Everyone’s desperate to work in MBC’s Radiant Office
The next workplace drama to grace our screens will be MBC’s Radiant Office, starring Go Ah-sung (Heard It Through the Grapevine) and Ha Suk-jin (1% of Anything). Gearing up for its premiere in March, a slew of stills and a new teaser have been released, where Ha Suk-jin shows his dictatorial side, cursing out his new employees despite their initial fearsome appearance.
The story sounds interesting because it has so many moving parts that it seems more like three dramas crammed into one. Let’s start with Go Ah-sung’s character who is a struggling young woman, working multiple part-time jobs everyday. When the exhaustion gets to her, she contemplates suicide and ends up jumping into the Han River. She’s inevitably rescued (because where would the drama be without its heroine) and rushed to the hospital, where she learns that she has terminal cancer with only a couple more months to live. This revelation leads her to make a 180-degree change in her personality so that she can live life to the fullest.
Around the same time, she gets a call from a company that tells her she’s been accepted as a full-time employee—a goal that she’s been working towards her entire adult life. This is where she meets Ha Suk-jin, her despotic supervisor whom she’ll eventually fall in love with, and her co-workers played by Hoya (Answer Me 1997) and Lee Dong-hwi (Answer Me 1988).
Before getting this new job, Hoya’s character was also going through a hard time because although he has an amazing resume, but he would fail his in-person interview every time. As a panicky individual with easily shattered confidence, he often freezes up in anxiety, and the released stills show him fainting from nervousness before his interview. Whereas Hoya at least had great specs, Lee Dong-hwi is a three-year repeat civil service exam student with absolutely nothing—no money, no family connections, no relevant professional experience. But he’s described as a romanticist at heart, who protects Go Ah-sung and becomes her champion.
On the other hand, I don’t know where Kim Dong-wook’s (Riders: Catch Tomorrow, Maids) character fits in, because he’s an ER doc. He likely becomes Go Ah-sung’s only support source as she goes through stages of her illness, but previous reports also hinted at a love triangle between her, Kim Dong-wook, and Ha Suk-jin, so maybe it’ll turn into something like the Kim Hyun-joo/Joo Sang-wook/Kim Tae-hoon relationship in Fantastic.
The start of the trailer is styled like a 1980s Hong Kong mafia movie, showing Go Ah-sung, Lee Dong-hwi, and Hoya striding purposefully in black suits and sunglasses with a gang of rough-looking individuals behind them. They look intimidating as they walk up to the one lone man (Ha Suk-jin) standing in front of the office building. But when they arrive, a funny reversal happens as Ha Suk-jin begins chewing out his three new employees, and the rest of their gangster followers flee to avoid his wrath. Right away, they have a mini-huddle and decide to beg as abjectly as possible to gain his favor, and the trailer ends with them dangling off Ha Suk-jin’s arms.
Wednesday-Thursday drama Radiant Office begins on March 15 after the conclusion of Missing 9.