Gu Family Book is a melodrama epic about the great deal of trouble Choi Kang Chi (Lee Seung Ki), born as a half-human-half-mythical-creature, who goes through in order to become human and a story of Choi Kang Chi’s journey of struggling in order to live more like a human than anyone else despite not being able to become human.
Yoon Seo Hwa (Lee Yeon Hee ) and the guardian god of Jiri mountains, Gu Wal Ryung (Choi Jin Hyuk) fell in love but due to the trap of their enemies, the Yoon family status fell into ruins. While Seo Hwa was on the run with her maid, she received news that Wal Ryung had disappeared after a mishap. Feeling unable to raise her son while escaping, she sent him down the river in a basket hoping that someone could take him in.
Choi Kang Chi (Lee Seung Ki) was raised by the Choi family after having been picked up from the river. Meanwhile, Dam Yeo Wool (Bae Suzy) is a master of martial arts and archery. Yeo Wool is an upright character who really values the Three Bonds and Five Relationships in Confucianism, and becomes an instructor at a martial arts center at a young age.
- Drama: Gu Family Book / Kang Chi, the Beginning
- Revised romanization: Gugaui Seo
- Hangul: 구가의 서
- Director: Shin Woo-Cheol, Kim Jung-Hyun
- Writer: Kang Eun-Kyung
- Network: MBC
- Episodes: 24
- Release Date: April 8 – June 25, 2013
Choi Kang-Chi ( Lee Seung-Gi) is legendary gumiho that is half human and half animal. He struggles to live his life as a human and also falls in love.
Seo-Hwa (Lee Yeon-Hee) is the daughter of a noble family, but her father is branded a traitor by Jo Gwan-Woong (Lee Sung-Jae) and beheaded in front of her. Afterwards, Seo-Hwa and her younger brother Jung-Yoon (Lee Da-Wit) are handed over to a gisaeng house. Seo-Hwa refuses to become a gisaeng or enter the house. She is then tied to a tree for 3 days before passing out from exhaustion.
Meanwhile, Koo Wol-Ryung (Choi Jin-Hyeok) is a spirit protector of Jiri Mountain and possesses eternal life. Koo Wol-Ryung is also full of curiosity and wanders around the human world. One day, he sees Seo-Hwa tied to a tree by the gisaeng home and becomes interested in her.
Seo-Hwa is unable to watch her younger brother being beaten because of her. She finally succumbs and agrees to become a gisaeng. She then learns she will have to spend the night with the man that killed her father. With the help of her servant, Seo-Hwa escapes into the mountain with her younger brother, but they become separated. Seo-Hwa is saved by Koo Wol-Ryung, but her younger brother is caught by a slave hunter.
Seo-Hwa wakes up in front of Koo Wol-Ryung. They enjoy their days together and fall in love. Koo Wol-Ryung decides to become human to be with her. In order for Koo Wol-Ryung to become human, he must refrain from helping people, eating meat and hiding his real appearance for 100 days.
11 days left before Koo Wol-Ryung becomes human, Seo-Hwa is caught by soldiers and flees from them. Tragedy occurs, but Seo-Hwa eventually gives birth to a baby fathered by Koo Wol-Ryung. The baby is later discovered floating in a basket along a river. One of the noble men names the baby Choi Kang-Chil.
- Gu Family Book Torrent Files takes over the MBC Mondays & Tuesdays 21:55 time slot previously occupied by “Horse Doctor” and followed by “Jung-Yi, The Goddess of Fire” June, 2013.