20141026_seoulbeats_misaeng_zea_siwanHappy Sunday, everyone!

A few weeks ago, I asked for drama suggestions; and tvN‘s Misaeng was a popular answer. Well, now that I’m on holidays I’ve caught up on the drama, and I am impressed.

Based on the Yoon Tae-ho‘s webtoon of the same name, we follow former Go player Jang Geu-rae (ZE:A‘s Im Si-wan) on his journey in the One International workplace. Soon, though, we are also caught up in the lives of those surrounding Geu-rae, from his fellow rookies to his bosses.

The key to Misaeng‘s success is its director, Kim Won-suk, of Sungkyunkwan Scandal and Cinderella’s Sister (he also directed last year’s Monstar). Many of you would have heard about PD Kim personally overseeing every shot in the drama, and that dedication shows in the suberb production quality. In addition to that we have solid writing that is said to respect the work it is adapting, and commendable performances from the cast, who bring the characters to life.

Some things I’ve been especially enjoying about the drama:

  • Geu-rae and Assistant Manager Kim (Kim Dae-myung)’s growing friendship
  • The formation of anew F4
  • The entire “second round” arc
  • Lee Sung-min
  • More focus on Suk-yool (Byun Yo-han) and serious issues he’s facing
  • That sauna scene, and
  • Gaining a bit more insight into Korean corporate culture.

How about you? And if you aren’t watching and have the time, I highly recommend that you do. There’s only a couple of weeks left before the finale! (The Korea Times. Images via tvN)