In one of many episodes of Cash Heist: Korea – Joint Financial Space, Professor welcomes Seon Woojin right into a restaurant named ‘Café Bella Ciao’. This blink-and-miss reference to the unique Spanish present is heartwarming, and likewise serves as a reminder that the unique sequence set a benchmark that’s going to be exhausting to match as much as.
Earlier than tuning in, I had precisely the identical concern – Will the Korean model be pretty much as good because the Spanish one? We knew that this was going to be acquainted territory and I’m glad to report that the novelty of the idea succeeded in conserving me on the sting of my seat for six hours of Cash Heist Korea. Credit score to the writers for understanding the intense expectations they needed to cater to. They don’t kneel beneath the strain however maintain their very own perspective on the forefront.
So when Jun Jong-seo aka Tokyo, a former soldier from North Korea opens the present, dancing to BTS tune DNA, it’s a realisation that regardless of the Korean Peninsula remaining the one divided nation on the earth, it’s nonetheless sure by the boy band.
The fundamental construction of the present stays the identical – that of a mastermind Professor gathering a bunch of small-time criminals to undertake his meticulous plan of the largest heist within the historical past of Korea. However not like the Spanish sequence that highlighted themes like authorities oppression and financial freedom, this one is ready within the close to future across the soon-to-be unified Korea and the repercussions the frequent man faces due to the identical. They aim a mint set in an space on the traces of real-life Joint Safety Space, part of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) or the Truce Village, the place all diplomatic negotiations between North Korea and South Korea are held.
The remake borrows its characters from the unique, however with diverse backstories. This makes the brand new model extra impactful with all of them bringing their native flavour. It’s like they’ve the identical DNA as their Spanish twins, but they’re totally different people. Within the Spanish one, Denver had a burst of signature laughter however right here, he has a saturi accent. And each interpretations are distinctive.
Cash Heist: Korea – Joint Financial Space is all the things Korean, from its colours to geography and ideologies. The Dali masks give method to Hahoe masks. It’s not previous wine in a brand new bottle however, it’s a a standalone piece. The brilliance with which its writers deliver within the socio-political debates into the story is its USP.
Roping in a stellar starcast is half the battle received for Cash Heist: Korea. To select one actor and laud them is likely to be very troublesome. Yoo Ji-tae as Professor is near-perfect, even when he doesn’t twitch his glasses like Alvaro Morte, he does regulate them as if instantly permitting his alter-ego to return into play, even throughout a fragile second with Woojin.
Kim Yunjin as disaster negotiation group chief Seon Woojin seems highly effective, and we’re glad she pulled off Itziar Ituño’s Raquel Murillo with equal poise. Tokyo is fiery and a thunder, Nairobi is the calming pressure, Denver with an emotional core brings a breather, and Rio, the wealthy spoilt brat is the brains. The present has a number of romantic tracks in place, however the best way this present builds the sexual pressure between the characters may be very totally different from what we’ve seen earlier than.
The scene stealer, nonetheless, is Berlin. Squid Sport fame Park Hae-soo will get to do probably the most, be the immensely unpredictable anti-hero. He’s darkish and dreaded, way more than Pedro Alonso. He’s excellent, to say the least.
Cash Heist Korea is loaded with dozens of latest plot twists. From dramatic standoffs between the robbers and the police, to the hostage disaster, and a cop infiltrating contained in the mint, it’s recent and nail-biting.
Cash Heist: Korea – Joint Financial Space is a love letter to La Casa De Papel. We aren’t accomplished with this romance but. There’s loads of motion left to unfold in its season two.