History of the Salaryman

History of the Salaryman (2012)

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Part melodrama, part comedy, this series takes its cues from the epic legend "The Romance of the Three Kingdoms," with its characters taking on names from the story. One night Yoo Bang enters a dark, mysterious villa with nothing but a flashlight, only to find an executive of the Chunha Medical Group, Ho Hae slouched in a chair, dead and Jin Ho Hae's niece, Yeo Chi hiding behind a curtain. At Ho read moreHae's funeral, Yoo Bang and Yeo Chi are suddenly taken into custody for his murder. We're taken three months into the past to reveal what led to this murder and exactly who was responsible. During this flashback we meet Choi Hang Woo, a director from Ho Hae's rival pharmaceutical company, who is undercover to steal the formula for their new drug and the Chief Researcher from Chunha Group, Cha Woo-Hee. The lives of these individuals will all be intertwined within these three months to reveal exactly just who murdered Ho Hae, and why.

  • Native title:

    샐러리맨 초한지
  • Also Known as:

    Salaryman Chohanji ; Selreorimaen Chohanji ; Salaryman

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Mar 14, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
This drama is full of exciting twists and dark humor. I was a little reluctant to start watching it, but I'm so freakin glad I did. I loved that the characters' personalities had a nice development as the drama progressed. My emotional tummy almost fully satiated--there were heart-wrenching moments where I was just bawling like a baby, fist-clenching moments where I yelled at the screen and let loose curses that would've made read more Yeo Chi proud, and painful-I-can't-breathe moments when I was guffawing so loud my neighbor came to check if I was mentally stable.

The acting is absolutely top-notch, the music is currently on infinite repeat in my apt, and I would watch this drama again.

I wished that there were more heart-pumping, squee/cringing moments--that kind that make you feel embarrassed and avert your eyes to give them privacy. But that's just me.

If you enjoy having a characters of the following variety:
love-to-hate, endearing, kick-ass, hilarious, hopelessly tragic, and one-you-watch-bc-you-fell-in-love-with-them-in-a-diff-drama/movie/etc

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Dec 2, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
It was a huge hit in Korea but it is one of the most ignored dramas here. Maybe it’s because there isn't any ‘EYE CANDY’ stars in it. It really is a pity that this show didn't get as much attention as other shows. After watching first few minutes I had idea that how great this show is going to be. This drama is honestly among one of the most creative and read more ‘One of a kind’ dramas I've seen so far. It exceeded my expectations and it’s definitely on my list of 10+ favorites!

This story is based on actual historical figures of China. The story is simple but its crafting is done by some skillful hand. It’s genius and witty story. The way story flows makes this story a masterpiece. You can’t tell its specific genre, It’s full of comedy, suspense, some action, romance and melodrama and it’s all about power. It’s unique in its own way and totally unpredictable. This is a serious tale about power struggle in corporate world. It is all about serious corporate battle but it has killer funny scenes that’ll make you laugh hard and you’ll shed tears by laughing and there is also balanced melodrama. And for romance fans there are sweet romantic scenes too.

Casting is brilliant. There aren't any flat or one-dimensional characters, all characters are dynamic. The relationship between four main characters is really interesting. It’s very unusual kind of relationship. Here you won’t find any female lead quivering in fear; female leads are hot-shot. And supporting characters and side characters are also great. You may find one or two characters bit stupid at first but it’s because of story and they’ll develop in strong characters later. It’s really hard to pick a favorite character, including supporting characters because I also loved all supporting characters including villains.

Other interesting thing is that every episode has something to learn…You’ll also learn many things from Korean sayings.
One of the best things about this drama is....ending of every episode!! Don’t miss them!!

Soundtrack is also very good and well matched with all situations. It’s catchy. And also dance in war background is extremely funny.

I definitely recommend this drama even if you don’t like corporate plot. If you are bit interested in comedy then you’ll like it because it’s "LOLIEST" drama till date. I changed my opinion for BEST OF 2012, now best of 2012 is HISTORY OF THE SALARYMAN!! DO NOT MISS IT!!
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It's funny mixed with seriousness. Has a great story line and almost similar to Chief Kim. A humble man fighting for the rights of the unjust.
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Both are comedy dramas that don't take themselves too seriously (and neither should the viewers!), but not without some genuinely touching moments.
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    Duncan 13 days ago

    Is there Bromance ?

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    Blademan2 Jul 28, 2017
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    lovelydream Jul 23, 2017
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    Caroli Zfn May 21, 2017 - edited

    is there a lot of romance in this drama or only once

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      Caroli Zfn Jun 1, 2017

      Have you watched k-drama called SOUL? I will appreciate if you will tell me the name of the drama trailed at the end of episode 7?

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      namopanik Jun 1, 2017

      No, sorry. Have you tried checking other MBC dramas from that year on asianwiki? That's probably a next in line.

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      Caroli Zfn Jun 4, 2017


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      kreps Jun 5, 2017

      The drama you are looking for is "Heading to the Ground". As you see I'm not a regular on this site anymore, you should ask on forum next time, quicker response.

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      Caroli Zfn Jun 7, 2017

      Thank you

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    BSapph Apr 17, 2017

    This drama is too good, it had me rolling with laughter in every episode specially the ending scenes. Lee Bum Soo never disappoints.

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    Annalisse Apr 6, 2017 - edited

    It was hard to get over the over-the-top comedy (I'm not a fan) but I kept watching bc other people have rated it so highly. I'm glad I did. Think of the most melo of melodramatic scenes being interrupted with a hilarious moment that pokes fun at all the drama cliches we drama fans often roll our eyes at. That's the drama in a nut shell. It was weird at first, but I found myself rooting for some characters and couples and before I knew it I was too invested to stop watching. Honestly, if there were more "melos" like this with comedic elements so they weren't SO heavy (haha basically melos:-) I'd be more wiling to watch more of them.

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      namopanik Apr 7, 2017 - edited
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    Suicidal_Hermit Mar 27, 2017

    Never laughed so much in a while. Simply amazing how great this drama was, the acting was great Lee Bum Soo was awesome. Although I would love to give it full 10/10 it lost .5 due to something I wanted to see but did get to!

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    namopanik Mar 16, 2017 - edited

    Jung Gyu Woon is wasted in roles of cheating, soon-to-be ex-boyfriends these days.
    /how come I only found this gem of a drama now, it really doesn't get enough recognition here.

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    tamara Dec 28, 2016

    it's amazing!

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    AneMi Dec 11, 2016

    I haven't seen for some years a drama that gave me so much satisfaction! It was soo good!

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    Maks Nov 6, 2016

    I love the plot, great humourustic scenes but i wonder if the character of Yeo Chi will have a developement bcz she's a little bit annoying....

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    ama-ya Sep 15, 2016

    omg!! its epic!!!! I just finished it! I totally love the ending! 22 eps gave justice on it! <3

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    AngelRu Jul 20, 2016

    I am watching it, hoping for a chemistry between yoo hei and han woo :D

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    BANNEDuser Jul 1, 2016

    Ok i love the cast yet again

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    BANNEDuser Jul 1, 2016

    Is this like the parody pf giant


  • Country:

    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Jan 2, 2012 to Mar 13, 2012
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


  • Score:

    8.4 (scored by 1,672 users)
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