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The reason why the movie ‘Dating in the office’ caught the audience’s attention

The script for “Dating at the office” follows an old predictable motif, but it attracts audiences thanks to its lively acting and cute details.

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The film tells the story of Shin Ha Ri, a food worker who goes to see her best friend’s face, accidentally meets the director of her company, attracting attention in many Asian countries. According to data from Netflix, the work was the most popular non-English series of the week from March 14 to 20, reaching a total of 23,480,000 views on the app. In Korea, the latest episode’s ratings hit 10.8%, attracting an estimated 2.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. Office date also ranked number one on Netflix app in 27 countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, UAE, Qatar, Pakistan, India, Egypt, Kenya…

In Vietnam, the film caused a “fever” on the Facebook social network, Tiktok. The audience is constantly sharing, cutting videos and photos, forming groups to discuss works, attracting tens of thousands of participants. Many replicas of movie character costumes also appear in online shopping apps.

'Dating in the office': Korean romance drama 'causing fever'

Excerpt from Ha Ri and Tae Moo’s first meeting. Videos: Netflix

By page Star from Korea, this film succeeded in part because it maintains the spirit of the webtoon Business proposal (writer Haehwa), has 450 million views. Writer Haehwa said that he didn’t participate in the casting of the cast, but was really surprised because their visuals are really similar to comic books. In particular, the role of Shin Ha Ri’s main female best friend – Jin Young Seo (Seol In Ah closed), coincides with his fantasy.

According to Haehwa, the production team took advantage of story elements and created many new details to attract viewers. He himself was therefore eager to enjoy as a spectator. This drama changes a lot of details related to the female lead’s job, her relationship with her boyfriend’s grandfather, making her role clearer.

Ha Ri and Tae Moo on 'Workplace Dating' develop feelings

Shin Ha Ri and Kang Tae Moo’s dating scene in the movie. Videos: Netflix

From the feminine and refined character in the webtoon, Shin Ha Ri is built as a smart girl who is good at improvising. Fearing that the company director will find out her identity and fire her job, she takes the fake name Shin Geum Hui and signs a date contract with him. The female lead in the story is quickly debunked by the male lead, while the characters in the film are constantly running away, causing lots of bad jokes.

The series creates a lot of exaggerated situations, typical of Korean romantic television series, but still has the effect of attracting viewers. The male lead Kang Tae Moo was born into a wealthy family, has a high education, and has good work skills, but falls in love with a girl from an ordinary background, even being repeatedly rejected by her. Before that, he tried to confess but always got into trouble. The scriptwriter also earned him the nickname “ancestral bird”, which characterizes the character.

The work also contains a lot of news, such as: the difference between rich and poor ingrained in Korean thought for generations, shown through the love story of the two main characters. Besides, in episode six, the movie cursed hidden camera incidentThe problem persisted for many years in Korean society.

Excerpt from the movie 'Dating in the office'

Kang Tae Moo’s character is cute when he plays Shin Ha Ri’s lover in front of his friends. Videos: Netflix

According to the Korean MK website, although the motive is easy to guess, Dating in the office score points thanks to the charming acting of the players. As Shin Ha Ri, Kim Se Jeong praised by many viewers as Emma Stone Korea for her smile and lively acting. She shows her character transformation when in two identities: simple employee Shin Ha Ri and playing girl Shin Geum Hui. In the latest episode, the role deepens as Shin Ha Ri wonders about Kang Tae Moo’s feelings, thinking about the differences between the two. Kang Tae-Moo (Ahn Hyo Seop closed) is well formed. It’s cold and stiff at work, but whenever he’s with Ha Ri, Tae Moo has a lot of smooth and soft moves.

The acting of Ahn Hyo Seop (left, as Kang Tae Moo) and Kim Se Jeong (as Shin Ha Ri) created a melodrama appeal with simple content.  Photo: SBS

Acting by Ahn Hyo Seop (left, as Kang Tae Moo) and Kim Se Jeong (as Shin Ha Ri) creates charm for a melodrama with simple content. Photo: SBS

The cast of supporting characters also contributes to the colors. The couple Jin Young Seo (played by Seol In Ah) and Cha Sung Hoon (played by Kim Min Kyu) fell in love at first sight, the rapid development of emotions, made the audience excited. The roles of Kang Tae Moo’s grandfather, family, and Shin Ha Ri’s co-workers all have a lot of cute expressions and actions.

The scriptwriter put in a lot of detail to promote the wave of Korean Hallyu culture. Kang Tae Moo – the owner of a food business – makes efforts to research and bring kimchi and rice cakes to the world. The scenes of young people wanting to go to a concert, watching fireworks on the Han River in Seoul… are also realistically depicted. However, the film was criticized for being absurd as Tae Moo took a long time to realize that Ha Ri and Geum Hui are the same person, despite many face-to-face meetings. In addition, some viewers also objected to the fact that Ha Ri didn’t support Tae Moo’s grandfather when they met in the toilet for fear that his skin would be exposed, causing him to hurt.

The series currently airs eight episodes out of a total of 12 episodes. In the latest development, Shin Ha Ri overcomes the prejudice about the different situations and is accepted as Kang Tae Moo’s lover. MK page commented: “You know for sure they will confirm their love with a kiss. The film runs smoothly, without a lot of conflicting elements and finishing processes. But we wanted to watch it anyway.”

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