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[Drama 2019] Special Labor Inspector Jo, 특별근로감독관 조장풍


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Among them, the work supervisor of the main character Cho Jin-gap is raising the curiosity of many. In the meantime, doctors, lawyers and police have appeared frequently in many works, while the profession of labor supervisor is unfamiliar to domestic drama. It is expected that the Special Labor Inspector, Cho Jangpung, will draw the reality and conflicts of the labor field in the Republic of Korea.

The occupation supervisor of the Ministry of Employment and Labor is a dignified 7th grade official of the Republic of Korea. In the dictionary definition, the labor inspector is a special judicial police officer of the Ministry of Labor who has the authority to supervise the execution of the working conditions stipulated in the Labor Standards Act, and to arrest the employers when the unfair labor practices are detected.


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Kim Dong-wook fights for the underdog in MBC’s Special Labor Supervisor Jo

by tipsymocha


There’s been several dramas lately that have provided some sharp social commentary in an engaging way (e.g., SKY Castle, The Fiery Priest), with audience enthusiasm to boot, so I hope this one follows in their footsteps, somewhat anemic title notwithstanding. MBC’s Special Labor Supervisor Jo has released several stills of its titular lead in Kim Dong-wook (The Guest, Radiant Office), looking every bit the level 7 civil servant that he will play.

I’ve never heard of a ‘special labor supervisor,’ no less seen one portrayed as a lead in a drama, so I’m actually quite excited to see a novel occupation in dramaland, which doesn’t happen too often, as I’m sure you’ll know. According to the reports, special labor supervisors are those that investigate potential violations of labor laws, and even have the power to arrest company heads as a last resort if the violations continue or aren’t rectified. Knowing dramaland, there’s probably gonna be some downright nasty company executives out there needing some jail time to get their priorities straight.

But I’m sure they won’t go down without a fight, and it sounds like Kim Dong-wook’s character will give them one, if his character description is anything to go by. A former judo athlete, he had to retire from sports due to an unsavory incident, and his quick temper prevented him from pursuing his second dream of being a physical education teacher. Hopefully the skills from his past lives will help him in his new career as a civil servant.



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Mar 18 2019

Teaser trailer #2 added for MBC drama series “Special Labor Inspector”


Teaser trailer #2 added for MBC drama series “Special Labor Inspector” starring Kim Dong-Wook, Kim Kyung-Nam, Ryu Deok-Hwan and Park Se-Young. Teaser trailer #2 shows character names and positions of the main cast. Caption around the 7 second mark states for Jo Jin-Gab (Kim Dong-Wook) “Grade 7 civil servant labor inspector. Nickname Jo Palm Blast. Jo Jin-Gab.” Caption for Cheon Deok-Koo (Kim Kyung-Nam) states “Private detective agency Gabeulkihwek boss Cheon Deok-Koo.” Caption for Woo Do-Ha (Ryu Deok-Hwan) states “Myungsung Group Legal Department Lawyer Woo Do-Ha.” Lastly, caption for Joo Mi-Ran (Park Se-Young) “Violent crime investigation team 1 detective Joo Mi-Ran.”

“Special Labor Inspector” first airs April 8, 2019 in South Korea.






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Civil servant by day, Robin Hood by night in MBC’s Special Labor Inspector Jo

by tipsymocha


I’m such a sucker for the underdog stories, especially ones where the hero has a lot of spunk. And spunk is definitely what this government employee has in spades, if this teaser for MBC’s Special Labor Inspector Jo is anything to go by. That government employee will be played by Kim Dong-wook (The Guest), who appears in the clip with Kim Kyung-nam (Fox Bride Star), playing a former student-turned-sidekick.

The teaser gives us a glimpse of Kim Dong-wook’s character in a past life, when he was a high school PE teacher and a former judo athlete, while offscreen, Kim Kyung-nam dramatically says that everyone had that “mad dog” teacher at their high school. That “mad dog” is nothing more than a lowly civil servant now, doing his best to break up brawls between protesters at the precinct and sprinting away from thugs with wooden bats.



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