Misaeng review

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Today, we will have Misaeng review! Are you excited about our review? Let’s watch this wonderful drama with us!

Misaeng, otherwise titled Incomplete Life (2014), is an award-winning modern masterpiece Korean drama that completely took me all of sudden. I usually don’t gravitate toward business-related storyline K-dramas like this one, but this particular show held my attention throughout its twenty episodes. It’s unique, majestically written, both thoughtful and exciting from time to time (especially the action scenes at the start and end of the show that were filmed in Jordan within the Near East, at places like Amman, Petra, and Wadi Rum). As of the time of this writing, Misaeng has won the best drama award within the country, the Grand Prize Daesang, the simplest Miniseries Award at the Seoul International Drama Awards, and has been nominated as Best Drama within the Korean Drama Awards (and I’m sure it’ll win). Its actors have won multiple awards furthermore. Its cinematography and staging were impressive, and therefore the director Kim Won-Seok (Monstar, Sungkyunkwan Scandal) crafted all the scenes with a decent flow, style, and artistic substance.

It seems many of us can identify with the stresses of office life depicted within the show because the ratings were high for the drama on the usually lesser watched tvN cable channel in Asian countries. Usually, the larger stations like SBS, KBS, and MBC gather more viewership … but not always! like many television dramas, honest word of mouth can help promote a brilliantly written show like Misaeng.

Misaeng’s plot

Misaeng has supported a well-liked webtoon written by Yoon Tae Ho and which is now considered essential reading in the Republic of Korea. The storyline is intricate, often quietly subdued, as many of the characters keep their inner feelings private at the office, and you have got to guess by the actors’ faces and visual communication what they’re really feeling. this can be very true for the lead male character, a young man named Jang Geu-rae (his name is quite a joke since Geu-rae means “Okay” in Korean), played by Yim Si-wan (The Moon Embracing The Sun), who spent the first years of his young life training to become a baduk master – an Asian parlour game just like chess. The simplest baduk players within the country can actually earn their living by playing the sport, through contests and sponsorships.

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Then when he’s in his mid-20’s Geu-rae must leave that world behind him when he fails a crucial competition. Armed only with a GED high school diploma because he was too busy learning baduk to travel to school, he has got to join the workforce for economic reasons, partly because his mother (Sung Byung-sook) is getting older and poorer by the day. He begins with part-time menial jobs, like becoming a delegated driver, then again through a series of mysterious personal connections he’s hired on a brief, full-time basis as a trainee intern for One International, a worldwide trading company. His co-workers initially treat him roughly on the other hand he starts to earn their respect by his humble demeanor and for a few smart ideas, he puts forward to the corporate, using his logic training in baduk to make his successful reputation. People grow interested in him and check out to draw him out, but some people resent him because that they had to end college to be hired at the corporate, while Geu-rae only encompasses a GED.

Geu-rae knows right along his position will only last a year, but in this time he wins such a big amount of people over to him that they do not want him to go away, including his boss, good-hearted Oh Sang Shik (marvelous player Lee Sung-min who played the wonderful King in King 2 Hearts), who even attends meetings on his behalf campaigning for him to be rewarded with a permanent position at the corporate.

Gossip spreads within the company that Geu-rae might just beat the chances thanks to his brilliant mind. I actually thought that Geu-rae was so quiet within the beginning because he had Aspergers’ Syndrome, a light autistic deficit, but during the course of the show, largely because of his boss becoming a father figure to him, he improves in his social skills so radically that by the tip I had to place away from that assumption, for it not fit! At the tip he’s dodging cars within the streets of Jordran and confronting thieves! He seems to understand no fear anymore.

Pic 2 - Misaeng reviewThere really is not any romance in Misaeng, although it’s largely suggested that several men at the corporate are gaga over the hard-working, shapely secretary Ahn Young-yi (Kang Sora, in what I feel is her best performance, much better than she gave in Doctor Stranger, for instance). Sora spoke English and Russian fluently during this drama; i used to be quite impressed.

Although he tries hard to not show it, her primary admirer is another trainee, Jang Baek-gi (one of my favorite actors Kang Ha-neul from Angel Eyes, Missing Noir M, Two Weeks) who stumbles around her and has all types of awkward moments trying to cover his special regard for her at the office. However, Young-yi is simply too busy for love, she includes an antifeminist boss who is usually criticizing her publicly in an exceedingly rude fashion, in a shot to frazzle her and to urge her to damage so she will be fired. I wanted to slap him! No creature should need to tolerate that bad behavior at work. Her father and mother have put the family into enormous debt, which she feels compelled to pay off (goodness knows why! – I kept yelling at the screen “You don’t owe those two losers a dime if they cannot control their spending!” – my American attitude vs. the Korean attitude toward wayward parents is clearly quite different). She hides all her irritation at adding the desperate try to keep her job. When she finally pays off their debts her ridiculous father goes out and gambles an oversized sum away so she is truly back where she started from again! I felt so compassionate her trodden upon the character and was anxious to work out her rise up for herself more, which she eventually does, thank God. nobody can profit from you unless you initially give them permission.

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There are other characters I admired and enjoyed watching during this office drama: hyperactive, funny trainee Han Seok-yool (Byun Yo-han) who was the office busybody and always gossiping whenever he could, chubby paw man to boss Oh Sang Shik, named Kim Dong-shik (Kim Dae-myung) who always liked to carry secret meetings on the rooftop of the building (I haven’t seen as many rooftop scenes in my life as I did with Misaeng!), handsome and sort newly-hired executive Chun Kwan-woong (actor Park Hae-joon who played the North Korean communist hitman in Doctor Stranger and that I was so thrilled to determine him play a genuinely nice guy here for a change), and smart and heavy female exec Sun Ji-young (Shin Eun-jung from Faith).

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Someone who kept getting the comments from the women, “He’s hot!” is that the actor playing Kang Ha-Neul’s boss, Cha Jung Ho (actor Oh Min-Seok, who for a few bizarre reasons has question marks after his character’s name on 99% of the stupid, widely incorrect K-drama data sites on the online – I had to dig for an hour to search out his name!), whose character was hard to decipher initially because he was overly critical of his trainee, then again out of the blue he began to support him more. I believe he finally realized he had overstepped his boundaries toward an underling. A funny scene with the 2 men in an exceedingly bathing tub made me giggle like hell, as they surreptitiously eyed each others’ bodies, you recognize where! LOL.

Misaeng is that the variety of drama that may take you out of yourself for twenty hours — the time will move so quickly that it just seems to melt away. If you set off for an office job each day you may little question recognize during this drama all the identical sorts of people you’re employed with every day: the identical egos, ambitions, humor, pluck, patience, resentments, despair when things fail or an account is lost. you’ll be able to learn a lot about the sorts of personal characteristics that make a successful businessman or woman — and what to not do, to avoid becoming a forgotten cog within the wheel of progress.

I don’t want to provide away too many spoilers, but please don’t miss this excellent K-drama. The ensemble chemistry between all the actors is second to none. Enjoy!

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