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The Fox Family
 
 
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The Fox Family
cast: Ha Jung-woo, Hyeon Ju, Kim Hee-ra, Ko Ju-yeon, and Park Cheol-min

director: Lee Hyung-gon

102 minutes (15) 2006
widescreen ratio 2.35:1
Terracotta DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 7/10
reviewed by Jo Johnson-Smith
It's not often you get to see a musical coming from Korea but this was a really pleasant surprise, the quirky aspects of the tale make it a fun film to watch. Having seen some of the horror movies coming from Korea I was expecting something very gory and very odd. What I received was something better than that, The Fox Family (aka: Gumiho gajok) is a movie filled with colour, songs, and a more than odd family who have a fondness for dogs, not to keep as pets mind you, but as a walking lunch.

The tale starts with a group of foxes (nine tail foxes) who have to eat a human liver before their 1,000th year ends or they return to being foxes forever. But this group of foxes have been away from humanity for a very long time and when they return to get the livers from people, they find it a little harder than they imagined. Even getting to a large human settlement is a difficulty for them, the little van they have doesn't seem the best way to get them anywhere incognito.

They decide to use a circus to draw people in, but they soon learn that times have changed, and things aren't as easy as they once were for them. Their own attempts at getting a human liver turn out to be pretty useless. A chance meeting with a con man of dubious nature they manage to get the victims sorted out but then things go from bad to worse - and I'm not going to give anything else away because it'll spoil it for you. We do have a small love story added here and it's done in a beautiful and comic way, and we also have a very aggressive police officer trying to find out the truth about a serial murderer. I'm not going to tell you who or what it really is but you'll enjoy the twist of it.

Let's just say that we have got a decent storyline, punctuated with songs that don't seem out of place and the actors and actresses actually enjoy what their doing. The tale winds along at a fair pace as they only have 30 days to get the livers they need and you do find yourself rooting for them to succeed.

I really did enjoy this one and even the end was bright enough to make me smile and no I'm not going to spoil it for you by telling you, all I will say is that you'll never look at a fox in the same way again.
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