When it comes to leading male roles in K-dramas, there are a lot of them who end up being bosses. You can call it a cliché, but CEOs, managers, and superiors exude charisma that really makes us understand the plot. Here’s a look at 11 K drama bosses that many seem to love.
1. “Kkondae Intern”
Park Hae Jin plays Ga Yeol Chan, the head of a company’s marketing team. Yeol Chan has worked hard for several years to get to his current position. He started as an intern with Lee Man Shik (Kim Eung Soo) and loathes having to work under the man. Lee Man Shik treated him like dirt and took every opportunity to run him to the ground. When Lee Man Shik turns up as an intern at Yeol Chan years later, Yeol Chan makes it his business to treat his old boss the way he was treated.
Ga Yeol Chan has worked so hard and overcome many obstacles to achieve the position of manager. Because he could understand what it was like to be an intern and have a common boss, he made sure to treat his employees with respect when he became one. Yeol Chan’s leadership style is not to let his employees work late and to ensure that they have a good work-life balance. He doesn’t put pressure on his workers, which would make him great as a boss.
If you haven’t started yet, watch “Kkondae Intern” now:
This romantic comedy plays the main role Park Bo Young, Park Hyung Sik, Ji Sooand a lot of funny supporting actors. The K drama follows the story of Do Bong Soon (Park Bo Young), a young woman with superhuman strength. She falls in love with the CEO of a game company called Ahn Min Hyuk and gets the job of being his bodyguard.
Ahn Min Hyuk is a young CEO and is enthusiastic about his job. He also has no problem hiring a woman as a bodyguard, which obviously makes him pretty cool. But the best thing about Min Hyuk is that when he falls in love with him, he’s not afraid to show his feelings for Do Bong Soon. He carries his heart on his sleeve and makes his workers known that he is in love with them. It’s also pretty cool that he owns a game company, isn’t it ?!
Watch “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” here:
3. “She was pretty”
“She was pretty” Stars Hwang Jung Eum as Kim Hye Jin, a woman who was very close and popular with the boys as a child, but who cared a little less about her looks. She got a chance at a magazine company, where she met her first love, Ji Sung Joon (Park Seo Joon). Sung Joon had been in love with Hye Jin when he was young, but cannot recognize her as an adult now.
Ji Sung Joon is not the nicest boss on the block at first, but he definitely becomes a heartbreaker after realizing that the Kim Hye Jin he works with is indeed his first love. He starts to work as a team with his employees and takes into account the ideas of others. He used to quickly lay down his workers, but after finding love, he becomes a great listener and much more patient. It helps if your boss is a softie at heart.
Watch the first episode of “She Was Pretty”:
4. “Happiness romance”
Starring Hwang Jung Eum as Shim Bo Nui, Ryu Jun Yeol When Je Soo Ho and Lee Soo Hyuk as Gary Choi, “Lucky Romance” tells the story of a woman who has had a lot of bad luck in her life.
Bo Nui works a million part-time jobs to make ends meet and pay hospital bills since her little sister is in the hospital. She meets Je Soo Ho and is offered a job at his game company. The two butt heads first, but Soo Ho realizes that he has very strong feelings for them.
Je Soo Ho is a genius with many great ideas, which is why his company is so successful. He does not care about wealth, but is enthusiastic about his work. His logic is his strength, but after getting to know Bo Nui and falling in love with him, he becomes a complete package. Soo Ho doesn’t care what others think about his love for Bo Nui. His persistence is also very admirable as he strives to win the heart of Bo Nui even if she thinks he will be better off without her.
Watch “Lucky Romance”:
Kim Mi So (Park Min Young) decides that it’s time for her to quit her job as Secretary of Lee Young Joon (Park Seo Joon), hoping to realize her dreams of finding a husband and starting a family. After being quite dependent on her for a while, Young Joon cannot accept that she will go and eventually suggests that they get married.
Lee Young Joon is an arrogant boss. He’s lost in himself and doesn’t really care about what’s going on around him, but he’s pretty generous when it comes to employee benefits. Lee Young Joon likes to take care of his staff and although he is not always there when they have dinner or parties, he ensures that they receive the best treatment with the best service. He’s not playing around!
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6. “Secret garden”
This classic series plays the main role Hyun Bin as Kim Ju Won and Ha Ji Won as Gil Ra Im. Gil Ra Im is a stunt woman who accidentally meets the CEO of a department store called Kim Ju Won. Although the two are initially repelled, they slowly fall in love with each other. The two find it difficult to be with each other because of their respective backgrounds, but they still struggle to be together.
Watching Kim Ju Won risk his heart for Gil Ra Im is the cutest thing a boss idiot can ever do. He seems cold and strictly business, but after falling in love you can really see how sensitive he is. Kim Ju Won becomes a relatable boss after he falls in love, which is why we really can’t help but love him.
Take a look at “Secret Garden”:
7. “Kill me heal me”
“Kill Me Heal Me” is about a rich man named Cha Do Hyun (Ji Sung) who has multiple personality disorders due to a traumatic experience he had as a child. To be more precise, he has seven personalities, one of whom is also in love with the female lead Oh Ri Jin (Hwang Jung Eum).
Having a boss like Cha Do Hyun would be entertaining to say the least. You would never know what personality he had that day, which would make it quite difficult for him to order you around. Since Cha Do Hyun has a mental illness, he is very understanding and patient. He’s getting angry and doesn’t complain much. It’s quiet relaxing to have a boss spoken softly, and you don’t have to worry about being exploited!
Check out “Kill Me Heal Me”:
8th. “The sun of the master”
Gong Hyo Jin plays Tae Gong Sil, a girl who hardly gets enough sleep at night because she is constantly harassed by dead people who want her to do things for her. She meets Joo Joong Won (So Ji Sub) and finds out that when she touches him, she doesn’t see the dead. The two begin to despise each other, but because Gong Sil can find peace near Joong Won, she is quite clingy. The two enter into a strange relationship and somehow fall in love with each other.
Joo Joong Won is a little weird, but he has a heart of gold. He seems to be the kind of character that would never fall in love with a girl like Gong Sil, but he does. The best thing about Joong Won is that he follows his heart when it comes to love and doesn’t doubt it. It’s an admirable quality that we really didn’t expect from the handsome CEO!
Experience the first episode of “Master’s Sun”:
9. “Coffee prince”
“Coffee Prince” is about a wild catch called Go Eun Chan (Yoon Eun Hye) who gets a part-time job in a Choi Han Kyul café (Gong Yoo). The two leading roles end in a complicated relationship in which Han Kyul falls in love with Eun Chan while thinking she is a boy, and Eun Chan doesn’t want Han Kyul to reveal her true gender. It is a whirlwind of romance.
If you have a boss who looks like Han Kyul, it is definitely difficult to focus on your job, which is very the problem Go Eun Chan is facing. Having someone like Han Kyul as a boss is like winning the lottery. Not only is he very understanding, he also tries to be your friend. He’s the type of boss who enjoys hanging out outside of work, which is very rare. He is not judgmental and always ready to help his employees, even if the problems are quite personal.
Take a look at “Coffee Prince”:
10. “1% of something”
Lee Jae In (Ha Seok Jin) is forced to be in a relationship with Kim Da Hyun (Jun Sun Min) hoping to get his grandfather’s legacy. The two are completely opposite, but they decide to enter into a six-month contractual relationship with some additional requests. They argue, fight and cannot see most things at eye level, but they somehow manage to find a way into the hearts of others.
Lee Jae In can turn out to be quite typical of a chaebol. He’s arrogant and can be pretty apathetic, but he really cares deep inside. He has a particular weakness for children and does not like to see them sad or hurt. You have to love a guy who loves kids!
Catch the first episode of “1% of something”:
11. “Itaewon class”
Park Sae Roy (Park Seo Joon) has gone through a lot in his young life. His father was tragically killed in an accident, expelled from school and sentenced to three years in prison. All of these tragedies occurred as a result of a family that has the largest restaurant chain in Korea. After being released from prison, Sae Roy swears he will take revenge and decides to open his own restaurant called Dan Bam.
Yes, this is the third title with the wonderful Park Seo Joon as the main male actor. He plays a lot of CEO characters, but he’s also so good at it, so we really don’t complain, do we? Park Seo Joon as Park Sae Roy could NOT be put on this list. He is the boss that everyone wants on his side. He is never afraid to stand up for his employees, and he never gives them up, even if they want to give up on themselves. Sae Roy goes far beyond the duty of a boss and also becomes your friend. Love!
Hey Soompiers, which of these K-drama bosses is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below !!
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Currently watching: “My unknown family” and “Heart signal 3”
Favorite dramas of all time: “Secret garden, “”leprechaun, “”Because this is my first life, “”Star in my heart”
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