Title: 샐러리맨 초한지 / Salaryman
Chinese Title: 工薪族楚汉志
Also Known as : History of the Salaryman / Salaryman Chohanji
Genre: melodrama, Comedy
Episodes: 22
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2012-Jan-02 to 2012-March-13
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55


This drama is based of ‘The Romance of the Three Kingdoms‘ in set dark world of Salaryman workers.

This drama depicts the trial and tribulations of the average salaryman, from humble beginnings to success. This drama portray the salaryman’s loneliness and isolation, struggles, sorrows, hopes and successes in a realistic light.

One night Yoo Bang (Lee Bum Soo) enters a dark, mysterious villa with nothing but a flashlight, only to find an executive of the Chunha Medical Group, Ho Hae slouched in a chair, dead and Jin Ho Hae’s niece, Yeo Chi (Jung Ryu Won) hiding behind a curtain. At Ho Hae’s funeral, Yoo Bang and Yeo Chi are suddenly taken into custody for his murder. We’re taken three months into the past to reveal what led to this murder and exactly who was responsible. During this flashback we meet Choi Hang Woo (Jung Gyu Woon), a director from Ho Hae’s rival pharmaceutical company, who is undercover to steal the formula for their new drug and the Chief Researcher from Chunha Group, Cha Woo Hee (Hong Soo Hyun). The lives of these individuals will all be intertwined within these three months to reveal exactly just who murdered Ho Hae, and why. (Source)


Main cast

Lee Bum Soo as Oh Yoo Bang
Jung Ryu Won as Baek Yeo Chi
Jung Gyu Woon as Choi Hang Woo
Hong Soo Hyun as Cha Woo Hee

Supporting cast

Kim Suh Hyung as Mo Ga Bi
Lee Duk Hwa as Jin Shi Hwang
Kim Il Woo as Jang Ryang
Yoon Yong Hyun as Bun Kwae
Lee Ki Young as Park Beom Jeung
Yoo Hyung Kwan as So Ha
Yang Hyung Wook as Han Shin
Kim Eung Soo as Oh Ji Rak
Park Sang Myun as Jin Ho Hae
Jang Hyun Sung as Choi Hang Ryang
Lee Seung Yun (이승연) as Kim Ban Jang
Kim Ji Young as Ji Won (Han Shin’s daughter)
Song Kyung Chul as Paeng Wol


Lee Joon as Yeo Chi’s boyfriend
Lee Joo Shil as Yoo Bang’s mother
Im Hyun Shik as Yoo Bang’s father
Jung Bo Suk as Jo Pil Yun
Kang Kyung Joon
Jun Jae Hyung

Production Credits

Director: Yoo In Sik
Screenwriter: Jang Young Chul, Jung Kyung Soon (정경순)

Episode Ratings

Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2012-01-02 1 8.1 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: TNmS Media Korea


– Because of conflict of fee payment between South Korea’s integrated cable operators and KBS (cable operators want KBS, SBS and MBC to lower the retransmission fee of their programs), the cable TV system operators stopped carrying the signal of KBS2 TV station on 16/January/2012, causing the ratings of KBS drama series Brain dropped significantly, falling from top ranking position to last ranking position. Because most of the audience cannot watch Brain, the ratings of MBC drama Lights and Shadows and SBS drama Salaryman surged on that day. (Source)

– On 21/Feb/2012, this drama decided to add 2 episodes extension to the total of 22 episode which will end on 13/March/2012.


2012 SBS Drama Awards: Top Excellence Actress Awards (Mini Series), Jung Ryu Won (Salaryman, King of Dramas)
2012 SBS Drama Awards: Special Acting Awards (Mini Series), Lee Duk Hwa (Salaryman)
2012 SBS Drama Awards: Top 10 Stars Awards, Jung Ryu Won (Salaryman, King of Dramas)

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Official Site

Trailer I & Trailer II

Highlight (17 Minutes)

Music Video


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228 Responses to “Salaryman”

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  1. 226
    eny Says:

    the story is good, not typical story, funny always make us curiouse what will happen next

  2. 227
    CH Says:

    best drama! like Lee Bum Soo and Jung Ryu Won

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