Salaryman Chohanji (Contention History of the Salaryman)


Drama Title: Salaryman
Korean Title: 샐러리맨 초한지
Romanization Pronunciation: Sael-leo-ri-maen Cho-han-ji / Selreorimaen Chohanji
Also Known As: History of the Salaryman / Salaryman Chohanji / Contention of the Salaryman / Salaryman Cho Han Ji
Chinese Name: 工薪族楚汉志
Japanese Name: サラリーマン楚漢志
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Episodes: 22
Broadcast Place: South Korea
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2 January 2012 – March 13 2012
Language: Korean
Air time: Monday and Tuesday 9:55 PM

Preceded By: A Thousand Days’ Promise
Followed By: Fashion King

Plot Summary / Synopsis

The drama depicts the joys, sorrows and successes of wage-earning class officer workers. It describes the life, love, passion, trial and tribulations of the average salaryman, from humble beginnings to success. With clever integration of the great successes of characters from the Chu-Han Contention, the ordinary life of working class is packaged with wit and humor, and the strength of courage of wage earners are shown.


Lee Bum Soo (이범수) as Oh Yoo Bang (오유방)
Jung Ryu Won (정려원) as Baek Yeo Chi (백여치)
Jung Gyu Woon (정겨운) as Choi Hang Woo (최항우)
Hong Soo Hyun (홍수현) as Cha Woo Hee (차우희)
Lee Duk Hwa (이덕화) as Jin Shi Hwang (진시황)
Kim Il Woo (김일우) as Jang Ryang (장량)
Lee Ki Young (이기영) as Park Beom Jeung (박범증)
Kim Seo Hyung (김서형) as Mo Ga Bi (모가비)
Yoo Hyung Kwan (유형관) as So Ha (소하)
Yoon Yong Hyun (윤용현) as Bun Kwae (번쾌)
Yang Hyung Wook as Han Shin (한신)
Kim Eung Soo (김응수) as Oh Ji Rak (오지락)
Park Sang Myun (박상면) as Jin Ho Hae (호해)
Jang Hyun Sung (장현성) as Choi Hang Ryang (최항량)
Lee Joon (이준) as Baek Yeo-chi’s lover (백여치 애인) – Special appearance

Production Credits

Director: Yoo In Sik (유인식)
Screenwriter: Jang Young Chul (장영철), Jung Kyung Soon (정경순)

Synopsis by Episode

Viewership Ratings (Ranking)

Date Episode Nationwide (TNS) Seoul (TNS) Nationwide (AGB) Seoul (AGB)
2 January 2012 1 8.1 9.9 (19th) 8.7 9.8
3 January 2012 2 10.2 (19th) 11.9 (12th) 10.0 11.8 (16th)
9 January 2012 3 11.3 (13th) 12.8 (9th) 10.5 (16th) 12.3 (11th)
20 January 2012 4 10.2 (17th) 12.1 (12th) 10.1 (19th) 11.4 (15th)
16 January 2012 5 13.5 (7th) 14.9 (3rd) 12.1 (15th) 12.7 (11th)
17 January 2012 6 11.5 (14th) 12.2 (10th) 10.6 (18th) 11.6 (13th)
23 January 2012 7 9.2 (8th) 9.4 (9th) 9.9 (10th) 10.8 (10th)
24 January 2012 8 12.6 (3rd) 14.5 (3rd) 12.8 (4th) 13.5 (7th)
30 January 2012 9 14.5 (4th) 16.1 (3rd) 13.7 (6th) 15.2 (5th)
31 January 2012 10 15.9 (3rd) 17.3 (3rd) 15.1 (5th) 15.8 (4th)
6 February 2012 11 17.1 (3rd) 19.1 (2nd) 14.6 (5th) 15.7 (5th)
7 February 2012 12 19.4 (3rd) 21.5 (2nd) 15.1 (5th) 15.0 (6th)
13 February 2012 13 20.1 (3rd) 23.8 (1st) 15.9 (5th) 16.3 (4th)
14 February 2012 14 20.4 (3rd) 22.9 (1st) 16.0 (5th) 16.2 (4th)
20 February 2012 15 21.6 (2nd) 25.2 (1st) 16.9 (4th) 18.1 (4th)
21 February 2012 16 22.2 (2nd) 24.3 (1st) 19.1 (3rd) 19.6 (4th)
27 February 2012 17 21.0 (3rd) 22.8 (1st) 18.8 (2nd) 19.4 (2nd)
28 February 2012 18 23.0 (2nd) 25.2 (1st) 19.2 (2nd) 19.7 (4th)
5 March 2012 19 22.7 (3rd) 24.7 (1st) 18.7 (3rd) 19.2 (4th)
6 March 2012 20 23.3 (1st) 24.5 (1st) 21.0 (3rd) 21.9 (3rd)
12 March 2012 21 22.1 (2nd) 23.5 (1st) 19.1 (3rd) 19.9 (4th)
13 March 2012 22 24.2 (1st) 24.7 (1st) 21.7 (2nd) 22.4 (1st)


  • Names of many roles and characters in the drama is based on historical figures from the Chu-Han Contention (楚漢戰爭), a post-Qin Dynasty interregnum period in Chinese history. Hence, the Chohanji (楚漢志) is in the name of Korean drama title.
  • The only main character whose name is not based on historical figure is Mo Ga In. With the development of plot, it’s believed the character is based on Zhao Gao.
  • The fictional company name in the drama – Chun Ha Group, of which Jin Shi Hwang was originally the president, briefly overtook by Mo Ga Bi, and succeeded by Yoo Bang at the end, literally mean “The World” (天下), signifying its president as the emperor as according to history.

Official Site
Official Photo Gallery
Official Behind the Scene (Making) Videos

Salaryman Chohanji Trailers

Salaryman Chohanji Theme Song – Evergreen Tree
Salaryman OST Part 1 – The Little Match Girl
Salaryman OST Part 2 – Bravo
History of Salaryman OST Part 3 – I Waited for You
Salaryman Cho Han Ji OST Part 4 – Because of You

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