History of the Salaryman

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  • Drama: History of the Salaryman (International English title) / Salaryman Chohanji (literal title)
  • Revised romanization: Selreorimaen Chohanji
  • Hangul: 샐러리맨 초한지
  • Director: Yu In-Sik
  • Writer: Jang Young-Cheol, Jung Kyung-Soon
  • Network: SBS
  • Episodes: 22
  • Release Date: January 2 - March 13, 2012
  • Runtime: Monday & Tuesday 21:55
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea

Plot

During the cover of night, Yoo-Bang (Lee Beom-Soo) enters a dark villa with a flashlight. Yoo-Bang finds a man Ho-Hae (Park Sang-Myeon) dead, slouched over on a chair, and a woman Yeo-Chi (Jung Ryeo-Won) hiding behind a curtain. At Ho-Hae's funeral, detectives enter and arrests Yoo-Bang and Yeo-Chi for the murder of Ho-Hae.


3 months earlier. The president of Chunha Group, Jin Shi-Hwang (Lee Deok-Hwa), orders his granddaughter Yeo-Chi to take business administration training. The grandfather doesn't believe his son Ho-Hae is good enough to run the company. But, Yeo-Chi isn't interested in taking business administration or running a compnay. Yeo-Chi is arrogant and doesn't care about other people.

Chunha Group has been developing a new medicine and it is now in the trial testing stage. Meanwhile, the president of Jangcho Company, Oh Ji-Rak (Kim Eung-Soo) hears that rival Chunha Group is developing the new medicine. In order to steal information on the new drug, a director from Jangcho Group, Hang-Woo (Jung Gyu-Woon), goes undercover and applies as a candidate for the trial drug test.

Yoo-Bang graduated from college, but he can't find a decent job. While working part-time jobs, Yoo-Bang continues to send his resume to big companies every year. When high level executive Ho-Hae from the Chunha Group enters a room salon that Yoo-Bang works as a waiter, Yoo-Bang begs the man for a letter of recommendation. To get this letter of recommendation, Yoo-Bang is told he has to take part in a medical drug trial test and then steal information on the new drug. Yoo-Bang is to look for a piece of gum that will be placed discreetly on a toilet at the drug trial tests and chew the gum immediately after taking the drug.

30 applicants are on a bus ready to be taken to a secret location where the medical drug test will take place. Chief Researcher from Chunhha Group Woo-Hee (Hong Soo-Hyun) boards the bus and takes the applicants cellphones for security reasons. Once the 30 applicants arrive at the secret laboratory, they will be shut off from the outside world for 10 days (the amount of days the experiment is to take place). During the drug trials, Yoo-Bang notices a suspicious act done by Hang-Woo. Yoo-Bang and Hang-Woo stay in the same room during the tests. Hang-Woo attempts to steal the medicine from the drug trials, but it's extremely difficult due to the heavy level of security used. Suddenly, Yoo-Bang begins laughing and can't stop. The other applicants also begin to show abnormal behaviors. Researchers conclude that unusual behaviors are a side effect from the new drug. The director of Chunha Group Jang Ryang gives an order not to let the company president Jin Shi-Hwang know about the strange side effects. Meanwhile, Hang-Woo records the strange behaviors with a video recorder attached inside of his eye glasses.

One day, one of the guys taking part in the drug test discovers the special gum on the toilet before Yoo-Bang can get there. The applicant chews the gum and leaves the bathroom. Yoo-Bang can't find the gum, but when he leaves the bathroom he sees Chief Researcher Woo-Hee chewing a piece of gum. Yoo-Bang thinks maybe she is the one leaving the gum on the toilet for him and takes the gum from her mouth and chews it. An employee spots transparent tape covering a cctv camera. The employee stops all the applicants from taking the medicine, but the employee finds an applicant chewing a piece of gum and takes the applicant in for questioning.

The medical test is stopped which prevents Yoo-Bang from stealing information on the new drug. Yoo-Bang keeps calling Ho-Hae, but Ho-Hae doesn't answer. Yoo-Bang leaves a text message that he will wait for Ho-Hae at a hotel coffee shop. Meanwhile, Yeo-Chi also meets her boyfriend at the same hotel coffee shop. Her boyfriend tells her he wants to breakup with her. Meanwhile, Yoo-Bang talks on his cellphone, while twirling a red thread around his finger. Yoo-Bang doesn't realize the red thread is from Yeo-Chi's red dress. When Yeo-Chi is about to leave the coffee shop she notices all the stares she is getting and then looks down to see her skirt becoming shorter and shorter. She follows the thread from her skirt and sees Yoo-Bang talking on his cellphone while wrapping the thread around his hand. A Christmas tree is about to fall on Yeo-Chi, but Yoo-Bang saves her by pushing her into a water fountain. In the hotel Hang-Woo is also there and watching them ...

Notes

  1. "History of the Salaryman" takes over the SBS Monday & Tuesday 21:55 time slot previously occupied by "A Thousand Days' Promise" and followed by "Fashion King" on March 19, 2012.
  2. Filming begins November 17, 2011.

Cast

History of the Salaryman-Lee Beom-Soo.jpg History of the Salaryman-Jung Gyu-Woon.jpg History of the Salaryman-Jung Ryeo-Won.jpg History of the Salaryman-Hong Soo-Hyun.jpg
Lee Beom-Soo Jung Gyu-Woon Jung Ryeo-Won Hong Soo-Hyun
Oh Yoo-Bang Choi Hang-Woo Baek Yeo-Chi Cha Woo-Hee
History of the Salaryman-Lee Deok-Hwa.jpg History of the Salaryman-Kim Il-Woo.jpg History of the Salaryman-Lee Gi-Yeong.jpg History of the Salaryman-Kim Seo-Hyung.jpg History of the Salaryman-Yoo Hyung-Gwan.jpg
Lee Deok-Hwa Kim Il-Woo Lee Ki-Young Kim Seo-Hyung Yoo Hyung-Gwan
Jin Shi-Hwang Jang Ryang Park Beom-Jeung Mo Ga-Bi So Ha
History of the Salaryman-Yang Hyung-Wook.jpg History of the Salaryman-Yun Yong-Hyeon.jpg Kim Eung-Soo History of the Salaryman-Park Sang-Myeon.jpg History of the Salaryman-Jang Hyun-Sung.jpg
Yang Hyung-Wook Yun Yong-Hyeon Kim Eung-Soo Park Sang-Myeon Jang Hyun-Sung
Han Shin Bun-Kwae Oh Ji-Rak Jin Ho-Hae Choi Hang-Ryang

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Episode Ratings

Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2012-01-02 1 NR 9.9% (19th)
2012-01-03 2 10.2% (19th) 11.9% (12th)
2012-01-09 3 11.3% (13th) 12.8% (9th)
2012-01-10 4 10.2% (17th) 12.1% (12th)
2012-01-16 5 13.5% (7th) 14.9% (3rd)
2012-01-17 6 11.5% (14th) 12.2% (10th)
2012-01-23 7 9.2% (8th) 9.4% (9th)
2012-01-24 8 12.6% (3rd) 14.5% (3rd)
2012-01-30 9 14.5% (4th) 16.1% (3rd)
2012-01-31 10 15.9% (3rd) 17.3% (3rd)
2012-02-06 11 17.1% (3rd) 19.1% (2nd)
2012-02-07 12 19.4% (3rd) 21.5% (2nd)
2012-02-13 13 20.1% (3rd) 23.8% (1st)
2012-02-14 14 20.4% (3rd) 22.9% (1st)
2012-02-20 15 21.6% (2nd) 25.2% (1st)
2012-02-21 16 22.2% (2nd) 24.3% (1st)
2012-02-27 17 21.0% (3rd) 22.8% (1st)
2012-02-28 18 23.0% (2nd) 25.2% (1st)
2012-03-05 19 22.7% (3rd) 24.7% (1st)
2012-03-06 20 23.3% (1st) 24.5% (1st)
2012-03-12 21 22.1% (2nd) 23.5% (1st)
2012-03-13 22 24.2% (1st) 24.7% (1st)

Source: TNS Media Korea / * NR denotes not ranked within the Top 20 daily shows according to TNS Media Korea.

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Kaziu ASTOUNDING DRAMA! If you are hesitating about watching it, give it a couple episodes and you will get addicted! A must watch! It's smart, serious, and hilarious all in one. Very tastefully written and acted out. Definitely one of the best Korean dramas I watched. So outside the box.

The characters and story line were amazing. Very easy going episodes with so many twists and turns. You couldn't anticipate what will happen next at all. Not mentioning the short stories at the end of each episode. They were so funny I literally cried.

I only ended disliking one character, and if you have seen the drama you will know who I'm talking about. Yoo Bang, such an character! Smart and funny. I just couldn't get enough of him. Yeo Chi, at first I thought she was a bi***, but later she became my f****** hero! She's nobody's pushover. Hang Woo, he's one of those characters where he is such an as*****, but you just can't hate him. Woo Hee, I loved her character. Smart and prideful. Also, how can I not mention the Chairman (grandfather) I really enjoyed his performance :)

Enjoy! :)

kathy One of the best ... my type of drama ... hilarious ... power packed cast esp Lee Beom Soo, Jung Goo Woon & Jung Ryeo Won!

2ndratekorean i'm watching it because of lee beom-soo... great actor...always exceeds expectations...all his kdrama is worth watching...

Kev this drama is so underrated!!!! up there with the very best!! freakin hilarious.. so lucky i stumbled across this

aprilc really great storyline and very excellent actors.. super love this drama! :)

seren I can't for the life of me understand why I watched this drama so late. After months of overlooking it I finally decided to give it try and I was hands down blown away. Perfectly cast characters, skillful writing, and the sheer badassness that is Yoo Bang-- 2012 has been THE year for dramas but this one stands in a league of its own.

wansan Love dis drama nice cast 2 main actors lee bum is quite gud aswell and Jung Ryeo-Won and Hong Soo-Hyun look hawt!

gi I love this drama. It was written by the same author as Giant, a winning combination of also the same actors mostly. It had pretty high ratings in Korea, which os a relief to know this was a seriously good drama, very refreshing and Lee Bum Soo as always delivers, I love the guy.

loyalfan_1 Ryeo Won Jung believes in just one thing. "I can do it". She stands firm like a candle in the dark scaling off all the obstacles to become the winner.

loyalfan_1 Excellent peformance Ryeo Won Jung. She walks in places that no one has ever walked. She creates a history for herself in this awesome drama. Her works and efforts will be known all over the world. She is the best.

loyalfan_1 Want Salaryman to be 100% in ratings. The best drama of year 2012. Want to see Ryeo Won Jung on the red carpet with awards in her hands. Love her red hair. Impressive performance. She rules in this most beautiful drama.

loyalfan_1 Ryu Won Jung has incredible acting skills. She is Korea's precious diamond. She is just gorgeous with a beautiful smile. Her beautiful personality makes her even more beautiful. She must come back in another romantic historical drama real soon. Just love her cuz she is Ryu Won Jung.

Tina05 Hong Soo Hyun looks different in here...She looks natural. Good luck for all the cast !!

kim bok shil I miss and i like JRW very much ever since Which Star Are You From?.... She's really talented...

chocosluvme its awesome this drama freakin awesome every eps is absolute refreshing ahh 6 eps more to go before its ended Yoo Bang and Yeo Chi is such a wonderful weird combination couple Hwang Woo and Woo Hee offers smashing hotness ooo la la.This drama gonna be a perfect textbook for future reference its funny yet classy at the same time with a very fresh approach not to mention the best casting.If you think JRW is mediocre once you see her as YC you'll stunned of how well she grasp the character darn her character is absolute rebel from the start and her pairing with LBS really works even if they still in one sided love stage right now gosh YB better start feeling towards YC already ahh the waits .... anyway give salaryman a chance you'll see my points and do not judge a book by just looking at its cover because the content might surprised you! BUt if you're not interested then its individual choice me i am just a Kdrama fan.

jang yu casts are very known from previous popular dramas like Giant, Loving You a Thousand Times, Lie To Me, Glass Castle etc. But the hero is the most popular Lee Beom-Soo aka Lee Gang Mo , Oh Yoo-Bang :-).

kualalumpur i like 1st episode very much plus they had so many cast from 'GIANT' :D !!!

loyalfan_1 Jung Reo Won is still my favorite actress although there are many comments about her. Her wonderful personality just shines. Moreover she is so beautiful and soft spoken. I love watching her drama because she is funny sometimes. Her dramas are so interesting that the viewers are stuck to their seats and asking for more.

KimchiRadish @megiii: I agree that Jung Ryeo Won is a good actress but I can't help but find your comment to be a bit mean and rude. I hate to be a troll and I mean no offense but, I don't understand why it's okay to call thin people bulimic or anorexic but not okay for others to call obese people pigs or fatties. It shouldn't matter that an actress is skinny or fat as long as she's doing her best for the role. What she eats and how much she eats is her own business and your needless comment that "maybe she really is bulimic or anorexic" is hurtful and baseless. Celebrities are struggling with their own body image and it's unfair that you should be criticizing their weight when they worry more than enough already. I can't help but think that it's mostly female actors who get attacked the most on their body image than men. smh

bona She's actually naturally thin...In an interview once, she said that she really eats a lot - which was confirmed by the costar - but really doesn't gain any weight...and the co-star commented on how impressive it was the amount that she ate for the size of her body! LUCKYYYYY >,<

glace Jung Ryeo Won is really impressive here! Such a different character. And she looks very healthy...much better than KSS days.

megiii ryeo won, she is great actgress but i think she is too thin, maybe she really is bullimic or anorectic because she is getting thinner and thinner

Moonlight Wow!!! Ryeo-Won I miss her ><

Nahe oh yeah.nice drama coming soon

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