As some of you know our dearest Baro is currently recoding his participation on the short film Misaeng based on the webtoon / manhwa of the same name. I took the liberty of doing some research and I found out it is actually a pretty serious kind manhwa.
Below I found an article that explains the whole story. I found it interesting and would like to read it. Right now it is available up to volume 6 but only in Korean... in Korea. I only found good reviews on it as an amazing and exceptional work of art. So with all this even when Baro isn't perhaps a big roll it is really important that he is part of this project. I just hope they stay true to the characters and the story but I am pretty quite sure they will since it is kind of complicated and fans would hate it with passion.
NOTE: The Korean Comic Book Misaeng (“Misaeng” (未生 “The one who has not lived yet”): War of attrition in the corporate office was written by Emanuel Pastreich on September 16, 2012 for Korea Circles and Squares
Korean comic books (“Manhwa” as opposed to the Japanese “Manga”) have increased their sophistication with incredible speed over the last five years. I do not read comic books as a rule, and my exposure is limited to the educational manhwa my children read at home. But when I saw an article about the new manhwa series “Misaeng” (未生 “The one who has not lived yet”) I had to have a copy. It is a remarkable work of art that deserves to be widely read and analyzed.
Misaeng, the work of Yoon Taeho (윤태호), describes the claustrophobic interpersonal relations between employees of Korean corporations, focusing on the banality of everyday life and the little struggles and tiny victories of survival in a corporate culture. The analogy that dominates the book is between life in modern society and the game of baduk or “go” as it is known in Japanese.
The cover of Misaeng features the relentless grid which suggests the gameboard of baduk, the unrelenting banality of office design (or the exteriors of office buildings) and the ruthless game of office politics that dominates the lives of individuals. Note the office chairs placed on a baduk board. Each chapter of the multi-volume series features a particular scenario from baduk, reinforcing the analogy between the slow war of attrition based on positioning in baduk and office life.
The protagonist of Misaeng is Jang Gurae, a young man who starts out as an apprentice to the national baduk Association. After his father’s sudden death, Jang Gurae finds his family in serious financial straits. When he fails to qualify as a baduk player, he enters the corporate world. Quiet and introspective, baduk is the underlying formula for his survival.
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