…is it good? what’s it about? ‘realistic consequences’ and ‘greyness of the worldview’ are very intriguing
Misaeng is a drama that I have been keeping an eye out because Sora’s involvement. The first episode is 90 minutes and it is 60 minutes per episode from there on out.
Even though I live and breathe Korean entertainment 80% of the time now, I actually find it difficult to love most Korean dramas. My first love in dramaland is jdramas, with their shorter length and most importantly, a somber worldview. I always used to say, if Korean drama is splashes of vibrant colourful oils (their sadness and happiness are always deep and soul-crushing), jdramas is a vague melancholy that seeps into my heart like watercolour.
‘Misaeng’ reminded me of that. There are no real ‘bad characters’ up until now, I can understand where everyone is coming from. The main character is a guy with no skills who ends up in a high-end firm due to some behind-the-scenes connections. If I encountered a guy like that in my workplace, no matter how earnest he may seem, it would still seem unfair.
Sora plays a very no-nonsense office intern who is fluent in Russian, English and necktie-tying. She is basically Super Intern. Kang Haneul plays an intern good at presenting ppts and slightly manipulating (?) the group of interns from behind. Each character has their own motives and they never seem exaggerated for drama. It reminds me of ‘I Hear Your Voice’ in that way — the world is grey and full of choices, and sometimes best intentions don’t immediately prevail over everything.
Moreover, the dynamics between the different teams who have to compete for sales, the ragtag group of interns who may end up banding together with understanding… they all remind me of office politics jdramas like ‘Hanzawa Naoki’ or ‘Shumu Nika’. Especially the team leader who seemed hardass but is actually just too honest for this system.
In general, two episodes is WAY too early to say if it is a favourite, but I appreciate the cinematography and storytelling style a lot. The pace may seem slow for people who don’t like this kind of thing, and some may feel like they don’t want to watch MORE office politics after coming back from work… but so far I am enjoying this gem.
nothing i do for the rest of my life will ever top this
I am so happy that this little chinese fan who used to imitate jong suk in everything had the chance at last to meet him at Beijing FM :D
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