Netflix’s ‘Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area’ Premieres to Mixed Reviews

Money Heist Korea Joint Economic Area
Money Heist Korea Joint Economic Area
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Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area (hereinafter ‘Money Heist’) ranked third among Netflix’s most-watched TV shows. There was a lot of buzz around the drama for adapting the popular Spanish show of the same name to a Korean context. However, the series is currently receiving mixed reviews from its viewers.

According to FlixPatrol, on June 26th, the series took third place on the TOP 10 on Netflix in the World list. It ranked No.1 in five countries, including South Korea, No.2 in Singapore, Taiwan, and Malaysia, and No.7 in Spain.

Like the original show, the South Korean remake centers on a group of heisters. The series also comments on the divided country and delivers a unique setting as a Korean series. The traditional Korean masks worn by the squad and the soundtrack that leans hard on traditional Korean music were selected as one of the defining characteristics of the project. However, many pointed out that the series “didn’t meet the initial hype” as it was filled with overused tropes and corny lines. The drama currently has an IMDB score of 5.1, falling short compared to that of Squid Game (8) and All of Us Are Dead (7.5).

Despite the poor reviews on the project itself, actors are receiving relatively good reviews for their performance. Park Hae Soo is attracting global fans with his popularity from Squid Game. Kim Ji Hoon, who plays Denver in the show, and Lee Joo Bin, who plays the Korean Mint agent, are also garnering global attention for their chemistry.

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