Misaeng: Incomplete Life
|Misaeng: Incomplete Life|
|Also known as||An Incomplete Life|
by Yoon Tae-ho
|Developed by||Jinnie Choi and Park Ji-young for tvN|
|Written by||Jung Yoon-jung|
|Directed by||Kim Won-seok|
|Starring||Im Si-wan |
|Composers||Kim Jun-seok |
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Executive producers||Kim Mi-na |
|Producers||Lee Jae-moon |
|Production locations||Korea, Jordan|
|Running time||65 minutes |
Fridays and Saturdays at 20:30 (KST)
|Production company||Number 3 Pictures|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 2.0|
|Original release||October 17 –|
December 20, 2014
Misaeng: Incomplete Life (Korean: 미생 - 아직 살아 있지 못한 자; RR: Misaeng - Ajik Sara Itji Mothan Ja) is a 2014 South Korean television series based on the webtoon series of the same title by Yoon Tae-ho. It aired on tvN from October 17 to December 20, 2014, on Fridays and Saturdays at 20:30 (KST) for 20 episodes.
The title translates to Go terminology meaning "an incomplete life" (literally "not yet" (미) "birth" (생), meaning "not yet alive"). Misaeng: Incomplete Life was the first Korean drama to film on location in Jordan, where actors Im Si-wan and Lee Sung-min shot the series's prologue in Amman, Petra, and Wadi Rum. Yim reprised his role as the protagonist, which he played in an earlier film adaptation, Incomplete Life: Prequel (2013).
Since he was a child, the board game baduk has been everything to Jang Geu-rae. But when he fails at achieving his dream of becoming a professional baduk player, Geu-rae must leave his isolated existence and enter the real world armed with nothing but a high school equivalency exam on his resume. Through an acquaintance's recommendation, he gets hired as an intern at One International, a large trading company.
There, Geu-rae meets his boss, manager Oh Sang-shik, who's a workaholic and has a warm personality; fellow intern Ahn Young-yi, who attracts her colleagues' ire because of her impressive educational credentials and by being extremely competent at any task; and Jang Baek-gi, a geeky co-worker whose anxious nature masks his inner ambition. Geu-rae learns to navigate and adapt to corporate culture, with baduk as his guide.
- Im Si-wan as Jang Geu-rae. He formerly aspired to be a professional baduk player, to which he had devoted his life since childhood, but, unable to achieve this goal, he joins One International, although he has no formal skills or training. He joins Sales Team 3 as two-year contract employee at One International.
- Kang So-ra as Ahn Young-yi. She joins Resource Team as permanent employee at One International.
- Kang Ha-neul as Jang Baek-gi. He joins Steel Team as permanent employee at One International.
- Byun Yo-han as Han Seok-yool. He joins Textile Team as permanent employee at One International.
One International Sales Teams
Team 3 (to which Geu-rae is assigned)
- Lee Sung-min as Oh Sang-shik
- Kim Dae-myung as Kim Dong-shik
- Park Hae-joon as Chun Kwan-woong
- Kim Hee-won as Park Jong-shik
- Seo Yoon-ah as Lee Eun-ji (ep. 14)
- Kim Won-Hae as Park Young-ho (ep. 20)
- Shin Eun-jung as Sun Ji-young
- Kim Sang-won as Mr. Um
- Shin Dong-hoon as Cha Soo-jin
- Ryu Tae-ho as Go Dong-ho
- Park Jin-soo as Assistant Manager Hwang
- Kim Ga-young as Jang Mi-ra
- Yoon Jong-hoon as Lee Sang-hyun
- Yeo Eui-joo as Jang Ki-seok
- Kim Jong-soo as Kim Boo-ryun
- Shin Eun-jung as Sun Ji-young
- Kim Kyung-ryong as Lee Shin-tae
- Nam Kyung-eup as CEO of One International
- Lee Geung-young as Choi Young-hoo
- Son Jong-hak as Ma Bok-ryul
- Jung Hee-tae as Jung Hee-seok
- -- as Cha Jung-ho
- Jang Hyuk-jin as Moon Sang-pil
- Choi Gwi-hwa as Park Yong-gu
- Shin Jae-hoon as Yoo Hyung-ki
- Jeon Seok-ho as Ha Sung-joon
- Oh Min-suk as Kang Hae-joon
- Tae In-ho as Song Jeon-shik
- Park Jin-seo as Shin Da-in
- Hwang Seok-jeong as Kim Sun-joo
- Jo Hyun-sik as Kim Seok-ho
- Kim Jung-hak as Lee Seok-joong
- Kwak In-joon as Audit team leader
- Han Kap-soo as One International Jordan branch manager
- Choi Jae-woong as One International Jordan branch employee
- Sung Byung-sook as Geu-rae's mother
- Nam Myung-ryul as Geu-rae's baduk teacher
- Lee Si-won as Ha Jung-yeon
- -- as Senior colleague Kim
- Oh Yoon-hong as Oh Sang-shik's wife
- Lee Seung-joon as Shin Woo-hyun
- Cho Hun-hyun (cameo)
- Yoo Chang-hyuk (cameo)
- Oh Jung-se as Husband of Chungsol's CEO (cameo, ep. 20)
- Yoo Jae-myung as Factory worker (ep. 16)
In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
|Ep.||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|Average rating||Peak rating|
|1||October 17, 2014||1.6%||2.8%|
|2||October 18, 2014||2.35%||3.1%|
|3||October 24, 2014||3.11%||4.6%|
|4||October 25, 2014||3.49%||4.9%|
|5||October 31, 2014||4.55%||6.0%|
|6||November 1, 2014||3.70%||5.4%|
|7||November 7, 2014||5.15%||6.4%|
|8||November 8, 2014||4.67%||6.6%|
|9||November 14, 2014||5.06%||6.7%|
|10||November 15, 2014||5.49%||7.0%|
|11||November 21, 2014||5.95%||7.1%|
|12||November 22, 2014||6.13%||7.8%|
|13||November 28, 2014||5.80%||7.9%|
|14||November 29, 2014||5.81%||7.9%|
|15||December 5, 2014||7.02%||9.4%|
|16||December 6, 2014||7.03%||8.6%|
|17||December 12, 2014||7.37%||9.7%|
|18||December 13, 2014||7.90%||9.5%|
|19||December 19, 2014||7.24%||9.3%|
|20||December 20, 2014||8.24%||10.3%|
- This drama airs on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC and EBS).
Awards and nominations
|2015||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Misaeng: Incomplete Life||Won|
|Star Award - Best Actor||Yim Si-wan||Won|
|Best Drama||Misaeng: Incomplete Life||Nominated|
|Best Director (TV)||Kim Won-seok||Won|
|Best Actor (TV)||Lee Sung-min||Won|
|Best New Actor (TV)||Yim Si-wan||Won|
|Best Miniseries||Misaeng: Incomplete Life||Won|
|Best Director||Kim Won-seok||Nominated|
|Best Drama||Misaeng: Incomplete Life||Won|
|Best Production Director||Kim Won-seok||Nominated|
|Best Screenplay||Jung Yoon-jung||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor||Yim Si-wan||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actor||Kim Dae-myung||Won|
|Special Jury Prize||Yim Si-wan||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Lee Sung-min||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Yim Si-wan||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Kang So-ra||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Kim Dae-myung||Nominated|
|Best New Actor||Byun Yo-han||Won|
|2016||Best Actor||Lee Sung-min||Won|
|Best Content Award, Drama||Misaeng: Incomplete Life||Won|
|Made in tvN, Actor in Drama||Yim Si-wan||Nominated|
|Made in tvN, Actress in Drama||Kang So-ra||Nominated|
|Scene-Stealer Award, Actor||Byun Yo-han||Nominated|
With his webtoon, author Yoon Tae-ho drew an analogy between life in modern society and the game of baduk, a chess-like strategy board game. He also wrote vivid descriptions of the everyday life and struggles of Korean corporate culture as his flawed characters deal with the fierce competition for survival, interpersonal work relationships and office politics. Misaeng: Incomplete Life gained immense popularity among Korean white-collar workers in their twenties and thirties largely because its realism resonated with their experiences. It drew 1 billion hits when it was published on online portal Daum from September 2012 to October 2013, and the nine-volume paperback version sold 900,000 copies. It is now considered a must-read comic in the country.
This section needs to be updated.(October 2020)
- Between July 17 and September 18, 2016, Misaeng: Incomplete Life will have a Japanese drama remake titled HOPE〜期待ゼロの新入社員〜.
- In June 2018, it was announced that Misaeng: Incomplete Life will have a Chinese drama remake titled Ordinary Glory; starring Bai Jingting, Mark Chao and Qiao Xin.
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