Based on the hit Spanish series “Money Heist,” “Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area” follows an unknown group of thieves who unite for an ambitious and large-scale heist on the fictional Korean Unified Mint. Yoo Ji Tae plays the professor, the mastermind behind the operation, while the star-studded crew includes Park Hye Soo (nicknamed “Berlin”) and Jun Jong Seo (better known as “Tokyo”).
Describing one of the biggest differences between the original series and the new Korean version, Yoo Ji Tae explained, “The plot of the two seasons of the original was condensed into just 12 episodes. [for our remake]. There is no show for show, we only provide key plot points as necessary. There is a certain pleasure that comes from fast-paced plot development.”
Regarding how to prepare for his role, Yoo Ji Tae shared, “In this condensed version, I came to the conclusion that one of the ways I could quickly demonstrate the Professor’s charm at once was through his voice. After thinking hard about it, I began to develop the professor’s voice. While I was turning to the moving narration or dialogue for reference.”
Meanwhile, Park Hae Soo admitted that there was a certain amount of pressure that came with remaking such a popular show.
“Of course there were fears and pressures due to the fact that the original series received such a great response,” the actor said. “But while reading the script, I could clearly see the differences that were unique to ‘Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area.’ There was a fast pace to the story, and the characters emphatically gave the Korean version their strength.”
Park Hae-soo added, “Although Berlin is a fictional character, you can see it as a kind of metaphor for the situation between North and South Korea, which makes his story even more miserable.”
Finally, Jeon Jong Seo shared her thoughts on the strengths of their new edition.
“[The drama] She does a great job portraying the near future.” The situation between North and South Korea adds an element of tension and suspense, and also carries a meaning of unity. This two-sided mode perfectly fills the setting of Mint’s background.”
The actress also noted that viewers might be surprised by her version of the Tokyo character, commenting, “I think viewers will be surprised.” [go into the show] Imagine the magic and lively atmosphere of Tokyo from the original. But Tokyo in our remake is much calmer, a person who steps forward and tries to solve the situation. Tried to keep the tone cleaner and more isolated [for our version of Tokyo]. You can look forward to seeing a new side of Jeon Jong Seo.”
“Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area” premiered on Netflix on June 24. Check out the trailer for the drama over here!
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