History of a Salaryman

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History of a Salaryman
History of a Salaryman-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for History of a Salaryman
Also known as Salaryman Cho Han Ji
Genre Comedy
Thriller
Romance
Format Television series
Written by Jang Young-chul
Jung Kyung-soon
Directed by Yoo In-shik
Starring Lee Beom-soo
Jung Ryeo-won
Jung Gyu-woon
Hong Soo-hyun
Composer(s) Kim Ji-soo
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 22
Production
Location(s) Korea
Running time Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s) JS Pictures
Broadcast
Original channel Seoul Broadcasting System
Original run 2 January 2012 (2012-01-02) – 13 March 2012 (2012-03-13)
Chronology
Preceded by A Thousand Days' Promise
Followed by Fashion King
External links
SBS official website

History of a Salaryman (Hangul: 샐러리맨 초한지; RR: Selreorimaen Chohanji; lit. "Salaryman Cho Han Ji") is a 2012 South Korean television series that aired on SBS from January 2 to March 31, 2012 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 22 episodes. Starring Lee Beom-soo, Jung Ryeo-won, Jung Gyu-woon, Hong Soo-hyun, Lee Deok-hwa, and Kim Seo-hyung,[1] the series is a quirky comedy and murder mystery about an ordinary salaryman who finds himself involved with corporate spies and rival pharmaceutical companies. It satirizes the historical events during China's Chu–Han Contention (206-202 B.C.) to become a parody of modern office politics.[2][3]

Plot[edit]

Yoo-bang (Lee Beom-soo) sneaks into a villa at night and discovers the dead body of Chunha Medical Group executive Ho-hae (Park Sang-myun). His niece Yeo-chi (Jung Ryeo-won) is hiding in the room. At the funeral, both Yoo-bang and Yeo-chi get arrested for murder. How did things come to this? It all began three months ago when Chunha began trial testing for their new medicine. In exchange for a job recommendation from Ho-hae, Yoo-bang agrees to join the trial testing and steal information about the drug. Rival company director Hang-woo (Jung Gyu-woon) is also there undercover to find out about the new drug. Spoiled rich girl Yeo-chi is undergoing training because her grandfather wants her to inherit Chunha one day, though she herself is completely uninterested. For the trial testing, 30 testers, including Yoo-bang and Hang-woo, are shut off from the outside world for 10 days. During the trial period, strange things begin to happen...

Cast[edit]

Hero of the series who is a bright and optimistic man. He steals the heart of Yeo-chi. His historical analogue is Liu Bang, the first emperor of Han Dynasty.
A spoiled rich girl who was raised by her grandfather after her parents' death. Her historical analogue is Empress Lü Zhi.
Antagonist of the series. He tries to get revenge against Chairman Jin for his brother's suicide. His historical analogue is Xiang Yu, the king of Western Chu.
A woman who was engaged to Hang-woo, and whom Yoo-bang has a crush on. In an earlier draft of the script, Woo-hee dies after reuniting with Hang-woo, but the script was modified to give fans a happier ending.[4] Her historical analogue is Consort Yu.
She worked as the secretary for Jin Si-hwang, whom she later kills to become the company chairman herself. She manipulates people to do her bidding, among them Hang-woo's cousin Bum-jung, who sincerely loved her. In the end she goes insane after she is found guilty for conspiring to kill Jin and the attempted murder of Woo-hee.
  • Lee Deok-hwa as Jin Si-hwang (Yeo-chi's grandfather). His historical analogue is Qin Shi Huang, the last emperor of Qin Dynasty.
  • Kim Il-woo as Jang Ryang. His historical analogue is Zhang Liang.
  • Yoon Yong-hyun as Bun Kwae. His historical analogue is Fan Kuai.
  • Lee Ki-young as Park Bum-jung. His historical analogue is Fan Zeng.
  • Yoo Hyung-kwan as So Ha. His historical analogue is Xiao He.
  • Yang Hyung-wook as Han Shin. His historical analogue is Han Xin.
  • Kim Eung-soo as Oh Ji-rak
  • Park Sang-myun as Jin Ho-hae. His historical analogue is Hu Hai.
  • Jang Hyun-sung as Choi Hang-ryang. His historical analogue is Xiang Liang.
  • Im Hyun-shik - Yoo-bang's father
  • Lee Joo-shil - Yoo-bang's mother
  • Lee Joon - Yeo-chi's boyfriend (cameo)
  • Jeong Bo-seok - Jo Pil-yeon (cameo), the antagonist in the series Giant.
  • Jeon Jae-hyung - Delivery man (cameo)
  • Kang Kyung-joon - Bok Sa-yeol (cameo)

Soundtrack[edit]

  1. 성냥팔이 소녀 (Little Match Girl) - Yoon Gun feat. Misty
  2. 너 때문에 (For You) - JeA (Brown Eyed Girls)
  3. Bravo - Lee Teuk (Super Junior), Key (SHINee)
  4. 기대했단 말야 (Not What I Expected) - JOO
  5. 샐러리맨 초한지 Title
  6. 막무가내
  7. Relax Your Mind
  8. 긴 여정
  9. Determination
  10. 자중지란
  11. 군웅할거
  12. 방이 Theme
  13. 천년지애
  14. 낙장불입
  15. 샐러리맨 초한지 Score Title
  16. 도원결의
  17. 비육지탄

Episode ratings[edit]

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[5] AGB Nielsen[6]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 2 January 2012 8.1% 9.9% 8.7% 9.8%
2 3 January 2012 10.2% 11.9% 10.0% 12.3%
3 9 January 2012 11.3% 12.8% 10.5% 12.3%
4 10 January 2012 10.2% 12.1% 10.1% 11.4%
5 16 January 2012 13.5% 14.9% 12.1% 12.7%
6 17 January 2012 11.5% 12.2% 10.6% 11.6%
7 23 January 2012 9.2% 9.4% 9.9% 10.8%
8 24 January 2012 12.6% 14.5% 12.8% 13.5%
9 30 January 2012 14.5% 16.1% 13.7% 15.2%
10 31 January 2012 15.9% 17.3% 15.1% 15.8%
11 6 February 2012 17.1% 19.1% 14.6% 15.7%
12 7 February 2012 19.4% 21.5% 15.1% 15.0%
13 13 February 2012 20.1% 23.8% 15.9% 16.3%
14 14 February 2012 20.4% 22.9% 16.0% 16.2%
15 20 February 2012 21.6% 25.2% 16.9% 18.1%
16 21 February 2012 22.2% 24.3% 19.1% 19.6%
17 27 February 2012 21.0% 22.8% 18.8% 19.4%
18 28 February 2012 23.0% 25.2% 19.2% 19.7%
19 5 March 2012 22.7% 24.7% 18.7% 19.2%
20 6 March 2012 23.3% 24.5% 21.0% 21.9%
21 12 March 2012 22.1% 23.5% 19.1% 19.9%
22 13 March 2012 24.2% 24.7% 21.7% 22.4%
Average 17.0% 18.8% 14.9% 15.8%

Sources: TNmS Media Korea, AGB Nielsen Korea

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kim Suh-hyung Prepared to Play Villain While Biding Time". The Chosun Ilbo. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  2. ^ Noh, Hyun-gi (25 December 2011). "History of Salaryman, comic tribute to breadwinners". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  3. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (3 January 2012). "REVIEW: SBS TV series Salaryman, Cho Han Ji - 1st Episode". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  4. ^ "Kim Suh Hyung on Salaryman: Hong Soo Hyun Dies in Original Script". Drama Haven. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  5. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  6. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved 2012-01-02. 

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