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Gu- to Il-Miho, But Still Going Strong

Although it’s not rare, it’s not a common feat either for a show, may it be movie or drama, to spawn a double swirl and bevy of new colloquial slangs and mannerism into the cultural lexicon and physio-mechanic.

Trending in Korea and anywhere else in the world that has watched My Girlfriend is a Gumiho over the last couple of months and still going strong are such speech imitations like ‘mating’, ‘bubbly water’, and ‘cow’ to mean ‘having sex’, ‘soda’, and ‘beef’ respectively.

In the physical realm, old and young are imitating moves to show compliment, love connection, love confession, and synchronization. Instead of just complimenting your beau, act it out instead: while cocking one’s head to the side, smile with the cutest, exaggerated, and most innocent expression and raise one hand with the thumbs up motion to the side of the cocked downward  cheek saying anything complimentary like ‘mashita!’ (delicious!) or ‘fashionista’ (fashionista). Of course, doesn’t hurt if one is endowed with crater deep dimples.

You're so cool!
Wow fashionista!

Potential or current lovers can show how in tune they are with each other in a secure wave frequency through a love antenna: do air quotes besides each temple. I get you!

From me to you- can you tune in to my waves?

If you’re already in a relationship, greet your partner with a E.T originated finger kiss: swirl your forefinger and say ‘hoi’, then your partner does the same, then ‘kiss’ each other with your forefingers.

Hoi Couple greeting

Confession of love has never been so cutely expressed until this gumiho showed it to us: Say “I really really really really really really really really really like you” then do some love finger gun shots at your love target.  Winking is optional but highly recommended.

I really really really really really really really like you!

It’s an old catchphrase that imitation is the highest form of flattery and if this is true, Gumiho is certainly feeling the flattery even post broadcast. Shin Min A’s portrayal of the mythical gumiho was epically cute. It’s save to say her Mi Ho is cuteness deitified with a fuzzy white tail. This may be her best and most memorable performance so far in her career. Ms. Shin has always been popular, but never for any particular role or acting prowess. She just happens to be at the right place at the right time, star with the ‘’it’ actor in the right month and been able to remain popular through her style, many commercials and endorsements. Finally, she has an acting project under her belt that she can really brag and be proud of.

Lee Seung Gi, who stars opposite Shin Min A, had great chemistry with her which added to the audience’s huge support for this Hoi Couple besides LSG’s already sizeable fanbase and reputation as an eom-chin-a (a shortened slang for the perfect boy to bring home to mom) to k-drama ratings’ bread and butter- housewife ajummas.  The biggest critique watching LSG is the annoying head twitch every time he starts his lines. Is this how he really speaks carried over to his character or is this a conscious character mannerism choice? Either way, it makes his performance appear extremely overacted.  He is the male lead so imagine how many scenes, how many lines, and ensuing head twitches that had to be endured.

Another critique about the storyline is the underdevelopment and under utilization of the initially interesting second lead character played by Noh Min Woo. His backstory as a smoldering mystical blue-glow sword wielding, thousand years old, porcelain skinned, half-human half-spirit, more smoldering, demon vanquisher just hits a dead end in episode 2 after he saw Mi Ho look like his long dead love. Nothing as interesting came out of his character anymore and anything he subsequently did was ineffectual or just lame. No more action, no more mystique, no more real expectation and no more anticipation. O’Asian Druid Warrior, you had so much potential!

Overall, the Hong Sister did a fantastic job with this drama on two major points dear to my attention span and patience- low angst level and short angst period. Additionally, the angst involved was narratively necessary, not just some device to separate the couples just to separate them. The mystical powers that be ordained that love had to be proven through a long unspecified time of separation with unguaranteed reunion. Thus the couple had to choose whether to wait or not, knowing they’re separated by different dimensions and space. Will their love fade as time goes by? That makes the ubiquitous angst in a Hong sister drama bearable for this drama. They are certainly improving with their storytelling and development of narrative drives. Hurray for them and for all fans of their work.

My Girlfriend is a Gumiho OST: Lost My Mind

My Girlfriend is a Gumiho Lee Seung Gi

“Lost My Mind” by Lee Seung Gi

I must have lost my mind, how could I have left you that day
I love only you; I'm so sorry; only my tears flow down
I must have lost my mind, how could I have left you that day
I miss you, I really miss you, please forgive me, I must have lost my mind

I know it's too late to regret; there's no use for being sad
Even though the wind is blowing and cold, I can't see you again
baby Don't leave me oh baby I'm your only one
Come back, hold me tight, I can't bare without you

I must have lost my mind, how could I have left you that day
I love only you; I'm so sorry; only my tears flow down
I must have lost my mind, how could I have left you that day
I miss you, I really miss you, please forgive me, I must have lost my mind

I couldn't say I love you because I am sorry,
I couldn't say thank you because I thought you might leave
come back to me my girl my girl Because of you I couldn't sleep tonight
baby Don't leave me baby I'm your only one
Come back, hold me tight, I can't bare without you

I must have lost my mind, how could I have left you that day
I love only you; I'm so sorry; only my tears flow down
I must have lost my mind, how could I have left you that day
I miss you, I really miss you, please forgive me, I must have lost my mind
I want to lightly hug you and lightly kiss you
I want to sleep in your arms

Tailing ‘Bad Boy’, ‘My Girlfriend is a Kumiho’ Finally Airs Next Week

My Girlfriend is a Kumiho Poster
My Girlfriend is a Kumiho fashionable photo shoot

August is here and with it are a slew of new dramas waiting in the wings to air, amongst which is My Girlfriend is a Kumiho, slated to take over Bad Boy on SBS’s Wednesday-Thursday slot on August 11. This 16 episodes drama stars singer/actor Lee Seung Gi as a hapless lad who accidently frees a nine-tailed fox aka kumiho and model/actress Shin Mina as the aforementioned kumiho. Hilarity and romance follow.

This new drama is a modern fancy of the Hong sisters, who penned past hits like My Girl and You’re Beautiful. This time around they take the mythical creature of Korean lore called the kumiho and set it in 21st century Korea. In kumiho tales, whether the kumiho transforms into a stunningly handsome human man or beautiful woman, it is always up to no good. However, given this is a Hong sisters’ interpretation, one can surely expect witty hijinks, comical minefields, and an ultimately benevolent, or at least very benign, kumiho from Shin Mina’s character.

Ms. Shin wasn’t the first choice for the role. Other names that floated through blogs and tabloids included Sandara Park of 2NE1 and Shin Se-kyung. Although each of the rumored leading ladies has her own charm, Shin Mina seems like the best choice. First off, Shin Mina definitely fits the physical description of this role. Second is the confidence that she can pull off the strong, sassy and ethereal characteristics of this role. Ms. Shin started as a model then debuted as an actress back in the very Gen-X (remember that term?) movie Volcano High as a beautiful (what else) kendo wielding high school student opposite Jang Hyuk and Kwon Sang Woo. Since then, she has graced innumerable covers and editorial pages from Vogue to W, built a notable filmography including Naked Kitchen and The Beast and the Beauty, filmed enviable CFs endorsing wide-ranging products like Calvin Klein and Maxim T.O.P coffee, and published a travel diary about her trip to France. Not too shabby for a 26 years old.

This drama was announced relatively early in its production before principal photography rolled which allowed much speculations, leaks, and casting changes. Another time related issue this production had was the lag between filming and airing time. Usually, Korean dramas are filmed while they’re airing by only a couple of episodes ahead for budgeting purposes and to account for audience reaction and input. But of late, more shows have allotted longer time between production and air time in hope of producing tighter scripts, avoiding unforeseen mishaps, and burning out cast and crew. My Girlfriend is a Kumiho prescribed to this latter formula and hopefully it pays off for everyone who worked on it and will be watching it!