Gu Family Book (Korean Drama 2013)
Gu Family Book
Gu Family Book, also known as Ancient Medical Book, is a 2013 Korean drama about a man who is half gumiho half human and his struggle to live as a normal human being. I am excited about Lee Seung Gi (The King 2 Hearts) and Suzy (Dream High) being the leads for this kdrama because I am a fan of both and think that they are a cute pairing.
Genre: Historical, Fantasy, Supernatural
Director: Shin Woo Cheol (Secret Garden) and Kim Jung Hyun
Screenwriter: Kang Eun Kyung
Broadcast Network: MBC
Broadcast Period: April 8, 2013
Air Time: Monday and Tuesday 21:55
My First Impression
I was immediately drawn into the story, even though the first two episodes of GFB center around the parents of Kang Chi, the half gumiho half human. His father was a gumiho who was betrayed by his human wife when she discovered he wasn't human. After giving birth to Kang Chi, she finally realized that her husband wasn't really a monster and truly loved her. Although the grueling love story between the gumiho and human is neither the main plot nor long, it touched me. I'm sure that I'll be even more invested in the unique tale between Kang Chi and Yeo Wool. I really hope that their love has a happy ending, unlike that of Kang Chi's parents.
As Kang Chi and Yeo Wool finally interact with each other after the first two episodes, I already love them together. Suzy is doing a great job in portraying her character and looks so beautiful as well. Seung Gi has captured my heart already too with his mischievous protective character. I have a feeling that Yeo Wool will react much better to the fact that Kang Chi isn't a full human than Kang Chi's mother did. As a result of her remaining loyal to Kang Chi, I think that their love will work out.
Gu Family Book Fan-Made Teasers
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Cast Members of Gu Family Book
Lee Seung Gi as Choi Kang Chi
Kang Chi is half gumiho half human, but lived almost his entire life without knowing that he wasn't fully human. His non-biological father knew that he wasn't completely human, but kept it a secret and loved him like his blood son. After becoming an adult, Kang Chi finds out that he is a supernatural creature via a mishap when someone forcefully cuts his bracelet off. The bracelet had been used to suppress his non-human side. Although Kang Chi is hotheaded, he has a very warm heart and is more humane than many of the humans. He can't stand by and watch injustice occur; he has to stand up for those who are weak.
Suzy as Dam Yeo Wool
Yeo Wool is a martial arts and archery master who is also a teacher at the academy her father is a master of (there are a total of four masters). She is there when she witnesses Kang Chi change into his gumiho form for the first time, but instead of attacking him or running away in fear, she silently trails him before deciding on a course of action to take. Through observing, Yeo Wool realizes that Kang Chi is still Kang Chi, and it doesn't matter what his appearance or form is. Thus, she confronts him and tries to help him find the will to survive again and also love/accept himself.
Yoo Yeon Seok as Park Tae Soo
He is the best fighter, scholar, and swordsman in the land. He had a cynical and cool-headed personality.
Lee Sung Jae as Jo Gwan Woong
Han Chae Ah as Park Chun Jo
Where Can You Watch Gu Family Book with English Subtitles When It Premieres on April 1?
Gu Family Book Episode Recaps
Gu Family Book OST
OST Part 1
01 My Eden by Yisabel
02 My Eden (instrumental)
OST Part 2
01 Love Hurts by Lee Sang Gon
02 Love Hurts (instrumental)
OST Part 3
01 Love Is Blowing by Lee Ji Young
02 Love Is Blowing (instrumental)
OST Part 4
01 Spring Rain by Baek Ji Young
02 Spring Rain (instrumental)
OST Part 5
01 Don't Forget Me by Suzy
02 Don't Forget Me (instrumental)
OST Part 6
01 Best Wishes to You by The One
02 Best Wishes to You (instrumental)
OST Part 7
01 Only You by 4MEN
02 Only You (instrumental)
So far, my favorite song from Gu Family Book is My Eden because it has a very surreal and beautiful sound to it. After listening to Love Is Blowing, it became another one of my favorites from the GFB OST because I like how traditional sounds are mixed with a modern pop feel.
I love how beautifully Suzy sings Don't Forget Me, and I noticed that Best Wishes to You seems like the answer to Don't Forget Me. The lyrics begin with asking how she is and mention that she asked to not be forgotten.
Gu Family Book News
- Lee Seung Gi Continues Filming, Despite Bruises and Cuts
Seunggi has sustained a few minor injuries while filming for GFB, but he continues immediately after treating the injuries. Hopefully, Seung Gi doesn't suffer from any severe injuries. I feel anxious enough over smaller ones.
- Suzy Films for Four Hours in the Rain
During the middle of the night, Suzy had to act for four hours in man-made rain. She reportedly didn't complain about the undesirable working conditions and kept her energy up as well.
- Main Cast Consistently Reviews Their Acting to Improve
Lee Seung Gi, Suzy, Lee Yoo Bi, and Yoo Yun Suk review their acting immediately after filming to spot areas which they need to improve. Seung Gi even has his manager record with his phone for additional footage to study for bettering his acting.
- Seung Gi Performs High Difficulty Stunts for GFB
Lee Seung Gi has to jump off from high places, fight with his bare hands, battle with weapons, and perform other high difficulty stunts for the drama. On top of that, he willingly films the scenes numerous times to provide the director with various c
- Kang Chi's and Yeo Wool's First Drama Meeting
Cute pictures of Kang Chi's and Yeo Wool's first encounter in the drama.
- Seunggi Diligently Prepared for GFB
To fulfill the role of Kang Chi as realistically and efficiently as he can, Lee Seung Gi lost 3 kgs, learned how to ride a horse, and attended a martial arts academy.
Interesting Blog Posts About GFB
- Stills of the Main Couple
Cute stills of Yeo Wool and Kang Chi from GFB
Gu Family Book Music Videos
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