There are many things to appreciate about this romantic comedy, which places a strong emphasis on two couples that get along well rather than focusing most of its attention on a love triangle.
Once you’ve watched a few episodes of Business Proposal, you start to get this very comfortable sense of ease. The fact that this current rom-com series not only strives to include as many cliches as it can but also wears them proudly on its sleeve throughout its 12-episode run, ultimately proves to be its greatest asset.
Though it was just one of several shows that were released in February and March, at the end of its run, Business Proposal was even in first place among Netflix’s international non-English series rankings. Business Proposal has expertly filled the hole left by the recent lack of airy, breezy modern rom-com television. The K-Drama has been off the air for two weeks, but it is still Netflix India’s second-most-watched programme.
On a blind date with a potential spouse, food researcher Shin Ha-Ri (Kim Se-Jeong) substitutes for her friend Jin Young-Seo (Seol In-Ha), only to find out that the man is Kang Tae-Moo, the stuffy, workaholic president of her firm. She soon finds herself entangled with him in a phoney dating plan while attempting to conceal her true identity and striving to hold onto her work. Due to Young-rapid Seo’s attraction to Tae-Chief Moo’s Secretary Cha Sung-Hoon, there is a double romance (Kim Min-Kyu).
A show that places a strong emphasis on the two couples and doesn’t spend most of its time on a love triangle is quite appealing. Both sets of actors have incredible chemistry, which is aided by the fact that they are all quite appealing.
Se-early Jeong’s sequences, in which she appears as the frequently wildly inappropriate Geum-Hi, are hilarious. While it’s impossible to not draw comparisons between Hyo-Tae-Moo Seop’s and Park Seo-classic Joon’s Lee Young-Joon from What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim, the similarities luckily end very early in the programme.
There is a lengthy process in which we enjoy the overused cliché of her eccentricities gradually softening his jaded, chaebol heart. Watch out for the scene where Ha-Ri builds an evening around what Tae-Moo fears; when K-dramas resolve to do romance right, they aim for perfection in fact. Additionally, Tae-Moo goes through a perfectly unnecessary arc where she becomes competitive and aggressive, but the writers are fast to move on from it.
The second leading couple is just as endearing, if not more so. They dominate the first half of the programme and receive the most romantic scenes. Additionally, Min-Kyu leaves with a quote that will stick in people’s minds for a very long time and is likely to be used in similar-style programmes in the future. Gifs and memes have continued to flood social media since it hasn’t yet settled down.
It is admirable that the female characters’ friendship isn’t neglected despite the show’s need to include plenty of romance and passion. Se-Jeong and In-Ha have an effortless connection on film. However, despite the fact that Tae-Moo and Sung-Hoon also appear to have a close relationship, very little time is spent elaborating on it; at most, it is a superficial bromance.
There are other supporting players that shine in their minor parts, including Chairman Kang, and Tae-grandpa. Moo’s The responsibility of making a straightforward, uncomplicated rom-com like this one work falls largely on its lead characters, and it helps that all four performers naturally fit into their roles.
Particularly Se-Jeong is always vivacious and adept at switching between roles. Even though Hyo-portrayal Seop’s of Tae-Moo is as traditional as they come, the actor has a lot of charm and warmth to offer. Here’s hoping that In-Ha and Min-Gyu will soon be starring as a pair in a new series; such easy chemistry is uncommon to find!
The programme is a great mood booster and a frothy, straightforward rom-com that keeps true to the genre. If you’re looking for some pure, clichéd solace, go no further.
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Viewer’s Reaction on Business Proposal
- This drama is so hilariously funny! Watch it for a nice time of laughter with the really good-looking young cast. Main actor Ahn HS is so handsome (in a Park SJ kinda way) 😆 did they have the same stylist? 😅and the main actress Kim SJ is very cute in all her fake vixen-y girlfriend ‘do’ during the first few dates. The 2 of them are very cute together. Nice that the writers HanSH and HongBH let dishy secretary Kim MK get some romance too with the other 재벌friend. Actor Ahn’s English is very good, and after reading up that he is Canadian, no wonder..It’s really great that segments of the ethnic Koreans diaspora keep their Korean language heritage so well, and are effectively bilingual. Returning to Korea is such a great decision that it worked out so successfully for AhnHS! Lastly, I loved the cheeky 할아버지grandfather. LeeDH is so cute in a grandaddy kinda way! Wouldn’t you love to hv a cool grandad like that? All in, can’t wait to watch the rest of the episodes, which hvnt been released yet. Seems to deserve better viewership ratings than what it has. 화이팅!
Would be nice to have subtitles 2 options of Hangul and English, now u can only select one. (so as to learn Korean while being entertained)😆Netflix, do consider .;)
- This drama has been very fun to watch and while there are some dramas that have way more episodes than needed, I’ll be sad to see this one end after only 12. This series does a great job of blending romance and humour. The two male leads, Ahn Hyo-Seop and Kim Min-Kyu are adorably cute and great actors, I’ve seen them in a few shows now and enjoy watching them both. Kim Sejeong and Seol In-Ah also do a great job as female leads with good chemistry between the couples.
The romantic comedy has been off the air for two weeks but is still Netflix India’s second-most-watched programme. Both Kim Se-Jeong and Seol In-Ha star as the lead characters. The programme is a frothy, straightforward rom-com that keeps true to the genre. Se-Jeong and In-Ha have an effortless connection on film. Despite the fact that Tae-Moo and Sung-Hoon appear to have a close relationship, very little time is spent elaborating on it.
Kim Sejeong and Seol In-ah also do a great job as female leads with good chemistry between the couples. Returning to Korea is such a great decision that it worked out so successfully for AhnHS. Would be nice to have subtitles in 2 options Hangul and English, now u can only select one.