History of a Salaryman (샐러리맨 초한지) (Aired in 2012) Genre: Romance, Comedy Category: Korean Drama Episodes: 22
Plot: One night Yoo Bang (Lee Bum Soo) enters a dark, mysterious villa with nothing but a flashlight, only to find an executive of the Chunha Medical Group, Ho Hae, dead and Jin Ho Hae’s niece, Yeo Chi (Jung Ryu Won) hiding behind a curtain. Yoo Bang and Yeo Chi are suddenly taken into custody for his murder. We’re taken three months into the past to reveal what led to this murder and exactly who was responsible. During this flashback we meet Choi Hang Woo (Jung Gyu Won), director from Ho Hae’s rival pharmaceutical company, who is undercover to steal the formula for their new drug and the Chief Researcher from Chunha Group, Cha Woo-Hee (Hong Soo Hyun). The lives of these individuals will all be intertwined within these three months to reveal exactly just who murdered Ho Hae, and why.
Review: I enjoyed this drama a lot because I love how dynamic each character is. With 22 episodes, character development wasn’t rushed or side-lined. Motives are clearly understood and that draws out even more involved feelings towards them. The acting was spectacular, especially Kim Seo-Hyung who played Mo Ga Bi. The drama deals well with splitting serious moments and the comedic ones. Things I didn’t enjoy were the first few episodes because they felt so unrealistic and seem really absurd. They were funny but seemed out of touch but I am glad I got into it because its a lovely comedic drama.
Overall Rating: 9/10 Personally, I enjoyed this drama a lot. But if you don’t like corporate-type dramas then you won’t like this because it is heavily based on it. Like other corporate-type dramas; greed, corruption, and power are the main themes. But I do say try it if you need some comedy and ran out of things to watch.
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!)
- Favorite Asian drama(s) of 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
My Husband’s Lover (Pdrama)
Yamada and the Seven Witches (Jdrama)
Last Cinderella (Jdrama)
Yae no Sakura (Jdrama)
Karamazov no Kyoudai (Jdrama)
Secret Love (Kdrama)
Prime Minister and I (Kdrama)
I Hear Your Voice (Kdrama)
School 2013 (Kdrama)
Answer Me 1994 (Kdrama)
Heartless City (Kdrama)
Never Give Up Dodo (Cdrama)
Lan Ling Wang (Cdrama)
Rich Man, Poor Man (Jdrama)
Cleopatra na Onnatachi (Jdrama)
Kodomo Keisatsu (Jdrama)
Switch Girl!! (Jdrama)
Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri (Jdrama)
Answer Me 1997 (Kdrama)
Arang and the Magistrate (Kdrama)
God’s Quiz (Kdrama)
The King 2 Hearts (Kdrama)
Twelve Men in a Year (Kdrama)
The Great Seer (Kdrama)
Queen In Hyun’s Man (Kdrama)
Wild Romance (Kdrama)
History of a Salaryman (Kdrama)
Ma Boy (Kdrama)
Queen of SOP (Cdrama)
Wishing for Happiness (TWdrama)
IS ~ Otoko Demo Onna Demo Nai Sei (Jdrama)
Yokai Ningen Bem (Jdrama)
49 Days (Kdrama)
City Hunter (Kdrama)
Dream High (Kdrama)
Protect the Boss (Kdrama)
Killer Girl K (Kdrama)
Scent of a Woman (Kdrama)
Tree with Deep Roots (Kdrama)
Special Affairs Team TEN (Kdrama)
White Christmas (Kdrama)
The Greatest Love (Kdrama)
Warrior Baek Dong Soo (Kdrama)
Vampire Prosecutor (Kdrama)
Bu Bu Jing Xin (Cdrama)
In Time with You (TWdrama)
Skip Beat! (TWdrama)
Bloody Monday (Jdrama)
LIAR Game (Jdrama)
Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (Jdrama)
Yankee-kun to Megane-chan (Jdrama)
Strawberry Night (Jdrama)
Prosecutor Princess (Kdrama)
Coffee House (Kdrama)
Dae Mul (Kdrama)
Kim Soo Ro (Kdrama)
I Am Legend (Kdrama)
My Girlfriend is a Nine Tailed Fox (Kdrama)
Joseon X-Files (Kdrama)
The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry (Kdrama)
Flames of Ambition (Kdrama)
Gloomy Salad Days (TWdrama)
It’s always hard for me to pin down favs of anything since I have a very broad and eclectic taste. Still, if you forced me to list my fav dramas of the last four years, this list would best represent that.
I’ve separated them according to country but that’s all. Since all the dramas here range from light rom-com to hardcore violent crime drama, it’s hard to list according to rank. It’s like comparing apples to tuna fish.
If pressed, you could use the pictures I chose as an indication of my favorites per year but in general each drama listed had it’s selling points.
Feel free to use this as a personal recommendation list as I’ve loved every drama listed.