Gu Family Book (2013) / Kang Chi the beginning 九家之书
Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Romance
Enjoyment: 10/10 Pace: 10/10 No. of times I watched it: 2
Plot: Choi Kang Chi is born as a half-human-half-mythical-creature and abandoned. His father is the guardian god of Jiri mountains while his mother is a human. His father saved his mother and their story began as they fell in love with each other. Little did they know their love will turn into a tragic love ending with his father turning into an evil spirit. The story of Choi Kang Chi and Dam Yeo Wool started as they were fated to meet each other by a cherry tree. Like his father, he did not manage to become a complete human as his bracelet came off before he turned 20 years old. Will Choi Kang Chi follow his father’s footsteps as he tries to obtain the Gu Family book to become human? Will their story turn out to be a tragic love as predicted by the fortune teller?
On top of the tragedy Kang Chi faces, his adoptive family’s inn was being snatched away. The lord who adopted him was killed and he was framed as murderer. Someone who he treats as brother was put under hypnosis to kill Kang Chi whenever he could. Liked the acting of Yoo Yun Suk through his eyes even though his character seems quite useless at times and often gets used by the bad guys haha. Enjoyed watching how Kang Chi resolves the problem. Instead of being angry at Tae Seo, he warms Tae Seo’s heart to break the hypnosis.The adoptive family’s daughter was sold to the gisaeng house. I didn’t really like the parts on gisaeng. Sadly, both Tae Seo and Chung Jo who treats Kang Chi as family rejects him once they see his monster self.
I am touched by the scene that Yeo Wool can still hold Kang Chi’s hand after he turned into a monster with claws. Liked the development of relationship between Yeo Wool and Kang Chi from filled with mistrust and misunderstandings to helping each other, protecting each other, dependence and understanding. There is a memorable scene that is a unique plot twist in their relationship. It is when Yeo Wool ignores and walks past him as she thought that Kang Chi injured her father (blood on Kang Chi’s hand) for killing his father in the past. When she discovers that he did not, Kang Chi did the same by ignoring and walking past her but ends up giving her a surprise back hug. Felt that scene is cool and the tension is just right!
Enjoyed how Kang Chi always saves the day when needed, helping them defeat the bad guys. Although Kang Chi has self-healing ability when he takes out the bracelet, he still is able to feel the pain if injured. Besides the emotional struggle of Kang Chi, Lee Seung Gi acted well for feeling pain, especially one of the times when he is hit by arrows and they have to pluck them out one by one. The interesting part is his parents do return after all…though in different forms. Loved the fantasy of the drama where both Kang Chi and father are able to grow plants with their power and have the blue lights surrounding them when in mythical form. Found Gon Yi a likeable character even though he likes to prevent Kang Chi from getting closer to Yeo Wool haha. Too bad he stands no chance against Kang Chi since Yeo Wool has never thought of him as a partner but more as a comrade.
One of the important figures in this drama said that there are many humans that act less like human yet Kang Chi sincerely wants to become human so he looks forward to what kind of human Kang Chi wants to become. How does the word humane come about? Does it mean that being human means one is compassionate? Is that why humans harm others and the environment? Actually, people are scared of creatures that they are not familiar with but these creatures are actually more harmless and kind-hearted than they think haha. I hope to become a person that people respect, lead a meaningful life and spread kindness in my society.
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