In the wake of Korea's gumiho craze, The Thousandth Man is a pleasant and regretfully short take on the mythical creature. Going back to traditional lore, the drama focuses on a gumiho's trial to become human by consuming the livers of a thousand men. The struggle for our main character arises when she decides to only eat the livers of men who truly love her. Unfortunately, that decision has left her with few options in modern times and only a few months left to live.
Our hero, unknowing of her real and magical situation, empathizes with her impending death. This dynamic is treated humorously, and because this is a mini drama the reality of it is forced down and tenderly layered under the humor. Much too quickly, it is raised up again as the levity of Mi-Jin's situation finally creeps up on her. It made me wish for more episodes, but somehow the brevity made sure this drama was packed with good moments.
Overall, the acting and writing of this drama was superb. By switching seamlessly between typically comedic overacting and realistically serious or playful moments, The Thousandth Man remained short and sweet. Although, viewers might be disappointed with the sudden ending, the impact of every one of these character's lives will leave a lasting imprint.