New trailer for Jang Ki-yong, Lee Hye-ri’s ‘My Roommate is a Gumiho’ revealed

Published May 12, 2021, 12:39 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

Jang Ki-yong (left) and Lee Hye-ri in ‘My Roommate Is a Gumiho’ (iQiyi)  

As the airing draws near for “My Roommate Is a Gumiho,” iQiyi International’s first original Korean drama series, a new teaser has been revealed.

“My Roommate Is a Gumiho” will premiere on iQiyi on May 26 with new episodes Wednesdays and Thursdays simulcast with Korea on the same day and same time.

After the love between Jun Ji-hyun and the alien Kim Soo-hyun in “My Love from the Star” took Asia by the storm, the legendary Korean creature “gumiho” (nine-tailed fox) falls in love with a girl 977 years younger than him in “My Roommate Is a Gumiho.”

Adapted from the popular Korean webtoon “Living Together,” the series will star actor Jang Ki-yong as Shin Woo-yeo, a gumiho, and “Reply 1988” star Lee Hye-ri, who will play the role of Lee Dam, a college student.

The series tells the story about a “gumiho” that has lived in the human world for hundreds of years. Right before he can permanently turn into a human, his fox beads are swallowed by Lee Dam in an accident.

They were forced to live together to come up with a solution and set many rules for cohabitation. It becomes a new romance between human and non-human.

In private, Lee Hye-ri is as straightforward as the character Lee Dam, and enjoys food as much as she wants. However, her appetite ultimately brings her troubles, even a forced marriage. She recently did a photoshoot with Jang Ki-yong for a magazine.

“Start-Up” alumni Kang Han Na and Kim Do-wan also star in “My Roommate is a Gumiho.” In the drama, Yang Hye-sun (Kang Han-na) is another nine-tailed fox who has transformed into a human five years ago. This character is 200 years younger than Shin Woo-yeo, and is hurt emotionally by past experiences.

While Kang Han Na often portrays aggressive and fierce career women in the past, she will need to decide whether to embrace true love. Kim Do-wan has delivered impressive performances over the past five years. His role, Do Jae-jin, is a good friend of Lee Dam, and always gets lost in love.

Starting his career in web series, Bae In-hyuk plays Gye Sun-woo, a handsome and wealthy man that has a crush on Lee Dam after pretending to like her in the first place.

The term “gumiho” means “nine-tailed fox” in Korean and has long been a legendary figure in Korea. It appears in historical records in Samguk sagi and Samguk yusa during the Goryeo period (918-1392).

Over the years, many television series have included this creature. Legends say that nine-tailed foxes transform into humans to seduce married men, so this character has always been played by actresses, until Lee Dong-wook in “Tale of the Nine Tailed.” As Jang Ki-yong interprets this creature in a comedy, it will once again overturn some stereotypes.