Global on-demand video streaming service iQIYI International announced today the coming release of its first Korean Original, My Roommate is a Gumiho, based on one of Korea’s most popular webtoons called Living Together (간 떨어지는 동거). The show has been highly anticipated since the webtoon series gained popularity in 2017.
In the romantic horror comedy drama, Jang Ki Yong stars as the titular Gumiho – a nine-tailed fox spirit – who has spent the last 999 years trying to attain human form. Just as he is about to succeed, he bumps into a college student, played by Hyeri, who accidentally swallows his gumiho pearl without which he cannot become human. To find out how to extract the pearl from her body, she has no choice but to live in fear with him as her roommate for three months, a situation which brings about unexpected consequences.
“iQIYI International is thrilled to have produced My Roommate is a Gumiho as our first Korean Original show. We are privileged to work together with some of Korea’s greatest storytellers to turn this fantastical tale into an exciting new drama series for fans of the beloved webtoon and iQIYI fans around the world to enjoy. This is another milestone in our journey to bring more beloved Asian stories to a global audience,” said Kuek Yu-Chuang, Vice President of International Business for iQIYI International.
Written by Baek Sun-woo and Choi Bo-rim (What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim), and directed by Nam Sung-woo (Kkondae Intern), the series is jointly produced by leading production companies Studio Dragon and JTBC Studio.
Said the series’ Director Nam Sung-woo: “I’m excited to bring to life one of Korea’s most anticipated webtoon dramas and share it with the world through iQIYI International. iQIYI has been a great partner that deeply understands our passion for authentic Asian storytelling. We hope everyone will support the stars Jang Ki Yong and Hyeri and enjoy watching the show as much as we enjoyed creating it.”
“We’re excited to bring this news to our growing base of Filipino viewers. My Roommate is a Gumiho is yet another exciting addition to iQIYI’s growing portfolio of K-content. Viewers can look forward to even more Asian entertainment that we have in the pipeline over the next few months,” adds Sherwin Dela Cruz, iQIYI Philippines Country Manager.
My Roommate is a Gumiho will be streamed exclusively on iQIYI International in 2021, on www.iQ.com, or via the iQIYI mobile app. Subtitles for the show will also be available in 8 different languages.