“Money Heist” wasn’t even over when Netflix announced that it would relaunch the hit Spanish series or expand the series universe with a Korean offshoot. Remake skeptics were of course not very enthusiastic about it, but “Heist of Money: Korea” brings a completely new setting – and with it completely new possibilities to give the story about the professor and his gang of thieves named after world cities new facets. But how much new is really in the Korean remake?
We get to see at least a few new faces: “Squid Game” star Park Hae-soo is about Berlin, Jeon Jong-seo, known from the mystery masterpiece “Burning”, slips into the role of Tokyo, Yoo Ji-tae (” Oldboy”, “Into The Mirror”) inherits Alváro Morte as professor and “Lost” star Yunjin Kim makes life difficult for them as investigators. But if you are already surprised that the characters have exactly the same names as in the original, you should be warned: By the middle of the first episode at the latest, much, much more will seem quite familiar to you…
While the author of this article still found the opening of episode 1 quite promising and at least “different” enough to want to stay with it, all hope was gone as soon as the credits rolled in. Of course, Netflix wanted to go straight to Episode 2, but by then it had already switched off.
It was different for DashFUN video editor and “House of Money” fan Sebastian: He threw himself head over heels into the series for you and can show you in the video above (which you can also watch on YouTube find) tell you exactly whether it’s worth taking a look or not. Spoiler: It doesn’t matter whether you know the Spanish original or not – there are hardly any arguments in favor of the Korean remake.
The framework conditions of a reunited Korea, which is in the midst of economic upheaval, but above all has only made the rich even richer, certainly has potential – but in the end it is no more than just that framewhere the actual story takes place. And that is almost identical to the well-known story.
Once again, not just a bank should be robbed, but the money should first be printed before it is stolen. And the way there? It’s full of well-known characters who end up doing exactly what they did in the Spanish version.
After opening the safe, Denver (here: Kim Ji-Hun) first jumps into a pile of money before slowly developing a love affair with the later Stockholm. Like Arturo, the director of the mint (the target of the thieves) has an affair with an employee. Berlin (Park Hae-soo) likes to show off. Oslo (Kyu-Ho Lee) and Helsinki (Kim Ji-hoon) are, of course, two heavily built guys with beards – so closely modeled on their predecessors that they almost seem like their parodies.
The at least partially new background stories of individual characters like Tokyo or Berlin bring a little fresh wind into the story, but just not enough to speak of an actual added value that would justify such a quick rehash. Unfortunately, Money Heist: Korea ends up feeling less like the hoped-for expansion of the Heist universe and more like a 1:1 copy of the original, tailored for Korean audiences.
Yes, in Korea you might be happy to see well-known domestic stars in such a painstakingly produced Netflix series – and to be able to experience it in your own language. In addition, however, the question arises as to who “Heist of Money: Korea” is supposed to be for: If you know the original, which is still quite fresh, you don’t have to simply watch the whole thing again. And if you don’t know either of the two formats, you’ll probably choose the Spanish version – after all, it’s already over (and really, really entertaining, at least up to the second season).
Money Heist: Korea Trailer (2) DF