Hancinemas Drama Review Radiant Office Episode 11

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Radiant Office" Episode 3

The plight of the newbie worker continues as Ho-won, Ki-taek, and Kang-ho struggle through office life, illness, ex-girlfriends, and mountainous societal and family expectations. Not only are the newbs suffering, but those at the top claw and scrape to keep their positions and one up each other. As represented in the first couple of episodes, the work place is a battlefield and people fight to survive, only in suits rather than fatigues.

Ho-won struggles greatly with her diagnoses and the knowledge of her mortality. Her impending demise understandably affects every aspect of her life: her sleep patterns, her mood, her temper. She ends up daydreaming, being angry, and acting up quite a bit because of it. But at the same time, by the episode she seems to gain a new appreciation of life and re-joins the battle of the corporate world. My favorite relationships of hers are with Kang-ho and Ki-taek, both unsure young men who make loads of mistakes, just like her.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Radiant Office" Episode 5

It's a week of humor as the underlings watch their managers bicker and act more than a little immature. It is also a week of weighty responsibility and repercussions that may or may not be fair for those receiving them. This hefty cast of characters goes through a lot, and we with them.

Ha-won is a heroine to be admired. Her tenacity ebbs and flows along with her confidence, but she always finds her feet. She is definite underdog material with her poverty, illness (that I'm not sure is a definite assumption), and need to be on the defensive at all times. But she is relatable and relies on her own grit to get through obstacles.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Radiant Office" Episode 6

"Radiant Office" has a way of sucking you in. Admittedly, I wasn't very thrilled about diving into this drama except for the fact that that it was well-cast. But each subsequent episode proves me wrong. It's a delicate drama machine that explores the office place more than the medical, and it does it beautifully. Ko Ah-seong, as always, leads the cast with her sensitive performance.

As for the plot, the office politics are not in the least interesting, which is usually the case. It is how each character handles them from Ho-won to the self-serving Manager Park (Kwon Hae-hyo) to Gi-taek's ex-girlfriend Ji-na. Each character isn't just a caricature of a typical office worker. Those caricature's are just husks that are shed as time goes on. Woo-jin is one who changes before our eyes, and Ho-won's. He cares, but doesn't let himself care. That is based in a background that is very much like our trio of struggling temporary office workers. He is a typical tsundere character, and yet he is not. I appreciate that about him.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Radiant Office" Episode 7

This episode focuses on what lies beneath. The company projects an image of propriety while accepting bribes and treating employees poorly. Kang-ho seems put together on the outside, but whose and unfortunate situation sets him front and center in "Radiant Office".

Although not poor, Kang-ho is under such intense pressure from his mother he tried to kill himself in episode 1, and he is willing to suck up to anyone and do anything in order to not be perceived as a failure by his mother. Ho-won watches in horror as he buys up all the excess furniture on his credit card just to improve his team's sales figures. In a way, he's the worst of the three in terms of condition. Ho-won has determination as does Gi-taek. It is Kang-ho who is a bomb. Watching his mother on-screen lives no doubt about why he is so emotionally crippled.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Radiant Office" Episode 8

"Radiant Office" if full of the typical office hierarchical dog poop, but more than that it is a show full of heart. At the core of all the office politics is a group of people who are complex and worth getting to know.

The person who continually surprises me is Ji-na. Although selfish, she is a woman who does see Gi-taek for who he is and cares for his well-being. She is more than a pretty face and the snotty attitude she wears as a shiny veneer. It is she who figures out the solution to the core problem of this episode. Part of me really wants her to woo Gi-taek after throwing him away so carelessly. They both understand each other much better now and it could possibly work a lot better.