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History of the Salaryman / Salaryman Chohanji - Korean Drama 2012

Updated on October 2, 2014

Bored with the similar romantic comedy drama? You'll definitely love this drama

A quirky, funny, daring, mystery drama with fresh storyline which definitely suit people who are bored with the similar romantic comedy drama, History of the Salaryman is 2010 SBS drama written & produced by the same people who wrote & produce a popular 2010 Korean drama Giant.

As dramafever mentioned, this drama is "More than a parody of modern office politics, HISTORY bases its characters on actual historical figures from ancient China" (precisely from the legend "The Romance of the Three Kingdoms").

I highly anticipated this drama because it features my favorite actors, particularly Hong Soo Hyun & Lee Bum Soo. I also have soft spot for Jung Ryeo Won who's awesomely good playing quirky Baek Yeo Chi who loves to swear & is very blunt.

This drama can also be classified as dark comedy which paints a hard reality of regular salarymen who work their hardest to provide food on the table for themselves & their family, only to be stepped & blocked by people who have more power & money. As the granddaughter of a wealthy family, Baek Yeo Chi helps the salarymen, giving them more power & opportunity.

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History of the Salaryman Details, Synopsis & Cast Members

History of the Salaryman Details

Number of Episodes: 20 (extended to 22)

Also Known as: Salaryman Chohanji

Genre: Melodrama, Comedy

Original run: January 2, 2011 - March 13, 2012 on SBS every Monday & Tuesday 21.55 KST


- Lee Bum Soo as Yoo Bang [Historical Counterpart: Liu Bang/Emperor Gaozu]

- Jung Ryoe Won as Baek Yeo Chi [Historical Counterpart: Lu Zhi]

- Jung Gyu Woon as Cho Hang Woo [Historical Counterpart: Xiang Yu]

- Hong Soo Hyun as Cha Woo Hee [Historical Counterpart: Yu Miaoyi]

Extended Casts:

- Kim Suh Hyung as Mo Ga Bi

- Lee Duk Hwa as Jin Si Hwang

- Kim Il Woo as Jang Ryang [Historical Counterpart: Zhang Liang]

- Yoon Yong Hyun as Bun Kwae

- Lee Ki Young as Park Bum Jung [Historical Counterpart: Fan Zeng]

- Yoo Hyung Kwan as So Ha [Historical Counterpart: Xiao He]

- Yang Hyung Wook as Han Shin [Historical Counterpart: Han Xin]

- Kim Eung Soo as Oh Ji Rak

- Park Sang Myun as Jin Ho Hae

- Jang Hyun Sung as Cho Hang Ryang

- Lee Joon (MBLAQ) [cameo as Baek Yeo Chi's boyfriend]

Director: Yoo In Sik

Writer: Jang Young Chul and Jung Kyung Soon

Official Website: Chohanji

Read the fascinating history behind the History of a Salaryman

History of the Salaryman Trailer

Video Credit: SBSNow1

Brief Synopsis

*** Brief Synopsis***

The History of the Salaryman portrays a story of Yoo Bang (played by Lee Beom Soo), Yeo Chi (played by Jung Ryeo Won), Hang Woo (played by Jung Kyeo Woon) and Woo Hee (played by Hong Soo Hyun)

Chairman Jin (played by Lee Deok Hwa) - the chairman of Chun Ha Group raised the young ophaned Yeo Chi and he has high expectation for her to take part in the leadership role in his company. His son, Ho Hae, is the vice-president, and is obviously unhappy with his father's decision.

The drama stars with Yoo Bang & Yeo Chi falsely accused of murdering Ho Hae. And it rewinds back to 3 months before the murder:

- an unemployed Yoo Bang applied to be a subject in a highly secretive clinical trial

- a high-temper Yeo Chi in a nearby cafe

- Hang Woo who is a director at Jang Cho Pharmaceuticals secretly becomes a subject at the clinical trial to steal the drug developed by Chun Ha

- Woo Hee is the researcher of Eternal Youth (the secret drug developed by Chun Ha)

Follow the journey of these four people whose lives will be turned upside down during the period of these three months which lead up to the murder of Ho Hae. And figure out who is the real murderer!

History of the Salaryman OST List

History of the Salaryman OST
History of the Salaryman OST

History of the Salaryman OST List

OST Part 1 - Released January 2, 2012

1. The Little Match Girl by Yoon Gun (featuring Misty of Gavy NJ)

2. The Little Match Girl (Instrumental)

OST Part 2 - Released January 3, 2012

1. Bravo by LeeTeuk (Super Junior) & Key (SHINee)

2. Bravo (Instrumental)

OST Part 3 - Released February 13, 2012

1. I Waited for You by Joo

2. I Waited For You (Instrumental)

OST Part 4 - Released February 27, 2012

1. Because of You by JeA (Brown Eyed Girls)

2. Because of You (Instrumental)

History of Salaryman - Award


SBS Drama Awards 2012 - 31 December 2012

- Top Excellence Acting Award - Mini Series (Actress): Jung Ryeo Won

- Special Acting Award - Mini Series: Lee Deok Hwa

- Top 10 Star Award: Jung Ryeo Won


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    anonymous 5 years ago

    nice drama

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    History of salaryman has set itself for the gold international standard. It has created history that no one has ever dreamed of. This drama is the new era drama that will make headlines. Ryeo Won Jung walk an extra mile for the most beautiful drama. She shade off her real person who is warm, humble, kind, generous, caring, and loving into an arrogant young lady who missed her parents love. Nevertheless, her role as Yeo Chi made this drama to be the number 1 in Korea and set a new record for her internationally. Only Ryeo Won can play the role of Yeo Chi because she posesses the beauty, charisma, diligence, and her fluent English made the drive for success. Indeed, it was a great accomplishment for her and all the other cast members who made this drama to be known all over the world. Ryeo Won Jung is one person who can walk in rough places and still come out as a winner. She is someone whom I would love to meet someday. Excellent job.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    I am so in love with jung ryeo won character as Baek Yeochi.Baek yeochi is totally alive!!the reason I watch this drama is bcoz of her extraordinary playing this spoil brat and all the romance scenes between yoo bang-yeochi and hang woo-woo hee are soooo cute,sweeetz and brilliant ..*omg i always melting (and lol)*

    basically,this story has a typical plot with all power conflict and revenge..but I just wonder it never felt like a typical story.<3<3