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Drama: Chief Kim (김과장)
Network: KBS2
Episodes: 20
Release Date: January 25 – March 30, 2017
Runtime: Weds. & Thurs. 22:00
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Plot:

Kim Sung-Ryong (Namgung Min) used to manage money for gangs, but by an accidental opportunity, he begins to works as the chief of an accounting department for TQ Company. He struggles to save the decaying TC Company, fighting against corruption and irrationality in the company.

Cast:

Namkoong Min – Kim Sung-ryong
Nam Sang-mi – Yoon Ha-Kyung
Lee Jun-ho – Seo Yul
Jung Hye-sung – Hong Ga-eun

First impressions:

I’m an accountant and auditor by profession so when i found out the story was about accounting fraud and tax evasion, I was curious. Then I saw that the business operations team were doing expense reimbursements and TQ has a giant accounting department and i got excited (#Nerd lol). Ok, the accountants are not being shown as nice and righteous people in this show but these teams are close to my heart because i work with them practically everyday. Anyways.. back to the show. I love Nam Goong Min! he is such a great actor. he looks so scary as villains in his previous dramas and it’s fun seeing him act like a kooky weirdo! episode 2 where he got hit by a car and blood suddenly came out from his head was so laugh out loud hilarious, my cat was looking at me funny. i like his character, sung ryung, he is obviously smart (book smart and street smart). When he moved to TQ, i could understand why he is hesitating. first the only thing he wants is to pocket enough money so he can go to Denmark. second, he is trying to get passed his illegal past and start fresh but he is getting collared by Yul and the chairman to continue doing illegal things (which he is really good at) or get blackmailed. i love how Gwang sook gave him a smart advice: who won in Titanic? nope, it was not all the people who survived the Titanic accident, it was the guy who lost his ticket to Jack because he never got on the boat in the first place. With that in mind, Sung Ryung tries to find a way to get out of TQ before he gets pulled in even more by the potential crime Yul is asking him to do.

on the other hand we meet Nam Sang Mi’s character who i seriously dislike. she is so judgmental, never smiles and is so self-righteous yet when the Chairman’s son tried to get his expenses reimbursed, she was telling Sung Ryung to let him go. i dont have any sympathy for her, i hope Sung Ryung never falls in love with her because she does not deserve his craziness and charm. Ha Kyung is currently being recruited by the Chairman’s wife to help her bring down her husband and Ha Kyung wants to get rid of the corruption. Now if only Ha Kyung steps down from her “I’m too good for you” pedestal and talk to Sung Ryung, they might be able to help each other!

As for Yul, i didn’t have high expectations of him because every time i see him on screen i think of him as Junho, 2pm member who looks like Rain. but he surprised in the first episode with his good acting – though sometimes i feel like he is acting because he is so boyish and young to be a Finance director, while other times i think he’s so cool. I wonder what happened to him that he crossed to the dark side – i have a feeling that he used to be a goody goody but either got disillusioned or got ambitious. I also feel sad for him – seems like he doesn’t have any friends and it’s interesting to see his blossoming frenemy-bromance with Sung Ryung. i wonder if he will move to Sung Ryung’s side eventually? Oh, and i think his crush on Ha Kyung is so cute. i guess even the toughest guy will melt for a pretty girl. Given their characters, i think a Yul-Ha Kyung romance is a good idea.

Business Operations team – i dont really like them except for the guy who showed up in Sung Ryung’s welcoming party. Especially the small lady and the guy in glasses – i want to fire them. lol. The general manager is fine though i think he should do more work or review the reports more if they are getting mistakes. I hope they finally let Sung Ryung show his amazing math skills and that he is really good. (btw, as an accounting student, i always get a praise that, i must be good in Math. lol. accounting isn’t really about Math, but it’s more understanding the numbers).

Hong Ga Eun – i dont know how old she is, if she is a newbie prosecutor or good at her job but she is as weird as Sung Ryung and they have good chemistry. Wondering what tricks she has on her sleeves.

Kwang Sook – i love her! she is adorable! i hope she gets more airtime and eventually work with Sung Ryung’s team.

Oh i love Nam Goong Min’s outfits – so colorful and his dyed hair, even though it kinda looks tacky. I’m not sure if it’s to show he’s not from Seoul but it nicely displays his quirky and playful character.

Overall, I’m loving the funny scenes and the dark storyline. I know this drama ended a few months ago but i try my best not to watch/read any spoilers. Hope this show doesn’t disappoint!

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