SBS‘s hit K-Drama Business Proposal recently concluded with its 12th and final episode.
The drama had been premiering simultaneously on Netflix every Monday and Tuesday. The story followed Shin Ha Ri (Kim Sejeong, also known as Kim Se Jeong), who pretended to be her friend, Jin Young Seo (Seol In Ah), on a blind date. However, that blind date happened to be with her company’s CEO, Kang Tae Moo (Ahn Hyo Seop)! The real drama started when Tae Moo unexpectedly set his eyes on marrying Ha Ri, still thinking she was her friend.
What some may not have initially realized is that the drama is actually based on a manhwa/webtoon of the same name by HaeHwa.
Some of the K-Drama’s posters even pay homage to it!
When this one looks alot closer to the manhwa cover instead of the official poster#BusinessProposal pic.twitter.com/gJOLfZj9Oi
— jinnie | business proposal (@seojinnie__) March 21, 2022
Since Business Proposal is originally a webtoon, the drama contains many comedic and “cartoony” moments.
Always love the “webtoon” touch on this drama. This whole scene is so comical & hilarious from their expressions down to the added effects pls🤣 #BusinessProposalEp10 #BusinessProposal pic.twitter.com/z1OtTDCTX6
— hopie (@mooonabi) March 31, 2022
The K-Drama contains many references to the source material. The first episode even begins with Kang Tae Moo in comic form!
Eagle-eyed viewers may have also noticed that an advertising poster of A Business Proposal webtoon is at the bus stop.
Les références au vrai Webtoon sur l’abris bus mais c’est top 🥰 #BusinessProposal pic.twitter.com/k0IBaAzuA5
— ADRY•.⟬⟭.•*☹︎☻︎*•. (@adrysukii) April 4, 2022
The original authors of A Business Proposal themselves have actually been happy with the adaptation. They ever made “fanart” of the K-Drama!
There were certainly changes made so that the K-Drama would be new. For example, Shin Ha Ri doesn’t use a pink wig in the K-Drama though it was an iconic element of the webtoon. Yet, it is still one of the best adaptations, and the creators clearly put a lot of thought and care into it, as is evident with the casting. Literally, some of the actors look like the characters came to life!
The manhwa is one of my favourite 😍
And they really choose great actors (especially the 4 main actors) + their visuals 🥵#BusinessProposal pic.twitter.com/HSeJcbHWgB
— Ahga7deul – JackGyeom Comeback (@aghaSedeul) March 8, 2022
Even Ahn Hyo Seop thinks that Kim Min Gue (also spelled as Kim Min Kyu) looks 90% like the original webtoon character Secretary Cha Sung Hoon!
The makers of the K-Drama clearly wanted to respect the source material. So, although some scenes and storylines were altered or left out, there are still many shots and scenes straight out of the webtoon! Here are our top 10+ picks…
1. The first kiss
Ahn Hyo Seop totally nailed the look!
no, i won’t stop obsessing over the amount of accuracy in this scene 😭 #BusinessProposalEp7 pic.twitter.com/9YC3UDdIDt
— ㄹ (@taeyngsplaylist) March 21, 2022
2. Secretary Cha Sung Hoon and Jin Young Seo’s “date”
The circumstances were different for these scenes, but some of the shots look nearly identical! These characters especially couldn’t have been better cast.
they come out straight out of the webtoon 😳#BusinessProposal #BusinessProposalEp5 pic.twitter.com/8qZLZRceOy
— daisy han (@kdramadaisy) March 14, 2022
3. Our Mom and Dad
Again, it might be a different story behind it, but the shot looks like the panel!
Idk but this scene somehow reminds me to a panel in the manhwa after they’re married 😭💖
Husband and wife behavior indeed!#BusinessProposalEp9 #Businessproposal pic.twitter.com/kOe3LrR1ed
— sey • (@halseystylesh) March 29, 2022
4. Shin Ha Ri period.
We really couldn’t have asked for a better actress. Kim Sejeong is perfection; she really brought the character to life!
Why do they look alike.?
This is a FL character from one of the manhwa I’m enjoy reading. And they really gives similar vibe. The hairstyle, hair length all are same 👀👀👀#BusinessProposal #KimSejeong #4WaysToSaveYourWife pic.twitter.com/4Q1dLmCMCw
— I’M SkyyMoon🕵💋 Sejeong (@IMSkyy7) January 26, 2022
5. The OTP cooking
This is one of our favorite scenes in both the webtoon and the drama! It’s just too cute.
Taemu helping in Hari’s restaurant in one of the really cute part in the webtoon. I am so glad that they included it in drama too😍#BusinessProposalEp10 #KimSejeong #BusinessProposal #AhnHyoSeop pic.twitter.com/8v5AM59JgX
— ✨ (@kdramas__) March 29, 2022
6. Secretary Cha and Young Seo’s sexy scene
It might have been a little less explicit than the webtoon (if you don’t know, it be wildin’ sometimes), but this was all super sexy by K-Drama standards!
Again, the shots are so similar, but the circumstances were a little different. In the webtoon, the couple was on their honeymoon. In the K-Drama, we’re robbed of even a wedding!
8. This wholesome kiss on the cheek
This is so cute, and Ahn Hyo Seop is really great at capturing Tae Moo!
They adapted one of my favourite Hari and Taemu panel from the webtoon 😭😭😭 #BusinessProposal #BusinessProposalEp9 pic.twitter.com/A4jytpUEmy
— Riya🦋 (@eun_soos) March 29, 2022
9. The brothers-in-laws!
This is one of the best dynamics ever.
Taemoo and Hamin in drama and webtoon ❤️😍#BusinessProposalEp10 #BusinessProposal pic.twitter.com/xOGyUmoxeA
— deity ◡̈🧜♀️ (@horavilovesss) March 30, 2022
10. Ha Ri admitting the truth to Tae Moo
She confessed it the same way in both versions. The main difference is there was no drunk kiss in the adaptation!
11. The grandfather’s love for fishing!
Last but not least, everyone’s favorite grandfather has a love for fishing in both versions of the story.
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