Sunday, November 24, 2013

Drama Review - History of the Salaryman

Korean drama is not the medium for surprises, it has to be said. Predictable plots, character stereotypes and even similar dialogues are a large part of what gives it its identity. But every once in a while, a series will come out that will, in smaller or bigger ways, break the drama mold. 'Salaryman', which is helmed by director Yoo In-sik and written by Jang Yeong-cheol and Jeong Kyeong-soon-I is mostly definitely such a drama. The trio behind hit melodrama 'Giant' and 'Incarnation of Money' (with the two writers also having 'Empress Qi' on their track record) is all about using a similar central idea in different ways.

Their three series have one thing in common. The corruption and ugliness of big institutions (corporate world, politics, judicial system). While 'Giant' is a heavy melodrama and does feature a lot of the same cast members as 'Salaryman' (Lee Beom-soo, Lee Deok-hwa, Kim Seo-hyeong and many more), the latter is what could be described as a lighter, comedic take on that theme. The series opens with a murder mystery, before the two main characters are arrested as the suspects. Cue visual travel back in time, to where the whole thing started and we get to meet our characters.

Full Article: [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Salaryman".

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