Lee Beom-soo – as Yoo Bang, Jung Ryeo-won – as Baek Yeo-chi, Jung Gyu-woon – as Choi Hang-woo, Hong Soo-hyun – as Cha Woo-hee
The cheerful Bang (Lee Beom-soo) takes part in the clinical trial of a project for Chunha Group. And there, he meets Hang-woo (Jung Gyu-woon) who has joined the company to wreck it and becomes an employee there as well, unaware of the fact that he will be drawn into a tremendous ordeal. In the meantime, Yeo-chi (Jung Ryeo-won), who is audacious because her grandfather Jin Shi-hwang (Lee Duk-hwa) lavished her with love, loses interest in her business management classes which is envied by Woo-hee (Hong Soo-hyun), a researcher of Chunha Group with strong desires to rise in social status.
The New Year has dawned but nothing has changed about the life of a salaryman whose life is a repetition of brief breaks and fierce competition. And “Salaryman, Cho Han Ji” has linked this battle-like life of a salaryman with novel “Cho Han Ji” which tells of the competition between Hang-woo and Yoo Bang during the late Qin Dynasty. The writer’s respect for “the salaryman who went to help out with the radiation leak after working at the nuclear plant in Fukushima his whole life,” has become the success story of a cheerful salaryman after combining with the tactics in “Cho Han Ji” and the comical acting of its cast. Lee Beom-soo expressed his confidence in the show by saying, “Like is shown in ‘Cho Han Ji,’ I think the true stars to our times are the salarymen. I think you’ll enjoy the nerve and comical satire expressed by Yoo Bang when he stands up to injustice from a sense of responsibility.” So will “Salaryman, Cho Han Ji,” which Lee Beom-soo said will “be a drama that opens the new year with a cheerful mood,” be able to become a drama which will open the hearts of salarymen?
To see or not to see
To see? The characters to “Salaryman, Cho Han Ji” do not pretend to be cool. Lee Beom-soo, who said he will “be comical in a drama for the first time,” explained that his character Yoo Bang is “a humane yet comical character who knows his flaws and is not embarrassed to run away from them.” It will also be worth looking forward to Jung Ryeo-won’s acting in that she “immediately decided to take on Yeo-chi because she is funny and bizarre, different from the typical nothing-can-bring-me-down characters” which she tried to steer away from. Hang-woo, who will “seem perfect yet gets fooled by Yoo Bang quite a lot” and Woo-hee, who will be greedy for success from having lived tough childhood but is also odd, will be attractive in their own ways as well. The frank aspects to these unique characters will show will be the main attraction to this drama.
Not to see? The drama may have been borrowed from historical novel “Cho Han Ji” but its structure is not particularly new in that it tells of an ordinary main character seeing success after overcoming his hardships. That is even more why it is in need of a strong plot in which these characters that stand out can naturally blend in. Besides, Yeo-chi and Woo-hee are characters that are bold enough to use dirty language very naturally. Regarding this Lee Beom-soo said, “We’re paying a lot of attention not just to the humorous aspect of the show but also its structure which is as well-knitted as an American drama.” And Jung Gyu-woon too expressed his confidence by saying, “Unlike Bang and Yeo-chi, Hang-woo and Woo-chi’s story will draw out bitter laughter, making it suit black comedy as well.” So will “Salaryman, Cho Han Ji” be able to draw viewers’ attention with a story that will leave an impression that is as strong as that made by its vivacious characters?
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