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Korean Drama Review: Tale of the Nine-Tailed

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Summary

Tale of The Nine-Tailed is a fantasy-romance drama, with directors Kang Shin-hyo and Jo Nam-hyung bringing writer Han Woo-ri’s story to life. The Korean drama aired October 7, 2020- December 3, 2020 on TvN network and received an 8.3/10 rating on MyDramaList.com. It is the story of a nine-tailed fox Lee Yeon (Lee Dong-wook) as he searches for his first love, Nam Ji-ah (Jo Bo-ah), in the present. The cast is joined by Kim Bum, who plays the character Lee Rang, Yeon’s brother. Once our hero is finally able to find his first love reincarnated, their happy ending is disrupted by an ancient force of Lee Yeon’s past. The two and their friends now have to not only protect each other, but the world as well.

Check out the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7s9pHnIH9E

Script

As a whole, the script for Tale of The Nine-Tailed was absolutely fantastic. The dialogue between characters was interesting and engaging, without having an overload of sentiment. One of my favorite scenes in the whole show is in episode one, when Nam Ji-ah is interviewing Lee Yeon because she suspects him, with her paranormal director expertise. The honesty that Lee Yeon shows to our female lead was hilarious and was the first scene of them that convinced me that the characters were capable of love towards each other.

The story line was intense and had a clear goal of getting the two leads to be able to live together one day without having to worry about any monsters jumping out at them.

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Acting

The star actor of the show that stuck out to me was no doubt our lead, Lee Dong-wook. He has impressed audiences before with his horror drama Strangers from Hell and once again brought his charming smile and looked like he delivered his lines with ease. His co-star, Jo Bo-ah also really surprised me with her ability to have her strong character shine through. It is the first drama I watched with her and she convinced me to eventually watch more of her dramas.

Kim Bum also did a great job at giving us an anti-hero character that shows us the struggles that he went through growing up and how he feels rejected by Lee Yeon. One actor that I don’t think did the best job was the antagonist Lee Tae-ri, who plays the Imoogi. I wasn’t convinced of him being a threatening character and I think that in this particular drama, he wasn’t right for the role. Him wanting Nam Ji-ah to himself (won’t say in what way) could have been such an interesting side plot, but it fell short for me.

Strengths

A huge strength of this show was the action scenes. Oh my gosh! Lee Yeon tearing through a crowd of zombies with Lee Rang was so amazing! In episode two, when he saves Nam Ji-ah from the possessed man, I got butterflies and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one!

Secondly, the combination of different tales and legends of Korea was extremely cool to watch as an American viewer. I don’t know much about gumihos (nine-tailed foxes) but I learned a lot during this show.

Lastly, the OST was awesome and I probably listened to “Blue Moon” by Kim Jong Wan way too many times, but it was just so addicting.

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Weaknesses

Although the story line was interesting and well thought out, it got messy sometimes. I feel like the show left some side plots in the dust like Lee Yeon’s job of capturing evil supernatural beings other than the obvious Imoogi.

The only other weakness I noticed was the transitions between scenes. I tend to cry in really sad scenes in dramas, but as soon as my eyes would start watering when my favorite character was in danger, it would switch to a scene dedicated for comedy. There is nothing wrong with having comedy in dramas, in fact I prefer it, but I think it could have been better spaced out and organized to leave more of an emotional impact and build more of a connection with the viewer.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Script

As a whole, the script for Tale of The Nine-Tailed was absolutely fantastic. The dialogue between characters was interesting and engaging, without having an overload of sentiment. One of my favorite scenes in the whole show is in episode one, when Nam Ji-ah is interviewing Lee Yeon because she suspects him, with her paranormal director expertise. The honesty that Lee Yeon shows to our female lead was hilarious and was the first scene of them that convinced me that the characters were capable of love towards each other.

The story line was intense and had a clear goal of getting the two leads to be able to live together one day without having to worry about any monsters jumping out at them.

korean-drama-review-tale-of-the-nine-tailed

Acting

The star actor of the show that stuck out to me was no doubt our lead, Lee Dong-wook. He has impressed audiences before with his horror drama Strangers from Hell and once again brought his charming smile and looked like he delivered his lines with ease. His co-star, Jo Bo-ah also really surprised me with her ability to have her strong character shine through. It is the first drama I watched with her and she convinced me to eventually watch more of her dramas.

Kim Bum also did a great job at giving us an anti-hero character that shows us the struggles that he went through growing up and how he feels rejected by Lee Yeon. One actor that I didn’t think did the best job was the antagonist Lee Tae-ri, who plays the Imoogi. I wasn’t convinced of him being a threatening character and I think that in this particular drama, he wasn’t right for the role. Him wanting Nam Ji-ah to himself (won’t say in what way) could have been such an interesting side plot, but it fell short for me.

Strengths

A huge strength of this show was the action scenes. Oh my gosh! Lee Yeon tearing through a crowd of zombies with Lee Rang was so amazing! In episode 2, when he saves Nam Ji-ah from the possessed man, I got butterflies and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one!

Secondly, the combination of different tales and legends of Korea was extremely cool to watch as an American viewer. I don’t know much about gumihos (nine-tailed foxes) but I learned a lot during this show.

Lastly, the OST (original soundtrack) was awesome and I probably listened to “Blue Moon” by Kim Jong Wan way too many times, but it was just so addicting.

korean-drama-review-tale-of-the-nine-tailed

Weaknesses

Although the story line was interesting and well thought out, it got messy sometimes. I feel like the show left some side plots in the dust like Lee Yeon’s job of capturing evil supernatural beings other than the obvious Imoogi.

The only other weakness I noticed was the transitions between scenes. I tend to cry in really sad scenes in dramas, but as soon as my eyes would start watering when my favorite character was in danger, it would switch to a scene dedicated for comedy. There is nothing wrong with having comedy in dramas, in fact I prefer it, but I think it could have been better spaced out and organized to leave more of an emotional impact and build more of a connection with the viewer.

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