lee Rang initially does not reciprocate. Soo-oh found the Eyebrows of the Tiger in the form of glasses which can make its wearer see the past life of another. Rang retrieved it from him and upon wearing, discovered Soo-oh is indeed the reincarnation of his beloved Geomdung. Later on, he was saved by Rang from his abusive step-father.
People around Nam Ji-ahEdit
- Um Hyo-sup as Kwon Hae-ryong
- CEO of TVC Station who is secretly the Imoogi's mysterious servant. He served during the reign of Ah-eum's father. As he sacrificed his wife and children to the Imoogi in exchange for extending his life, he is described as a living corpse since he prolonged his life for many centuries by stealing the lives of humans trapped in ground cherries. He also saved Rang's life after he was supposedly killed by Yeon, thereby making Rang indebted to him. He is also the man in a navy blue suit with a criminal branding on his forehead "Seogyeong" who caused the car accident of Nam Ji-ah's parents.
- Jung Yi-seo as Kim Sae-rom
- A writer at TVC Station and Ji-ah's teammate. In her past life, she was a handmaiden who assisted and raised Ah-eum when she was exiled.
- Kim Kang-min as Pyu Jae-hwan
- A PD assistant at TVC Station and Ji-ah's teammate. In his past life, he was a eunuch who assisted and raised Ah-eum when she was exiled.
- Joo Suk-tae as Choi Tae-suk
- Team leader of Nam Ji-ah, Kim Sae-rom and Pyu Jae-hwan, who woos Bok Hye-ja. He is revealed to be the reincarnation of Bok Hye-ja's deceased husband.
- Kim Hee-jung as Lee Young-sun
- Nam Ji-ah's mother who is a doctor. She went missing since the Yeou Gogae accident 20 years ago and revealed to be turned into a ground cherry.
- Song Young-kyu as Nam Jong-soo
- Nam Ji-ah's father who is a professor. He went missing since the Yeou Gogae accident 20 years ago and revealed to be turned into a ground cherry along with his wife.
Other Mythical BeingsEdit
- Shim So-young as the Spirit of Darkness, the Imoogi's partner who preys on someone's greatest fear. She appears as a lady peddler in a green outfit, giving away bottled juice for free to her victims. She has been part of urban legends but rarely anyone could recall her name. Among her victims were Bok Hye-ja's husband and through the Imoogi's bidding, Lee Rang, Nam Ji-ah and Lee Yeon as well. Ultimately, she was killed by Yeon after he tricked her to enter his subconscious. (Ep. 8 & 9)
- Woo Hyun as the totem spirit of Yeou Gogae who appears as a mysterious drunkard. He first appeared at a bus stop where Nam Ji-ah was supposed to board a bus that went into a fatal accident later. He annoyingly grabbed Ji-ah's leg to stop her from boarding which also meant saving her life. She volunteered to carry him on her back going home but asked to be dropped off by the side of the road. Later on, he involuntarily gave Rang the lead to obtaining the Eyebrows of the Tiger. (Ep. 1 & 5)
- Son Woo-hyun as Jung Hyun-woo, a security staff at TVC station whose true form is a bulgasari (Ep. 2 & 9)
- Lee Kyu-hyung as Governor / Moon Bear, a former mountain spirit and best friend of Lee Yeon (Ep. 6 & 15). He owned the Mirror of the Moon, one of the four gems of the four mountain spirits. He provided a crucial lead on the disappearance of Nam Ji-ah's parents.
- Lim Ki-hong as the mysterious fortune teller with white eyes, who trades powerful objects with the most precious thing in someone's life. Through him, Lee Rang traded his brother Lee Yeon in exchange of the Eyebrows of the Tiger. In turn, Nam Ji-ah traded the fox bead to redeem Lee Yeon. He turns out to be the 10th and last Afterlife judge, the King of Darkness who was in charge of reincarnation. He who would leave his post once in a while to stay in the human world. (Ep. 6 & 16)
- Lee Jung-min as the bride whose true form is a gumiho. On her wedding day, Lee Yeon pursued her to execute the punishment by death for the crimes she committed against humanity. (Ep. 1)
- Kim Young-sun as a shaman who attempted to sacrifice Nam Ji-ah to the Imoogi (Ep. 2–3)
- Do Yun-jin as Seo Pyung-hee, daughter of Seo Ki-chang. She is the only one who did not mysteriously disappear on the island; however, she is the one who cursed her father's crew-mate with the help of a shaman. (Ep. 2–4)
- Maeng Bong-hak as Seo Ki-chang, father of Seo Pyung-hee, who was murdered and eaten by his crewmates when they were lost at the sea. (Ep. 2–3)
- Ji Heon-il as Jin-Sik, a fisherman. (Ep. 2–3)
- Jang Yong-chul as a fisherman. (Ep. 2–3)
- Keum Dong-hyun as a fisherman. (Ep. 2–3)
- Kim Gui-seon as fishing boat captain. (Ep. 2–3)
- Kim Sun-yool as a mountain spirit tied to a tree. (Ep. 2–3)
- Joo Boo-jin as an elderly woman. (Ep. 2–3)
- Park Seung-tae as an elderly woman. (Ep. 2–3)
- Lee Taek-geun as the groom of the disguised gumiho bride. (Ep. 1)
- Son Dong-hwa as the groom next door. (Ep. 1)
- Chu Ye-jin as Jung Soo-young, a 17-year-old student who was the only survivor of a deadly bus accident at Yeou Gogae, later morphed into Lee Rang as her true form. The real Soo-young was killed (eaten) by Rang. (Ep. 1)
- Jang Won-hyung as Baek Si-woo, the detective who investigated the bus accident at Yeou Gogae that killed 5 people. (Ep. 1)
- Jang Eui-don as a bus passenger who died in the accident, husband. (Ep. 1)
- Yoon Tae-hee as a bus passenger who died in the accident, wife. (Ep. 1)
- Kim Hwan-young as son of the bus passengers. He met Lee Rang at a wishing fountain at Moze Department Store before. (Ep. 1)
- Yu Jun-won a family member of one of the deceased bus passengers. (Ep. 1)
- Choi Sung-woong as funeral hall security. (Ep. 1)
- Choi Seung-il as father of the real Ki Yoo-ri. (Ep. 4)
- Oh Jung-won as mother of the real Ki Yoo-ri. (Ep. 4)
- Lee Ye-bit as Min-seo, a child ghost. (Ep. 4–5)
- Jung Ah-young as Yeon-seo, a child ghost. (Ep. 4–5)
- Park No-shik as Min-seo & Yeon-seo's father. (Ep. 5)
- Kim Nak-gyoon as Min-seo & Yeon-seo's uncle. (Ep. 5)
- Jang Young-hyeon as watch salesman at Brennetano. (Ep. 5)
- Jo Hyun-im as Imoogi's babysitter. (Ep. 5)
- Seo Jin-won as Seo Hwan-ho, a baseball player who maltreated a puppy. (Ep. 5)
- No Seong-eun as No Hae-sung, a baseball player who maltreated a puppy. (Ep. 5)
- Han Chang-hun as Han Tae-soo, a baseball player who maltreated a puppy. (Ep. 5)
- Shin Ji-Yeon as babysitter, the last meal of the Imoogi before becoming an adult. (Ep. 7)
- Park Su-yeon as Lee Rang's mother who abandoned him. She resented having a child with a gumiho. (Ep. 7–8)
- Sun Woo Jae Duk as the King, Ah-eum's father, the first host body of the Imoogi (Ep. 8)
- Kim Young-sun as Psychiatrist Choi, a friend of Nam Ji-ah's mom. She facilitated Ji-ah's hypnotherapy session when she was 9 years old. (Ep. 8)
- Kim Hyo-myung as Kim Soo-oh's stepfather (Ep. 11)
|Tale of the Nine Tailed OST|
|Soundtrack album by |
|1.||"Blue Moon"||Jayins||Kim Jong-wan (Nell)||3:37|
|2.||"Blue Moon" (Inst.)||3:37|
|1.||"I'll Be There"||Dailog||Dailog||Shownu (Monsta X)||3:28|
|2.||"I'll Be There" (Inst.)||Dailog||3:28|
|1.||"Moonchild Ballad" (월아연가 (月兒戀歌))||Lyn||4:23|
|2.||"Moonchild Ballad" (Inst.)||4:23|
|1.||"Diary of Dawn" (새벽일기)||Yang Da-il||4:45|
|2.||"Diary of Dawn" (Inst.)||4:45|
|3.||"The Legend of the Fox - Tale of the Nine Tailed Opening Title" (여우 전설 (구미호뎐 Opening Title))||Hong Dae-sung||1:00|
|4.||"Moonchild Ballad - Score Version" (월아연가 (Score Ver.))||Hong Dae-sung||4:17|
|5.||"Parting at the River of Three Crossings" (삼도천의 이별)||Hong Dae-sung||5:15|
|6.||"The Fox's Wedding Day (Lee Yeon Theme Song)" (여우가 시집 가는 날 (이연 테마))||Hong Dae-sung||1:34|
|7.||"The Uninvited" (불청객)||Hong Dae-sung||3:12|
|8.||"I Waited For You" (나는 너를 기다렸어)||Hong Dae-sung||1:26|
|9.||"The Nine Tailed Fox" (구미호)||Hong Dae-sung||1:44|
|10.||"Lightning Bugs" (반딧불이)||Hong Dae-sung||2:53|
|1.||"Leaning On You" (비스듬히 너에게)||Shim Hyun-bo||Shim Hyun-bo||Sung Si-kyung||4:02|
|2.||"Leaning On You" (Inst.)||Shim Hyun-bo||4:02|
|1.||"Love Already Bloomed in My Heart" (그대가 꽃이 아니면)||Hynn||3:42|
|2.||"Love Already Bloomed in My Heart" (Inst.)||3:42|
|1.||"Stay With Me"||Dinner Coat||Dinner Coat||YooA (Oh My Girl)||3:27|
|2.||"Stay With Me" (Inst.)||Dinner Coat||3:27|
|1.||"My Destiny"||Miyeon ((G)I-DLE)||3:38|
|2.||"My Destiny" (Inst.)||3:38|
|Ep.||Original broadcast date||Title||Average audience share|
|1||October 7, 2020||The Incident That Occurred On Yeou Gogae||5.804% (1st)||6.479% (1st)|
|2||October 8, 2020||I've Been Waiting for You||5.557% (1st)||6.222% (1st)|
|3||October 14, 2020||The Secret of the Dragon King||5.588% (1st)||5.988% (1st)|
|4||October 15, 2020||Verge of Death||5.511% (1st)||6.075% (1st)|
|5||October 21, 2020||I Also Waited For You||5.100% (1st)||5.352% (1st)|
|6||October 22, 2020||Four Pillars of Destiny||4.962% (1st)||5.800% (1st)|
|7||October 28, 2020||The Trap of Samsara||4.789% (1st)||5.433% (1st)|
|8||October 29, 2020||Reincarnation||5.137% (1st)||5.666% (1st)|
|9||November 4, 2020||Spirit of Darkness||5.115% (1st)||5.623% (1st)|
|10||November 5, 2020||Deja-vu||4.474% (1st)||4.776% (1st)|
|11||November 11, 2020||Ground Cherries||4.863% (1st)||5.010% (1st)|
|12||November 12, 2020||Catch the Tail||5.318% (1st)||5.828% (1st)|
|13||November 25, 2020||The Other Imoogi||5.195% (1st)||6.275% (1st)|
|14||November 26, 2020||Dead End||5.160% (1st)||5.923% (1st)|
|15||December 2, 2020||Without Knowing Imoogi's Plan||5.224% (1st)||6.082% (1st)|
|16||December 3, 2020||The Rewritten Tale of the Nine Tailed||5.785% (1st)||6.436% (1st)|
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