K-Drama Faves: Business Proposal

The 90th K-Drama series I finished is Business Proposal. It stars Kim Se-jeong and Ahn Hyo-seop. I first watched Kim Se-jeong in The Uncanny Counter. She played a brooding war-freaky ghostbuster there. She does a 360° turn in Business Proposal where she is the flaky lead character Shin Ha-ri, opposite Ahn Hyo-seop’s stoic Kang Tae-moo. Ahn Hyo-seop is virtually unrecognizable to me here, as I have last seen him in Still 17 and Abyss. He has definitely had some work done on his face.

Business ProposalShin Ha-ri is a food scientist/researcher at Go Food, a conglomerate specializing in instant, ready-to-eat food. Her best friend is Young-seo (Seol In-ah), the only daughter of the Marine Group, also a conglomerate. Young-seo often gets set up on blind dates with other conglomerates’ sons and she hates this. She usually gets Ha-ri to take her place on these dates in order to traumatize the guys and drive them away.

Business ProposalYoung-seo gets Ha-ri to replace her in yet another blind date. The problem is, this blind date turns out to be with Ha-ri’s boss Kang Tae-moo, the CEO of Go Foods. No matter how crazy Ha-ri acts, he isn’t discouraged. In fact, he immediately decides he wants to marry her because she’s not boring like all the other girls he has been set up with.

Business ProposalMeanwhile Young-seo has fallen for Tae-moo’s secretary Sung-hoon.

Business ProposalTae-moo finds out about Ha-ri and Young-seo’s deception and decides to hire Ha-ri t as his pretend girlfriend to get his grandfather off his back.

I was hooked after watching the first episode of Business Proposal. It’s light and funny, definitely well-written and never boring. I just wanted more after each episode. This is based on a webtoon of the same title. Things happen at a good pace so it’s hard to stop watching once you start.

I must say though, the second couple Young-seo and Sung-hoon are ON FIRE. Their chemistry is sizzling hot and off the charts. It’s hard to believe they aren’t dating for real. All of their scenes are just magical. I actually preferred watching them over the main couple. The ending is not that satisfying especially as I know how the webtoon ending gives so much more closure.

Business Proposal is a nice break from the heavier, more serious dramas. Kim Se-jeong’s versatility as Ha-ri is a pleasant surprise coming from The Uncanny Counter.

Available on Netflix.

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  • Reply Most memorable K-Drama second couples - Animetric's World February 9, 2023 at 2:40 pm

    […] Business Proposal‘s Young-seo (Seol In-ah) and Sung-hoon (Kim Min-kyu) definitely top my list. Their chemistry is so intense they make me want to see more of them and less of the main couple, lol. They just smolder every time they’re together, and who can forget that crazy passionate bed scene??? I first watched Seol In-ah in Mr. Queen, my first impression was wow, she is pretty. This is the first time I’ve encountered Kim Min-kyu. I’m looking forward to Heavenly Idol, Kim Min-kyu’s first lead role in a K-Drama series. […]

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