Money Heist Korea Review

Money Heist Korea review

is this Korean remake of La Casa de Papel really worth it? Our spoiler-free review

After the double robbery of La Casa de Papel, we resume (almost) the same and we start again! It is this Friday, June 24, 2022 that Netflix puts online the episodes of Money Heist: Korea which is none other than a Korean remake of La Casa de Papel. PRBK was able to see all 6 episodes. So, do we watch or skip? Here is our spoiler-free review.

Casa de Papel is over! In December 2022, Netflix uploaded the final episodes of the Spanish series . But the producers have not said their last word: a spin-off on Berlin is already in preparation . And that’s not all. In 2020, long before the wild success of Squid Game , Netflix ordered a Korean remake. So what happens ?

The news

Created by: Ryu Yong-jae, Kim Hwan-chae and Choe Sung-jun, adapted from the series by Alex Pina.
Starring: Yoo Ji-tae, Park Hae-soo, Jeon Jong-seo, Kim Ji-hoon, Jang Yoon-ju, Lee Hyun-woo, Kim Yun-jin and Kim Sung-oh.
Format: 6 episodes, duration of one hour or more per episode. The next 6 will be available later.
Available on: Netflix.

The pitch

2025. The two Koreas are no longer at war with each other and are about to form a single country. The peace led to the creation of a common economic zone and a single currency. It is at the mint factory that the Professor and his robbers will attempt the coup of the century: steal 4,000 billion won (almost 3 billion euros).

Money Heist Korea: the robbers of the Korean version of La Casa de Papel
Money Heist Korea: the robbers of the Korean version of La Casa de Papel

Our opinion on Money Heist: Korea

No one expected it, but La Casa de Papel has become a real phenomenon. Released in December 2017 on Netflix , the Spanish series previously broadcast on Antena 3 broke record after record, becoming one of the platform’s biggest hits. Even if he sometimes got lost along the way by chaining WTF moments , the Spanish show is no less cult for many subscribers. So when we learned that the series would be entitled to a Korean version , we were necessarily a little scared. Would this new story manage to excite us? Would it really be different from the original series?

The answer is yes… and no at the same time. The circumstances around the story of Money Heist: Korea are obviously very different from those of La Casa de Papel . The writers were able to create a (slightly dystopian) story in which to anchor this heist, a backdrop that serves its characters. Unfortunately, in the first episodes, we have too much of a sense of deja vu . Almost everything is there: Denver’s laughter, the Professor’s glasses, even the course of the action is almost the same as in La Casa de Papel . We even have the impression that the Korean version is copied and pasted, except for the scene. A feeling that fades a little as the episodes progress but that we never really forget.

On the character side, we also find the same as for the Spanish version, from the robbers to the hostages. Some obviously change their names (ciao Arturo and Monica, hello Cho Youngmin and Misun) but the main lines still remain the same. Unfortunately this time, Tokyo (played by Jeon Jong-seo) is much less charismatic than her Spanish double played by Úrsula Corberó and also seems less present. Berlin, played here by Park hae-soo (also seen in Squid Game ), is still just as creepy but less problematic than the character played by Pedro Alonso . Of all the characters and actors, he is surely the one who stands out.

Money Heist Korea: Park hae-soo plays Berlin
Money Heist Korea: Park hae-soo plays Berlin

With its XXL episodes (1h17 for the first), Money Heist: Korea advances the action faster than La Casa de Papel (but with much longer episodes, it’s not very surprising). Some changes are obviously on the program but they are not enough to make the project really exciting and above all surprising for viewers who have already seen the original series.

By choosing an action that sticks almost 100% to La Casa de Papel , we also wonder who really wanted to address the screenwriters? Will La Casa de Papel fans want to discover the same story and won’t they get tired of seeing the same thing? People who, on the contrary, have not seen the original series will they want to watch its little Korean sister? Nothing is less sure…

Despite its many similarities with the original series, Money Heist: Korea is still quite effective overall thanks to its more sustained pace but also with the addition of a more political backdrop. An aspect that deserves to be exploited even more, in order to further detach the series from its original version.

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