Gu Family Book

Title 구가의서 (九家의 書) KangChi, The Beginning
Also Known as Gu Family Book
Broadcast network MBC
Broadcast period 2013 April – June


A melodrama epic about the great deal of trouble Choi Kang Chi (Lee Seung Gi), 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 and the guardian god of Jiri mountains, Gu Wal Ryung 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 Gi) 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.


Lee Seung Gi as Choi Kang Chi
– Jung Joon Won as Kang Chi (child)
Bae Suzy as Dam Yeo Wool
– Jo Min Ah as Yeo Wool (child)
Lee Sung Jae as Jo Gwan Woong
Jo Sung Ha as Dam Pyung Joon
Yoo Yun Suk as Park Tae Seo
Lee Yoo Bi as Park Chung Jo
– Kim So Yun as Chung Jo (child)
Sung Joon as Gon Yi

Kang Chi’s Biological Parents

Choi Jin Hyuk as Gu Wol Ryung (Kang Chi’s father)
Yoon Se Ah as Ja Hong Myung / middle age Yoon Seo Hwa (Kang Chi’s mother)
– Lee Yeon Hee as Yoon Seo Hwa

Supporting Cast

Kim Hee Won as Monk So Jung
Uhm Hyo Sup as Park Moo Sol (Chung Jo’s father)
Jung Hye Young as Chun Soo Ryun (head gisaeng)
Son Ga Young as Wol Sun
Yoo Dong Geun as Lee Soon Shin
Jo Jae Yoon as Ma Bong Chool
Lee Do Kyung as Gong Dal
Kim Hee Jung as Lady Yoon (Kang Chi’s adoptive mom)
Nam Hyun Joo as gisaeng house’s chief maid
Park Joo Hyung as Han Noh
Kim Ki Bang as Eok Man
Kim Bo Mi as Dam Yi (Seo Hwa’s maid) (ep1)
Lee David as Yoon Jung Yoon (Seo Hwa’s brother) (ep1)
David McInnis as Kageshima
Kim Dong Kyoon as Choi Ma Reum
Song Young Kyu as Pil Mok
Kim Sung Hoon as Wol Dae
Jin Kyung as Yeo Wool’s teacher
Lee Hye In as Gob Dan
Otani Ryohei as best ninja master
Yum Dong Hun

Production Credits

Production Company Samhwa Networks
Chief Producer Lee Chang Sub
Director Shin Woo Chul, Kim Jung Hyun
Screenwriter Kang Eun Kyung


2013 MBC Drama Awards Best Couple Awards Lee Seung Gi and Suzy
2013 MBC Drama Awards Popularity Actor Awards Lee Seung Gi
2013 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Actress (Mini Series) Suzy 
2013 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Actor (Mini Series) Lee Seung Gi 
2013 Apan Star Awards Best Action Award
2013 Apan Star Awards Best Rookie Actor Choi Jin Hyuk
2013 Apan Star Awards Best Rookie Actress Lee Yoo Bi
2013 Korea Drama Festival Award Best OST 4Men Only You

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