The opening act of KBS2TV “Hometown Legends”, “Return of the Nine-Tailed Fox” got the series off to a great start which was evidently reflected in the ratings released by TNS Media Korea as it shot to the top with 20.1%, far surpassing SBS “Working Mom” (13.3%) and MBC “Lawyers of Korea” (10.3%).
“Return of the Nine-Tailed Fox” has evidently better CG and production values from the original version nine years ago. Plus, Park Min Young nine-tailed fox character is not wearing a plain traditional hanbok but breaking against the norm, by wearing a white one-piece dress that accuentuates the feminine charm and sexiness. The summary of the episode is that Lee Myung Ok (Park Min Young) and Suh Wook (Kim Ha Eun) are sisters. To investigate her sister’s brutal death, Myung Ok turns herself into the nine-tailed fox.
Some viewers left good comments, “The different nine-tailed fox image is very refreshing”, “The CG technology is really stunning”, “It’s more polished than the past version”. But some viewers also felt that it had deviated from the original concept of the story, “The traditional Korean culture has totally vanished.”
“Hometown Legends” was originally conceptualised to show the humor, sarcasm, lessons and beauty of traditional Korean culture but the 2008 version of “Return of the Nine-tailed Fox” has nothing of this in it at all.