One of the better Korean dramas that I have seen recently is the 2011 business drama Midas. This drama is about the high stakes business world in South Korea.
The drama stars Jang Hyuk as Kim Do-hyun who is a top student who gets recruited to work for a legal firm whose sole client is a prominent chaebol family. After spending time trying to clean up the various messes caused by the family, Kim Do-hyun is eventually recruited to work as a businessman by the oldest daughter of the chaebol owner. The daughter Yoo In-hye is played by the beautiful Kim Hee-ae and she owns her own hedge fund business. Interestingly her hedge fund is called Lone Asia which is obviously a play on the real life Lone Star company that has been infamous in Korea in recent years. After agreeing to work with In-hye, Do-hyun breaks up with his fiance and decides to go overseas to receive his business training.
After Do-hyun returns to Korea after a few years abroad he begins to work directly for In-hye due to his clever efforts to acquire various businesses in Korea. Due to his success with Lone Asia, Do-hyun is selected by In-hye to set up a front company called Lone Korea to acquire a prominent Korean bank which has always been her dream. This is another play on the real life Lone Star story where they bought the Korean Exchange Bank (KEB) that has caused them so many headaches after selling it for a massive profit. The rest of the drama goes into how hard it is for anyone to purchase a Korean bank as well as more drama within the chaebol family.
Though I am sure real life business people will laugh at how business is depicted in the drama I still found the business elements of the drama interesting. Considering things I have read before about chaebol families I found the disfunction in this drama’s family to be believable as well. The acting in the drama I also found to be quite good with Jang Hyuk playing the role as Kim Do-hyun quite well. Kim Hee-ae is not only beautiful and glamorous in the drama she also acts very well as the cunning In-hye. The other various actors in the drama I thought did a good job as well, but the chemistry between Kim Hee-ae and Jang Hyuk is something that sets this drama apart. So for anyone looking for an entertaining Korea drama this is one I highly recommend. You can watch Midas for free over at DramaFever.com.