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Misaeng’s posters bring webtoon characters to life

Here’s a set of drama posters you don’t see every day. The new tvN workplace drama Misaeng (Incomplete Life) is an adaptation of a beloved webtoon with a huge following, and the show commissioned the original creator (writer and artist) Yoon Tae-ho to design the drama’s posters. Each of the main actors is featured in half-cartoon form, still unfinished, in an echo of Misaeng’s titular theme — Not yet alive. It’s pretty cool what a drama can do when it collaborates with original creators.

The workplace drama is about the mundane struggles of everyday office life, told in wry, relatable ways. Im Shi-wan (Triangle) stars as an ex-baduk player and newbie intern who’s new to the corporate world. His poster reads, “If I work myself to death, do I have a shot too…?” Lee Sung-min (Miss Korea) plays the team’s workaholic manager: “They say that long contemplation leads to a bad move. If you have a feeling, you just go!”

In particular, I like the taglines for the women in the cast. Kang So-ra (Doctor Stranger) plays a rookie and hers reads: “Go ahead and step on me, sunbae-nim. It’ll only hurt your feet.” Shin Eun-jung (Reset) is a working mom, and her poster’s copy already gets me in the heart: “I was a mother whose child would only remember what I looked like from behind.”

It’s a nice show of faith from the characters’ creator to participate in the drama’s artwork and cheer the production on, which I’m sure also helps alleviate any fan concerns about the show. Salaryman culture doesn’t exactly ring my excitement bells, but I have a feeling that Misaeng will speak to people in that funny-sad way that makes fiction feel like life. I’m sure they don’t call it the “salaryman’s textbook” for nuthin’.

Misaeng follows Friday-Saturday drama Plus Nine Boys and premieres October 17.

Via TV Report

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Wow!! love the poster so much. Super creative

Looking forward to Misaeng, Liar game and bad Guy. They look interesting. Can't wait for them to air. Not really into current air dramas except blade man (thanks to JB recommendation) and The greatest marriage.

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Daaaamn, those posters are freakin' awesome. I really love their originality ! And here, one of the reasons that I love tvN, haha.

Gosh', I am so anticipating this drama ! It's really amazing to see how much recognition Siwan is getting as an actor. Compared to other idol actors, he was really underrated, beginning with minor roles and all and so, it's such a great sight to see him right now :) I hope he will have more success in the future !

IT LOOKS SO GOOD. PLEASE DONT DISAPPOINT ME !!

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It's actually because he proved himself and worked his way up from smaller roles that people have respect for him as an actor, as opposed to idols from bigger agencies who land leads and roles in high-profile dramas left and right on the basis of dubious "popularity" despite being so bad at acting that the kdrama world would be much better off if they ceased acting altogether *coughtaecyeoncough* .

Im Shi-wan and his bandmate Park Hyung-shik are both really promising young actors, I hope they continue to do well despite not being from a major idol agency (never even knew they were idols until long after I knew them as actors).

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Taecyeon, L, Suzy!!! THEY'RE BAD ACTORS! HASN'T ANYONE NOTICED THIS!?! I FEEL LIKE I'M TAKING CRAZY PILLS!!!!

-Mugatu

lol

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OMG THANK YOU for mentioning Suzy!!! I mean she's a bit better compared to how she started but man is she bad!! she's not lead material!! If they go for the looks only then yes she's lead material but her acting irritates me!!!!! I loved Gu Family Book but hated Lee Seung Gi and Suzy!!! don't get me wrong I LOVE Lee Seung Gi but when paired with emotionless Suzy? unfortunately it made me not like him that much in that drama :'(

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why the sudden mention of suzy?she is not in this show

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If this drama is even anywhere close to as good as the 8 minute short prequel Im Shi-wan starred in last year, it will be gold. Even if the tone is dramatically different.

Salaryman life is actually a way more interesting subject than your usual chaebols too, I rather like that a lot of recent dramas deal with workplaces and unemployment especially in this economy (Surplus Princess, What's With This Family, now this). It's more relatable to see protagonists who actually work!

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where's the LIKE button when you need it? :D

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Whoa. These are so awesome.

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“They say that after long contemplation comes a handshake. If you have a feeling, you just go!”

악수 here probably does not mean a handshake, but a bad move. As in the more you think hard and long in a baduk game about your next move, the worse move you make.

But thank you for introducing the cool posters. I wish more dramas would give the due credit to where it belongs and work with the original creators, rather than cheat and rob them. Yes, I am looking at you, The King's Face and 9 Plus Boys.

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Plus Nine Boys?! I had no idea!

It really is a shame.

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Yeah there's an article on Soompi about a suit brought against the producers of the show by a college student who claimed that the Plus Nine production plagurized his musical without compensating him.

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That's disappointing, considering how much I like the tone and writing in Plus 9 Boys (except Da In's story cos I just don't 'get' her).

And yeah the posters are super cool! I wish I understood chess type games like weiqi/go/baduk more. Was once inspired by a manga to pick up go...and I seriously died playing it. I had no idea how to apply the strategies in real life even though I kept reading up about them! Will be interesting to see how the baduk strategies are applied in the workplace - I love smart writing like that.

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Thanks, it's been corrected -- shows how much I know about baduk.

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The posters are very neat and eye-catching. I'm glad the original webtoon creator was involved.

I'm thinking about giving this drama a try. Already got Bad Guys and Liar Game on ma plate. *_*

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Wow! these are some super creative posters! Brilliant job done by whoever came up with it! *thumbs up*

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I'm looking forward to this even more now. With these posters and the prequel/ep zero, I have high hopes for the quality of this show.

I hope we get an awesome mentor-student relationship between Lee Sungmin and Im Siwan.

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These look pretty cool!
I'm interested in the drama--it seems kinda slice-of-life and those are always a nice watch when done well.

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Went to the artist and hired him to do this--didn't steal stuff and try to pawn it off as their own.

Wow. Integrity.

I like it.

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+1.

...oh screw that. +10000 for you! It really is refreshing to see integrity at work for once and to see people being honestly paid for their work.

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oh myyyyy Clark Haneul (Kang Haneul) looks soooooo freakin' hot!!! ❤️

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"Clark Haneul"?! Oh god I'm laughing so hard, you're genius.

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if this drama premieres on the 17th, than Plus 9 boys will end next week with only 14 episodes? aren't there supposed to be 16?

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Clever! I'm looking forward to this drama :)

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KANG SO-RA!! <3

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Can someone please, please translate the rest of the posters???

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