My Girlfriend is a Gumiho Korean Drama Review

My Girlfriend is a Gumiho Korean Drama

My Girlfriend is a Gumiho is a comedy drama about a beautiful Gumiho (Shin Min Ah) who wants to become human and an irresponsible young man named Cha Dae Woong (Lee Seung Gi) who unknowingly frees her from a painting she was trapped in.  She latches on to him and quickly falls head over heels.

She soon learns that if her magical bead is kept inside a human for 100 days, she too can become human.  Cha Dae Woong agrees to keep her bead because of the extra benefits it gives him.  But a mysterious man (No Min Woo) who hunts supernatural creatures could derail their plans.

My Girlfriend is a Gumiho is my golden drama.  It is my absolute favorite drama above all others.  I was immediately hooked and fell deeper and deeper in love with it as the drama progressed.

My Girlfriend is a Gumiho Korean Drama - Lee Seung Gi

Lee Seung Gi is wonderful as the irresponsible boy who grows into a man that would do anything for the woman he loves.  Shin Min Ah is also about as adorable as you can get as Gu Mi Ho.  She has such a captivating innocence and wonder.  Both actors completely nailed their roles.

My Girlfriend is a Gumiho Korean Drama

The comedy and cuteness abounds in this drama.  Dae Woong and Mi Ho’s interactions are hilarious.  Seeing the human world through Mi Ho’s eyes is always fun, and Dae Woong’s reactions to Mi Ho are just as priceless.


My Girlfriend is a Gumiho Korean Drama

I adore the comedy in this drama, but the romance that takes place really tugged at my heart.  Dae Woong matures and eventually grows to love Mi Ho.  And when he finds out he may lose her, he is willing to give his life for her.  Of course, Mi Ho won’t have that, and she is also willing to give her life to save Dae Woong.

No Min Woo’s character, Park Dong Joo, gets to witness their love first hand.  At first he wanted to kill Mi Ho, and he was ultimately responsible for guiding her on her journey to become human, but he withheld the fact that Dae Woong would have to lose his life for that to happen.  Because of his own haunted past and his growing feelings for Mi Ho, Dong Joo remains skeptical of their love until the very end.  He has to actually witness Dae Woong’s willingness to give his life for Mi Ho before he accepts it.

My Girlfriend is a Gumiho Korean Drama - Lee Seung Gi and Shin Min Ah

As our couple’s inevitable tragic end approached, I shed many tears.  I was fully convinced of their deep love for each other, and it really showed in even the smallest of moments.  Dae Woong and Mi Ho had to meet their fate head on, and what they feared did finally happen.  Mi Ho disappeared.  But even then, Dae Woong’s love remained strong in his heart.

Finally, after some time, they were granted a special gift, and Mi Ho was able to return to Dae Woong.  The drama ended with the cuteness that embodied their relationship, but it now had a sense of fullness and completion because of what they had been through together.

My Girlfriend is a Gumiho Korean Drama

I wholeheartedly recommend My Girlfriend is a Gumiho to everyone.  What did you think of the drama?

My Rating: 10/10

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19 Responses to My Girlfriend is a Gumiho Korean Drama Review

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  5. I hated it. Loathed it. I thought it was boring and predictable. The female lead’s acting grated on me (but then her acting always does). I didn’t buy the romance. I didn’t think the ending made sense. Everyone raves about this drama and I didn’t get invested in it at all. In terms of hugely-popular dramas that I don’t like, it wasn’t as bad as Goblin (which I found unwatchable) but I would not put this on any ‘best drama’ list.

    I did like how it tried to invert gender stereotypes. But since this is yet another story about a shallow man being fixed by a beautiful, magical selfless female creature it completely negated the other feminist themes. I did like the Chow Yun Fat-lite character and thought he was very funny. But Park Dong Joo made no sense to me. Who was he? What was his motivation? I watched the whole thing and still have no clue.

    My grade 5/10


    • Kay says:

      Yep, definitely a fan favorite 🙂 Like how I’m in the smaller group that didn’t love Chicago Typewriter, you get to be in the smaller group on this one, lol. It’s my gold standard for the perfect drama couple as I have yet to and probably will never find a couple or drama I like more. This was a drama I found to be funny, romantic, heartbreaking, and beautiful.

      And best OST ever! I know you mentioned not liking intrusive OST’s, but those are usually some of my favorite, especially this one, hehe. Sounds like you put yourself through a lot of torture to finish this one though 😉 I’m not big on dropping dramas myself, but usually if I really hate it, I will drop it so I can move onto to something more enjoyable. It took sitting through a number of terrible dramas to realize I shouldn’t make myself miserable, lol.


      • I usually persevere to the end. Unlike English-language shows, at least I know upfront how many episodes a show has and it always has an ending. But I did almost give this up in the first episode. I think I watched about half the episode and then turned it off. I didn’t turn it back on again until a day I was stuck at home and desperate for something to watch.
        It did get better but I found it completely unoriginal. I’ve read numerous recaps and reviews and they all raved about it but I just couldn’t see what other people were seeing. But this is why art is subjective!
        It probably doesn’t help that I don’t think Shin Min-Ah can act. I’ve hated her performance in everything I’ve seen her in. Would I have felt differently with another female lead? I guess we will never know.


        • Kay says:

          Completely understand. While I’m getting a bit better at it, the completionist in me still hates dropping dramas. Thankfully, I genuinely like most kdramas so I don’t encounter the problem a lot. I am currently suffering through one right now solely for the sake of my favorite actor though. If he wasn’t in it, I would have most definitely taken my advice and dropped it after a few episodes. But I only have myself to blame for my suffering lol 😉


        • Exogen says:

          You’re probably right, Me too it looks cliché but as a drama from an earlier time this was the best, Until now its in my Top 1, playful kiss in top2, and Itaewon Class in top 3. You’d say I’d have a thing for cliché drama, But “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho” is a drama were everything is perfect, the acting, how they carry out each one role, its phenomenal. This is a type of Drama were I get to question, how is it to be bold, and being brave to tell someone you like them without even knowing if they like you back or not, its what hit the ball park for me. I love the pacing, the OST, and the beautiful Miho. People rave through this because its a fantasy where you can live by, and really question logic through fear. (Being bold in telling someone your feeling without expectation and hesitation).

          If this isn’t your thing I understand, but until these day, I’d have not yet find another drama that is amazing as My girlfriend is a Gumiho or Playful Kiss, but to be honest Itaewon Class comes close though. That’s why its in my top 3.

          Even though I am married now with 2 beautiful kids, I still occasionally watched this with my wife. And this comment should give you something as its an opinion coming from a Guy. Good day.

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  7. Fred says:

    2019 and still THE BEST DRAMA EVER!

    I took down a lot of notes while watching but then I realised it is very hard to put all my thoughts together.

    HOW TO DESCRIBE SOMETHING YOU LOVE? IMPOSSIBLE. I can’t describe this drama in detail. It’s just the best drama ever!

    Nomu nomu nomu nomu nomu nomu nomu nomu nomu nomu nomu nomu nomu Joahe!!!




    Though I do hope the upcoming Hong Sisters drama (Hotel DE LA Luna) will be a serious contender for the top spot. Bring back the magic, Hong Sisters! HAHAHA.

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    • Kay says:

      YES!!!!! Definitely still the best drama ever in 2019!

      I so know what you mean. It’s impossible to describe how much love I have for My Girlfriend is a Gumiho. It’s just not possible to express it in words. I think I will take after you and use Mi Ho’s sentiments to describe it: Nomu nomu nomu joah!

      I’m also hoping Hotel Del Luna is amazing. At least I know I’ll be loving Yeo Jin Goo and IU no matter what!

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  8. CindyLou Who says:

    I just started this drama and of course I had to see if you had a review. The first episode I watched and liked it. Now after your great review I will finish it. Thanks for your hard work.

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    • Kay says:

      It excites me that you’ve started My Girlfriend is a Gumiho! It’s actually my golden drama, my all-time favorite 🙂 It might feel a tad dated, but I just love everything about it. Dae Woong gets a lot more likable after a few eps, and then he and Mi Ho are just all kinds of cute and fun. I hope you enjoy it 🙂


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  10. ronbo11 says:

    I loved this drama. It is a fine example of a fantasy-rom/com with great characters and a fine story.
    I am such a big fan of Shin Min Ah and I had to watch other dramas like “Oh My Venus” and “Arang and the Magistrate” as well (and enjoyed them very much).

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    • Kay says:

      Yay for the My Girlfriend is a Gumiho love! ❤ Of course, I wholeheartedly agree. Such a wonderful blend of rom/com and fantasy with endearing characters and a great story. I became a fan of Shin Min Ah from this drama, and I too sought out many of her others. She’s a fantastic actress 🙂

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