August 19, 2022

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'Cash Heist Korea': A trustworthy remake of the unique, with distinctive Korean aptitude

Disclaimer: This story incorporates minor spoilers for Netflix’s ‘Cash Heist Korea: Joint Financial Space’. Learn...

Disclaimer: This story incorporates minor spoilers for Netflix’s ‘Cash Heist Korea: Joint Financial Space’. Learn at your personal threat.


Cash Heist Korea: Joint Financial Space was maybe one in all Netflix’s most hyped Ok-series to ever premiere on the platform this 12 months, overwhelmed solely by that of Squid Recreation again in September of 2021.

Whereas a lot of you’ll have already watched the unique La Casa De Papel, if you have not but watched the Korean remake, I urge you to do one factor: Cease making comparisons. You will start to understand all of the little particulars and nuances that make the present a uniquely Korean manufacturing.

Positive, these phrases are form of tough to comply with in the event you had been an enormous fan of the unique. On the floor, Cash Heist Korea is an nearly one-to-one remake by way of plot, basic story improvement, and even character habits. However the level of all of it is to indicate us viewers that one thing nice can nonetheless be made out of a critically-acclaimed sequence from a special continent altogether.

Hear me out.

(Tastefully) related, but (remarkably) nuanced.

IMAGE: Netflix

Cash Heist Korea facilities on the 2 Koreas as they put together to reunify as one nation. However after all, the brand new unified Korea cannot have two completely different currencies. Merely adopting one or the opposite would not assist issues both. As an alternative, their respective governments provide you with a unified forex, one thing that symbolizes a brand new starting.

And within the title of progress, the ‘Joint Financial Space’ is established as a spot the place each North and South Koreans can journey to and conduct free-market enterprise with one another. Nevertheless it additionally occurs to be the house of the Unified Korea Mint – the place this new forex is being printed.

However like all issues capitalism, when borders disappear and nations seemingly develop into pals once more, solely the wealthy stand to actually profit from new financial cooperatives like this, whereas the center class and the underprivileged proceed dreaming about success. Wanting to vary that’s the Professor (Yoo Ji-tae) and his staff of bandits who, if you have not seen by now, share the identical names as those in La Casa De Papel.

IMAGE: Netflix

Every of the bandits include their very own causes to participate on this heist. But when they share one factor in widespread – it is the craving for a greater life. And maybe a superb begin to that ‘higher life’ is cash, a share of ₩4 trillion (or over US$3 billion) to be precise. And so, identical to the unique, the Professor devises a genius plan to interrupt into the mint, maintain the folks there hostage, and purchase time whereas they print their cash earlier than making their nice escape.

To date, the whole lot appears to ring a bell with viewers who watched the unique. That is okay, it is form of anticipated. What units Cash Heist Korea aside is its distinctive Korean nuances. Trying on the jumpsuits, they’re the identical crimson ones used within the authentic.

IMAGE: Netflix

The masks, nonetheless, do not bear the likeness of Salvador Dalí. As an alternative, the remake makes use of conventional ‘Hahoe’ masks, thought of to be one of the vital lovely and well-known representations of Korean tradition and heritage.

With out diving too deep into spoilers, whereas I positively seen that the characters within the remake behaved nearly surgically-similar to the bandits within the authentic, the truth that all of them had uniquely Korean issues in their very own lives makes this present a standalone product, in my humble opinion.

Left to proper – Rio (Lee Hyun-woo), Berlin (Park Hae-soo), and Tokyo (Jun Jong-seo). IMAGE: Netflix

For instance, Berlin (Park Hae-soo) is a local North Korean who spent a few a long time in a North Korean labor camp after his failed try to flee the hermit kingdom together with his mom (who will get shot level clean as they attempt to swim throughout the border). When he lastly makes his violent escape as an grownup, we see the person as a matted, jaded persona who solely cares about himself. However are you able to blame the man?

Left – Moscow (Lee Gained-jong). Proper – Denver (Kim Ji-hun). IMAGE: Netflix

Taking place south and looking out on the father-son dynamic of Moscow (Lee Gained-jong) and Denver (Kim Ji-hun), we’re reminded of the idea of filial piety that is nonetheless prevalent in Korean society in the present day. However after all, this additionally comes with its personal set of inner conflicts. As Denver grapples to be his personal man, he struggles to come back to phrases together with his absent mom, who he resents for leaving him and his dad. Moscow, whereas powerful and burly on the skin, is simply as delicate as his son. But, he nonetheless feels the necessity to look after him, regardless of his worsening well being.

I may go on about every character and their uniquely Korean personas, however I actually do not wish to wreck the whole lot for you. This brings me to my subsequent level, or fairly, query: Why can we evaluate?

Handle your expectations accordingly.

If, for instance, I had no prior data of La Casa De Papel, I might say I might’ve loved the Korean remake a lot. That is not discounting the truth that I nonetheless loved it regardless of having watched the unique, particularly as an avid Ok-drama lover myself. However maybe the remake marks a major change in path for the general Ok-content slate on Netflix, one thing I am positive many people are wanting ahead to discover all year long, and one thing I will personally be diving deeper into in a separate story.

Trying on the wider scope of issues, Cash Heist Korea is, in itself, a sequence in its personal proper. Even when you have not watched the unique, you’ll be able to nonetheless recognize this remake. In any case, it follows the identical path. And that is what makes it a bonus, not a crutch, for my part. It helps open up the Cash Heist ‘universe’, so to talk, to a a lot bigger, extra various viewers.

However the fantastic thing about it’s the truth that the present can nonetheless be loved by individuals who have seen the unique. You simply should maintain a number of issues in thoughts, or fairly, self-discipline your self into decreasing psychological comparisons.

All this speak about it being a ‘boring copy’ of the unique is just a little unfounded, I might say. It solely is smart {that a} remake of La Casa De Papel will not essentially come off as an enormous shock by way of plot. So why count on it to be shocking in that side? The actors – in addition to writers Ryu Yong-jae, Kim Hwan-chae, and Choe Sung-jun – labored onerous on this, and their toil is obvious as day.

To place it bluntly, Cash Heist Korea: Joint Financial Space is a sequence for die-hard Cash Heist followers, or people who find themselves utterly new to the story usually. For many who refuse to do something however evaluate, you are going to should look elsewhere, sorry.

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Watch Cash Heist Korea: Joint Financial Space on Netflix.

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