Wednesday, July 7, 2010

‘Grudge’ Expected to Chill Heat of Summer Nights

A new summer horror series is expected to bring chills and thrills to the audience on hot summer nights. “Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho” has begun airing on July 5 on KBS2. It is the first series about the traditional summer-time theme of the gumiho, or nine-tailed fox. Unlike previous single-episode special shows where the gumiho was usually a single woman who wants to become a human, this series features a married gumiho with a 10-year-old daughter. Here are some points requiring close attention to enjoy the show better.

# Original Story

“Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho” is based on a story which won the KBS script competition in 2009. With its proven quality, cast members have said that they chose to appear in the show because of the well-written, original story.

While old gumiho stories were simple horror shows that focused on delivering the lesson that good triumphs over the evil, the new series combines elements from several genres including suspense and romance.

A production company staffer said, “The drama will provide a new dynamic in the industry dominated by trendy contemporary shows.”

# Outstanding Child Stars

It is not rare in recent dramas that child actors have impressed viewers with their outstanding performances and thus attract attention for the shows. “Grudge” is not an exception as there are great expectations for Kim Yoo-jeong and Seo Shin-ae.

Kim, who played a child role of the heroine in the MBC period drama “Dong Yi,” appears as the daughter of the gumiho. Seo, who enjoyed popularity through her role of a poor but sweet girl in the hit MBC sitcom “High Kick 2,” plays an evil role harassing Kim. The two characters are doomed to see an entanglement in fate as they are born at the same time on the same day.

Han Eun-jung plays the gumiho, who seek revenge for her daughter, while Chang Hyun-sung plays opposite her. Other cast members include Kim Jung-ran, Yoon Hee-suk, Chun Ho-jin, Kim Kyu-chul and Jang Hang-seon.

# Special Effects

The drama makes the most of computer graphics to create spectacular visual images. It already boasted special effects in the first episode in such scenes where the gumiho fights with a tiger and murderous crows make an attack. Images of characters turning from a human into a gumiho are vivid and real enough to make viewers feel scared.

With all the elements essential for success -- well-written script, wonderful directing and dedicated performance of all cast members -- “Grudge” is set to become a hit.

Writer: KBSi Jin Yeong-ju

Source: KBS
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