Radiant Office

Radiant Office (2017)

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Ho Won is a young woman who struggles to find a steady job. Tired and hopeless, she attempted suicide. Hospital check-up discovers she might have terminal illness. Soon after, a furniture company accepts her as a contract worker. Faced with a possibility of dying, Ho Won decides to just let herself loose. Her newfound bold attitude puts her at odds with her workaholic manager Woo Jin.

  • Native title:

    자체발광 오피스
  • Also Known as:

    Jachebalgwang Opiseu; Self-Radiation Office; Self-Dazzling Office;

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Wednes
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May 5, 2017
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 7.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
Radiant Office is very subtle, in all the best ways possible. Because of its subtlety, it takes time and attention to appreciate this drama – but all the time you spend will be the most rewarding time of your first half of this year, I swear.

To me, Radiant Office belongs to the slice-of-life and romance genre. After all, it was made to be an office romance kind of show. Comedy is read more almost non-existent here, although that does not mean that this show is dark. It is fun, but if you're here expecting slapstick humor kind of fun, you're in the wrong place.

On the outer level, Radiant Office is a bunch of Korean drama clichés packed together. There's a boss-employee relationship, office settings, fatal disease, and some chaebol family problems. However, on the inside, Radiant Office has a very warm and cozy tone – the complete opposite of those dramas that have the same cliché background.

This is built mainly on their warm and cozy characters. I know that the poster and the synopsis can make our lead female character look very extreme, but she's not, as well as the rest of the crew. They're rather very relatable human-beings. They go through problems (that can sometimes be too dramatic, but again, I can totally overlook that for the fact that this is a drama), but the way they tackle these problems and overcome these situations are so human-like.

You will definitely learn a thing or two at every twist and turn here. When you feel like you can relate to their problems, you'll surprisingly feel comforted by their words and actions. I also love how there's no true "evil" in this story. Whenever someone does something bad, the show progresses in the way you can finally understand that supposed "bad" intention and come to accept that flaw. There are times when good characters make bad decisions as well. This show never tries to perfect or sugar-coat things to make the ordinary viewers like me feel ugly or uncomfortable.

The characters here are all built on the same ground. There's no "rich and powerful" and "ugly duckling" kind of combination. Even if there is a rich and powerful person, they all still have good qualities *as much as* their bad ones. The part that makes this fun to watch is that most of their qualities don't overlap each other. Throughout the show, the best quality of one person will fulfill the bad part of another and so on. It makes everyone complete. This is very heartwarming to see. Trust me, you will fall in love even with the small roles that show up only once every 3-4 episodes (like the secretary or the convenience store worker or our main lead's younger brother). The characters in this show are really that lovely.

THE ROMANCE:

Like I said, subtleness is the key here. I swear I enjoyed the tiny reactions between our two main leads so much and found myself blushing at their chemistry way more than when main leads of other dramas hate each other too much before falling in love with each other. The satisfaction when he slightly takes care of her or acknowledges her talents is real. And, no matter how strong her character is, she's still the little girl who likes to be taken care of in front of him. Their love slowly grows on you.

THE CAST:

I started watching this show without ANY expectation because of the cast. I haven't seen some of these actors, but for the ones I've seen, I can say that this is their best drama so far. I've got nothing much to say. They're very well-suited for their roles.

THE MUSIC:

Honestly, they didn't use their OSTs in the way that they receive enough recognition although there are quite some quality ballads. However, I don't remember feeling awkward with the background music while watching. I can only give it a 7/10.

REWATCH VALUE:

I personally rarely rewatch shows. For people who do, I can picture you rewatch it for the life lessons and cozy love story. However, it's less likely to be rewatched and still enjoyable because business talks can be too long in some episodes.

OVERALL:

Still, despite the so-so music, the clichés, and the low rewatch value, I still give it an 8.5/10. I don't care about the low rewatch value; a drama is never made to be watched over and over again anyway. Comparing to very upbeat and sweet romcoms, I give high score to this one for its approach in telling the story. This was never made fancy for the ratings from the start. This was made for people who like to lean back and appreciate things.
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AnanyaS
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May 4, 2017
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 7.5
What's the one thing that every person fears the most? Death. And when that fear is taken away from you, for whatever extreme reasons, what do you do? You let yourself loose. You say and do things that you might have never done before. And that's exactly what happens with Ha Won.
Honestly though, Radiant Office is not solely focused on the decisions that you make when you know you're going to read more die soon. In it's core, this drama is more of a corporate politics drama. But even that's not all it's limited to. It's a drama about friendship, about making it on your own, about telling yourself not to give up even when you've lost all hope, it's about second chances, and a lot other significant issues that people face in their life. However, instead of delving deeper into the emotional and not-so-emotional aspects of the drama, I'd just like to just point out the reasons why I enjoyed this show. So, here goes-

-First and foremost, it's because of the male lead. After watching the first two episodes, I was afraid the male lead was going to be a typical jerk one. Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong. Yes, he starts out as a jerk, but he changes so much. He actually turned out to be a really kind and caring person.
-Ha Won's character is very relatable. A job is not something that's handed to us as soon as we graduate, we have to work for it. But what if it doesn't matter how many times you try, you can't seem to reach your goal? Ha Won can't get a job even after trying 100 times. Her thoughts, her actions, her decisions- everything is portrayed so realistically, that it'll appeal to the audience.
-I loved the trio. They didn't exactly meet in the most preferable situation, but their friendship was one of the best things about the drama. The way they stuck with each other, it was so heartwarming. Even in the situations where they had to compete with each other, they never let it get in the way of their friendship.
-The lead couple was very cute. They went from hate to respect to tentative friendship to finally, something more. I loved it every-time they would have these little moments. One of my most memorable one is where he gives her the secret thumbs-up. It was beyond cute!
-The second couple- Ji Na and Ki Taek, had their charms too. Ji Na, for one, was a character that evolved the most, in the drama. Their relationship grew so much throughout the series.
-Chief Park's innermost thoughts were one of the most hilarious moments of the drama. It sounds so random, but I don't know, I found it really funny.

The could've-been-better(s):
-I wish the romance was a bit more pronounced. I understand that this is not primarily a romance drama, but well, the heart wants what it wants, right?
-I feel like Kang Ho's contribution towards the story wasn't as much as the other characters. To me, it felt like, his character wasn't as fleshed out.
-The last episode seemed a bit rushed. While the major issues were resolved, a lot of other things weren't.

So, that's it for the review. I hope you give this drama a chance.
Happy Watching!
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Both of the shows are in office settings. They both have angry bosses.
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Both are office dramas and both revolve around temporary employees and their struggles. Incomplete life is more serious and it was done better (it has some philosophical reasoning related to Baduk(Go)), still both of them are really enjoyable. Actually, Incomplete Life has almost a perfect story so if you liked Radiant Office, you'll surely like this one.
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    ShannonKFleming 7 days ago

    Radiant office kept climbing the ratings in korea... This is an office drama first, the romance relationship between the CEO and his love level employee was built within it. The story deals with real life issues which are present in their working world, and then the relationship of two people who grow in a deep and sincere loyalty, trust and mutual appreciation...as Boss-Employee, Friendship and then friends plus...She's a overcomer who's never been given a break and he's a CEO who hates those who abuse the system. He wont break the rules, but there is something about her which pulls on his heart to bend them. This is a story about two people who evolve into their true selves through encountering one another... I adored all of the glances, sweet exchanges, they sincere way the leads protected and think about each other...They have a special chemistry, one that is far more realistic when it comes to how romantic relationships develop than most kdramas display. I can easily go back to it again and again.

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    ama-ya 7 days ago

    dropped at ep 3. I hate dumb female lead the most. she's not being bold at all. she's just clumsy and so insecure

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    Barbara Goss Jul 5, 2017 - edited

    I really really liked this drama. I almost didn't watch this due to some of the reviews, but I am glad I didn't listen to the reviews. If you are someone who is looking for die hard romance don't look here. I read some where that this drama didn't have enough romance well it wasn't about that. This drama was about what if you ran out of hope and you had yet again another rejection in your life after a life time of struggle. The main actress did a fantastic job in my opinion getting that across and plus it was funny. I have watched a lot of dramas based off of reviews were people was saying this is a must watch and it turned out to be a miss. I love the fact that the friendship here over played the romance here and the romance was enough that it wasn't over powering the drama. If you ever worked in an office you can understand the characters just a little bit more. So many people thought it was boring. I thought it was a relief from all the other ovelry dramatic crap that has been coming out. I am so glad it wasn't another one of those dramas were the two main leads know they like each other, but so much unrealistic stuff happens and they can't be together or another mother-in-law deal. You want something laid back, funny and easy to watch give this one a try.

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      Ellie Jul 5, 2017
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      Barbara Goss Jul 6, 2017

      I know right that's how I felt.

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      pammo1949 Aug 7, 2017

      Debated whether to watch but after reading your comment decide to make it my weekend marathon drama. This drama was everything you said and more. A good portrayal of job searching for young people and the inner workings of companies, how new recruits are treated, how women are treated in the work force and office romance (very limited). Different drama with lots of light moments. the actors were good in their roles and it was enjoyable. A watch if you watch a lot of dramas - but if you have limited watch time - you can take a pass.

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      ShannonKFleming Aug 16, 2017 - edited

      The romance is more realistic. It's in the way the leads learn to see one another for who they really are beyond the surface level flaws...they both grow and mature into compatibility.. The CEO admires the her fighting spirit, he isn't a rule breaker but for her he finds himself bending them. The romance is in the the glances, the acts of thoughtfulness... WHICH Is appropriate, since he is her boss and she is a low level empLoyee....they build a friendship-as a foundation...I could have watched this story for a bit longer..Its one I will watch again. The cast was amazing...The leads were touching and funny... One of my favorite dramas to date.

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    jinnborn Jun 18, 2017 - edited

    If you're looking for a office drama,it's good, but not that much romance.

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      ShannonKFleming Aug 16, 2017

      It has romance though out it but it comes through the communications. It's a deeper more realistic love story, one that in real life would last over time.

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      jinnborn Aug 16, 2017

      Yes it has romance,but I remember it wasn't that much,but I think you are right, it was a realistic love story.

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    Savi Jun 1, 2017

    Omg dejavu moment.. Dr seo was in coffee prince.. <3<3<3<3

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    KatySarang_TGeyes May 25, 2017 - edited

    To watch or not to watch...?

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      KatySarang_TGeyes May 26, 2017

      I've thought about that too. Is Chicago type writer good? Like what is it about? And honest question here, is it overrated?

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      Nancy May 26, 2017

      It's about the past life....of a famous writer....mysterious. .drama..With both main lead are too good..Still having second lead syndrome......

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      KatySarang_TGeyes May 26, 2017

      Like so good you want to puke, or like you love them?

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      Nancy May 26, 2017

      Love them

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    jesy May 21, 2017

    good drama..not focused on romance of lead cast..it's something that "what might happen in an office setting".

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    twinsizedmattress May 18, 2017

    the more time passes the more I think about how great this drama was. it pops itnto my head randomly every now and then

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    ajo_94 May 15, 2017

    A very pleasant and heart warming drama.. Loved it so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Jen May 14, 2017

    Enjoyed this one a LOT

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    Bleng May 14, 2017
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    MrBanana May 13, 2017

    Its ok, decent, 6.5/10. If you are bored you might want to try it out.

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    Nancy May 10, 2017

    Don't know why but i like dr seo hyun
    In starting episodes he is in positive character...and eun ho❤dr seo hyun together luk nice
    But in last few episodes his character become negative...i really feel bad for him

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    lea May 9, 2017

    Nice drama reminded me a little of misaeng. Felt it could've had another episode or two, a lot was put in the last one. In all a good watch, recommend!

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    BSapph May 8, 2017 - edited
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      Sakura19 May 11, 2017

      Haha true ! Let's hope that they come back with a season 2.

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

    Mar 15, 2017 to May 4, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    MBC
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    7.7 (scored by 1,686 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1114
  • Popularity:

    #487

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