Fans of the Spanish Netflix series Money Heist (La Casa de Papel) were thrilled when the Korean version was announced by the streamer. Meanwhile, Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area features the same characters, i.e. The Professor, Berlin, Denver, Tokyo, Nairobi, Rio, Oslo, Helsinki and Co. However, it is based in a fictional Korea, where both the North and South of the country reunite which isn’t likely to happen anytime soon.
Netflix and Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area
It was a long time coming, but the Korean adaptation of the hit drama series Money Heist is now available for streaming on Netflix. However, so far, only the first batch of six episodes has dropped. Meanwhile, Netflix is planning to drop part two at some stage in 2022.
Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area is produced by BH Entertainment and Content Zium and is an adaptation of the amazing hit drama series La Casa del Papel (Money Heist). Screenwriter Ryu Yong-Jae, assisted by Choe Sun-Jun and Kim Hwan-Chae adapted Alex Pina’s original story.
Meanwhile, the Korean adaptation certainly isn’t up to the original quality of the Spanish version but does have a couple of unique charms. However, true fans of the original Money Heist do find it irritating to see their favorite characters played by different actors. In fact, the Korean version of Arturo, the boss of the Mint, is just plain creepy.
When will part 2 drop on Netflix?
Currently, the release date for part 2 of Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area is unknown. However, as noted by What’s On Netflix, it is likely viewers will get to see the remaining six episodes on Netflix before the end of the year.
In part 2, it is expected that the Professor’s plan will start to take effect. Meanwhile, Moscow has already been digging a tunnel in the floor of the vault, ready for their escape plan from the Mint. Moreover, the hostages will still be working on the fake tunnel, as a distraction.
Right now, Nairobi is busy printing trillions of unmarked and untraceable Korean Won (as her counterpart did in Euros in the original show). Within 72 hours, the money should be printed, cut and ready for moving out of the building.
Unfortunately for Rio, Berlin and Nairobi, the authorities have identified them, despite the masks. Once they escape from the Mint, they will have to choice but to flee from Korea. Meanwhile, Berlin’s terminal illness threatens his life of luxury following the heist, but he is doing what he can to ensure the success of the heist.
Where does the Korean version differ from the original Money Heist?
While fans felt uncomfortable with different people playing their favorite characters, there is one huge difference from the original. In fact, it has been revealed that The Professor once taught economics at university, where he met Woo Jin’s ex-husband, Kim Sangman.
Sangman was impressed by The Professor’s ideas for a unified Korea and introduced him to an influential figure. In this version, it is that influential figure that hired The Professor to design the plan behind unification. This also included plans for a Joint Economic Area. If The Professor used his real name, Woo Jin’s suspicious police partner might find out his identity, if he knows where to look.
Reviews of Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area
According to IMDb, the Korean adaptation of the series hasn’t done well for its users. The series currently stands at a rating of 5.1 out of 10. However, Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area has a 90 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, and an 8.3 rating on mydramalist.
Looking at the comments to the Netflix trailer for the series, feelings are definitely mixed. One wrote:
If I hadn’t watched the original, I’d have loved it. As much as it’s a spin-off, I think the original still carries the day. It was awkward when they retained the original plot including the names of the characters. Couldn’t watch it past the first episode but it’s great for someone who has never watched the original Money Heist.
However, others applauded the series, with one writing:
Just finished the show. It was sooooo good!! Every moment kept me on my toes. The characters were perfectly executed. I wish part two could come out soon.
Readers, have you watched the first six episodes of Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area on Netflix? Let us know your reactions to the Korean version in the comments below.