K-Drama Review: “A Business Proposal” Is Still The Best Korean Rom-Com Drama

It has been almost 2 years since the very first episode of A Business Proposal dropped on Netflix, and I’m not kidding when I say this will go down in history as the longest brainrot I have ever had.

I mean, I can understand being googly-eyed and overly enthusiastic while a drama is airing and perhaps in the months after, but who still swoons years after watching a drama? Me, apparently, because this was and still is everything.

Here’s a quick recap: Shin Ha Ri (our female lead played by Kim Se Jeong) is asked by her best friend (Jin Young Seo played by Seol In Ah) to take her place on a family-arranged blind date. Ha Ri agrees but then finds out her date is Tae Moo (Ahn Hyo Seop), and to make things worse, her plan to repel him doesn’t work because he even proposes on the first date.


After this, her life becomes an endless circle of keeping up two entirely different personas while avoiding him at their shared workplace. It was honestly all so funny, and to give you a sneak peek, she once accidentally smacked him with her shoe and they ran around the entire building. 

In keeping with my standards for reviewing dramas I have loved, I won’t give too much away, but just know that A Business Proposal might very well be the best romantic comedy Korean drama of the past decade.

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We got chaebol drama, a traumatized male lead, a meddling grandpa, two visually appealing couples, leads with chemistry, an utterly swoon-worthy romance, girl friendship, boy friendship, and a dazzling storyline that was at turns funny and romantic – what else could a girl ask for?


This was actually the first time I watched Ahn Hyo Seop in anything, and to say I was dazzled would be a major understatement – it genuinely felt like he was born for the role, and I loved it for him and our girl Kim Se Jeong (who you might recognize from The Uncanny Counter).

You guys, this drama had the most iconic lines, and it’s a simple love story at the heart of it, and that’s what made it all the more precious.


I love that we got a female lead who was very much career-oriented, close to her family, and had an amazing support system while still being smart and independent. If you have watched romantic comedy Korean dramas in the past decade, you probably know that the most common trope is to have a bumbling mess of a leading lady, and I’m so happy that Ha Ri wasn’t one of them.

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And as for Tae Moo, I will forever credit him for being the one that made me so delulu and even years after, I still dream about a person telling me about how their love is limitless and their card is also limitless.


While I loved Ha Ri and Tae Moo, the show stealers were definitely the second couple, Cha Sung Hoon (Kim Min Gue) and Jin Young Seo (Seol In Ah), who brought an entirely new dimension of sexiness and chemistry to Korean dramas. And to make it even sweeter, they’re best friends to the leads, and they fell for each other at first sight.


You guys, both of them had so much chemistry, and if you literally search for A Business Proposal edits on any social media, you are definitely going to see the Iconic scene which I have termed “I-am-gonna-take-off-my-glasses-baby,” and there’s no way you won’t be absolutely lit watching them.


I could have lived without the entire drama about his grandfather switching sides over and over again and also that somewhat negligible love triangle but they didn’t affect my enjoyment of the drama, and that is a win no matter how I look at it.

Writing this review right now, I know I have to go back and watch some of my favorite scenes, and I know I say this for a lot of my favorite dramas, but you guys really need to watch A Business Proposal one if you haven’t, and I promise you are going to love it. You can watch it on Netflix right now.

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What do you think? Have you watched A Business Proposal? Let me know what you loved and hated about it (I really need to spill my guts to someone).

And there are lots of other Korean drama reviews in the related posts, so make sure to take a look.

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