The paper house: Korea is a bomb


Money Heist Korea: JEA Kim Ji-hun as Denver in episode # 1 of Money Heist Korea: JEA. Cr. Jung Jaegu/Netflix © 2021Jung Jaegu/Netflix

Le first six episodes are narrated by the idealist and disillusioned Tokyo, divided between an exhaustive premise that introduces the foreign spectator to peculiar Korean political situation, subsequently he introduces the characters involved in the plan of “Gyosu” (the Professor) and immerses himself in the following, very tense episodes that constitute the chronicle of the delicate coexistence between the members of the gang and the hostages, coming from both sides of the border. Alternating contingent events and flashbacks on the past of some characters, the remake in many ways recalls the European original, but never loses its own independence and cultural uniqueness also expressed in the relational dynamics dictated by mistrust and prejudices between north and south.

Money Heist Korea: JEA Yoo Ji-tae as Professor in episode # 1 of Money Heist Korea: JEA. Cr. Jung Jaegu/Netflix © 2021Jung Jaegu/Netflix

Like the masks that robbers wear, they hark back to traditional Korean theater – the Hahoe mask they wear is the one that designates the character of the rich and stupid – even some secondary figures refer to the stereotypes of k-drama: the petty and exploitative cap, the corrupt and liar politician, the dull military and so on. Yet, in its typically Korean being, Money Heist: JEAlike Squid Game, it’s not a typical k-drama: it is a Netflix original series which, unlike the majority present on the platform, develops without the collaboration of local networks, thus eluding the system and the stylistic features that characterize k-dramas. He is not forced into the codes, rules and censorship that limit the representation of content prohibited to minors (never had a male nude been seen in a Korean series!) at home and this, while on the one hand it can disturb the followers of the series in this country, on the other The paper house: Korea an excellent product also easily usable by the international public.


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