To say that Ordinary Glory 平凡的荣耀, the Chinese adaptation of the much loved Korean series Misaeng is a corporate workplace drama seems a little bland, isn’t it? Yet in a very quick nutshell, that’s exactly what it is.
Ordinary Glory Plot Summary
Mark Chao and Bai Jingting breathe life into the characters of Wu Ke Zhi and Sun Yi Qiu respectively and the mentor-intern relationship the two have in this 41 episode series. Wu Ke Zhi is a manager with a knack for investments in a financial firm. One would think that with his sharp mind for investments, he is steadily on his way up the corporate ladder. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case with Manager Wu whose stubborn personality and refusal to play the “corporate game” has ensured a plateau-ing career for himself. Enter the very green intern Sun Yi Qiu who gets assigned to Manager Wu’s team despite the lack of experience and credentials. While initially opposed to the newbie in his department, Sun Yi Qiu finally wins over Manager Wu’s support when he was able to convince an important client to stick with the company. Thus begins Wu Ke Zhi and Sun Yi Qiu’s journey of mentorship and personal growth.
Chinese Remake of Misaeng
Now don’t be put off by the description as I was when I first watched the original Korean version Misaeng. Yes, it’s a corporate drama but the real heart of the drama which made it such a gem were the realness of the issues the characters faced and the developing relationships amongst its leads.
With a bit of luck, the Chinese remake will be able to capture all the nuances that made the personal growth of Im Si Wan‘s Geu Rae (Sun Yi Qiu’s Korean equivalent) and the growing relationship with his colleagues and mentor, a joy to watch.
Filmed in 2018, Ordinary Glory is Mark Chao’s next drama after skyrocketing to new heights in his career from the 2017 fantasy romance Three Lives Three Worlds Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms. With Mark Chao at the helm as Manager Wu and bright young thing Bai Jingting, I have very high hopes. And hopefully, YOU will also be cheering on Sun Yi Qiu to the finish line. It also stars Bridgette Qiao Xin, Wei Daxun, Zuo Xiaoqing, Liu Chang, Pang Hanchen, Zhang Zixian, Hao Ping and Huo Zhengyan.
Release Date: Sep 4, 2020 Dragon TV, Zhejiang TV, Youku