just right before the bit where salaryman/tanya introduces the empire and its history, i really thought it’ll all boil down to some game of thrones au and ever since then, i had this habit of thinking before i sleep: “what would it be like if tanya was transported to the seven kingdoms/king’s landing instead of not!Germany?”
OST Tune of the Day:She - Elvis Costello (Featured on SBS’s History of a Salaryman)
History of a Salaryman began today and this song played as Yoo-Bang (Lee Beom-Soo) admired Yeo-Chi (Jung Ryeo-Won) from afar. I don’t want to give anything away, but the lyrics of the song are more than perfect for the scene.
She may be the face I can’t forget
The trace of pleasure or regret
May be my treasure or the price I have to pay
She may be the song the summer sings
May be the chill the autumn brings
May be a hundred different things
Within the measure of a day
She may be the beauty or the beast
May be the famine or the feast
May turn each day into a heaven or a hell
She may be the mirror of my dreams
The smile reflected in a stream
She may not be what she may seem inside her shell
She who always seems so happy in a crowd
Whose eyes can be so private and so proud
No one’s allowed to see them when they cry
She may be the love that cannot hope to last
May come to me from shadows of the past
But I’ll remember till the day I die
She may be the reason I survive
The why and wherefore I’m alive
The one I’ll care for through the rough in many years
Any drama with a kickass heroine that’s smart, independent, and NOT whiny/bratty/grossly cute is automatically in my good books.
But there’s been no one else like Jung Ryeo Won‘s Baek Yeo Chi in History of a Salaryman (2010). Nope, no one else has come close.
The first thing we learn about Yeo Chi is that she swears alot. ALOT. Alot alot. She swears without inhibition, and spurts profanities like prose. She may look the dainty, prim and proper lady, but she is totally not. Not only does she swear, she’s extremely rude, impulsive and not afraid to get her hands dirty (in a largely innocuous immature way).
What I love about Yeo Chi is not just how cool and different a heroine she is, but also how layered her character is. It’s funny because Yeo Chi is actually not the sharpest tool in the shed, and she is supremely spoiled and bratty, being the granddaughter of an extremely huge chaebol owner and all.
However, despite her brash demeanor, she is extremely senstivie about peoples’ emotions, and she may start off naive, but she learns her lesson very quickly, and she learns it well.
Yeo Chi’s character has the greatest growth throughout the drama, going from immature rebellious teenage princess to disillusioned angry determined young lady and finally to sensitive, intelligent, much more mature woman, all the while retaining her quirky honest direct charm and her ability to swear (she just controls it better haha!)
In the spirit of Underground K-Drama’s mission, here’s a game to get your K-Drama neurons firing, and hopefully you’ll discover new dramas along the way!
There will be seven posts tagged with “Guess that KDrama.” Such posts may include a gif set, a quotation, or screenshots. Your job is to see how many dramas you can guess correctly with the info given! Like any game, some clues will be easy, and some will be hard; we’ll try to move from easy to hard. To play, you can either message us or reblog THIS post with your answers. The contest lasts until one person gets them all right OR 1 week after the last clue is posted. Winners will get a very cool virtual certificate! (And gloating rights! ^_~)
Here are some hints to help you all out:
1. No two dramas are from the same year. [HUGE HINT] (Note: This only applies to NON-Bonus Questions)
2. Pick dramas on the “obscure” side, i.e. don’t guess things like Heirs, or Empress Ki. Often times the correct drama won’t have high ratings.
3. We might tag actors to narrow down choices, but they’ll all be side characters!
DO NOT reblog answers to these 7 questions. Let everyone have a fair shot at answering them on their own. You are free to discuss the clues though!