K-drama rom-com My Roommate Is A Gumiho just wrapped up recently. After Tale Of The Nine-Tailed, it's another story with the unorthodox take on the male gumiho (nine-tailed fox) from Eastern mythology.
The drama stars Lee Hyeri (Reply 1988) as spunky college student Lee Dam and Jang Ki Yong (Born Again) as the indifferent 999-year-old gumiho (nine-tailed fox) Shin Woo Yeo. It starts with Shin Woo Yeo wishing to be human. But the only way to do so is to absorb human energy until his Fox Marble turns blue before he hits his thousandth year as a gumiho.
Growing cold and detached from forming emotional connections with anyone after living for hundreds of years, Shin Woo Yeo crosses paths with Lee Dam in modern-day Seoul. Due to an accident, Lee Dam swallows Shin Woo Yeo’s Fox Marble. Knowing that the Marble is his only way to achieve his dream of becoming human, Shin Woo Yeo invites Lee Dam to live with him until they solve how to get the Marble out of her system.
We won't spoil the ending for those of you who want to catch up. That said, we got hooked and have completely fallen in love with the cast. Whether you're curious about them before starting this one or itching to see them again after watching the finale, check out other dramas and films featuring the My Roommate Is A Gumiho cast.
Lee Hyeri in Entertainer (2016)
While Lee Hyeri’s performance in Reply 1988 as Sung Deok Sun inarguably remains as her most memorable role yet, her part in 2016’s Entertainer should not be ignored. The drama revolves around Shin Suk Ho (Ji Sung) who formerly managed some of the top musical acts in South Korea. Due to many reasons, he ended up as a CEO of a talent agency with the most unbankable trainees.
In the midst of struggling to go back to his former glory, Suk Ho hears an incredible song and he is determined to find out who the composer is. He then meets Jeong Geu Rin (Lee Hyeri), someone related to the composer. His encounter with her, as well as the song’s composer, turns his life around.
Reasons to watch it: If you love stories that look into the behind-the-scenes of the entertainment industry, this is a great drama to binge on. All the elements are well-balanced, from the romance to the comedy to the emotional parts of the plot. Lee Hyeri’s performance in this drama feels very genuine and heartwarming, bridging the gap between the contrasting personalities of the main leads’ characters.
Jang Ki Yong in Sweet & Sour (2021)
Jang Ki Yong is on a roll this year. While waiting for his upcoming drama with Song Hye Kyo and the latest episodes of My Roommate Is A Gumiho, why not give Sweet & Sour a watch?
This romance film tells the story of Jang Hyeok (Jang Ki Yong) and Jung Dae Eun (Chae Soo Bin) whose formerly sweet relationship slowly turned sour as years went by. As the two try to work on their relationship, Jang Hyeok meets Han Bo Yeong (Krystal) at work. With their careers leading them to work closely together Jang Hyeok and Han Bo Yeong develop a bond which puts Jang Hyeok’s relationship in trouble.
Reasons to watch it: On the surface, this film looks and feels like the usual falling-out-of-love story. But after hooking you into the lives of these three characters, a twist or two that will change your perspective in the end. We wouldn’t spoil the details, of course, but it’s truly a great introduction to Jang Ki Yong as an actor considering he’s in the cast of more romance-centric projects in the coming years.
Kang Han Na in Designated Survivor: 60 Days
Adapted from the American series of the same name, Designated Survivor: 60 Days is about Park Moo Jin (Ji Jin Hee), South Korea’s current Minister of Environment. He gets the job done and has no political ambition to advance to other positions in the government. However, after a terror attack annihilates the entire South Korean cabinet during a National Assembly meeting, Park Moo Jin becomes the only high-ranking official left. This forces him to be sworn in as the acting president for 60 days while everyone in office tries to deal with the after-effects of the incident.
Reasons to watch it: Despite the fictional nature of a designated survivor, this series really makes you think ‘what if?’ Kang Han Na also plays the role of a feisty National Intelligence Service (NIS) agent in this drama where she shows off how she can play a badass beauty much like her role in My Roommate Is A Gumiho.
Kim Do Wan in Start Up (2020)
My Roommate Is A Gumiho is Kim Do Hwan’s first main(-ish) role, which makes us excited. But if you’re curious why he seems familiar, it’s because he was a supporting cast in the drama Start Up starring Nam Joo Hyuk (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo) and Bae Suzy (Vagabond). In case you haven’t seen it yet, Start Up is set in a fictional town dubbed South Korea’s Silicon Valley. It talks about the ups and downs of many tech enthusiasts in their quest to find sponsors for their innovative inventions.
Reasons to watch it: A relatable tale about people trying to pursue their dreams against many odds, Start Up is a feel-good drama that shows how everything will fall into place at the right time. Despite having a romance arc, it doesn’t completely abandon the rest of the plot. And did we mention that this will leave you with second lead syndrome? No spoilers though — we’ll let you figure out why!
Bae In Hyuk in Love Buzz
Relatively new to the K-drama scene, Bae In Hyuk debuted in 2019 in the short web film Love Buzz. But even as a neophyte, he proved in the project that he has the acting chops and the charm to be a future leading man.
Love Buzz’s plot reminds us of the Hollywood film Back To The Future, where a boy goes back in time to make sure his “mum” (emphasis on the quotation marks) falls in love with his “dad”. However, things take a turn when the boy’s true intentions start unravelling.
Reasons to watch it: If you need your dose of cuteness and heart-fluttering moments but don’t have a lot of time to binge a full-length drama, this is your answer. It’s fun, intriguing, and has a go-with-the-flow treatment. Bae In Hyuk also stands out in the second-lead role.