Incomplete Life

Incomplete Life (2014)

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Jang Geu Rae played the board game go since he was a child. Playing the game was everything to him, but he failed to become a professional go player. Now he is thrown out into the real world. But when his gaming plans fail, the down-and-out Geu Rae is forced to get an office job and goes to work as an intern by an acquaintance’s recommendation for large company called One International. read moreOn his first day, Geu Rae faces the eager fellow intern An Yeong Yi as they both try to please their new boss, Section Chief Oh Sang Shik, and keep up with the ambitious employee Jang Baek Ki.

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Jan 5, 2015
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Sometimes in drama watching, we follow a path in choosing what to watch, when to watch it, and in what manner we'll watch it. Paths in life are not as simple; decisions can make or break us--they can open or close opportunities and /or adventures. Misaeng (Incomplete Life) is all about paths. It's about growth. It's about finding oneself and asking the big question, "What am I doing with my life?"

Misaeng's read more path of story transcends the typical office narrative. It's not just watching office workers struggle, suffer, get praise, or be joyful. We know these characters; we know their faces and names, their pasts, their hang-ups, and their fears. However, we don't know them only as Jang Geu Rae, Oh Sang Shik, Kim Dong Shik, Jang Baek Ki, Ahn Young Yi, or Han Suk Yeol. We KNOW these people; they are our friends, neighbors, acquaintances, and often, ourselves. That's what Misaeng brings in its storytelling, its cinematography, its constant image of being small in a big world and finding what we can do to be significant.

That path was taken by, in my opinion, one of the greatest ensembles I have ever seen in a drama. The entire cast has this way of making one completely identify or not identify with their actions. We see how everyone starts--naive, raw, rough, intimidated, at times, arrogant and ridiculous. Yet we also experience their growth, admissions of success and failure, and admissions of self-centeredness or guilt.

Behind the ensemble, traversing the path of Misaeng was an exciting and memorable soundtrack. Each piece told a story. I enjoyed the somewhat folk storytelling of the OST tracks because it mirrored the narrative of the day-to-day experience of the office workers. One could argue that the music is a character in and of itself as it travels the visual text.

Through its story, cast, and music, Misaeng took me on a journey. At times, I felt like Jang Geu Rae, wondering and asking myself the same questions. That's what I loved about Misaeng. I'm not an office worker, but I identify with their struggle. I ask myself the same questions. I feel defeated at times. At the end of the day, I'm just an incomplete life looking for completion.
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Mar 21, 2015
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There are very few dramas that I would give a rating of 10 or even re-watch it in its entirety. Misaeng deserves both. It is a masterpiece.

As much as I love my usual rom-coms, Misaeng completely took me by surprise and gave me thrills and heart wrenching moments in every single episode. Some people find the pace slow, but it worked for me. I was engrossed with each and every character read more and every single plot. I laughed and cried with the trio from Sales Team #3 and its group of supporting casts. It has unexpected moments and original story telling that is rarely seen. I absolutely loved it!

Give it a try. If nothing else, you will walk away with a few valuable life lessons.
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Both dramas have characters with great chemistry and detailed personalities. But more importantly, they both teach us valuable lessons that can actually be applied in real life. Both dramas are also centered around the workplace. In Misaeng, it is a trade company, while in Romantic Doctor Kim it is in the hospital.
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The faster-paced Japanese remake of Misaeng follows a similar arc and has many similar relationships, but has a different tone and its own context and soul. It's funny and inspiring and fits perfectly into the light Japanese business drama mold without being predictable. I wouldn't recommend watching one immediately after the other, though.
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    rainbowreflects Jun 17, 2017

    This was truely a great show, excellent acting, so real!!! Laughs, and tears......

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    Oni Jun 6, 2017 - edited

    This drama grows on you. Really!

    Edit: just finished the finale and started all over again. This is that good.. not ounce boredom, lecturing thou sounds mundane but really most of the episodes kept me on my toes

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    Jen May 14, 2017

    I miss this show

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    Asianstan May 3, 2017


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    Tzuyu Mar 16, 2017

    Every episode I feel that I should become a better person, I must work better and value the things of life. It's a beautiful drama.

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    Yaah Mar 15, 2017 - edited

    simply motivational and analogical...

    Those who've depressed thoughts & inferiority complex and tenseful work life àre more suited to watch in a way more patiently, enthusiastically, & sentimentally...

    Unless you cheat your mind as you're not watching this on screen, your eyes will never fill with tears emotionally everytime when that background song played...

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    hongberg Mar 6, 2017 - edited

    I really enjoyed watching this drama back then, the office setup and the acting just felt so real. I really adored the Sales Team 3. I've watched this drama ages ago, but checked out this page once again because I didn't know that the office set they had was actually CG.

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    HamelinSong Mar 1, 2017 - edited

    I'm at episode six and i'm bored AF. shoud I keep going? everyone seems so passionate about this drama, I don't know what to do...

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      OliCT Mar 5, 2017

      If you're the type of person that likes romance or romantic comedies then don't watch this because this is just a touching story. I really liked it because of the characters and the relationships between them.

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      HamelinSong Mar 5, 2017

      I like pretty much everything: romantic comedy, stupid comedy, fantasy, sci-fi, thriller and touching stories (i'm not into joseon-era things tho)...
      But my problem with Misaeng is it's pace, nothing seems to happen, is dreadfully slow! I have a problem with dramas where everything happens in the last 3/4 episodes; usually even if it's the case you can overcome the waiting with music, but here there's not even trace of it ç_ç
      I don't know, not for me I guess.

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      OliCT Mar 6, 2017

      Yeah don't force yourself to watch something you don't like lol. I never thought that it was slow when I watched it..maybe only the 1st ep. Goblin is muchhh slower in my opinion lol. I liked this better than Goblin. Just different taste in dramas I guess.

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      usagi May 17, 2017

      If you're interested in the story/characters but feel this is too slow-paced, try the Japanese version Hope ~ Kitai Zero... it's 11 eps instead of 20, so the story moves along faster.

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    Emily Feb 28, 2017 - edited

    I feel like I must be missing something major just reading the synopsis. This seems dreadfully boring.

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      OliCT Mar 5, 2017

      The description sounds boring but the characters and their relationships are very rich.

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    alexa Jan 26, 2017 - edited

    I'm about halfway through this drama and I just have a question... I know the drama was released in 2014 but does the whole story take place in 2012? I figured the opening scene was meant to be a modern day scene and the actual story is taking place in 2012... but I was just curious to see if there will be a time jump or if I'm interpreting it wrong.

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      Banada6 Jan 29, 2017 - edited

      I think yeah it started in 2012 but when It ended it was 2014 I'm sorry i don't remember very well but there was a time jump in the last episode but i don't know if it was two years

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      alexa Jan 29, 2017

      That would make sense, thank you!

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      Banada6 Jan 29, 2017

      You're welcome

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    kdramaftw Jan 26, 2017

    Brilliant drama. I cant believe how heartwarming it is. It will remain in my heart

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    rationalbeings Jan 17, 2017

    It's 2017 and I still can't get over how brilliant and how much of a masterpiece this drama is. Everything from the story to the characters to the cinematography is so unique and executed so breathtakingly that it's deeply etched in my mind till today. Even the OST, I once told my sister the ost represented my life to which replied, Misaeng represents everyone's life. And that is so true. Hands down the best drama I ever watched.

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    norigamis Jan 8, 2017

    I'm so glad I watched this, it was so realistic and meaningful.

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    Asianstan Dec 23, 2016 - edited

    This is my favorite drama and it didn't change since i watched this.

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    Jay Nov 25, 2016 - edited

    What do I watch now? I feel so empty inside.


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    South Korea
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    Oct 17, 2014 to Dec 20, 2014
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    Friday, Saturday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 20 min.


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    8.8 (scored by 3,862 users)
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