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The story revolves around fifth-year trainee and soon-to-debut idol Eden and JiHoon, a celebrity from the same agency, and the love story between these two who are not good at expressing what they truly feel. (Source: kpopmap.com) ~~ Adapted from the webtoon "Bump Up Business" (범프 업 비즈니스) by RK Studio. Edit Translation

  • English
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  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 8
  • Aired: Oct 20, 2023
  • Aired On: Friday
  • Duration: 15 min.
  • Score: 6.9 (scored by 4,564 users)
  • Ranked: #9209
  • Popularity: #1452
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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Cast & Credits

  • Nine in Bump Up Business Korean Drama (2023)
    Nine
    Gong Ji Hoon
    Main Role
  • Mill in Bump Up Business Korean Drama (2023)
    Mill
    Kang Eden
    Main Role
  • Yoojung in Bump Up Business Korean Drama (2023)
    Yoojung
    Jay
    Support Role
  • KB in Bump Up Business Korean Drama (2023)
    KB
    Hyunbin
    Support Role
  • Junji in Bump Up Business Korean Drama (2023)
    Junji
    Woo Sung
    Support Role
  • Rie in Bump Up Business Korean Drama (2023)
    Rie
    Dong Gun
    Support Role

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Reviews

Completed
Pinoy Ares
48 people found this review helpful
Oct 21, 2023
8 of 8 episodes seen
Completed 2
Overall 6.5
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 5.0
This review may contain spoilers

ITS JUST A GAY BUSINESS

This is a trap - a Business Gay Performance, and im a sucker cause I fell for it.

As a KPOP fan, i loved the concept. Also, as a KPOP fan, i felt disrespected.

Like some of the other Korean BLs out there, i dont know why they couldn't just add maybe 5 or 10 more minutes in each episode to make the story a little bit more cohesive and enjoyable. Its such a waste cause there are so many hints that this could be a good show.

Its the story of an idol Eden, being selected and paired with Jihoon to be in a duo, What 's unique is that they are marketing the group as a gay lover - supposed to be just a business concept, only for the pair to really fall for each other.

There are too many characters and too many subplots but everything felt rushed. They spent so much time with the antagonist, when they could have used that time to build up the chemistry between the main leads and show us when or how the two exactly fell for each other. In episode 7 and 8, i kept checking the runtime cause it feels like the show is just rushing to go to the end and yet I still havent seen what I wanted to see between the 2 leads. Unfortunately as i feared, the show ended too soon without giving any satisying ending. This is a problem with translating a 40-chapter webtoon into an eight 15-minute drama.

It is such a shame really cause the leads are very charming - and Nine kept reminding me of a young Seo Kang Joon. They were both amatuer-ish but they both did enough to be likeable. a few times I was on the verge of really caring about their characters but the show just didnt show enough to make me really reach that level.

I wont forget that cringy scene in the plane where they were both holding hands and sleeping head to head with a smile on their faces looking so uncomfortable when they both could very well be sleeping comfortably in that cushy business class seats even if they were holding hands.

From the onset it felt like a small project conjured up to promote the idol group. The "Business Gay Performance" using homosexuality as a concept was a little bit offensive if you think about it and at first i was thinking they were trying to mock and expose it, but by the end I felt even more ashamed of myself for being a fool and falling for it, even though they were clearly saying FROM THE BEGINNING that this is a Business Gay show and nothing more.






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Completed
leesukkie Flower Award1
49 people found this review helpful
Oct 20, 2023
8 of 8 episodes seen
Completed 4
Overall 7.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 10
Rewatch Value 7.0

A lot better than expected

It's an interesting drama based on the reality of how the kpop industry works. I came to this drama because I know OnlyOneOf as a group. Because of that I thought this drama would be really cringe to watch (they are rookie actors and have no experience in acting), but I was honestly surprised with the overall quality. It's a low budget drama, but it's ok in terms of korean BL dramas.
The story was compressed in 8 episodes of 15 minutes what made it feel too rushed. Things were happening too quickly so they used a lot of flashbacks to tell the story. It was smart in storytelling, but as a viewer it feels like you are being attacked with a lot of information from all sides. But that's my only complaint about the script per se. The adaptation from the webtoon was well done and I honestly think it was WAY more sensitive about the topic than the original work.

Like I said before, they have no experience in acting so I wasn't expecting much, but some of them really have a lot of potential. Hyunbin is an annoying, but really charismatic villain. You can know the actor for a villain is good when you feel angry the moment he shows up. In the terms of acting, I think KB was the best one. He looked evil for real. Eden and Jihoon were good as main characters. Eden did look innocent, but not dumb (so common in BL) and Jihoon was an experienced sunbae, but he wasn't an annoyingly cold character for no reason (also common in BL). The characters were well balanced and the actors did well. Nine did a specially greater work in the scenes he was angry which seems a funny thing to actually happen. I don't know if he rehearsed those parts more or if it was fun to him to manhandle KB, as he's the youngest and KB is the oldest.
Jay was an adorable character and I hope to see more characters like him in BL. A character that will back off after hearing a "no". As any BL fan know, characters in Bl usually thinks a "no" means a "try harder".

About the whole plot, I GET that some people will get angry with it. K-pop fans will probably get kinda pissed too. The plot says "the K-pop industry uses gay fanservice to please fans". But is it a lie? EVERY K-pop group will do that and that's set by their company. If you read that and thought "those two (any ship name) don't do that because thy are really close for real", then you know the industry made it work and it already got you. Yes, most idols from same group are probably close, but the fanservice IS REAL, so please don't fool yourself. They will do things on stage, they will lovingly look at each other, they will hug and hold hands and do all that and 80% of the time all this is for show.

All that being said, the whole plot of this is great. It shows how the industry works and how fans respond to it. Now imagine this: companies make their idols do fanservice and among them there are straight people, but there will be queer people too. Imagine working in a place that forces you to PRETEND to be gay as a job, but WON'T ACCEPT you if you ever come out. In this story every main character is canonically queer. Eden even represent a queer kid growing up with a heteronormalized mindset. His first love was a boy, but he never really accepted that part of himself until adulthood.
In the story there's even a part that one of the trainees say there are rumors about Eden and Jihoon as a real couple and he make it sound like a bad thing (as if they weren't pretending to be gay to begin with). In a place like South Korea it' ok if you pretend to be gay, but it's not ok for you to be actually gay. The story is kinda fluffly and soft, but there's a real critique behind it if you pay attention.

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Details

  • Drama: Bump Up Business
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 8
  • Aired: Oct 20, 2023
  • Aired On: Friday
  • Duration: 15 min.
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

Statistics

  • Score: 6.9 (scored by 4,564 users)
  • Ranked: #9209
  • Popularity: #1452
  • Watchers: 10,548

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