In Money Heist Korea: Joint Economic Area, the reunification of North Korea and South Korea promises economic prosperity for all. In reality, the rich got richer, the poor got poorer, and in that widening gap a criminal mastermind hatched a plan.
This adaptation had to make some obvious changes from the Spanish original, and so far these shifts in storytelling not only feel necessary, but they make the unbelievable easier to accept and the crew’s screw-ups less frustrating. Some of the biggest changes also make the characters more likable and relatable: Seon Woo-jin (this version’s Inspector Raquel Murillo played by Kim Yun-jin) has already been courted by The Professor (Yoo Ji-tae) when the series begins. As such, you’re not left wondering why she’s not more suspicious of the man who inserted himself in her life the same day the heist kicked off.
Also, of note: Berlin (Squid Game’s Park Hae-soo) isn’t a rapist here.
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