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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 Won as Kim Ban Jang
Kim Ji Young as Ji Won (Han Shin’s daughter)
Song Kyung Chul as Paeng Wol
Oh Jung Tae


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. 201
    KDaddict Says:

    This week:
    One down, one to go (METS).
    Next week:
    Rooftop Prince, King2Hearts. Yippe!

  2. 202
    Mystisith Says:

    I just love the end of episode 22: Wishing a long life to the audience. Awww, that is just so sweet. I will miss those characters, and i’m pretty sure the actors themselves didn’t expect such a hit. Congrats to all the salarymen and salarywomen!

  3. 203
    tc Says:

    The show was nicely wrapped up and Hang Woo got off easily despite all his wrong doings. He was not so smart after all since he believed in Mo Gabi’s lie? I find it hard to accept his justification of supporting Mo Gabi due to the fact that his cousin loved her and blaming YBang for his cousin’s death when he was actually the one that caused his cousin’s downfall due to revenge.

    Biggest disappointment is in Wol Hee’s character which underwent such a drastic change due to her love for Hang Woo. Despite all the faults, the drama is still the funniest and had the best epilogues.

  4. 204
    Jackieb Says:

    Nominees for Best International drama for 2012 is Salaryman.
    Favorite Movie Couple Lee Bum Soo and Jung Ryu Won.

  5. 205
    zandyzain Says:

    thats cool. this drama is the best drama that i ever watch

  6. 206
    Matt Says:

    Think this will be another drama coming onto VTV New Zealand (Auckland and Christchurch). Coming onto the 10:15PM timeslots, don’t know what time yet though.
    Will keep you all updated!~

  7. 207
    toh quan ming Says:

    now it is still showing on ONE channel under starhub channel 823 because i am learning how to speak korean language while i am watching this korean drama.

  8. 208
    via Says:

    Just finished this drama, I think this drama is great, love the story and Jung Ryu Won acting is excellent, especially when she swears like crazy, wkwkwkwk.. she is so funny.. Just love her!

  9. 209
    chen Says:

    do you work? are you single? it seems like you have so much time to watch all kinds of korean drama. that is probably your second job.

  10. 210
    chubong Says:

    where I can download the OST?

  11. 211
    takgu99 Says:


    u can dwlod ost here..

  12. 212
    liel Says:

    this is one of my fave korean comedy drama along with protect the boss.,u can never 4get every episode with a touch of drama and laughter mixed 2gether..jung ryeo won is really different here..cursing without even blinking..ha.ha.ha..still w8ting 4 king 2 hearts..

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    Matt King Says:


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    takgu99 Says:


  15. 215
    loyalfan_1 Says:

    History if Salaryman is the number 1 most beautiful romantic comedy drama of year 2012. It has moved away from the streotyped drama and set a new era in this millenium. Awesome story with lots of creativity that has ever emerged in this drama. It should not end here cuz the audience are looking for more like a Part II of Salaryman. Ryeo Won has played Yeo Chi character with outstanding performance. She is the Princess of romantic comedy. Her combination with Beom Soo blends so well that has made this drama more successful than ever. She created history for herself through a wide range of new experiences and bring forth a new image that turns the world 360 degrees by her unceasing efforts. Morever, her down to earth personality shines from within. Both Beom Soo and Ryeo Won is the best couple of year 2012. They should comeback in another romantic comedy drama real soon.

  16. 216
    nadya Says:

    ı really fell in love with this drama. ı love all the caracters. specially yoo bang (lee bum soo). ı will miss him 🙂 congratulations and thanks to all actors and actresses take part in this drama. it is amazing.

  17. 217
    witlily Says:

    Laugh and very enjoyable kdrama :-D, this drama out my expectations – very funny and SMART.

  18. 218
    witlily Says:

    Laugh and very enjoyable kdrama :-D, this drama out my expectations – very funny and SMART. Best drama 2012.

  19. 219
    tia Says:

    i like it 😀

  20. 220
    Fashion King (패션왕) « styrn Says:

    […] – This drama previously to be schedule airing on 2012-March-12 but postponed to 2012-March-19 due to the 2 extension episode of Salaryman […]

  21. 221
    JYJ fanatic Says:

    Wow. The ratings are good, huh? Should I watch it? haha. 🙂

  22. 222
    Salaryman | diary zahidah wahid Says:

    […] can I say about this drama? Sinopsis boleh baca di Salaryman @ Korean Drama. Walaupun heronya tak berapa nak handsome, tapi seriously kelakar gilak. Episod 1 and 2 memang buat […]

  23. 223
    wild@ Says:

    great drama, best actors & actress, make me laugh. the best comedy drama i ever watch. GOOD JOB!

  24. 224
    KASIH Says:

    Read all the comment,I want to buy Salaryman DVD.
    Thanks everybody for help.
    GBus always and forever.
    And for Korean Artist and Actor….Do your best.
    Fighting……I Love you ALL.

  25. 225
    leedaaaa Says:

    the rating iss good,i want buy the dvd….good recomended from the comentator

  26. 226
    eny Says:

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

  27. 227
    CH Says:

    best drama! like Lee Bum Soo and Jung Ryu Won

  28. 228
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