Tale of the Nine Tailed Review

Synopsis. Tale of the Nine Tailed is a 16-episode 2020 kdrama about a couple separated by time and fate. 600 years ago, our couple was in love. Her sacrifice separated them. His sacrifice guaranteed her reincarnation and stripped him of his position. When she is reincarnated, will she feel the pull of him? Will he feel the pull of her? Will they be able to defeat the forces that want to inhabit, with the expressed purpose of control, thereby destroying this couple?

What I liked.

A caring couple. 
Writer Han Woo Ri brought together a couple that was willing to sacrifice for each other. Sometimes this put them at cross purposes. This was an adult relationship. They didn’t simper, they savored.

Lee Yeon (Lee Dong Wook).
Once a powerful mountain spirit, Lee Yeon waited 600 years for his first and only love to be reincarnated. Once she was, he had MANY problems to overcome. Logical, likeable, and loving, Yeon anticipated the countermoves of the evil forces at play. He didn’t win every battle, but he wasn’t often taken by surprise. Yeon believed in his tribe, and trusted their support. Lee Dong Wook was confident in all aspects of this character, he owned this leading role.

Nam Ji Ah (Jo Bo Ah).
Her focus to find what happened to her parents after the accident when they were replaced by lookalikes drove her. She was comfortable with the non-human entities in the world which served her well. She kept it together when an entity threatened to subsume her. When she fell for Yeon, they became a couple. No silly games or hurt feelings unraveled them. Ji Ah stood strong for what she wanted – her parents and her man. If you can believe it, the last time I saw this actress was in her 2012 debut series, and my favorite boy band series, Shut Up Flower Boy Band.

What I didn’t like.
Subtle emotions. Writer Han Woo Ri built a layered story with the rules for the non-human entities that were adhered to, almost every time. Evil characters plotted with a cool head. Our leading man was smart and in control. His half-brother Lee Rang (Kim Bum) had an overt grudge, and made choices from anger that weren’t wise. Our couple simmered but didn’t boil with passion. The series had a quiet heart. Frankly, if that’s my only issue, consider it a quibble.

Would I recommend Tale of the Nine Tailed
? Yes.  This was a well-crafted and acted series, each character contributed, you rooted for the couple to beat the odds and every episode logically built to a satisfying conclusion.

OST. This drama’s OST had 8 vocal tracks and 54 instrumental tracks.  Dramawiki has the OST details (link). My favorite song was Love Already Bloomed in My Heart sung by HYNN.

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5 comments on “Tale of the Nine Tailed Review
  1. Kay says:

    Glad you enjoyed this one too! It was a great series that I really enjoyed. Lee Dong Wook, Jo Bo Ah, and Kim Bum were each fantastic 🙂


  2. Jane Tilly says:

    Nice summary of “Tale of the Nine-Tailed”.

    The cast, leads and support, were terrific and they worked very well together as an ensemble. I wasn’t disappointed in the subtle emotions as I never seen Lee Dong Wook play a part that was particularly emotional, in fact his performance as Lee Yeon, is probably the most passionate character I’ve seen him play … I was pleasantly surprised.

    I would recommend “Tale of the Nine-Tailed”, it is DEFINITELY worth your Kdrama watching time.

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