Hilarious first trailer and teasers for Chief Kim
So, two office comedies will be premiering this January: tvN’s Introverted Boss and KBS’s Chief Kim. There’s been a steady stream of promos from the tvN team, but KBS has just stepped up its game, releasing two teasers, one trailer, and more stills for its upcoming drama. Thankfully, they’re airing on different days, so we don’t have to choose! Yay – workplace rom-coms, all day, every day.
Chief Kim is an underdog story about a “master money parasite,” played by Namgoong Min (Beautiful Gong Shim), who goes from an accountant of vice to a corporate middle manager of a company hanging on the verge of bankruptcy. The one-minute trailer gives us more insight into his character, who expresses that he’s ecstatic by all the blind spots in the Korean system, where corruption can prevail and extra money can be made.
Then, we cut to Junho (Memory), who seems to be a competent prosecutor. He menacingly interrogates a suspect in a dark room, promising that justice will be served. But only moments later, we see some men leaving the Public Prosecutor’s Building with their things in tow, presumably fired for their impudent interrogation of a wealthy chaebol.
The trailer also captures the first meeting between Nam Sang-mi (Joseon Gunman) and Namgoong Min, where she thinks he’s a complete weirdo. Later scenes show Namgoong Min escaping from a group of gangsters, all the while, espousing his own Robin Hood-esque principles regarding money-parasitism: to only take “dirty” money (referring to money that was never meant to be in the hands of the current owners).
The first teaser shows a statistic floating in the air, stating that South Korea is the #2 country in the most average working hours in the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development). Everyone at the office eagerly await the end of the day, texting amongst themselves to join for a group happy hour as soon as they can leave.
The bell finally rings, but the big boss man Kim Won-hae (Hwarang) flings himself in front of the entrance, telling his employees to stay and work or leave over his dead body. Without any pang of remorse on his face, Namgoong Min leads the parade of workers, stepping over Kim Won-hae’s back one-by-one, out the door. There’s also a delicious bit of meta where Namgoong Min says he’ll see Kim Won-hae again on January 25, and Kim Won-hae replies that since it’s Wednesday there won’t be any music shows on (meaning less viewer competition).
For the second teaser, Kim Won-hae strokes Nam Sang-mi’s hand, lingering more than he should, and pats her shoulder, saying that it’s because she feels like a daughter to him, while a chart in the background shows the growing rates of sexual harassment in the workplace. Just as the atmosphere goes past uncomfortable, Nam Sang-mi pulls out a loan contract and sets it in front of Kim Won-hae, asking that he co-sign it, because he is also “like a father” to her.
At this point, he scoots away, but she advances, determined to get her loan. In the teaser’s conclusion, Kim Won-hae bows his head in greeting to Junho, but the younger man just smiles, says to do away with the formalities, and starts calling him “father.” Afraid that he knows exactly where this is headed, Kim Won-hae backs away slowly.
Wednesday-Thursday drama Chief Kim begins airing on January 25.
Via Chosun Sports
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