Battling for survival at the workplace in Radiant Office
A new comedic trailer is out for the upcoming drama Radiant Office, which is a refreshing surprise given the initial setup of the show with a lead character, Go Ah-sung (Heard It Through the Grapevine), who discovers that she’s terminal. I’m also glad to see it since I’ve only seen Go in serious roles, and it’ll be fun to see her taking on a lighter, funnier role.
In Radiant Office, Go’s character starts off as a young woman who’s growing desperate to find secure employment, who tries to make ends meet doing any odd jobs she can find. At the end of her rope, she attempts suicide, but when she’s rescued and taken to the hospital, she finds out that she’s been stricken with a terminal illness and has only months to live.
After this shocking diagnosis, she makes a total change in mentality and things begin to look up for her, starting with securing a full-time job with a good company. The only downside is her boss, played by Ha Suk-jin (1% of Anything), whose nickname “King of Jerks” doesn’t do justice to his uptight and heartless personality. Fortunately, she has two awesome co-workers, played by Hoya (Answer Me 1997) and Lee Dong-hwi (Entourage, Answer Me 1988), who make life fun at the office.
The teaser shows the initial not-so-positive interactions between the main couple, Go Ah-sung and Ha Suk-jin. A montage shows her doing every part-time job under the sun, including working as a retail clerk, waiter, delivery girl, and so on. When she interviews at his company, he tells her to buzz off because he doesn’t need someone who is so without potential that she’s held a 100-plus part-time jobs before. But it looks like his outright rejection of her doesn’t keep her down, because she gets right back up and starts saying she needs this job to live. The voiceover ends with her saying that she wants to take this last chance to test fate and prove that she’s a useful human being.
Meanwhile, Lee Dong-hwi’s character starts off unemployed, having tried three times already to pass the national civil service exam. After studying and failing for three years straight, his materialistic girlfriend, played by Han Sun-hwa (Rosy Lovers), leaves him to pursue better options. He eventually enters the same company as Go Ah-sung, and hijinks ensue once he runs into his ex again. The company rumor mill says that she’s a two-faced fox, but while her sly tricks are obvious to her fellow women, the men remain oblivious. Will Lee Dong-hwi fall for her tricks again?
MBC Wednesday-Thursday workplace comedy Radiant Office begins on March 15.