In Korean mythology, a gumiho is a fox that can transform itself into a human when it is one thousand years old. The transformation takes place when the fox consumes human hearts or livers.
Although outwardly human, the gumiho (literally “nine-tailed fox”) remains fox-like in its behavior. Various permutations of the myth have been depicted in popular culture, with the gumiho transforming most commonly into a beautiful woman who is either blood-thirsty or benevolent, evil or innately good.
The gumiho legend has been brought to life in several Korean movies and one drama. Of the lot, the only one I have watched is The Fox Family (2006), about a family of foxes and their fervent wish to become human.
If we must assign a genre to it, then The Fox Family is a musical, or a musical film. But it is also a comedy, a whodunit, a heartwarming tale spun around hopes and dreams, family love and togetherness. Dark and quirky, weird and wonderful, here is one circus you won’t forget.
This is one of my favorite Ha Jung-woo movies and I would love to share it with you. It’s just a small gesture to thank you for visiting the blog and for reading my prattles.
To win an English-subbed DVD of The Fox Family, simply complete the following sentence:
I want to watch The Fox Family because ___________________.
You can write a brief or long answer, one sentence or a paragraph, you decide! My guest judge will pick TWO winning entries. Closing date is June 21, 2009.
To whet your appetite and (maybe) help you with your answer, here are a few more images from the movie.