PGupta is a K-drama enthusiast since 2010. She likes to write about the Korean shows in her free time.
Business Proposal is one of the most popular series on Netflix right now. It is based on a webtoon called The Office Blind Date. To be honest, it wasn’t even on my list of k-dramas to watch this season, but once I started watching there was no turning back. Even though it features a lot of cliches, there are plenty of elements to keep you guessing. For that very reason it's definitely going on my list of "must-watch" k-dramas.
The 12-episode story features two couples with great chemistry. Their acting is so good, I was quickly in love with not only the main couple, but also their best friends who also fall in love with each other. This was a change in theme from the usual love triangle trope often seen in k-dramas. Even though the storyline is a bit predictable, the characters and the rest of the ensemble make it worth watching.
Ahn Hyo-seop as Kang Tae-moo
He plays the new CEO of Go Food, a division of his grandfather's chaebol. He joined Go Food after graduating from Harvard University, worked in an overseas branch, and just returned to Korea.
Kim Se-jeong as Shin Ha-ri
One of Go Food's promising food development researchers. After being persuaded by her close friend Young-seo, she dresses as a diva and arranges a blind date with a potential husband. As a member of her team, she's a positive force. Her family runs a chicken shop, and she works there after work. She has had a one-sided crush on chef Lee Min-woo for seven years and is devastated to learn he has rekindled his romance with his ex-girlfriend.
Kim Min-kyu as Cha Sung-hoon
He plays Go Food's chief secretary to Tae-moo. He was raised at a Go Food Group-sponsored orphanage. With the assistance of Tae-moo’s grandfather, he grew up living with Tae-moo as a brother. He falls in love with Young-seo, a conglomerate's daughter.
Seol In-ah as Jin Young-seo
The only daughter of the Marine Group Chairman, she plays a Marketing Team Leader for Marine Beauty. She asks her best friend Ha-ri to go on a blind date with Tae-moo instead of her because they have been having this arrangement for years, where Ha-ri dresses up as diva to shoo away the prospective husbands for Young-seo. She develops feelings for Sung-hoon who is actually Tae-moo’s best friend.
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In order to scare away her date, food researcher Shin Ha-ri agrees to go on a blind date in lieu of her best friend, Jin Young-seo. She has become a pro at it after doing this multiple times, so she agrees to do this for her best friend one last time. If you haven't already figured it out, the CEO of her company, Mr. Kang Tae-moo, ends up being Young-seo’s intended date.
Tae-moo corners Ha-ri into faking a relationship with him so that his grandfather will stop pushing him to go on blind dates. You see his grandfather in this drama cannot wait for his one and only grandson to get married quickly and start a family of his own. With the fear of increasing her at the cost of revealing her true identity, Ha-ri gives in and agrees to pretend to be in a fake relationship. While pretending to be Shin Geum-Hee, Tae-moo's fictitious lover, Ha-ri keeps her true identity a secret, both from Tae-moo and his grandfather.
As for Cha Sung-hoon (Tae-moo’s secretary), Young-seo discovers him by happenstance outside a convenience store and falls head over heels in love with him instantly. Tae-moo's secretary, Sung-hoon. Sung-hoon keeps a distance from Young-seo despite the fact that they are neighbors, and is also interested in her.
What ensues after this are their respective love stories and how they come closer to each other. While the plot is predictable, the chemistry between the two protagonists and the series's complete embrace of genre cliches make it enjoyable to watch. Additionally, the supporting characters in Business Proposal are equally as endearing as the protagonists.
Many series fans have developed a severe case of "second lead syndrome" as a result of Cha Sung-hoon, who is Kang Tae-moo's quite handsome Chief of Staff for Go Food and the love interest of Ha-ri's best friend, Jin Young-seo, whom you'll adore just as much. I actually couldn’t say after watching the show if only Kang Tae-moo and Shin Ha-ri were the only main characters, that’s how good their acting and chemistry was on the show.
Should You Be Watching It?
Business Proposal is an enjoyable show that features an excellent cast and lots of scenes that will leave you both laughing and sighing. After a long day, if you want to recharge yourself, this light hearted show will definitely help you do that.
With just 12 episodes instead of the typical 16, Business Proposal didn't spend time keeping viewers riveted. The show brazenly flaunts all of its cliches during the 12 episodes, which, in the end, prove to be its greatest strength, according to me. The pacing was great, and each episode had its own unique twists and turns. I also loved the webtoon components peppered in just the right amount to keep the jokes coming in this drama.
In both cases, the chemistry between the partners was evident from the first. In the end, I was rooting for all of them to find happiness and overcome the hurdles in their own lives. When you don't have the emotional capacity to handle powerful feelings and insane plot twists, but you just want to relax and de-stress, this drama is great.
My Rating of "Business Proposal"
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